Less Stuff And A Clearer Mind

Some people function in a disorganized mess, but I can’t. Since I moved to the United States 20 years ago, I’ve lived in six different places. Fortunately, each one was better than the previous. Below you can see where I lived when I first came to the United States. I used to think these buildings were ugly but now I really like the architecture. View … Continue reading Less Stuff And A Clearer Mind

Would You Live In A Haunted House?

The New York State Ghostbuster Law We drove to Nyack to see the house on the right at the dead end street overlooking the Hudson River. It’s haunted. In 1991, a couple in contract to buy it, suddenly wanted their down payment returned when they learned the house had ghosts. They had to take the case to the New York Appellate Court which ruled in … Continue reading Would You Live In A Haunted House?

Saugerties Lighthouse: This Hotel Is Like Nothing You’ve Ever Imagined!

Saugerties Lighthouse (built in 1869) to signal ships on the river that the town’s harbor was here. It’s now a hotel. Before going sightseeing in town, check if the high tide will prevent you from returning to your hotel. On my Instagram post (further below), one person couldn’t believe the hotel would let you be stranded away from your room. He thought there must be … Continue reading Saugerties Lighthouse: This Hotel Is Like Nothing You’ve Ever Imagined!

The House By The Railroad, Or, Feelings Of Loneliness & Isolation

Edward Hopper is a painter I discovered when I moved to the United States. His paintings are full of lonely scenes, even when there are people together, and somehow your imagination always fills in the story. Ursula, a friend of Edward Hopper’s sister, told us roughly how to find the “house by the railroad” in Haverstraw, NY, but it wasn’t easy (below I’ll tell you … Continue reading The House By The Railroad, Or, Feelings Of Loneliness & Isolation

Drunk With… The Emotion Of The Moment! France Wins The World Cup 2018!

Our sunset cruise on the River Seine in Paris was at the same time as the World Cup semi-final between Belgium and France. A Paris sunset river cruise with this silhouette of Notre Dame could have been the highlight of my evening, but we heard the cheer of France’s goal from the restaurants along the river and later on the cruise we saw everyone celebrating … Continue reading Drunk With… The Emotion Of The Moment! France Wins The World Cup 2018!

Aromatic Lavender Fields, Tall Sunflowers & Lily Pads: The Impressionists Come Alive!

The first impressionist exhibition didn’t get any likes from the critics. They thought the paintings looked unfinished and lacked serious themes. But a little like scrolling through Instagram, Impressionist paintings are enjoyable and easy to appreciate. Take some extra time and you marvel at how they created such amazing scenes with such simple strokes. Van Gogh even painted selfies. This visit to France turned out … Continue reading Aromatic Lavender Fields, Tall Sunflowers & Lily Pads: The Impressionists Come Alive!