December 9, 2016

Leaving Lisbon. November, 2013

Everyone on board our late-leaving-port Windstar cruise ship was looking up as we approached the suspension bridge and the tide continued to rise threateningly. Mercifully, we cleared the bridge with inches (not feet) to spare.

December 8, 2016

Las Palmas, Canary Islands. November, 2013

Not very PC some of these product names. But perhaps an obliquely appropriate photo for today, the feast of the Immaculate Conception.

December 7, 2016

Watertown, MA. November, 2016

Remember all that fuss last month about the "Supermoon"? Hundreds of photos flooded Instagram, all of them looking pretty much the same. I decided to wait a month before posting this one, taken from my driveway.

December 6, 2016

Las Palmas, Canary Islands. November, 2013

Imagine living in a place where beach days occur all year 'round. Nice to imagine as we head into winter here in New England.

December 5, 2016

Watertown, MA. October, 2016

I live in an Armenian neighborhood, so tabbouleh is no stranger to me. I've tried versions from all of my many local markets. I've made it myself. But none comes close to this tabbouleh, available once a year at the St. James Armenian Church bazaar just steps from my home. Just the right amount of parsley, the right balance of bulgur and lemon juice. Mmmm-mmm. I indulge freely, while at the same time bemoaning the fact that I can't freeze it to enjoy throughout the winter. Instead, this photo will have to do.

December 4, 2016

Off the coast of Morocco. November, 2013

It is our custom and our delight to purchase something at a local market and then bring it back on board our Windstar cruise ship to enjoy at the next meal. This time, a lovely Moroccan bread purchased that morning at the sprawling market in Rabat. The vendor had just arrived, wheeling in a pushcart with a mountain of warm loaves. We bought a large one, and when I handed him the equivalent of 75 cents or so, he gave back a handful of coins as change. So cheap. So good.

December 3, 2016

Cádiz, Spain. November, 2013

So many markets, so little time. And, alas, never having a kitchen at our disposal to prepare the delights each of these European vendors has on offer. Yes, a luxury problem.