The other night I went to Santa Monica to eat Indian food. I have been craving it since I saw one directly across the street from the apartment I was staying at in Paris. Every night I wanted to try it, but somehow the idea of having mediocre sag paneer just didn’t sit right. So the other night, on a beautiful, clear, winter evening (L.A. style-not cold) I went to one of my favorites down in Santa Monica, Gate of India. YUMMY! Then, we walked right down to the bluff, where the Santa Monica Pier’s ferris wheel glittered in the dark. Just lovely. I took out one of my photos of it, and updated it for my etsy store. What do you think? It will be available from November 16, 2010.

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As the days stay lighter longer, my heart and mind turn to traveling. I was fortunate to begin globe hopping when I was still in my teens, and it is a passion that has never abated.  I dream of streets to wander, sights to see and frustrations to tackle.  I could, at the drop of a hat, get on any plane traveling east, and I don’t particularly care where it goes.  Summer has it’s special wonders, but some of my favorite memories have been in the dead of winter; cold, damp and not another tourist in sight (and freedom from making reservations!)

Lately I’ve been missing the antique Ferris Wheel in Vienna.  I fell in love with it when I watched “The Third Man” with Orson Welles, one of my favorite film noir movies.  I thought I’d post some of my digital art illustrations of it, along with stills from the movie that inspired the art work.  And dream of Vienna  and Prater Park.

Vienna Ferris Wheel, early photograph

Vienna Ferris Wheel, an early photograph

Joseph Cotton in front of the Ferris Wheel, still from "The Third Man"

Orson Welles in "The Third Man"

Another altered art version of the wheel, Prater Park, Vienna

..and just for fun, another great ferris wheel, The “London Eye”…

Altered art photography by trolleyla, London Eye through the London Rooftops

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This Memorial Day weekend my beloved and I went sailing.  We always bring our Chihuahua, Jodi.  She is quite fearless on the open seas.  Our boat isn’t very fancy by  Marina del Rey standards… there is way too much competition in Los Angeles for that!  But she is very cool and retro, with a vintage-themed style and decor, and I love her for that. Her name is Stella Blue, and she’s a Columbia 36′, complete with her original 70′s interior! Today was a beautiful day for sailing in So Cal. Sunny, mild and a great breeze for kick-back sailing. I love the vantage point on the boat for taking pictures, especially of the Santa Monica Pier, which was quite busy today.

Ferris Wheel at the Santa Monica Pier

Ferris Wheel at the Santa Monica Pier

Sailboat off the Santa Monica Coast

Sailboat off the Santa Monica Coast

"Malibu Surfrider" at Fisherman's Wharf, Marina Del Rey

Jodi in her comfy travel/sail bag…ready for whatever!

Jodi the Chihuahua

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