Ready, Steady – Packing

Master flew out to Europe for Work this week.
dievca is going for Pleasure this weekend.
Both Master and His dievca will be gone for two weeks.
dievca packed for Master – easy peasy – He is in one place with laundry services.
dievca is having trouble with her packing as the climate will be warm and then cooler.

Her Plan (click on the photos for more detail):

You know…Europe is a little tired of Tourists.

There was an issue on the French news….about too many tourists on the beaches.

That’s a refrain echoing in a growing number of European cities. The neoclassical gems that once made up the grand tour have been stops on package tours since the 19th century. But it’s only over the past decade or so that the number of travelers to these and other must-see destinations risks subsuming the places. Around 87 million tourists visited France in 2017, breaking records; 58.3 million went to Italy; and even the tiny Netherlands received 17.9 million visitors. (Time Magazine)

dievca’s Dutch friend told her about how the tourists are really dangerous on the bicycles in Amsterdam and the older people are too scared to bike around the City and get out of their houses.

How much is too much? And how are people to live in the Cities they love?

dievca runs into this in NYC. she sighs and tries to remember that tourism brings a lot of $ to the City. It’s annoying though~ five people walking abreast, taking selfies, clogging the Subways and expecting you to be kind and pleased that they are spending time in NYC – all when you need to get the hell to work and are pissed that they are lollygagging around.

In France, dievca kept her mouth shut most of the time. Tried to speak her pathetic French and was very cognizant of the locals. she avoided the hot tourist areas and when she was there, she was polite – even when a Honfleur shopkeeper was exceptionally nasty immediately upon entry to a nougat shop. dievca’s friend, who’s French is superb — went after her. dievca just walked out — an 80 Euro loss to someone who was located in a very touristy spot and having a bad day. dievca felt bad — it was early August, just the beginning of the Holiday month in France. The Lady was going to have a tough month. (Menopause kicking in? maybe – it was that odd.)

A tough issue for Cities like Barcelona, Amsterdam, Paris, Palma, Venice, Dubrovnik, Copenhagen and more. And with Millennials wanting to travel:

Millennials will likely have more of an impact on travel and tourism than any other generational group, according to a new report from Resonance Consultancy. The report—the “Future of U.S. Millennial Travel”—studied the travel habits and preferences of Millennials, a generation that values experiences over material possessions.

It is going to be an issue for the future.


dievca’s view

Pieces of Bayeux

The Bayeux Tapestry; French: Tapisserie de Bayeux [tapisʁi də bajø] or La telle du conquest; Latin: Tapete Baiocense) is an embroidered cloth nearly 70 metres (230 ft) long and 50 centimetres (20 in) tall, which depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England about William, Duke of Normandy, and Harold, Earl of Wessex, later King of England, and culminating in the Battle of Hastings. It is thought to date to the 11th century, within a few years after the battle. It tells the story from the point of view of the conquering Normans.

According to Sylvette Lemagnen, conservator of the tapestry, in her 2005 book La Tapisserie de Bayeux:

The Bayeux tapestry is one of the supreme achievements of the Norman Romanesque …. Its survival almost intact over nine centuries is little short of miraculous … Its exceptional length, the harmony and freshness of its colours, its exquisite workmanship, and the genius of its guiding spirit combine to make it endlessly fascinating.

The designs on the Bayeux Tapestry are embroidered and not woven, so that it is not technically a tapestry.[5] Nevertheless, it has always been referred to as a tapestry until recent years when the name “Bayeux Embroidery” has gained ground among certain art historians. The tapestry may be seen as a perfect example of secular Norman art.

During the Second World War, Bayeux was the first city of the Battle of Normandy to be liberated, and on 16 June 1944 General Charles de Gaulle made the first of two major speeches in Bayeux where he made clear that France sided with the Allies. The buildings in Bayeux were virtually untouched during the Battle of Normandy, the German forces being fully involved in defending Caen from the Allies.

Thank you to wiki and Photos: dievca 08/2018

What to do in the European heat?

Temperatures in Europe are spiking.

“Warm Out?” … “Shut Up!”

After a long week of work, what do you do?
You head to friends and sit in the brown garden.

Take a beer and have “build your own” tacos.
Life is good with friends.
(yes, it was a light beer to start….the Czech beer was better)

PS. dievca’s hair looks like that popcorn~

Leavin’ on a Jet Plane

Photo: dievca NYC 07/2018

All my bags are packed
I’m ready to go
I’m standin’ here outside your door
I hate to wake you up to say goodbye
But the dawn is breakin’
It’s early morn
The taxi’s waitin’
He’s blowin’ his horn
Already I’m so lonesome
I could die

So kiss me and smile for me
Tell me that you’ll wait for me
Hold me like you’ll never let me go
‘Cause I’m leavin’ on a jet plane
Don’t know when I’ll be back again
Oh babe, I hate to go

Now the time has come to leave you
One more time
Let me kiss you
Then close your eyes
I’ll be on my way
Dream about the days to come
When I won’t have to leave alone
About the times, I won’t have to say

Oh, kiss me and smile for me
Tell me that you’ll wait for me
Hold me like you’ll never let me go
‘Cause I’m leavin’ on a jet plane
Don’t know when I’ll be back again
Oh babe, I hate to go

Songwriter: John Denver

Leaving on a Jet Plane lyrics © Reservoir One Music, Reservoir Media Management Inc.
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Dragged in by the Cat


Greek Kitty Yawning

Did you know that the Brussels Airport workers went on strike last week?
(Politico: Brussels Airport Baggage Handlers On Strike)

Didn’t really make the news in the USA, huh?
Sorta made the news in Europe.
A little.

Made big news for dievca when it caused her to miss her flight — and she had to buy another ticket home. Some good came out of it, she got to stay with a friend on the Amsterdam Canals — there was fantastic weather in the Nederlands. Beer, wine, Indonesian Food, sunsets and good company tends to ease the pain a bit.

Cat dragged in...Audrey HepburnBut the cheapest flight took her on a wild ride and she fell into bed after missing a lot of sleep. dievca would like to think that she looked like Audrey — but she really doubts it.

Hope your travels have been smoother.