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Friday Photography

Freetown Christiania Photograph

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Freetown ChristianiaTaken in Freetown Christiania, an intentional community and anarchist commune of about 850 to 1,000 residents in Copenhagen, Denmark. Read more about our trip to Copenhagen here.

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Reading lately

Where the Crawdad Sings

Where the Crawdad Sings by Delia Owens

Synopsis - For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. She's barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark.
But Kya is not what they say. Abandoned at age ten, she has survived on her own in the marsh that she calls home. A born naturalist with just one day of school, she takes life lessons from the land, learning from the false signals of fireflies the real way of this world. But while she could have lived in solitude forever, the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. Drawn to two young men from town, who are each intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world--until the unthinkable happens.

Thoughts - This was such a beautiful story. A coming of age tale of being abandoned, loneliness and survival. I really can't say much more. It's a must read for sure. Kya is a character we should only be able to meet and love. 

The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett

The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett by Annie Lyons

Synopsis - Eudora Honeysett is done with this noisy, moronic world—all of it. She has witnessed the indignities and suffering of old age and has lived a full life. At eighty-five, she isn’t going to leave things to chance. Her end will be on her terms. With one call to a clinic in Switzerland, a plan is set in motion.
Then she meets ten-year-old Rose Trewidney, a whirling, pint-sized rainbow of color and sparkling cheer. All Eudora wants is to be left alone to set her affairs in order. Instead, she finds herself embarking on a series of adventures with the irrepressible Rose and their affable neighbor, the recently widowed Stanley—afternoon tea, shopping sprees, trips to the beach, birthday celebrations, pizza parties.
Eudora is reminded of her own childhood—of losing her father during World War II and the devastating impact it had on her entire family. In reflecting on her past, Eudora realizes she must come to terms with what lies ahead. But now that her joy for life has been rekindled, how can she possibly say goodbye?       

Thoughts - This was a perfectly fine book. I was pulled in by that characters name, how unique and beautiful is Eudora Honeysett. But it reminded me too much of The Love Story of Missy Carmichael and other books that follow the grumpy old person keeps to themselves and then they meet someone who reintroduces them to the joy of living. I will say Eudora had a better back story than Missy. So if you must choose between the two I might lean towards Eudora a smidge more. I have decided to steer clear of such books for a while.

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

Synopsis - Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One runs for her life. One is left behind…
Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn's happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home.
Twenty-eight years later, and Charlie has followed in her father's footsteps to become a lawyer herself — the ideal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again — and a shocking tragedy leaves the whole town traumatized — Charlie is plunged into a nightmare. Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but it's a case that unleashes the terrible memories she's spent so long trying to suppress. Because the shocking truth about the crime that destroyed her family nearly thirty years ago won't stay buried forever…

Thoughts - This is my 8th Karin Slaughter book. There is no other author I have read this much. This is the first book I have read of hers that was not part of the Will Trent series. She is the master of horrific crimes, she was aptly named, yes that is her real name. But this is the first book of hers where there wasn't a ticking clock to solve the crime. The crime was already committed and the book deals with the affects it has on a family, how it shapes your life. And then what happens when another horrific crime takes place so close to home.. While I missed the ticking clock aspect of her books.. I still really enjoyed this one. It was more character driven and I liked almost all of the main characters.

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20201019

Autumn in the Berkshires

Last weekend was a long weekend..we took Friday off as well and went to the Berkshires in Massachusetts. On Friday we drove up to North Adams. We had lunch at A-OK BBQ. It was so so good. The kids had mac and cheese while M and I had the pulled chicken sandwiches.

A OK BBQ North Adams Massachusetts

We walked around the area.. discovered a gorgeous shop called Roam selling goods made by African villagers and craftsmen. The Mass MOCA Museum is also located there, unfortunately we could not stop in for a visit :( Before heading out we grabbed coffee and the boys ice cream from Tunnel City Coffee. 

Our next stop was Mount Greylock, the highest peak in Massachusetts. The internet informed me that hiking to the summit with small children was not easy so we decided to drive right up to the summit. 

Mount Greylock Massachusetts

While on Greylock we decided to hike to Stony Ledge, a rocky outcropping offering scenic vistas of the Greylock mountain range. Google said it was a 30 minute walk to the vista point.. but it took us much longer.. the hike was less a hike and more a walk on an unpaved road covered with leaves.. it didn't have enough 'adventure' H complained. But the view almost made it worth it.

Berkshires Massachusetts


Stony Ledge Greylock Mountain


Tired.. we finally made our way to our hotel. We stopped on the way to pick up a pizza from Betty's Pizza Shack in Lenox, which was also very good and ate it in our room. 

We went back and forth about renting a place via VRBO again or staying in a hotel and went with the hotel because it is easier to cancel if things like the weather or a peak in the virus happen and we decide not to go. It was our first time in a hotel since Covid and I don't think we would do it again for the time being. There was no temperature check, they didn't ask us which state we were from.. what if we had needed quarantining? We filled out the basic form stating we hadn't been in contact with anyone with Covid etc. There was no maid service, they just placed towels or anything else you may need outside the door, which was a good thing. Breakfast was coffee and pre packaged baked goods and fruit also a good safety measure. But there were just so many people and variables.. 

On Saturday we had breakfast in Lee at the Starving Artist Cafe and Creperie. Nom nom.. my pumpkin crepe was delicious. 

starving artist cafe and creperie

After breakfast we walked around the town for a bit.. they had a small farmers market.. the weather was nice and sunny. 

Our next stop was the town of Stockbridge. We started by hiking the Ice Glen, a lush ravine with a lot of boulders. Because it gets very little direct sunlight there is ice present in the crevices of the rocks even in summer. We didn't see any ice but it was definitely much cooler in the glen. This was one of our favorite hikes for the trip. Lots of rocks to climb over. 

Ice Glen Stockbridge

Stockbridge Massachusetts


The Ice Glen hike continued on to Laura's Tower hike. The tower was a bit of a let down. The trees surrounding it were so tall and over grown there was no view. We headed back to the town and had some lunch at the Main Street Cafe and then walked around for a bit. Fortunately we happened across Peace Love and Chocolate and bought a few chocolates. 

A note on our fellow hikers.. everyone was very courteous. A majority of people masked up when they approached each other, many stopped to give way or moved to the other side. Never did it feel over crowded or unsafe. We were surprised by the number of people saying hi as they passed.. can't see smiles so I suppose verbal greetings were used to show friendliness. Solidarity. 

We refrained from eating our newly purchased chocolates and instead drove down to Great Barrington to try out Massachusetts' best ice cream, SoCo Creamery. M is very rarely impressed by ice cream, he was so in love with this ice cream we stopped in again to get some more ice cream the very next day. 

SoCo Creamery Great Barrington

Next we headed toward Monument Mountain Reservation. There were three paths to choose from. We started on the blue Indian Monument Trail which was relatively flat and boring.. then connected to the red Squawk Peak trail. The red trail was our favorite.. a must do, had lots of rocks and boulders for the kids to climb and beautiful view points which honestly made us a little nervous because my little guy thinks he's a super hiker and can wander off to the edge of cliffs. 

Monument Mountain Great Barrington

Autumn in the Berkshires

We made our way down via the orange Hickey trail.. not a favorite. It was incredibly steep and dark. We headed back to the main downtown area of Great Barrington to find some food. While there were plenty of outdoor options there was not a lot of availability being a Saturday night. After waiting a long long time we finally got our food. We ordered from Fiesta Bar and Grill. It was starting to get cold, we were hungry and tired. I'm not sure what we ate but we ate, no one talked or complained.. we devoured, drove back to the hotel and crawled into bed. Ah sleep.

Sunday we had planned on driving a part of the Mohawk Trail. The Mohawk Trail began as a Native American trade route which connected Atlantic tribes with tribes in Upstate New York and beyond. We stared the trail from the town of Shelburne Falls. 

We had breakfast at Foxtown Diner.. walked around, perused the shops. Shelburne Falls is also home to the bridge of flowers. Initially a trolley bridge.. eventually a new bridge was needed to be built but this one could not be demolished due to it also housing a water main. Hence, it remained abandoned and home to overgrown weeds. In 1929 a local housewife decided to turn it into a garden. The Shelburne Women's Club raised the money and voila!

Shelburne Falls Mohawk Trail

Bridge of Flowers Shelburne Falls

Unfortunately, the bridge was closed due to Covid but it was still pretty. Just a walk away were also the Glacial Potholes. There are up to 50 glacial potholes, a result of the last glacial age and the magic of erosion.



They were much prettier in person and up till 2002 they were open to the public to take a cool soak on a muggy New England day. 

And then we were on our way.. turns out the Mohawk trail aka Route 2.. all 30 miles that we drove on looked like any other New England road with lovely orange, yellow and red leaves. Which gets a little repetitive after a while. I had imagined a pretty road with an occasional coffee shop or eatery.. some shops.. but there was nothing of the sort except if you count the one tacky Native American themed store. Luckily we drove by the Hicks Family Farm. The kids wanted to do the corn maze. And I must say this was one of the best corn mazes we have ever done. 

Hick's Family Farm

Hick's Family Farm Corn Maze


There was a scavenger hunt and scenes from Wizard of Oz, Alice and Wonderland etc were scattered throughout the maze. We were impressed by the amount of thought and effort that was put into it. There was a petting zoo and other activities as well. The boys both got baby pumpkins after they turned in their scavenger hunts. 

Next we stopped at the Mohawk State Park. It is a camping spot.. we didn't hike any of the trails but we stretched our legs along the river bed. 

Mohawk State Park

There was nowhere to eat along the Mohawk Trail.. except the Golden Eagle. They had the perfect location on the corner of a hair pin turn. With nothing else available for miles one doesn't really have much of a choice but to eat there or not eat at all. Plus bathroom for customers only. Since they are the only choice quality of food is not really their top priority. But the view was incredible. 

Hairpin turn along Mohawk Trail

Our last stop along the Mohawk Trail was the Natural Bridge State Park. Named for its natural bridge of white marble, unique in North America. The bedrock marble from which the natural bridge was created is estimated to be some 550 million years old. Water from glacial runoff began carving the arch after the last Ice Age 13,000 years ago.

Natural Bridge State Park

Natural Bridge State Park

We drove back down to Great Barrington for dinner. Some delish Thai food and topped it off with some more ice cream from SoCo Creamery.. it was that good!


Monday we checked out ready to head back home. We had breakfast at On a Roll Cafe and then swung by the chocolate shop next door, Chocolate Springs Cafe and bought some more chocolates!

Chocolate Springs Cafe Lenox

It was a refreshing little getaway.. since there will be no sitting in planes this year we are going to try do do more of these local getaways.. though it may be harder when the temps start to drop. We were blessed with good weather all three days we were there and then it rained all the way home.. phew. 

Autumn in the Berkshires

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Friday Photography

Photograph Browns and Rust Colored Dutch Building Houses in Copenhagen Denmark Horizontal Travel Fine Art Print Home Decor


Dutch Houses - A Dutch building lined street in Copenhagen, Denmark. Read more about our trip to Copenhagen here.

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