Jennifer Lyn King

writer photographer artist world traveler

The Maine I Love: Photos from the Docks

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The Maine I Love: Photos from the Docks

  “Look at that sea, girls–all silver and shadow and vision of things not seen. We couldn’t enjoy its loveliness any more if we had millions of dollars and ropes of diamonds.”-L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables In land-locked Ohio, the sea is an enviable thing. When we lived in Prague, its location, too, was a pinpoint in the middle of a great expanse of land. So when I think...

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Niagara Falls, a Photo Tour

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Niagara Falls, a Photo Tour

“The grandeur of God reveals itself through simple things” ― Paulo Coelho   When my family and I lived in Europe, we traveled everywhere we could, as often as we could. Usually by car, a few times by plane, we visited more than twenty countries and learned more in every way than we ever could have imagined. Actually going to a place and being able to fully experience it — to feel the...

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12 States & 2500 Miles: My Adventure-filled Summer Vacation

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12 States & 2500 Miles: My Adventure-filled Summer Vacation

The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams. -Oprah Winfrey   When our first son was about a year old, my husband and I, with little more than two dimes to rub together, set off on a road trip to Maine. Having a baby along didn’t deter us. We set up his portable crib in our tent in Acadia National Park, rose when he did (when it became light at 4 am) and...

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Maine

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Maine

“I could never stay long enough on the shore; the tang of the untainted, fresh, and free sea air was like a cool, quieting thought.” – Helen Keller   On vacation … headed to … Maine   “Because there’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away.”...

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The Beauty of Serendipity

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The Beauty of Serendipity

Serendipity (n.) : discovering something good, valuable, or pleasant without looking for it. (Webster’s Dictionary)   Last week was one of those which opened with sunshine and beach-like temperatures, but by Thursday, temperatures plummeted forty degrees and rain came in torrents along with a tornado. By Friday, rain mixed with hail at the top of every hour. The plans my family had...

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New Orleans, the Colorful City: a Photojournal

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New Orleans, the Colorful City: a Photojournal

“In the spring of 1988, I returned to New Orleans, and as soon as I smelled the air, I knew I was home. It was rich, almost sweet, like the scent of jasmine and roses around our old courtyard. I walked the streets, savoring that long lost perfume.” ― Anne Rice, Interview With The Vampire The first time I stepped into sultry New Orleans, smelled the brackish air, and saw the camellias, magnolias,...

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The World’s Most Beautiful Beach

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The World’s Most Beautiful Beach

“Every person needs to take one day away.  A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future.  Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence.  Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for.  Each of us needs to withdraw...

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Why Ukraine Matters

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Why Ukraine Matters

“It’s really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.” — Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl Several years ago, my husband came to me with a proposal to move overseas for the company where he works. It had long...

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Mycenae and Ancient Greece: A Photojournal

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Mycenae and Ancient Greece: A Photojournal

“Let me not then die ingloriously and without a struggle, but let me first do some great thing that shall be told among men hereafter.” ― Homer, The Iliad It all began when my oldest son, then twelve years old, began to read Rick Riordan’s young adult series with the character Percy Jackson, who is notoriously the son of Poseidon in The Heroes of Olympus. The series begins when 12-year-old...

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The Italian Alps: Scenes from Chestnut Forests and Stone Villages

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The Italian Alps: Scenes from Chestnut Forests and Stone Villages

“Schilpario was one of the last villages to the north, which lay in the shadow of the Pizzo Camino, one of the highest peaks in the Alps, where the snow did not melt, even in summer. So high in the cliffs, the people looked down on the clouds, which moved through the valley below like rosettes of meringue … The mountain people were sustained through long winters by the contents of...

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Winter in Europe: Favorite Places and Photographs

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Winter in Europe: Favorite Places and Photographs

“… But unless the child in you is entirely dead, it is snow, too, that can make the heart beat faster when it catches you by surprise that way, before your defenses are up. It is snow that can awaken memories of things more wonderful than anything you ever knew or dreamed.” ― Frederick Buechner   Winter in Europe: Favorite Places and Photographs I love Europe in the winter....

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The Acropolis, Athens, and the Aegean Sea: a Photojournal

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The Acropolis, Athens, and the Aegean Sea: a Photojournal

“All my life one of my greatest desires has been to travel–to see and touch unknown countries, to swim in unknown seas, to circle the globe, observing new lands, seas, people, and ideas with insatiable appetite, to see everything for the first time and for the last time, casting a slow, prolonged glance, then to close my eyes and feel the riches deposit themselves inside me calmly or stormily...

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Epidaurus, the Theater from Ancient Greece: A Photojournal

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Epidaurus, the Theater from Ancient Greece: A Photojournal

“The Theater at Epidaurus is considered one of the purest masterpieces of Greek architecture and dates from the 4th century. The vast site, with its temples and hospital buildings devoted to its healing gods, provides valuable insight into the healing cults of Greek and Roman times.” – Epidaurus, Greece brochure From all of my travels in Europe over the past years, ancient...

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10 Favorite Places to Visit in Italy

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10 Favorite Places to Visit in Italy

“From the dome of St. Peter’s one can see every notable object in Rome… He can see a panorama that is varied, extensive, beautiful to the eye, and more illustrious in history than any other in Europe.” -Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad, 1869   The Great Love Affair with Italy Out of the twenty-six countries I traveled in Europe, one country in particular captured my...

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Switzerland, the Greatest Drive in Europe: A Photojournal

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Switzerland, the Greatest Drive in Europe: A Photojournal

“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 The Greatest Drive in Europe: Switzerland When my family and I lived in Europe, we drove everywhere. Not only was Prague (our home) a central location for most of Europe, but for 5 people (3 children), hopping in the...

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Gaudi and Barcelona: Photos of His Art and Architecture

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Gaudi and Barcelona: Photos of His Art and Architecture

There are no straight lines or corners in nature. Therefore, buildings must have no straight lines or sharp corners. -Antoni Gaudí This month, I’m continuing a series on art I saw while I lived in Europe. Art and its rich legacy in architecture are present everywhere in Europe. And while there may be a difference between the two, in some ways, architecture is art. Especially when the...

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My Paris Favorite: Claude Monet, the Water Lilies, and L’Orangerie

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My Paris Favorite: Claude Monet, the Water Lilies, and L’Orangerie

“Thanks to water, [Monet] has become the painter of what we cannot see. He addresses that invisible spiritual surface that separates light from reflection. Airy azure captive of liquid azure … Color rises from the bottom of the water in clouds, in whirlpools.” Claude Monet, Water Lilies, Paris and L’Orangerie This month, I’m sharing some of my favorite photographs...

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Life in Prague as an Artist & Writer

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Life in Prague as an Artist & Writer

“Art is the queen of all sciences communicating knowledge to all the generations of the world.” -Leonardo da Vinci One of my favorite parts of the internet world is getting to know other writers and artists. Writers and artists aren’t folks who are easily known. We don’t have cards we hand out or wear certain spiffy suits to mark us as doing something notable. But in the cyberworld,...

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Prague: 10 Top Things to Do and See

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Prague: 10 Top Things to Do and See

Over the 4 years I lived in Prague, I used and refined this list many times. It is useful as a tour list, the Top 10 Must-Do Things in Prague. The city is relatively small and easy to navigate and tour, but even more, it is, in my opinion, the most beautiful city in Europe. Prague: 10 Top Things to Do and See Day 1: 1. The Charles Bridge: As early as you can, kick off your jetlag and pick up...

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What Freedom Means Now

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What Freedom Means Now

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” -Nelson Mandela An American flag flies high above the US Embassy in Prague, from an iconic white building high on Petrin Hill, where it billows in the breezes along the Vltava River. The Czech flag and EU flags fly elsewhere, especially at the Castle and...

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