Saturday, July 27, 2013

Meals of Madagascar

We did not go to Madagascar for the food.  We love food, and we really loved Madagascar, but it certainly was a low point in terms of food for the trip.  You'll see a lot of repetition in our meals.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Bikes of Amsterdam

Bike Emblems
While we were wandering around Amsterdam on foot, I started noticing the brand name emblems on the head tube of bikes that were parked everywhere around us.  Some were quite pretty, and I thought it would be neat to have a collection of them, and make a poster collage of them, when we get back home.  There’s enough quantity and variety of bikes that these represent just one afternoon of keeping my eye open, on our way between sightseeing stops.  Gazelle was by far the most common bike here; in Copenhagen the Raleighs were more popular.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Shoes: July

The Ecco Trail IV’s were in heavy use in June.  We did a lot of walking on cobblestone streets in Central Europe, and they insulated my feet from the uneven cobbles telegraphing through the soles. They were also extremely useful during torrential rain in Prague, which eventually saturated and penetrated my umbrella, while my toes remained dry and comfortably warm.  However, all that walking, on top of heavy daily use for the past 10 months is finally taking a toll.  The latex outer tread is starting to wear through in one spot, in my right heel, as seen below.  One short seam on the instep of my right shoe has also come loose, but isn’t getting any worse in the past month, so I’m not too concerned.  On a side note, I had no idea Ecco was a Danish company until I saw multiple Ecco stores in each large Danish town we visited.