Thursday, October 31, 2013

A Few More Pictures of Reykjavík Before I Go

On Laugavegur.

 In the botanical gardens.

Höfði house, which is said to be haunted :)

  I could not agree more.

PS -- love to Red Sox Nation! :) :) :)

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Five Pictures of the Same Thing

Forgive me for this – but it's different and beautiful from every angle. This is Sólfar, or "Sun Voyager," by Reykjavík artist and welder Jón Gunnar Árnason.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Today I Ate Honey-Mustard Skyr

(Instead of tartar sauce with my fish and chips.)

Here's just a tiny fraction of the pictures I want to show you (because otherwise, I'll spend the whole night blogging):

 A view of downtown Reykjavík from the tower of Hallgrímskirkja, Iceland's tallest building.


 With houses that look like these...

 and these...

 and these...

 and these... I don't understand why so many of the houses in my country are so colorless!

 Here are a few scenes of things I liked around town…

 ...places that are lived in.

 A window at street level.

 If you've been around my blog for a while, you know
how much I love buildings that show signs of past lives...

Hallgrímskirkja is visible from lots of spots all over town.


 This is why I didn't go into business.

 In the Reykjavík Kirkjugarður (graveyard), I made a friend. By the time we parted,
I was covered with cat fur. That's okay – maybe it provided an extra layer of warmth.
(By New England standards, it's proper winter here!)

 I saw these BONKERS rings in a shop window.

 Can you imagine wearing
this on your finger?

And thus, my dear readers, my location is revealed: I'm in Iceland. I'm writing, sightseeing, exploring… and eventually, weather permitting, driving counterclockwise along the coast to Akureyri. I hope I'll have time to share pictures all along the way!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Where am I now?

I got in very late last night and couldn't see much, other than a gorgeous half-moon. Here were the views from my room when I woke up:

Ha!  Just kidding. Rebecca Stead texted me that picture from BBC Birmingham because she knew how much I would love it. (It's a dalek -- a Doctor Who villain.)

Some actual views:

For the language aficionados among you, maybe this view from inside a bookstore – and then inside a grocery store – will help?

Another hint: the temperature is hovering around freezing yet it is a problem that I forgot to pack my bathing suit.

In my next post I'll be less mysterious and reveal where I am :)

Friday, October 25, 2013

In London

Rebecca and I in Green Park shortly after (accidentally) becoming engulfed
in the madhouse that is the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace.

Rebecca Stead and I both have terrible senses of direction (as I wrote about once in a previous post – one of my favorite posts, actually). And when we get together, our terrible senses of direction collide and explode into an utter inability to get anywhere at all. In a place like London, maps are comical rather than helpful (just look at one and maybe you'll understand why)… Last night we were finding one of our maps particularly incomprehensible and Rebecca told me I should hurl it into the nearest pit. Ha!

Here are a few London scenes in no particular order.

Near Covent Garden.

Vera Wang wedding dresses.

Lamps in a shop window.

Perhaps a bar inside this stained-glass window?

In Neal's Yard.



At Fortnum & Mason on Piccadilly, the shrubbery is shaped like a teacup :-)

Inside, I fell in love with these mugs, but knew better than to try to travel with them.

The London skyline has got SO MANY cranes right now!
There's so much construction going on.