weekly photo challenge: grand

What could be more grand than the stunningly beautiful world God has created? Be sure to visit The Daily Post to see all the grand photos!

His… Michelle

Sunrise over the grand Floridian Atlantic

Sunset over the grand Congolese Atlantic



Survival French: Taxi Edition

The mission: visit four specified places in Pointe Noire via taxi using only French to travel around.

The evidence: take a photo at each specified place.

We headed out to the train station where we were supposed to meet up with hired taxis. But this is Africa, so of course the taxis didn’t show up. Next, the French instructor started hailing random taxis. The original hired taxis missed out on some good money. Their loss.

I confess, I was less than enthusiastic to be getting into a cab after dark with a complete stranger. But I traveled with a group of three other ladies and soon discovered Berton, le taxi conductor, was very friendly, kind, and helpful, despite not speaking a word of English. It just made the adventure more fun.

We got to all of our destinations in no time at all and ended up having a really good time. We even learned Berton is married and has a son and daughter. Really good fun on a Tuesday night.

With Sarah Kate (OR admin assistant)

First stop. Station de Puma Gas

Second stop. Hotel Twiga

With the giraffe at Hotel Twiga

Third stop. Supermarché Casino

Last stop. Station de gare avec Berton le taxi conductor

How is your Tuesday going?

His… Michelle
Philippians 1:20

Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite

Nothing says infinite more than the old mirror in the mirror illusion.

When I was a child, I would go “up town” to Hess’s Department Store. It was one of those old fashioned stores with a different department on every floor. This store had a basement restaurant that was elegant and rivaled other department stores like Macy’s in NYC. The store was 5 stories plus basement. It had escalators, elevators, staircases, and revolving doors. It was one of my favorite places to go. It was like a carnival funhouse for grownups.

The best spot in the store was the staircase. There were mirrors on all the walls so when you traveled the staircase, you could see yourself forever. It’s a great optical illusion that I’ll never be able to completely understand but will forever appreciate.

For this week’s photo challenge, I tried to recreate the mirror illusion here on the ship with tiny mirrors. It doesn’t come close to those awesome staircase mirrors of childhood memory, but it was a fun photo challenge anyway.

Besides. What else can a girl do on a lazy Sunday afternoon in the Congo? 😀




His… Michelle
Philippians 1:20