Sunday, August 11, 2013

this summer's scenic runs: Georgia, France, Spain...and back to Arizona

With the new school-year starting less than a week after our return from Europe, there hasn't been time yet to go back and finish organizing/editing the hundreds of photos on my iPhone...Each day, two or three get done in the afternoon...

As a starting point, then, for posting some of those scenes here: some of this summer's scenic runs...A while back I got one of those hand-strappy-water-bottles for running, and conveniently enough, the ID zipper pocket on the side just fits my iPhone:
(from yesterday morning in Saguaro Nat'l Park)
So, when I'm not doing my routine neighborhood-morning-run, 
my iPhone often comes with me... it did along the trail between the Savannah River and the Augusta Canal, when I was in Georgia back in June:
...Spanish-moss...19th-c. architecture...and lots of water...

In Paris, on my first morning back in 11 years,
along the Canal St.-Martin:

(some thought-provoking street-art...)
the Cité des Sciences, Europe's biggest science museum, in the Parc de la Villette

Staying with some friends on Paris' southwestern edge,
trails in the hilly forest above St.-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse:

Down to the South of France--
running along the Canal du Midi, near Toulouse:

a Carpe-Diem-emblazoned-barge-with-a-bike--gotta love it...

And then down to Barcelona:

--along the waterfront of the Olympic Village, Frank Gehry's "Peix" (fish) sculpture

ahh, the Mediterranean...

And then, Madrid:

--starting point, in the Plaza Santa Ana, 
in front of our hotel and Hemingway's old haunt:

A statue of Federico García Lorca, in front of the Teatro Español
jogging past Goya, presiding over the entrance to The Prado
....the Parque del Buen Retiro
...the Palacio de Cristal, originally built in the 19th-c. to house
flora and fauna from the Philippines...
black swans!
across from the entrance to the Park, part of the Prado,
housed in what was once the Ballroom of the Buen Retiro Palace
storefront: Velázquez' Infanta, with a 'free the Canary Islands' slogan...
a freaky mural, while jogging back up the hill to the Plaza

Back to Tucson and the Sonoran Desert...

This evening, I went for a quick run in the hills around Sabino Canyon...
...enjoying some of the water that the monsoon has brought...
...and hoping to time it right for sunset:

Back home.

Now--back to work, too.

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