roundup: Some random cool things


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Crazy House in Vietnam

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Cliffs of Dover

Cliffs of Dover


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Old cigarette ads

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Giant Serpent off the coast of France


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How to live like a king for very little


little girl as flemmish painting
Looks like an old Flemish painting, right?
Spain somewhere
This is somewhere in Spain. Anyone know where? I don’t.
This is sunrise somewhere on Mars
sea stack

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  1. Linda says

    Hi Jim,
    Last link – Sea Stack – the link looks a bit odd? Is that off Australia’s southern coast by the way? Many sea stacks along the Great Ocean Road – rated one of the best drives in the world. We visited in July last year and it was jaw-dropping beautiful.

    12 Apostles

    • jlcollinsnh says

      Wow Linda…

      …it surely does! thanks for catching it.

      That was a movie somebody had recommended that I was checking out. I can’t imagine how I managed to make it the Sea Stack link. Unfortunately, the real link is lost to me as I found this and put it in my draft ages ago. This is also the reason I can’t tell you the location.

      Truth is, I hit the “publish” button on this one by mistake and before it was ready. Sigh. 🙂

      But I love your 12 Apostles link!


  2. Javier Guillén Cruz says

    Yes, it is in fact Ronda, in the province of Málaga.

    The cliff you see under the bridge, is usually called “el balcón del coño”, which could be translated, roughly, as “the shit balcony”, because everyone who gets near it shouts “shit”!
    Again… rough translation. Anyway, a very beautiful town in the south of Spain.

    Greetings form the south of Spain!!

    Javier from Seville

    • jlcollinsnh says

      Welcome Javier…

      Always nice to have an international reader check in, and…

      …cool story behind the picture. Thanks!

  3. Garth says

    Hi Jim

    Love the photos by Bill Gekas! You might want to check out the new documentary called “Tim’s Vermeer”. Looks fascinating…

    • jlcollinsnh says

      Thanks Mr. Peep!

      The correct link is now reestablished.

      By the power of smart jlcollinsnh readers. Like you. 🙂

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