Cannon Beach Haystack Rock – Lagniappe for a Thursday

It’s summertime in Texas. And I’m dreaming of Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach, Oregon.

During Texas summers, the mercury challenges or shames the century mark every afternoon; even the mornings discourage more than a slow walk. Every year about this time, “Tell me again why we live here” becomes a common greeting.

Last year on a trip to Portland, Debra and I rented a car and drove over to Cannon Beach for a few days. It’s a glorious place, reminiscent of Big Sur but with an easier, more contemplative style. Haystack Rock, a massive chunk of stone, commands the shoreline at Canon Beach. In the picture below, it helped us welcome the sunrise during a barefoot stroll along the cool, damp sand. It’s a bit of lagniappe for your Thursday morning.

Haystack Rock at sunriseHere’s hoping that, wherever you are, your days are peaceful and pleasant. And if it seems too hot to breathe where you are? Well, just close your eyes and imagine that you’re some place else – like strolling past Haystack Rock at daybreak – where there’s a bit of a chill and the mist from the surf hangs in the morning glow.

Until next time –

Dan

24 Bits of Riga Art Nouveau Beauty

If you read the post about Tallinn, you already know the story about how we took a trip based upon a waiter’s recommendation. On that trip, we spent several days in Riga, Latvia and encountered unexpected and spectacular Art Nouveau beauty – lots of it. Let’s take a look.

Facade of the Hotel Neiburgs
Facade of the Hotel Neiburgs

The Hotel Neiburgs is a great place to start. This is a close-up of the facade. It promises pretty great things. And delivers, by the way. If you go to Riga, consider staying here. We did and loved it – wonderful, old-world service with a modern flair, a great breakfast included in our package, and walking convenience. No regrets. Here are a couple more shots of the front of the hotel:

Out into the City

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Wednesday Lagniappe – Casa Pilatos Bougainvillea, Seville

Debra and Casa Pilatos Bougainvillea
Debra and Casa Pilatos Bougainvillea

It’s Wednesday afternoon in Fort Worth, threatening rain – or, since this is Texas, after all, perhaps I should say “promising rain.” I’m thinking about our recent trip to Seville and the spectacular bougainvillea at Casa Pilatos, a lovely palace that we stumbled across on a beautiful spring morning. So here is your Wednesday lagniappe: Debra, flowers, beautiful architecture – three of my favorite things in one of my favorite places.

We’ll be back soon with more remodeling posts, so stay tuned. In the meantime, I hope this little something extra helps boost your week.

Thanks for reading!

Lagniappe from Seville – A Bit of Plaza de Espana

We’re back from Spain! It was a lovely trip that will make for several future travel posts. While we’re smoothing out our jet lag and evaluating changes at Hildring House (update post coming soon), I thought a little lagniappe to start the weekend was in order.

Here is a shot from Seville of the central structure of Plaza de España – a phenomenal site constructed for the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition Worlds Fair. (It’s so exotic that they also filmed scenes from one of the Star Wars movies here.)

Plaza de Espana 1Have a great weekend – and thanks for coming along on adventures With the Barretts!

Montserrat Barcelona – Today’s Lagniappe

By the time this posts, we will be on our way to another part of Spain – Madrid and Seville and surrounds. But if you ever find yourself headed to Barcelona, do take the time to go to Montserrat (not talking about the Caribbean Island here, folks). The monastery, the Black Madonna, the cable car, the views!

Montserrat - BarcelonaSo. See you in a couple of weeks – but stay tuned to Instagram and Facebook!

Love life, love each other, and keep coming on adventures With the Barretts!