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Some Photos From a Traveler’s Backyard.

When you are at home you see your back yard every day and it is relatively the same. This weeks #Frifotos theme on Twitter is “Backyard”. It got me thinking that when traveling a lot, you experience new balconies, windows and views from the room you are staying in, a new backyard so to speak. Below are some of the views or backyards I have experienced recently out on the open road.

Frifotos - Backyard - Toronto, Canada

Dawn has arrived in Chinatown, Toronto, Canada.

Frifotos - Backyard - Hotel Zone, Cancun, Mexico

Overlooking Mar Caribe and the Hotel Zone in Cancun, Mexico.

Frifotos - Backyard - Hotel Zone, Cancun, Mexico

Overlooking the Hotel Zone in Cancun, Mexico.

Frifotos - Backyard - Lake Las Vegas, Nevada

A Lake Las Vegas in Nevada sunrise straight ahead.

Frifotos - Backyard - Lake Las Vegas, Nevada

Lake Las Vegas, a resort area just outside Vegas.

Frifotos - Backyard - St. Pete Beach, Florida

Palm trees and the Gulf of Mexico straight ahead from the Sirata Beach Resort in St. Pete Beach, Florida.

Frifotos - Backyard - Juneau, Alaska, Celebrity Cruise

Chilling on our cabin balcony as we dock in Juneau, Alaska.

Frifotos - Backyard - Inside Passage, Alaska, Celebrity Cruise

The balcony of our Celebrity Cruise cabin showing us the Tracy Arm fjord in Alaska.

Frifotos - Backyard - Chicago

Waking up to a Lake Michigan sunrise in Chicago.

Frifotos - Backyard - Chicago

Buckingham Fountain and Grand Park in Chicago from The Congress.

What is a memorable backyard view you have had at a place you were staying while traveling?

#FriFotos: Urban Immediately Makes Me Think City Skyline.

This weeks #FriFotos theme on Twitter is Urban. When I think urban, I immediately think big city. When I think big city, the first thing that comes to mind is the skyline. From up the hills, across the water, straight on from across town or up in the air I’m always looking to capture a tall cluster of buildings. Some of my favorites are below.

Frifotos, urban skyline, Toronto, Canada

The Toronto Skyline standing tall from Centre Island at dusk.

Frifotos, urban skyline, Toledo, Ohio

The Toledo, Ohio skyline sits across the Maumee River at dusk.

Frifotos, urban skyline, Tampa, Florida

Heading towards the Tampa skyline during a helicopter tour.

Frifotos, urban skyline, Sydney, Australia

Capturing the Sydney, Australia skyline from along Sydney Cove.

Frifotos, urban skyline, Seattle

On a tour bus approaching the Seattle skyline.

Frifotos, urban skyline, San Francisco

San Francisco skyline from up-top Coit Tower.

Frifotos, urban skyline, San Diego

San Diego skyline from across the way on Coronado Island.

Frifotos, urban skyline, Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh skyline from up-top the Duquesne Incline.

Frifotos, urban skyline, Phoenix

Phoenix, Arizona skyline from up in the friendly skies.

Frifotos, urban skyline, Niagara Falls

The Niagara River flowing towards the Niagara Falls skyline.

Frifotos, urban skyline, Detroit, Windsor

Two skylines in one. Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, Canada from Belle Isle.

Frifotos, urban skyline, Detroit, Michigan

Detroit skyline from across the Detroit River in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

Frifotos, urban skyline, Columbus, Ohio

Columbus, Ohio skyline from the Rich Street Bridge.

Frifotos, urban skyline, Cleveland

The Cleveland skyline and Lake Erie from Edgewater Park.

Frifotos, urban skyline, Cincinnati

Cincinnati skyline from Devou Park in Covington, Kentucky.

Frifotos, urban skyline, Chicago

Chicago skyline from up-top Willis Tower.

Frifotos, urban skyline, Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland, New Zealand skyline from up-top Mount Eden.

Frifotos, urban skyline, Atlanta

The Midtown Atlanta skyline sits straight ahead from Sun Dial.

What has been your favorite city skyline to capture so far in your travels?

The Blue Shoes and I Finding Solitude Out on the Open Road.

When out on the open road the blue shoes and I make sure to soak in all the scenery. While staring at all the beauty this world has to offer, lots of solitude has been enjoyed in summer and winter, in big cities and small-towns, inside a coffee shop and outside in nature and in the desert, on the lake and more. Who knows where and when that next minute of alone time to reflect will occur when traveling?

The inspiration for this post is #FriFotos on Twitter whose theme this week is “Solitude”.

Frifotos - Solitude - BleakHouse Coffee in Toledo, Ohio

BleakHouse Coffee in Toledo, Ohio

Frifotos - Solitude - Rowster Coffee in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Rowster Coffee in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Frifotos - Solitude - Buon Giorno Coffee in Grapevine, Texas

Buon Giorno Coffee in Grapevine, Texas

Frifotos - Solitude - South Haven Lighthouse in Michigan

South Haven Lighthouse in Michigan

Frifotos - Solitude - Ren Cen and Downtown Detroit

Ren Cen and Downtown Detroit straight ahead

Frifotos - Solitude - The wintry Findlay, Ohio country open road

The wintry Findlay, Ohio country open road

Frifotos - Solitude - Solitude in a Kalamazoo, Michigan blizzard

Solitude in a Kalamazoo, Michigan blizzard

Frifotos - Solitude - The Findlay Reservoir in Ohio

The Findlay Reservoir in Ohio

Frifotos - Solitude - Pere Marquette Park Beach in Muskegon, Michigan

Pere Marquette Park Beach in Muskegon, Michigan

Frifotos - Solitude - Appleton Lake near Brighton, Michigan

Appleton Lake near Brighton, Michigan

Frifotos - Solitude - Runyan Lake in Fenton, Michigan

Runyan Lake in Fenton, Michigan

Frifotos - Solitude - Seven Lakes State Park, Michigan

Seven Lakes State Park in Michigan

Frifotos - Solitude - Hanging alongside Jiffy Mix in Chelsea, Michigan

Hanging alongside Jiffy Mix in Chelsea, Michigan

Frifotos - Solitude - Wawatam Lighthouse in St. Ignace, Michigan

Wawatam Lighthouse in St. Ignace, Michigan

Frifotos - Solitude - Nickels Arcade in Ann Arbor, Michigan

The first ever blue shoe shot at Nickels Arcade in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Frifotos - Solitude - San Dieguito River Park in San Diego, California

San Dieguito River Park in San Diego, California

Frifotos - Solitude - Lake Hodges in San Diego, California

Lake Hodges in San Diego, California

Frifotos - Solitude - Lake Mead Recreation Area in the Nevada desert

Lake Mead Recreation Area in the Nevada desert

Frifotos - Solitude - Hanging amongst the Georgia flowers

Hanging amongst the Georgia flowers

Frifotos - Solitude - Midtown Atlanta Skyline from Piedmont Park

Midtown Atlanta Skyline from Piedmont Park

Frifotos - Solitude - Cleveland skyline, Lake Erie from Edgewater Park

Cleveland skyline, Lake Erie from Edgewater Park

Frifotos - Solitude - Beachside along Lake Shore Drive in Chicago

Beachside along Lake Shore Drive in Chicago

Frifotos - Solitude - Up-top Vertigo Sky Lounge In Chicago

Up-top Vertigo Sky Lounge in Chicago

What kinds of places do you usually find solitude in when traveling?

#FriFotos: Some Entrances to Coffee Shops.

Today’s #FriFotos theme on Twitter is β€œEntrances”. It got me thinking about the many, many, many coffee shops I have entered over time. The entrance can play a factor in whether I go into the coffee shop or not, especially if it’s a random find. Below are some of my favorites starting with the most colorful.

Frifotos - Entrances, Garden View Coffee Mill, Oscoda, Michigan

Garden View Coffee Mill, Oscoda, Michigan

Frifotos - Entrances, Zingerman's Next Door, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Zingerman’s Next Door, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Frifotos - Entrances, Astro Coffee, Corktown, Detroit, Michigan

Astro Coffee, Corktown, Detroit, Michigan

Frifotos - Entrances, We Serve. Coffee, Findlay, Ohio

We Serve. Coffee, Findlay, Ohio

Frifotos - Entrances, Third Street Stuff, Lexington, Kentucky

Third Street Stuff, Lexington, Kentucky

Nothing like walking into a coffee shop that sits right on the corner in a city neighborhood.

Frifotos - Entrances, Julius Meinl, Lincoln Square, Chicago

Julius Meinl, Lincoln Square, Chicago

Basic frontage, yet easy on the eyes and that backdrop! The Alaskan mountains in the background make it a very inviting place to enter.

Frifotos - Entrances, Glacial Smoothies & Espresso, Skagway, Alaska

Glacial Smoothies & Espresso, Skagway, Alaska

The original Starbucks within Pike Place Market in Seattle. Of course seeing this shops entrance is going to give me goosebumps.

Frifotos - Entrances, The Original Starbucks in Seattle

The Original Starbucks in Seattle

Some coffee shops are carved into historical buildings, which are usually very colorful and architecturally friendly.

Frifotos - Entrances, MadCap Coffee Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan

MadCap Coffee Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Frifotos - Entrances, The Sparrows, Grand Rapids, Michigan

The Sparrows, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Frifotos - Entrances, Rising Star Coffee Roasters, Cleveland, Ohio

Rising Star Coffee Roasters, Cleveland, Ohio

Frifotos - Entrances, Common Grounds Coffee, Flowery Branch, Georgia

Common Grounds Coffee, Flowery Branch, Georgia

Others are completely open to the outside. You don’t need to enter, you’re already within the coffee shop!

Frifotos - Entrances, Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, La Jolla, San Diego

Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, La Jolla, San Diego

Frifotos - Entrances, Good Coffee Company, Ketchikan, Alaska

Good Coffee Company, Ketchikan, Alaska

Frifotos - Entrances, Blue Bottle Coffee Kiosk, San Francisco, California

Blue Bottle Coffee Kiosk, San Francisco, California

Frifotos - Entrances, Ritual Coffee Roasters, San Francisco, California

Ritual Coffee Roasters, San Francisco, California

Bike racks, especially if supplied by the coffee shop, out in the front make it a very inviting place to enter.

Frifotos - Entrances, Four Barrel Coffee, San Francisco, California

Four Barrel Coffee, San Francisco, California

Frifotos - Entrances, Ipsento Coffee, Bucktown, Chicago

Ipsento Coffee, Bucktown, Chicago

At it’s most basic, if the entrance to a coffee shop has the word “COFFEE” in big letters, that will get me to go in haha! πŸ™‚

Frifotos - Entrances, Star Provisions, Westside, Atlanta, Georgia

Star Provisions, Westside, Atlanta, Georgia

Frifotos - Entrances, Yeah, Me Too coffee, Columbus, Ohio

Yeah, Me Too coffee, Columbus, Ohio

#FriFotos: Some of My Favorite Sky Shots.

Today’s #FriFotos theme on Twitter is “Sky”. It got me thinking of sunrises, sunsets and other beautiful views of the sky I have had while out on the open road and traveling. Well without further ado!

FriFotos - Sky - Toronto Skyline

Lucky cloud cover fills the sky over downtown Toronto.

FriFotos - Sky - Wanaka, New Zealand clouds

The sky is as scenic as the view straight ahead in Wanaka, New Zealand.

FriFotos - Sky - South Island, New Zealand, dusk

Out on the open road in New Zealand, watching the evening sky take hold.

FriFotos - Sky - Punta Gorda, Florida sunset

A colorful Punta Gorda, Florida evening sky.

FriFotos - Sky - Phoenix, Arizona skyline

Up in the sky I go, waving at the Phoenix, Arizona skyline.

FriFotos - Sky - Foggy San Francisco

The fog that was hiding the sky and San Francisco skyline is lifting.

FriFotos - Sky - South Haven, Michigan sunrise

The colorful sky and clouds at sunrise in South Haven, Michigan.

FriFotos - Sky - St. Pete Beach, Florida sunset

Another day, another beautiful sky, sunset in St. Pete Beach, Florida.

FriFotos - Sky - Alaskan Sea, Canada

Checking out the evening sky over the Alaskan Sea in Canada.

FriFotos - Sky - Capitola, California

Unique clouds cross the sky in Capitola, California.

FriFotos - Sky - Chicago Skyline uptop Willis Tower

The blue sky matches the blue water of Lake Michigan in Chicago.

FriFotos - Sky - Chicago, Lake Michigan sunset

The Chicago sky turns colorful at dusk.