West Main Street, Newark Delaware

If you want to see some very nice, old and colorful house and you’re downtown Newark, Delaware. You should definitely have a little walk further Main Street, towards West Main Street.

A purple house downtown West Main Street, Newark DE

Right now most of the students are either moving out or leaving for the Summer time.

It’s moving out season on the Campus!

The Black Vulture, Chesapeake & Delaware Canal Bridge & the praying mantises… let the Road-Trip begin !

I took the “Road-trip” thing quite seriously.

The other day, we decided to go find this road by the canal, under and between the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal Bridge and the St. George Bridge. It was a really nice area, you could actually walk by the water.

Chesapeake & Delaware Canal Bridge, the newest Bridge.

This is the bridge you will have to take from Newark, New Castle, (The Northern part of Delaware) if you want to go towards the Beaches (Down South)

Road-trip I was saying, here’s the proof.

They are many beautiful birds around the area. Partly because it’s the Chesapeake Bay.

If you wonder what this Bay is, here a map and some details:

“The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the United States.[2] It lies off the Atlantic Ocean, surrounded byMaryland and Virginia. The Chesapeake Bay’s drainage basin covers 64,299 square miles (166,534 km2) in the District of Columbia and parts of six states: New YorkPennsylvaniaDelawareMarylandVirginia, and West Virginia.[3] More than 150 rivers and streams drain into the Bay, and it comprises 64,000 square miles (170,000 km2) of bays, marshes and rivers” (Thank you Wikipedia)

“Marsh”… the key word. Who says marshes and rivers, says birds :)

Delaware Black Vulture

It was the first time I saw a Vulture. I have seen many beautiful birds in Delaware. But this one was pretty nice, he didn’t want to leave, I tried to make him fly away, but he just liked to pose like a model. I got him from pretty close.

St. Georges Bridge

The Chesapeake and Delaware Cana Bridge (Newest) and the St. George Bridge (Older) both getting us to the Beach.

Found a praying mantises

Charming Historic New Castle

A pretty house, Old New Castle near the Green

This pretty house is located near the historical Green. In the center of tiny Historic town of New Castle, Delaware. This “Green” was laid out by the Dutch in 1651. This time line is pretty old if you consider U.S History.

The town is really lovely, there is like “back in time” feeling when you walk around. People can visit The Amstel House (The First Grand Mansion of Delaware), The Dutch House (Delaware’s Early Colonial Gem), The Old Library Museum  (A Fanciful Victorian Classic by Frank Furness). There is even a New Castle Historical Society taking care of visits and more.

Living this kind of life, Old New Castle, DE

I don’t know if for some reason it was related to the Ocean City, MD Custom Car Show happing the same day I took this picture. But it was nice seeing this kind of car, it totally fits the atmosphere of New Castle.

A little anecdote, Ryan Phillipe, (“Gosford Park”, “Cruel Intentions”, “Crash” etc….) was born in New Castle, DE and spent his childhood there.

Shirley Temple came to visit the town as well.

“Before the Delaware Memorial Bridge was built, New Castle was a major ferry terminal for travel between Maryland and New Jersey. Many notable folks, such as Shirley Temple traveled through the town on their way to/from the ferry.” (travellerspoint.com)

Shirley Temple visiting Old New Castle, Delaware

Some people in Rehoboth Beach enjoy jumping into the Ice Cold Water

From now on, my posts will be dedicated to Polaroids. I know I haven’t posted for a long time, even though I still kept collecting nice pictures of Delaware. I keep traveling the State. I planned to post some pictures back in February about the Polar Bear Plunge, but for some reason I didn’t have time. It was the first time I went to see these people jump into the cold water… it was nice, we are considering doing it next year.

Polar Beach Plunge

Polar Beach Plunge back in February 2011, Rehoboth Beach

I didn’t take amazing pictures, I got distracted by the new friend I made on that day. Look at the love in his eyes…I think he got a crush!

Dogs love Rehoboth Beach

Dogs love Rehoboth Beach

“Good old Fashioned” American Billboard, Smyrna

(Smyrna, Delaware)

“Good old Fashioned”

 

Who doesn’t like Old Fashioned Billboards.

Especially when they are the only interesting things around. We are talking about a Road-trip here, right?

By the way, don’t get it wrong, everything Old-fashioned is not always that good, i tried their Ice Cream, it’s not that good or that old fashion :/

I will talk about the Kohr Bros Frozen Custard later, they deserve a real post with summer pictures.

 

Since it’s my favorite season, and probably a more constant time for updates, i also wanted to share some nice travel quotes.

The 50 Most Inspiring Travel Quotes Of All Time

1. “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain

2. “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine

3. “There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

4. “The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.” – Samuel Johnson

5. “All the pathos and irony of leaving one’s youth behind is thus implicit in every joyous moment of travel: one knows that the first joy can never be recovered, and the wise traveler learns not to repeat successes but tries new places all the time.” – Paul Fussell

6. “Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.” – Jack Kerouac

7. “He who does not travel does not know the value of men.” – Moorish proverb

8. “People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home.” – Dagobert D. Runes

9. “A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.” – John Steinbeck

10. “No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” – Lin Yutang

11. “Your true traveler finds boredom rather agreeable than painful. It is the symbol of his liberty-his excessive freedom. He accepts his boredom, when it comes, not merely philosophically, but almost with pleasure.” – Aldous Huxley

12. “All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it.” – Samuel Johnson

13. “For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

14. “Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” – Cesare Pavese

15. “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

16″A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.” – Moslih Eddin Saadi

17. “When we get out of the glass bottle of our ego and when we escape like the squirrels in the cage of our personality and get into the forest again, we shall shiver with cold and fright. But things will happen to us so that we don’t know ourselves. Cool, unlying life will rush in.” – D. H. Lawrence

18. “To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” – Freya Stark

19. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

20. “Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard

21. “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” – Martin Buber

22. “We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharial Nehru

23. “Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.” – Paul Theroux

24. “To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” – Bill Bryson

25. “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

26. “Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by.” – Robert Frost

27. “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

28. “There is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage like the beginning of it.” – Charles Dudley Warner

29. “A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu

30. “If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.” – James Michener

31. “The journey not the arrival matters.” – T. S. Eliot

32. “A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill

33. “I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” – Mark Twain

34. “Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quiestest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” – Pat Conroy

“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

35. “Not all those who wander are lost.” – J. R. R. Tolkien

36. “Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.” – Benjamin Disraeli

37. “Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” – Maya Angelou

38. “Too often travel, instead of broadening the mind, merely lengthens the conversation.” – Elizabeth Drew

39. “Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe”……Anatole France

40. “Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” – Seneca

41. “What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do – especially in other people’s minds. When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.” – William Least Heat Moon

42. “I soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within.” – Lillian Smith

43. “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” – Aldous Huxley

44. “Travel does what good novelists also do to the life of everyday, placing it like a picture in a frame or a gem in its setting, so that the intrinsic qualities are made more clear. Travel does this with the very stuff that everyday life is made of, giving to it the sharp contour and meaning of art.” – Freya Stark

45. “The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.” – Rudyard Kipling

46. “Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.” – Paul Theroux

47. “The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G. K. Chesterton

48. “When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.” – Clifton Fadiman

49. “A wise traveler never despises his own country.” – Carlo Goldoni

50. “Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.” – Mark Jenkins

 

I found these quotes here

The Atlantic Ocean behind me, Rehoboth Beach by night.

(Rehoboth Beach, from the Boardwalk)

I just love to walk around, and look at these houses. Maybe one of those belonged to the actress Lynda Carter (Wonder woman). Well it’s off season now, it’s probably the best time for locals like us to stop by, and have a last bath in the ocean. (Water is amazing !!!) Waves are not small though.

Some history:

“As per, the information provided by the Rehoboth Beach Historical Society, in 1872, Reverend Robert W. Todd of St. Paul’s M.E. Church in Wilmington visited a Camp meeting area on the Jersey Shore. He put up an idea of starting a camp area on the Delaware coast. In 1873, The Rehoboth Camp Meeting Association was formed and 414 acres of land was purchased from local farmers. The grounds were laid out in a fan-shaped design, with wide streets, parks and specific building lots. That design remains largely intact till date. The Camp Meeting Association was split up in 1881. In the year 1891, the place was incorporated by the Delaware General Assembly as Henlopen. Shortly after this, it was renamed to Rehoboth Beach.”

My charming neighbord and her veggie store on the corner of the street

(My lovely Neighbor always providing us with the best tomatoes, Newark, Delaware)

Since last year, i only get tomatoes from across the street. No need to take the car and get to the grocery store, where i can buy tomatoes and cucumbers grown many miles away. These are Delawareans, grown by her own son, who gives her something to sell and and opportunity to meet friendly people who stop by. You basically can leave the money in the jar, and she will come and get it when she gets the chance. I find this very cute and nice… and i only want to buy from her ! And these tomatoes are so so good, real ones ! Just love the concept. Gives Delaware a soul !

Delaware Mud Run?

(While Driving back to Newark from Smyrna)

Here a funny add that caught my attention. I had to go back home and look for some more info about this “special” event. I thought was kind of “weird”. Apparently it’s for a fund-raising, for the Leukemia Research Foundation of Delaware. Check out the rules if you like mud.

Mysterious Creature found in Rehoboth Beach

These mysterious creature allow an illusion of time travel.

Horse Shoe Crab

On the Beach

Horseshoe Crab on the Beach

If you know the name of this lovely animal, feel free to let me know !

A little update about this animal, thank to a comment reply, i now know the name of this animal: horseshoe crab, and here some info about them:

« Horseshoe crabs are among the world’s oldest and most fascinating creatures. They are estimated to be at least 300 million years old. The earliest horseshoe crab species were crawling around the Earth’s shallow coastal seas for at least 100 million years before the dinosaurs even arrived (which was about 200 million years ago). Since that time, the Earth’s land masses have shifted dramatically, thousands of other species have come and gone, but horseshoe crabs have survived and today remain much as they were those millions of years ago. Horseshoe crabs have been used by people for centuries. More recently, they have been instrumental to scientific research that has contributed significantly to human health. Still today, when people see for the first time this strange creature with an armored shell and spiked tail, it is often with trepidation, along with the question, “What is that thing?” Meet the remarkable horseshoe crab » (source)

Close-up

Historic New Castle Marker route

Marker, New Castle, Delaware

On the Corner Strand and Packet Alley, between Delaware and Harmony Streets, New Castle

The Marker says:

PACKET ALLEY

Packet boats from Philadelphia met stage coaches and railroad for Frenchtown, Maryland, chief line of communication from north to Baltimore and South. Andrew Jackson, David Crockett, Daniel Webster, Henry Clay, Lord Ashburton, Sam Houston, Louis Napoleon, Stonewall Jackson, Indians (led by Osceola and Black Hawk) en route to visit “Great Father” in Washington all passed this way.

More information on the Archives of Delaware website

«The Delaware Public Archives operates a historical markers program as part of its mandate. Markers are placed at historically significant locations and sites across the state. For more information on this program»

The ocean, the power to capture.

Technically not Delaware anymore, since it was taken in Ocean City, Maryland.

Our attention,

Our interest

Our dreams

Ourselves.

For some reason, more than any other place, human beings have such attraction for the ocean and the sea. And have settled down on the coasts of the world, since the beginning.

Rehoboth on a windy day

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

I just found in an article that Rehoboth is about to set Wind Farms off the Beaches. (Article from April 2010) « The U.S. Interior Department Wednesday took a key step aimed at moving Delaware’s effort forward  by opening up waters off the Delaware coast for bids from renewable power companies. » (WHYY)

Sounds like good green news !

Entering a Protected Area

Costal Highway, Sussex County, Delaware

I found some nice information about the area, on their official website :

« Delaware’s Inland Bays, designated an estuary of national significance in 1988, cover 32 square mile and drain a watershed area of about 320 square miles in southeastern Sussex County Delaware. They are separated by a narrow barrier beach from the Atlantic Ocean. Indian River Bay is a shallow drowned river valley system with freshwater inflow and a direct connection to the ocean through the Indian River Inlet. Rehoboth Bay is a shallow coastal lagoon system behind a narrow barrier island. It connects to the ocean by the Lewes and Rehoboth Canal and the Indian River Bay. The smallest and shallowest is Little Assawoman Bay which connects to the ocean via the Ocean City Inlet.

Because they are so shallow, with an average depth ranging from 3 to 8 feet, and because they are poorly flushed by tidal movement, they are especially sensitive to environmental changes. Increases in pollutants, changes in salinity and fluctuations in water temperature, for example, can have dramatic effects on water quality and on the plants, fish, shellfish, and microscopic creatures that live in the bays. »

(www.inlandbays.org)

A Family tradition

Newark, Delaware, Academy Street.

What I really like a lot in Delaware, and i don’t know if i noticed it so much in other states, it’s these little lights on the windows. It creates this really nice warm feel. Like a sweet presence in the house. Even if no one is there. I found some more information on the website of American Family Tradition : « The tradition of placing a Candle in the Window goes back to the Colonial times in the United States and back much further in time for other cultures. It is a Tradition practiced throughout the year. It symbolizes the warmth and security of the Family hearth and signals loyalty to Family members and loved ones who are not present in the home. At Christmas Time if follows the tradition of the Colonial Williamsburg Christmals. »

« Welcome to Delaware »


« Welcome to Delaware », Ocean City, MD

Leaving Ocean City, Maryland, and entering Fenwick Island, Delaware. Named after Thomas Fenwick. « Some legends contend that Fenwick swam ashore at Fenwick Island after being thrown overboard by pirates. Most historians do not believe that this happened. It is, however, likely that Fenwick’s future son-in-law did swim ashore. William Fassett swam ashore after being cast off by a group of pirates. He would go on to marry Fenwick’s daughter, Mary and claim the land of Fenwick Island for himself. »(Town of Fenwick Island.)

Passing by Bethany Beach

Beach house on the road, Bethany Beach, Delaware

Of course this is only a view from the car, passing by. But these houses are really nice ! And we can almost see the ocean between the trees and fences. This a very nice area to drive by, the nature is very peaceful, and seeing the ocean is such a great thing !

Now just a little bit of history, Bethany Beach was founded in 1901, 2 years later they built the first boardwalk. In 1934, they constructed the first paved road between Rehoboth and Bethany Beach. More information is available on the official Bethany Beach website.

Introduction to a Fantastic Place: Rehoboth

On the Lake Comegys, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

Rehoboth is situated in the Sussex County. In the Southern part of Delaware, on the Atlantic Coast. This picture doesn’t illustrate really how pretty and charming the area is, but is an Introduction to many posts i’ll publish very soon about this great place.

Since I spend a lot of time going to Rehoboth, mostly because my husband has a strong connection to this place, and just loves it very much. But also because there is a feeling there, of “A place like nowhere else”. It is not only a great place to spend Summer Time, but also a nice one if we need a break and want to enjoy the Ocean; get away from stress and everyday life.

Snow Storm Eve

Around 6pm Newark, Delaware.

The snow was falling gently, and everyone staying home.

Newark is a small town, wikipedia says it’s a “city”, in the New Castle County, in Delaware.

It is mostly famous to being the home of the University of Delaware, and is is ranked 68th by US News and World Report in the category of “Best National Universities.” The town lives according to the flow of students. When they leave for Spring Break, when they party after exams, or when they study for the exams and are packing the Library.

The University was the fist one in the US to begin a study abroad program. It’s actually very nice to see a lot of foreign students in such a small Town, and State.

I finally decided to share my collection

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I started Photography back in High school.
It was in France. I spent 3 years in an boarding school, where i studied intensively German language, literature and History/Geography. It was in such a context (Always being in school) i started to participate in clubs.

Most of my activities, outside of school, were either art or photography. And I was lucky, because my school had a dark room.
At the age of 16/17 i started to spend a lot of my time, in this tiny dark room.

Later on, after i graduated in French literature and languages, I passed a concourse and continued my studies in an Art School (Beaux-Arts)
I graduated 4 years later. And part of my work was connected to nature and photography.

living in the USA