OUR LOCAL BUSINESS

The Pandemic Legacy

The sad fate of local businesses is shown everywhere in the neighborhood. For Rent, For Lease, and For Sale signs can be seen in abundance within a few blocks of where I live. Yes, some of these businesses had failed already or would have failed, but there have been no takers for their empty storefronts and buildings. The Wall Street Journal recently stated “200,000 U.S. establishments above historical levels” closed permanently in the first year of the pandemic.  Many needed help they could not get under the previous administration.

On a recent trip to a neighborhood supermarket, I took my camera for some pictures along Montrose Avenue for about a mile east and half a mile west of where I live. I also grabbed one around the corner on Kedzie. Even if you are not from our city, you may have encountered the loss of local business as well. The is a part of our pandemic legacy.

Click on any picture above to go through the full size of each one in the gallery. Be sure to stop at SERENDIPITY for more on “Our Pandemic Legacy.”

Source: “Covid-19’s Toll on U.S. Business? 200,000 Extra Closures in Pandemic’s First Year,” by Ruth Simon, The Wall Street Journal, wsj.com, April 16, 2021.
See also: “Our Pandemic Legacy,” What We Learned So Far, SERENDIPITY, teepee12.com, May 9, 2021.

A TOURIST VIEW OF ENGLAND

Not that long ago, we had the good fortune to tour parts of England again.  We visited some of the popular tourist stops, so we took some of the usual tourist photos.  We flew to London and saw places around the city and took the tour out to Salisbury, Stonehenge, and Bath.

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Related:  London Calling
Stonehenge And A Bath
Take The London Underground
Heathrow Express

LONDON CALLING

Cell Phone Pictures

Most of our London pictures were captured with a camera, but we got a small number by phone as well.  It was not possible to get good quality pictures by phone just ten years ago, but technology has changed rapidly.  The camera pictures are still better but these are fun, especially if you want to make a quick upload to social media.

Click on one of the pictures to get the larger size and go through the gallery.

Stop in at SERENDIPITY for more on our London trip: “Heathrow Express.”

Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial

This World War II cemetery at St. Avold, France contains the remains of American soldiers who fought for freedom in Europe and did not return home.  Who will be there to decorate their graves on Memorial Day weekend?  Who will decorate the graves of those who did return home?  Will they be remembered this holiday weekend?

 

Click on a picture and go through the larger versions of each. To read more about the Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial visit Serendipity blog here.

HEIDELBERG GALLERY

Our Tourist Pictures

When we travel around I take some pictures with my phone.  These, however, are taken with the camera.  I get better pictures, although my Moto 5 phone gets good quality. I think it is important to pack a camera for a vacation.  I know people have phones where they can keep a LOT of pictures and get good quality.  I guess I did not want to invest in a high-end phone to get somewhat better pictures.

Our most recent trip to Germany included our first-ever stop in Heidelberg.  It is a university town with great tradition.  Nestled among the hills along the Neckar River it is quaint and picturesque.  For more on this trip check our narrative and more pictures on SERENDIPITY here or reblogged just below this photo gallery.

Click on any picture to go through the larger versions of each. Be sure to hop over to our Heidelberg story, “Our Visit To The Valley,” by clicking on the link here

 

A TRIP TO ALSACE

Along the French and German border, a photo gallery

It’s time for a new adventure to France so I thought I would revisit a few of the pictures from a past trip.  I have made similar trips in recent years to sites in the Alsace region of France.  The reason for these trips is not just the scenery or historic sites.  It is something even more important.  This was explained on SERENDIPITY in “Where Would You Travel?”

One of my trips went from Chicago to New York with a five hour lay over.  I explained to my friend that spending vacation with him was the only reason I would spend 5 hours in JFK airport.  From there it was on to Frankfurt, Germany and a two hour lay over waiting for the Lufthansa bus to Strasbourg, France.  The bus arrived near the Strasbourg train station two and one half hours later.  There my friend collected me for our trip back to his town.

This time we will go by way of Paris and connect by train to Strasbourg.  The trip is just as long and we will go from Gare de l’Est.  There is a train from Charles De Gaulle airport direct to the Strasbourg station, but we wish to go into Paris for a day.  They did not have the train from the airport until recent years, so perhaps it is a better way to go.  Usually I let price and connection time determine which airport to use to go to Alsace, but my travel companions want to see Paris. One will see if for the first time.  We will go on Air Canada via Toronto to Paris. I have flown AC before, but only to Canada.

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A VISIT TO UXBRIDGE

If you have been following us at SERENDIPITY, then  you  have already seen many pictures taken in and around Uxbridge, MA by Marilyn and Garry Armstrong. Recently I had the good fortune of making a visit there. I took the flight to Boston and travelled about an hour down to Uxbridge. This was my first time visiting Marilyn and Garry, so we got a lot of pictures. The weather did not cooperate with us, but we are  hardy souls and ventured out when time allowed.

You will notice I am not the accomplished photographer that they are. Nevertheless, I will share some of my pictures with you. If you want to read more about this adventure, head over to SERENDIPITY today, right HERE.  Click on any picture below for the larger version and then arrow through the gallery.

Check out “Not The Bucket Listat SERENDIPITY today.

HEIDELBERG GALLERY

Our Tourist Pictures

When we travel around I take some pictures with my phone.  These, however, are taken with the camera.  I get better pictures, although my Moto 5 phone gets a good quality. I think it is important to pack a camera for vacation.  I know people have phones where they can keep a LOT of pictures and get good quality.  I guess I did not want to invest in a high-end phone to get somewhat better pictures.

Our most recent trip to Germany included our first ever stop in Heidelberg.  It is a university town with great tradition.  Nestled among the hills along the Nekar River it is quaint and picturesque.  For more on this trip check our narrative and more picture on SERENDIPITY here.

Click on any picture to go through the larger versions of each. Be sure to hop over to our Heidelberg story, “Our Visit To The Valley,” by clicking on the link here

 

ALSACE IN PICTURES

We recently returned to Alsace for another tour of the region.  We have been fortunate to do this often in recent years.  To read more about it, head over to SERENDIPITY here.

Click on any picture to start through the larger versions of each. Click here to read more about our Alsace Adventure.

Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial

This World War II cemetery at St. Avold, France contains the remains of American soldiers who fought for freedom in Europe and did not return home.  Who will be there to decorate their graves on Memorial Day weekend?  Who will decorate the graves of those who did return home?  Will they be remembered this holiday weekend?

 

Click on a picture and go through the larger versions of each. To read more about the Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial visit Serendipity blog here.