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There is more than one way to create ambience, any sense will do: sight, sound, or smell. And if you can use them all…even better!

Candles are the easiest and most common way to create ambience. In our modern society, candlelight is quaint and harkens back to a simpler time. That’s why many restaurants use candles on their tables. I use candles in every room at home to create a feeling of comfort and coziness, and of course to indulge in my chosen “smells.” I bought this candle at a thrift store for $1.99 and chose a  “Christmas Thyme” Yankee Candle votive to put in it.

candle

On the Kitchen Stove

Another thrift store bargain is this cd of French singers. I purchased it for $.50. I love old time Paris so this creates ambience for me too.

50 Chansons de France

Thrift Store Find: Cd of French Singers

In my living room I continue the Paris theme with storage boxes and a picture of my grandfather in front of the Arc de Triomphe; he was stationed in Paris in WWI.

Paris decor

I Love Paris

SIGH…Can I stay home from work today??

 

 

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This week’s topic is a relative, subjective term, “Foreign.”  Because all the bloggers who participate in this challenge are from different countries, what represents “foreign” to some is not “foreign” to others. For some reason this topic made me focus on foreign language, which for me represents languages other than English.

I had to go to my photo albums to find photos of places other than North America; it has been many years since I have traveled to continents other than my own. You can tell how old this photo is by what movie is playing! This was taken during a trip to Paris in the 1980’s.

Beverly Hills Copy poster in Paris

Beverly Hills Copy poster in Paris

The second photo I chose is from a trip to Norway, also in the 1980’s. It shows a Viking church with gravestones in Norwegian.

Viking Church in Norway

Viking Church in Norway

 

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The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge was a tough one for me this week; I never go to the “city” any more. From where I live in rural Massachusetts, it is a major investment of time and expense, so I had to go into the wayback machine (or to the shoebox as I’ve heard it said) for these. Still miss my dependable ol’ Pentax K-1000…SIGH.

I lugged it on a trip to Paris in 1985, and a trip to Copenhagen in 1986.

I have always liked to see people lost in their reverie or concentrating on something in the middle of the noise, hustle and bustle of the city.

Rue de Rivoli, Paris 1985

 

 

“Rat Art”

One of the things that amazed me about Copenhagen in 1986 was the number of bicycles — they were everywhere! At that time, there weren’t a lot of Americans using bicycles in the city, so this seemed very exotic and “foreign” to me.

Copenhagen 1986

 

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