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Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Tomorrow Astrid and I fly to Liverpool for our honeymoon...and the meet-up on Saturday, 10 April.

In case you've missed it:
We're meeting at 1 p.m. in front of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre (see map).
If it's raining, look for us inside the next-door pub, The Dirty Duck, a.k.a. The Black Swan!
If you see a bunch of people with cameras, you've probably found us!

On the way home from Groningen, we had to switch trains in Utrecht, Holland,
where we saw this famous scene in Utrecht that I was able to capture here
back in 2008.

This is my last post until a week from now.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Tomorrow Astrid and I fly to Liverpool for our honeymoon...and the meet-up on Saturday, 10 April.

In case you've missed it:
We're meeting at 1 p.m. in front of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre (see map).
If it's raining, look for us inside the next-door pub, The Dirty Duck, a.k.a. The Black Swan!
If you see a bunch of people with cameras, you've probably found us!

On the way home from Groningen, we had to switch trains in Utrecht, Holland,
where we saw this famous scene in Utrecht that I was able to capture here
back in 2008.

This is my last post until a week from now.

comments (73)

  • JJ
  • United States
  • 7 Apr 2010, 02:03
Super shot of this cool station, Wishing you both a lovely Honeymoon
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, JJ. We are really looking firward to it all. smile
You'd think they'd have better lighting for a masterpiece. Have a wonderful honeymoon, you lovebirds, and a great time with the other SC'ers.
Ginnie Hart: Astrid and I have been there many times but this was the first time we saw the mural (late at night). We are really looking forward to our trip, Larry, as you can imagine. Thanks.
  • rian
  • United States
  • 7 Apr 2010, 02:13
love this subway decor.. it does have a 3d look to it.. very nice shot.. grin
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Rian. I actually like train stations. I know I'm weird. grin Thanks.
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
  • 7 Apr 2010, 02:25
I like the picture in the middle of the picturesmile
Ginnie Hart: i agree, Sherri. It is especially fun when the inside pic is one you have photographed yourself previously. It was fun to see. Thanks.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 7 Apr 2010, 02:41
This is a gorgeous mural, Ginnie.

Hope you have a wonderful trip.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Ray. We are really looking forward to our time away!
  • crash
  • United States - NYC - NJ
  • 7 Apr 2010, 03:56
now that is one classy rail station!
Ginnie Hart: It is, indeed, Ryan...one of the things I love about Europe.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 7 Apr 2010, 05:48
tongue Stratford will know who and what Shutterchance is, that town will never be like it was before...
How many times have we been on that station and never seen it??
Amazing scene.
Prachtige foto, nog één dag.......... smile
Ginnie Hart: Stratford will never be the same...you're right, MLMA! I'll never be the same either, for sure! grin 24 hours from now we'll be gone, gone, gone. YAY! Hartstikke bedankt!
Wow, I like very much the style of this painting. Great shot.
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Valérie. It was fun to see since I have taken a picture of that very site.
be sure to get some of that black english tea with the cream in it while you are there.
have fun on your honeymoon! haha, i know you will. you have fun everyday.
Ginnie Hart: I'm sure Tracy will make sure we get the full English treatment, Seraphine, but I will definitely mention to her your comment. smile We are so ready for this mini-break away. It'll be Astrid's first vacation since she flew to the States to see me last June. It's time! And yes, we do have fun every day. It's a choice we hope to always make the rest of our lives!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 7 Apr 2010, 06:16
That's well painted Ginnie: I feel I could jump through it into the canal

See you in Stratford on Saturday Ginnie: it will be nice to meet you in the flesh
Ginnie Hart: Flesh and blood, Chris. Be there or be square!!! grin At least I've seen you on Skype, so won't be totally surprised, right?
nice pictures going to take the metro, softens the travel!!!
Ginnie Hart: The train system here in Holland is excellent, Fabrizio. I LOVE the European trains. smile Grazie.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 7 Apr 2010, 06:53
Remarkable work of art for a train station
Ginnie Hart: That's what I love about Europe, Tony! smile
I hope Chris knows you will be wearing clothes and wont be naked..grin Not in my car anywaygrin
See you two in the morning, safe flight and dont forget you high heels and dresses tonguetongue
Ginnie Hart: LOL, Tracy. I'll wear my high heels and dress if you wear yours! grin Astrid, too. We can hardly wait to see you, Musketeer.
See you Saturday!
Ginnie Hart: I can hardly wait! smile
Superb capture. Light and colours are very beautiful. Have a lovely Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Antoine. smile
Have fun!!!
Ginnie Hart: I'm sure we'll have lots of stories to tell, Chantal. smile Bedankt.
  • chad
  • wherever I hang my mask.
  • 7 Apr 2010, 08:25
I am so looking forward to meeting you but don't think likewise, most people say that I am a complete dissapointment.
Ginnie Hart: 'Most people' are the ones I've not yet met, Chad, thankfully! smile I am so looking forward to our meet-up, after all that I've heard about you from someone I trust!!!
  • jude iron maiden
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Apr 2010, 08:42
lovely post
by the way chad, you could Never be a disappointment - you are Quirkiness Personified

have a lovely lovely meet-up
can't Wait to see the photographs
Ginnie Hart: I still can't believe we won't see YOU, JIM. Something is definitely not right with that picture??? Will we ever forgive you???
  • jude iron maiden
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Apr 2010, 08:43
oh dear astrid and ginnie
PLEASE tell me you are not flying Chadair
Ginnie Hart: Is EasyJet any better?
  • jude iron maiden
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Apr 2010, 08:44
actually, yes, Please fly Chadair and then instead of landing at Liverpool it would drop you in Bath because it is SO INCOMPETENT and then i could meet you for coffee !
Ginnie Hart: You need to continue this, I think, at my e-mail address lest the computer gods come down to zap you!
  • jude iron maiden
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Apr 2010, 08:54
you are going to need a much wider angle camera on saturday

Ginnie Hart: Yes, indeed, JIM. Even wider if you would but come, too!! sad
  • jude iron maiden
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Apr 2010, 08:58
Ginnie Hart: That's it. That's the one!
Never in a million years did i ever think we would meet up Ginnie,but come Saturday.Looking forward to meeting you both.Have a lovely honeymoon.
Ginnie Hart: Life can be so full of such serendipities, Mick, if we but dream them up and attract them to us. grin That sums up the way I think, to be honest. We're lucky, aren't we!
  • Theys
  • Belgium
  • 7 Apr 2010, 09:09
Beautiful realization, beautiful fresco in this subway, good capture Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: To think of all the people that run past and don't even see it, Roland! I'm glad we saw it. Merci.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 7 Apr 2010, 09:25
An interesting piece of trompe l'oeil. I've been reading the comments laughing - Chad, a disappointment? I think he's just being modest!
Ginnie Hart: From everything Astrid has said about Chad, you're right, Ingrid. Can hardly wait to meet you all! smile
That is a lovely painting in the center of the wall. Wishing you loads of fun with the SCers.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Mary. We are so looking forward to our meet-up!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 7 Apr 2010, 09:49
Oh Ginnie, my best wishes will be accompanying you both- I'm sure it will be a wonderful, inspiring, heartful... meeting-together! Your picture is very approriating today -the NS Spoorwegen Museum in Utrecht must be a toppertje for every railway-friend as I heard! "Planes, Trains,and Automobiles"- and of course, your souls have wings crossing the Channel and flying towards Tracy and Stratford- full of pleasure and great expectations!

A Wish for a Friend

Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers—
Miles and miles of Irish (English, Dutch, American...) smiles
For golden happy hours—
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!
(an old Irish Blessing)
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Philine. The only thing missing will be YOU! But we'll have our own special one-on-one with you soon, more nearby.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 7 Apr 2010, 09:52
Oh, Chad "a complete disappointment"? Oh, an instructively typical example of English understatement!- I have to read all comments later! (being just on the way...)
Ginnie Hart: From what everyone else has said, especially Astrid, Chad doesn't know what he's talking about!!
The bright blue and white sign makes an unusal but effective partner to the mural. I like the inclusion of the stair case allowing us to escape the image stage right ;o)
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Mike. Had to show it really was at the train station. smile Thanks and...soon!
  • vintage
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 7 Apr 2010, 10:54
I do wish I could meet you all there
Ginnie Hart: Me, too, Vintage! The funny thing is, even though you're from Australia, both of us have met you in real life, though on separate occasions. That still amazes me!
have a good one u guys, should be tons of fun with peeps meeting you there, and takin' pics, and stuuuufffffff.... smile
Ginnie Hart: All of that and maybe even more, Elaine. grin Thanks.
There's going to be a few of us there Ginnie..Looking forward to to seeing you all.
A great 3d effect in that picture..Wonderful.
Ginnie Hart: We may need to wear nametags, Ron. grin Thanks.
Belle manière de populariser la culture !
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Christophe. Good to see you again.
Have a wonderful honeymoon!!

Wish I could be there to meet up with all of you!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Nadiuska. Maybe we'll meet you some day here in the Netherlands, up close and personal! smile
What a lovely mural, quite a work of art. Have a safe journey, see you on Saturday.
Ginnie Hart: Coming with bells, Brian. Thanks.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 7 Apr 2010, 12:48
Amazing to find such wonderful art in a 'transit' station. Love the colors..and have a great time!!!
Ginnie Hart: We'll like little kids right now, Marcie. grin Thanks.
Wow!! I really like the discrepancy between the old mural and the modern signs. Somehow they seem to fit together, although they should not.
Ginnie Hart: It's funny how such things just happen, Marion. Too bad we won't be able to see you, since you'll seem so close...yet so far.
Hope you are as happy as you deserve. Congratulations.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Albert. We are feeling very happy indeed. smile
That is lovely artwork that probably goes unnoticed by many, except for you smile Have a safe journey and see you Saturday smile smile
Ginnie Hart: When there are loads of people passing by, it's easy to miss this, Linda. We were there late in the evening and had a chance to see it wiothout any people around! Looking forward to meeting you!
Beautiful composition, Ginnie! I really love the tones here!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
Crickey. Ginnie and Astrid . You have started something good. Wish I could have been there.
Ginnie Hart: Wish you could have been there, too, Janet. Maybe next time?
I am so looking forward to hearing all the wild & wonderful reminiscences from the lucky folk who are fortunate enough to attend this meet-up, Ginnie.

The Utrecht painting on the train station wall just shows how much the Dutch respect their environment & heritage. Glad you spotted this one.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you very much, Beverly. I'm sure there will be lots of ripples from this meet-up. :
Very nice; that painting in the middle almost seems to go right through the wall. That golden kalf is intriguing!
Ginnie Hart: I love stuff like this, Mark. Thanks.
  • sil
  • Italy
  • 7 Apr 2010, 15:17
Wonderful mural! Have a great time on your trip!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Silvia. We expect to have a great time!
  • jude iron maiden
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Apr 2010, 16:10
you could always hijack the third musketeer's blog site !!!!!
astrid could create an interesting diversion and she would Never know you had done it ............
Ginnie Hart: Hmmmmmm. The plot thickens, I see! smile
  • rags
  • United States
  • 7 Apr 2010, 16:10
Hope you have fun @ your honeymoon!
Ginnie Hart: Ypou're a sweetheart, Kanyi. Thank you.
Incredible - that must be the weirdest assortment of images on any station platform in the world!
Ginnie Hart: It was fun to see it, finally, without hundreds of people passing by, Tom! Thanks.
This is a great shot, again some tricky light. Have a nice Honeymoon.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, John. We are really looking forward to this get-away.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 7 Apr 2010, 18:31
You people make the best of it. Actually the first time I heard of a honeymoon in Liverpool smile

'See' ya when you are back
Ginnie Hart: More like Stoke on Trent, Louis. Liverpool may be incidental? grin You'll definitely see me when I get back!
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Apr 2010, 19:40
you have made a station look pretty.

I do hope you have a fantastic time on your honeymoon smile
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Cherie. Sorry we missed you on Saturday. It was a great meet-up, which I'll be working on today. smile
  • Mroy
  • United States
  • 7 Apr 2010, 20:41
Looks more like this belongs to a museum wall than a subway wall.

Safe trip. Enjoy!
Ginnie Hart: I know what you mean, Maria. Thanks! We had a fabulous time and I'll work on catching you up! smile
Liverpool's my dirty home town... a great place with lots to see there from the wonderful Philharmonic Hotel - half way between the two cathedrals, to the Albert Dock.

Enjoy your honeymoon and your ad hoc meeting with the bloggers.
Ginnie Hart: We had a chance to see the Albert Dock area yesterday, George, before flying back to Holland. Even road the Liverpool Wheel. The whole long weekend was beautiful in every way, especially the meet-up on Saturday, which I'll be working on the rest of this week. Thanks, as always, for stopping by.
wonderful picture reminds me of the underground but with art, ?

enjoy your trip, sorry i wont be there to meet you all
Ginnie Hart: It does remind me a bit of underground art...which I guess it is! Too bad we didn't see you, Derek, but maybe next time?

Beautiful subject and fine composition Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Rémi.
  • Esther
  • Sabah,Malaysian Borneo
  • 8 Apr 2010, 02:46
This was at Utrecht's train station, Ginnie??? I missed this! Next time, I will be photo-walking with you and Astrid!

Its a pretty piece - I have a photo of the exact same spot of the canal.
Ginnie Hart: Well, to be honest, Esther, I have passed that spot many a time but never saw this till that one night when we were there late. I think usually there are so many people in front of it you totally miss it altogether. One day you WILL be photo-hunting with Astrid and me, I'm sure of it. smile
  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 8 Apr 2010, 05:17
Enjoy you honeymoon!

Hmmm... the Dirty Duck ...? ;-)
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Sidney. We had a GREAT time away and are eager to show some of what we saw. smile
  • rem_la
  • France
  • 8 Apr 2010, 07:39
superbe cette composition !
Ginnie Hart: Merci, dear Rem.
  • spark
  • Australia
  • 8 Apr 2010, 14:00
an interesting juxtaposition Ginnie, seems like the sc people are getting around at the moment smile
Ginnie Hart: It's always fun to put faces with names, Spark. It's when the virtual world meshes with reality and comes out better for it! Thanks.
Hi Ginnie, and first of all let me wish you all the best for you and your friend. That's really great ! I'm very happy for you both and hope that you will have a nice time with all of your friends and family.
My warmest regards and congratulations.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you so much, Flo. We had a fabulous time. And to answer your question from the other day, Paris is NOT that far away by car. I'm sure we will tackle it one of these days! It will be great if we can meet up with you then! Something to look forward to. smile
  • martie
  • United States
  • 9 Apr 2010, 03:41
I know you and Astrid will be having the BEST of times! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! Perfect photo for your trip.

I'm with you guys in spirit!
Ginnie Hart: We had a fabulous trip in every way, Martie. Now I can hardly wait to work on the pictures! smile Thanks.
The artist forgot to include the bicycles! smile (It was fun to click on your 2008 photo!)

Have a great time in Stratford. My husband and I celebrated our 30th anniversary there 10 years ago, had a WONDERFUL time!
Ginnie Hart: I'm delighted that you could at least picture us all there on Saturday, Patrushka. It was a fabulous time for us. THANK YOU.
Wonderful picture Ginnie.
I am sure that all of you will have a great time tomorrow!
Ginnie Hart: We did indeed have a great time, Richard...except for missing you! Too bad you couldn't join us. Maybe next time!
  • jess
  • USA
  • 9 Apr 2010, 15:52
This is a really intriguing composition. The illusion of the archways, the dark moody color of the subway... I really like this!

Have a splendid honeymoon!!!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Jess, and thank you. It was a great time for us...and a very special memory to have and hold forever.
A great find, was it in the train museum?
Ginnie Hart: No, Wim. This was in the train station in Utrecht. But usually there are so many people in front of it you don't see the mural! We were there late at night and were lucky to catch it free of distraction!
  • Petra
  • Netherlands
  • 9 Apr 2010, 17:39
great shot and .. it indeed is exactly the same, well seen.
have a great trip!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Petra. We had a fabulous time and are eager to show it. smile
I'm with you all in my thoughts... smile

I like the different light here...the cold light from the signs and the more warmer light reflecting from the wall...gives a strange effect of old and new at the same time....
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Aksel. We had a great time away and can hardly wait to show our impressions.
  • Cherise
  • Netherlands
  • 9 Apr 2010, 21:17
Have a great time, Ginnie! smile
Ginnie Hart: We did, Cherise, and I can hardly wait to show it. smile
  • Andy
  • USA
  • 9 Apr 2010, 23:46
Very cool artwork in this station! Have fun at the meetup this weekend!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you and we did! And sorry about calling you Liang. sad
A marvelous picture with fine detail and great tones...well done Ginniesmile
Ginnie Hart: Tyhank you kindly, Pavan.
Very good picture.
Great sharpness, very good depth.
I really like the composition.

Ginnie Hart: Muchas gracias, Ricardo.
  • Aurore
  • France
  • 11 Apr 2010, 12:33
Love the tones and compo, love the mix of old mood and modern blue lights. Wonderful.
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Aurore, for stopping by and commenting!
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 12 Apr 2010, 08:16
Hoping you are having a super time and are enjoying spring together with friends.
Ginnie Hart: We had a fabulous time, Frida! Now I will work on getting all the pictures organized! I just tried leaving you a comment but it was recognized as spam. I'll try again later.
  • Liang
  • United States
  • 12 Apr 2010, 18:26
nicely composed ginnie! beautiful textures on the walls.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.

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