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Weekly Photo Challenge: Unfocused

This week’s Photo Challenge is “Unfocused,” which is a clever tease of a topic, if you ask me.  Surprisingly, I did not have a huge assortment of unfocused photos from which to choose.  (However, if the topic had been, “Marred by a Blur in the Center due to a Damaged Lens,” I would have had quite …

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Raclette

WHAT IT IS Raclette is a type of cheese and also a manner for eating it.  It melts beautifully and easily, and in Switzerland you can find restaurants carving long, gooey slices from large hunks of raclette cheese, to be draped over potatoes and served up to grateful customers.  While in Germany, we discovered an appliance for do-it-yourself …

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The Art of the Easter Egg–Part II

WHAT IT IS My Easter egg collection varies in “wow” appeal and in sentiment.  As I happily displayed in my previous Art of the Easter Egg post, I have several pretty little eggs that were decorated by skilled artists.  For instance, the shell on this one was cut out by a tiny drill and painted with thickly layered flowers. I also have a sort of multi-media …

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THE ART OF THE EASTER EGG

WHAT IT IS My most prized collection from Germany is my collection of Easter eggs.  These Ostereier are genuine eggs that have been blown clean and decorated exquisitely in a variety of ways.  They appear each spring in shops and markets across Germany and Austria, among other countries–I visited one shop in Salzburg that was …

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Traditions and Tidbits from the Continent to the States

I’m not the first person to be seduced by Europe.  There’s something about the place—it’s simple, yet sensuous at the same time.  As a college student, I spent a summer living with an Italian family on the mainland outside Venice, working as a “babysitter” (though I liked to think of myself as a “governess,” like …

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