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15 August 2015

Week 34: Alicante to Lansdale

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During the first week of August, we started our big summer vacation, most of which we are spending visiting our son in Lansdale, near Philadelphia.

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But first a few pictures from Alicante. A sunset as seen from the roof terrace of our house:
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We have a big TV in our informal meeting area for use as a projector. But it also works well to showcase my photos:
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Another pornographic tree in the park where I walk my dog:
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It is this time of year again–the annual medical checkup at the office, which happens every August in my case (because my initial pre-employment check took place in August 2007):
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On Wednesday my sister and brother-in-law arrived from Poland. They will stay in our house with the pets while we are in the US. On Thursday I took them for lunch at Hostal Maruja. The fresh seafood there is always a feast for the palate, but there are also usually photo opportunities to be had. Here, a corpulent couple listen to the sales pitch from one of the many itinerant sellers of beach clothes, sunglasses and various other trinkets:
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The sale is almost closed:
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The landscape near Hostal Maruja is quite barren:
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On Friday morning we flew from Alicante to Madrid, then from Madrid to Boston, and finally from Boston to Philadelphia, where our son was waiting for us at the airport.

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On the way from the airport to Lansdale we stopped at a drug store to buy something. This is my first image of this year’s USA trip:
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Moses modeling his eye cover for use during his many flights, a present from his girlfriend:
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Moses lives in an apartment complex in Lansdale, and nearby is a small cluster of restaurants and bars. Among them is a very nice sports bar/restaurant called the Smokehouse. This is where we went on Friday night:
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My children toasting their reunion:
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We spent Saturday in Philadelphia, a city steeped in history:
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We found ourselves in a hip and progressive neighbourhood in South Philly, where we were going to have lunch at a vegan pizzeria. Many doors had stickers like this one:
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Ordering at the Blackbird pizzeria:
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Monica with a selection of vegan pizza slices, all of which were delicious:
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Our next stop was a bookshop called the Book Corner. Like most other indie bookshops, this one had a couple of feline residents:
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Monica can spend hours in a bookshop like Book Corner:
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Meanwhile, Moses and I went for a walk. At the Franklin Institute there was an exhibition of Lego art which I had seen in Brussels in 2014:
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Another father and son:
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Another view of the Franklin Institute:
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Saturday night, we had the unique pleasure of meeting up for dinner with Jim Shulman, my long-standing friend from the Leica Users Group, and his husband John. We drove to their house in Philadelphia, and waiting for us was their magnificent 1957 Dodge:
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Moses was awarded the honour of travelling in the front, alongside John:
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We ate at a Brazilian restaurant in NE Philadelphia, one of Jim and John’s favourites:
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It is an all-you-can-eat place. The waiter comes to the table with various delicious cuts of meat, and carves slices off as needed:
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As always when getting together with Jim and John, stories are a big part of the pleasure. Here is Jim, telling one that involves a woman with big breasts:
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The dinner is coming to an end, and Moses and Monica are studying the dessert offerings, which turned out to be delicious as well:
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1 Comment »

  1. This is simply fantastic! I really enjoy reading your blog. Apart from being a magnificient photographer, Nathan, you succeed in captivating the reader every second with your words! Thanks for sharing it and congratulations! Enjoy your holiday!

    Comment by Maria — 15 August 2015 @ 14:55

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