Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Theme Thursday=Water

This week theme for Thursday is water,
Now I could go on and on about the chemical and physical properties of water, as well as the importance of water to the makeup of our bodies. But that is not what I want to do because that is too obvious since I am a scientist. If you want the scientific info click on the underlined water above for the Wikipedia litany about water.

Instead I think I will show you some of the different sources of water I have seen during some of my travels. Click on all the pictures for more detail.

The Housatonic River runs through the town where I live. I wrote a blog about a bridge that spans the river on April 21st. This river is a great source of recreation in the State and the Western section of New England.

Housatonic River looking south from Falls Bridge at Lovers Leap State Park



Great Brook is a source of babbling tranquility on the road where I live. It is always a pleasure to walk to its location and watch it meander and flow.

A Late Winter View of Great Brook in New Milford, CT

Last year had the experience of taking a river cruise in France on the Rhone and Saone Rivers from Arles to Chalone-sur-Saone. The cruise was on the River Royale a new boat in the Uniworld fleet. After the cruise I took a high speed train ride from Lyon to Paris for a
few days stay. I am going to share with you a few of the pictures I took along the way.

Rhone River in Avignon France (click)

Pont du Gard (click)


Rhone River in Viviers France (click)

While on the Rhone we traveled through numerous Locks. Pictured above are the Locks near Viviers,


Saone River in Lyon France (click)




While in Paris we took a bus tour to the Chateau of Chantilly. Notice the moat around the Chateau.


Some of you who have been following my blogs know that Paris is my favorite city in the world. If I didn't live in the United States I would move there. So I'm ending with some pictures of Paris.

View of Paris France from the Seine River (click)

38 comments:

Joanne said...

Wow, some of those bridge spans in Europe are breathtaking, beautiful architecture. Equally wonderful to live near a babbling brook, lucky you! What a comforting sound.

Mariane said...

Wow ! beautiful pictures. It's refreashing, just like a good glass of water ;o) !!!

The Silver Fox said...

Some lovely, postcard-quality shots! It was also nice to see a few from my neck of the woods (I live in Webster, MA, right on the CT line).

Ronda Laveen said...

Thanks for taking me on the trip with you. Loved the pics. The moat was really cool.

Marianna said...

Those are some really cool pictures. Thank you for the mini trip lol

Happy TT
xoxo

Leah said...

Lovely post! And Paris is one of my favorite places as well--thank you for sharing the photos.

Mrsupole said...

Those are some fantastic pictures. I would love to have gone to those places with you. I was thinking about how lucky someone would be to live in the place on the bridge with a balconey and then I thought well not so lucky if it ever flooded. But it would be so wonderful if they allowed people to spend a night there. I loved the moat too.

I would like to visit the historical sites someday. Thank you for sharing those wonderful pictures.

God bless.

Poetikat said...

Your photographs are lovely. I particularly liked the top one of the Rhone in France.

Kat

Brian Miller said...

very cool pics. pont du gard is my fav...old stone.

Wings said...

Wonderful photos, thanks for sharing them!

JGH said...

I think the Rhone and the Pont du Gard are my favorites - the arches over the water are so pretty. And that chateau in Chantilly - WOW!

reyjr said...

so many river cruises! :D
I've been to a couple, but not nearly as nice as those.

and yeah, i love hearing flowing water too. very relaxing.

Candie Bracci said...

Really nice water photos!:)

Cuppa Jo said...

I too love Paris and I've only been there once. It's nice seeing photos of places I've been, makes the world smaller if you get me. I do like the rivers in France, at least the parts I've seen.

Thanks for the lovely pics.

tut-tut said...

I know that Housatonic! Lovely travels you've been able to have. I'm stopping back so I can click through

Debo Hobo said...

I never new that that brook had a name, let alone Great Brook. See I learn something new every day...

Debo Hobo said...

Ooops....knew not new in the beginning but yes new not knew at the end....

Tom said...

Wow, you are very fortunate to have traveled...very cool pics.

Dot-Com said...

What a great journey in pictures. That one picture from France sure has a lot of swans in it!

Kris said...

Lovers Leap Park sounds like a jolly place!

Ruth said...

This is a remarkable collection of watered places. I am always drawn to a place with a body of water for vacation - usually not for sunbathing or swimming, but just for the feel of it in the landscape.

Roy said...

That must have been a great river cruise in France. Unfortunately, seeing Avignon stuck me with an earworm! I now have "Sur le pont d'Avignon" running over and over in my head! Ah well, it was worth it just to see all those river views.

Evening Light Writer said...

I think it was Gertude Stein that said "America is my country but Paris is my hometown." I share your love of Paris, thank you for sharing your gorgeous photographs.

Gabby said...

Dakota Bear, I didn't know you're a scientist! What do you do? I'm an analytical chemist myself.

Your photos are absolutely lovely! I envy your travels and hope to travel to Europe one day.

Have a great weekend!

Michael Rawluk said...

Very cool post. That Pont du Gard is such a gorgeous construction.

Colette Amelia said...

Oh my! all that water and all so beautiful!

you are very lucky to have experienced these first hand!

My Castle in Spain said...

i love the "Pont du Gard" ! I was born in Aix-en-Provence and it brings sweet memories..thanks !
so what's your favorite bridge in Paris ?
:-)

DineometerDeb said...

Oh I see that you posted a picture of one of my summer homes in Chantilly. We don't stay there much anymore though. Too small. ; )

Megan said...

So many beautiful photos today. I knew there would be, but I am still blown away! Or should I say washed away??

:)

Thanks for sharing these with us, DB.

Baino said...

Dakota I don't know if you've been visiting my blog long enough to know that Paris is somewhere I yearn for .Don't ask me why . .loved your French photos! Maybe one day I can get Candie to show me around!

California Girl said...

ooooo, very very nice. Now, do you pronounce the river where you live
"House a tonic"? That is what I am guessing.

Gran said...

These are wonderful photos!

Jaime said...

those are great pictures

Dakota Bear said...

Thank you everyone for stopping by.

If you wanted to know more about the different places. Click on the names of the places and it will take you to Wikipedia for in depth information.

lettuce said...

beautiful photos - lovely seeing and comparing all those bridges

tony said...

Yes!The Photos are beautiful.Clear&Sparkling!

Karen (karooch from Scraps of Mind) said...

Great photos of your holiday. I am going on a river cruise later this year from Budapest to Amsterdam up the Danube and down the Rhine Rivers. You photos are just whetting my appetite.

Auntie, aka Dog Girl said...

Oh!
I missed this post.
Your pics are making me nervous...Now I want to visit all of Europe.
But I must get China & Tibet out of the way first. Hopefully summer 2010.
How is the Egypt thing coming along?