Archive for February, 2008

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Paris

  picture perfect  Our ride from the airport was late, and then broke down on the freeway! Mais qu’est-ce que j’en ai a faire? Nous sommes en Paris!  Within a couple hours, Jake was chomping through his baguette from the corner boulangerie, and we were walking to the Eiffel.  Three nights, and a fast-paced movable feast later, we had “done” Notre Dame, the Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, Champs, Arc, Seine cruise, and more.  We almost felt cultured.  Well, at least we were well fed!

view from the Seine cruise  Just a few hours after landing at CDG, and here we are; have baguette, will travel.  First stop in the City of Lights was la boulangerie.

entering the Louvre.  The Wedding at Cana  You-know-who.

edible art at Musee d’Orsay  Bruce had no trouble deciding on his favorite shop: Le Moulin de la Vierge  Notre Dame cathedral

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Medieval Stones

  Ancient stone circle (ca. 3000-4000 BC).  There are 99 of these in the region.  Farming communities built these circles on hilltops.  This one is at Loanhead of Daviot, in Gramprian, Scotland.  If these stones could talk, what would they tell us?  This hilltop has been surround by farming families for over 6000 years.  Were these ancient jungle gyms??  Jake tests his theory. Perhaps he can write his PhD on this theory.

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Aberdeenshire

Bruce & Jake at Dunnottar Castle on an spetacularly clear day.    What a rich weekend of great people and places!  We visited Methlick, at the invitation of Pastor Matt to have Bruce preach at Methlick Parish Church, in the beautiful valley of the Ythan River.  Friends toured Dunnottar Castle with us, and then we visited our first ancient “Stone Circle” and two more castles on the way home.   Matt & Julie at the Manse.  THey are friends of friends from Seattle, and Julie did her PhD with Alan Torrance, like I am.   Rocky beach below the castle on the North Sea.  The sea must have replenished the tons and tons of rocks carried up the cliffs to build the fortress.

 I can’t imagine this rock sitting there without a castle on it.  That would have been a naked absence.  A window on the world is a seat of power.  Road trip with Paul & Mary made the day special.