A New Dream


A New Dream

So many dreams
Held so very tight
Headed to the future
Floating toward light
But one day,
He looked down
A bowl now empty
Wondering where to go
Thanking God
He still had feet
Hold still for the photo
Smile big—
They all said
Peeking around each corner
Listening to every sound
Tasting all the moments
Waiting
Painfully waiting
For a new dream
To be found


Z

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Postcards from the Past

Recently, my Grandma gave me an envelope full of postcards from the early 1900’s.  Most of them are from her side of the family. The photo above is a spread of them. The penmanship, images, and every crease or rip are just so exciting to me. I love moments from the past and a postcard is a beautiful piece of mail from a person saying, “Hey, I’m somewhere on this planet — thinking of YOU.” Kind of a lost art. But, I have to say, these are a stunning argument to bring it back.

Below is my absolute favorite of the bunch. I had so many feelings when I held this particular one. The man walking away is such a powerful image and I stared at it for quite some time. I believe these postcards carry messages worth keeping. 

All Caught Up in Amsterdam

To conclude my retrospect of the vacation Liz, Jon, and I undertook, here are some pieces of my Amsterdam experience. I quickly realized there are fewer photos from which to choose and gave it some thought. 

We spent the most time in Amsterdam! I was very surprised. But, the truth is, I really had the most fun there. Not only did we stay in our friends’ super posh apartment, but we were so busy laughing, biking, eating, and drinking most of the time. I planned on doing some writing and certainly on whipping out the ol’ camera way more than I did. 

But maybe, just maybe, when and where we are least likely to document our experiences is where the best moments live. Anyway, I am going to use that as my excuse for not having more photos. 

Below are a selection of our experience in Amsterdam— A place to truly be. 

Amsterdam, Netherlands 

Amsterdam-Noord; A random shot taken on our bike ride. So very sexy.
A creature from Oosterpark who was totally determined to pose for the camera. Work it, buddy! 

A Sunny April in Berlin

To continue my sharing of our adventures in Europe earlier this month, I am sharing some of my photos from Berlin, Germany. Carrie and Leo, two of my amazing friends, and their baby live there. Carrie is a South Georgia native who moved there a few years after college. I have always been in awe of her decision.

Berlin is a great place to walk around and enjoy the sights. Liz, Jon, and I were told we brought the wonderful weather in our luggage. You could see the look of gratitude on the faces of the locals as the sun beamed down. 

RAW-Gelände, a former train repair yard. Now, a playground of art, bars, and culture
East Side Gallery
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River Spree

The final photo is what I discovered when I looked over the railing at a beer garden called Café am Engelbecken regulars. I am a huge fan of turtles and I was very happy. As I said, the weather was marvelous. I actually recall having one of those moments where you just sorta tilt your head back and wish there were more moments in life like these.


More photos from our trip to come…

 

Paris in Spring

As promised, here are just a few of my photos I took during our trip to Paris. The past week has been one filled with such a desire to go back.


View of Porte Saint-Denis from our Air Bnb window in the 10th arrondissemont
The most wonderful view of Paris, from Sacré-Cœur, located in the neighborhood of Montmartre
Sacré-Cœur
View of the Seine River

More photos from the other cities to come…

Pendergast

Groen van Prinstererstraat 14, 1051 EG Amsterdam, Netherlands

 

In 2014, my friend Liz and I took a trip to Europe. One of our destinations was Amsterdam. During our adventure, we stayed with our friends Brandon and Wouter in their fabulous apartment. One evening, whilst drinking wine and conversing, Brandon brought up the details of a project of which he was still in the process of research and development.

Fast-forward to earlier this month

Liz, her brother Jon, and I decided to take the same trip. To our delight, this idea of Brandon’s was no longer just a dream. He was the business owner of Pendergast — the restaurant he opened in 2015! Of course, we reserved an evening (and a table) to enjoy an awesome meal and experience. And awesome it was.

We ended up with a belly full of barbecue and laughter as we soaked in the joy of the evening (and the sauce!). If ever you find yourself in Amsterdam, we highly recommend Pendergast as one of your stops.

Below are just a few of the photos of some of my favorite delights from the menu:

Rum Julep
The French Mistake
An array of deliciousness
One of their featured liquors, traditional of the Netherlands


More details of our trip to come…