Sunday, December 26, 2010

Paris, Je T'Aime

Louvre Museum and Jardin des Tuileries
Flickr Link: Louvre Museum and Jardin des Tuileries



Grand Palais
Flickr Link: Grand Palais



Under the Arc de Triomphe
Flickr Link: Under the Arc de Triomphe



Eiffel Tower
Flickr Link: Eiffel Tower



Eiffel Tower
Flickr Link: Eiffel Tower



Carousel Near Eiffel Tower
Flickr Link: Carousel Near Eiffel Tower



Le Marais
Flickr Link: Le Marais



The Louvre Museum at Night
Flickr Link: The Louvre Museum at Night



Pyramide du Louvre la Nuit
Flickr Link: Pyramide du Louvre la Nuit



Shadow of Louis XIV
Flickr Link: Shadow of Louis XIV



At the Moulin Rouge
Flickr Link: At the Moulin Rouge




These photos were taken when I went on vacation with Mario and our friends last August. We stayed in Paris for four days and tried to see and experience as much of the city as we could.

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Friday, December 17, 2010

"Found Items" at Architectural Artifacts

Veranda View
Flickr Link: Found at Architectural Artifacts



Found at Architectural Artifacts
Flickr Link: Found at Architectural Artifacts


Found at Architectural Artifacts
Flickr Link: Found at Architectural Artifacts



Found at Architectural Artifacts
Flickr Link: Found at Architectural Artifacts



Look what I found
Flickr Link: Look what I found...



Architectural Artifacts
4325 North Ravenswood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60613
Phone: (773) 348-0622
Hours: 10am-5pm • 7 days a week



I've been going to the Architectural Artifacts a lot lately. It is a huge 80,000 square feet antique store in the Ravenswood area.

Each time I go, there are so many new items to discover. And with each discovery, I wonder what's its backstory...

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Mannequins

Strike a Pose
Flickr Link: Strike a Pose



Found at Architectural Artifacts
Flickr Link: Found at Architectural Artifacts



Found at Architectural Artifacts
Flickr Link: Found at Architectural Artifacts



Found at Architectural Artifacts
Flickr Link: Found at Architectural Artifacts



Found at Architectural Artifacts
Flickr Link: Found at Architectural Artifacts



Found at Architectural Artifacts
Flickr Link: Found at Architectural Artifacts

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Kyrios Stamatis (Mr. Stamatis)

Veranda View
Flickr Link: Kyrios Stamatis (Mr. Stamatis)


Veranda View
Flickr Link: Kyrios Stamatis (Mr. Stamatis)


Veranda View
Flickr Link: Kyrios Stamatis (Mr. Stamatis)


Kyrios Stamatis is our koumbaro's family's neighbor in Kythira.

He lived in Kythira all his life. Rumor is he never really left the island ever.

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Agios Artemios, Kythira

Agios Artemios
Flickr Link: Agios Artemios


Agios Artemios
Flickr Link: Agios Artemios



Agios Artemios
Flickr Link: View from Agios Artemios



Agios Artemios is the church where our koumbari got married.

In Greek tradition, a "koumbaro" or "koumbara" ("koumbari" is plural) acts as the best man or the maid of honor. It can be said that the koumbaro has strong spiritual connection to the Bride and Groom and will be a part of their life forever.

Mario was the koumbaro for Eftichis and Aggeliki's wedding. I had the pleasure of meeting them and their beautiful kids for the first time last August. Spending time with them, I saw how close Mario is with their family and I understood how strong the bond is between them.

Being married to Mario, I am happy that I am their koumbara!

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Veranda View

Veranda View

Flickr Link: Veranda View
When not at the beach or checking out other towns, we spent most of our time in our koumbaro's family's veranda-- enjoying coffee, yummy greek desserts, the company of great friends and the beautiful view.

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Chora, Kythira

Beautiful Night at Kapsali

Flickr Link: Chora, Kythira



This photo was taken at the church where our koumbari got married. In the distance one can see the town of Chora, the island's capital.

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Beautiful Night at Kapsali

Beautiful Night at Kapsali
Flickr Link: Night at Kapsali


During our stay in Greece, Mario and I spent some time with his best friend's family in the island of Kythira.

It's a beautiful island. It's very raw and not very touristy yet. There are many traditional villages, old castles, canyons, beaches, forests to explore and see. The views are stunning and the water so inviting.

This photo was taken after dinner in the town of Kapsali.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wildfires In Kythira

Kythira Wildfire
Flickr Link: Kythira Wildfires


Kythira Wildfire
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Flickr Link: After the Fire




During our stay in Greece, Mario and I spent some time with his best friend's family in the island of Kythira.

However, when we arrived in Kythira, there were wildfires going on and it went on for a few days.

It was really very sad to see the fires, and the blackened earth and vegetation that it left behind.

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

First Attempt at Macro Photography

First Attempt at Macro Photography -  Bee
Flickr Link: Bee


First Attempt at Macro Photography - Rose
Flickr Link: Rose


I've had a macro lens for a long time. But I have not really used it much except maybe the 1st week when I first got it. I had issues then with focusing the lens and I had no patience to figure it out....

Good thing I brought it to the Botanic Gardens! Pete showed me how to use it properly!

Now I love love love it!

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Couple at the Botanic Gardens



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Taken at the Chicago Botanic Gardens last October.

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Rachel


Flickr Link: Rachel

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Monday, October 4, 2010

Sunrise Chicago



[1]Flickr Link: Good Morning Sunshine!



[2]Flickr Link: Morning People



[3]Flickr Link: Sunrise at North Avenue Beach



[3]Flickr Link: Good Morning Downtown



I'm not really a morning person but wanted to take sunrise photos this summer. So early this summer, my friend Prab and I tried several times to go. These photos were taken on our third try :)

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Reverence


Flickr Link: When I grow up...


Kill reverence and you've killed the hero in man.
- Ayn Rand

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

More Characters at the Faire...



[1]Flickr Link: Character at the Renaissance Faire


[2]Flickr Link: Hey There, Handsome!



Here are more photos from the faire. :)

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Characters at the Renaissance Faire



[1]Flickr Link: At The Bristol Renaissance Faire


[2]Flickr Link: At The Bristol Renaissance Faire


[3]Flickr Link: At The Bristol Renaissance Faire


[4]Flickr Link: At The Bristol Renaissance Faire



My cousins and I went to the Bristol Renaissance Faire last Sunday. We had a BLAST!

There are so many interesting characters to see and they are very photographer-friendly. That aside, I found myself simply enjoying the vibe of the place... Shows are pretty entertaining for both kids and big kids (like me)... There are a lot of unique things to check out... It's not too crowded... People go about the fair in a relaxed pace...

Here is their information:


Bristol Renaissance Faire
Saturdays, Sundays & Labor Day
Jul. 10 thru Sep. 6, 2010
10:00am to 7:00pm
Off I-94 at the IL/WI Border
847-395-7773

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Amanda


Amanda
[1]Flickr Link: Amanda

Amanda
[2]Flickr Link: Amanda

Amanda
[3]Flickr Link: Amanda

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