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On Being Boring

I moved from London to Brussels with my husband nearly 10 years ago. When I told people we were moving, the news was greeted with bemusement: why did we want to move to a city that was possibly the most boring place on earth? Ten years later and I can honestly say that I've had more fun here than I ever did living in London. It might not be the most exciting city in the world but it is a fantastic place to live. It is full of hidden treasures that you probably never get to see as a tourist: wonderful shops, amazing food, great museums and galleries, beautiful architecture, a forest (yes, a whole forest), and so much more... And if that doesn't convince you, well, get on a train and you could be in Paris, Amsterdam, Cologne or, yes, London in no more than a couple of hours... Which other city can you say that about?

America 2012 – Part 5 (the Hoover Dam)

Between Vegas and the Grand Canyon, we stopped to stretch our legs at the Hoover Dam (and to watch the crazies sitting their small children at the top of the dam wall for pictures. Crazies). This is where I took my favorite picture of the whole trip. See if you can guess which one it is.

17 May 2012 - 3:46 PM katie - YOU have a GREAT GREAT eye! love it.

17 May 2012 - 3:56 PM Cass - Thank you Katie. Don't know about the eye but I do have great great friends x

17 May 2012 - 4:20 PM ralph - Oh, Cass. These are just gorgeous. I do love your eye, and the colors are fresh and nostalgic at once, I don't know how you do that. One of my fave things about the Hoover Dam is the style of the details - the fonts they used, sort of art-deco touches all around, and you caught so much of that. I love it! The shots with the yellow and red steps are brilliant, as are all the rest. LOVE the landscape shots too. I think last time I was there, that bridge in your 3rd shot was just being built. Yikes. My guess for your fave shot - the 2nd to last one? :) You're a wonder. XO

17 May 2012 - 4:30 PM Cass - Thanks for playing along Ralph (I love how you always humor me), but no, not the second to last one - and yes, I love all those details too (the men's loos were so beautiful - even though I only saw them from the outside). Hanno tells me that during the Great Depression, lots of artists were employed by the US government to contribute to things like this - and to paint promotional posters for the National Parks - so that stuff built during that time are all really rather beautiful (it was called the Works Progress Administration Federal Art Project - but you probably knew that, cos you're clever).

17 May 2012 - 4:34 PM Melissa Webb - Oh man, browsing through all your trip photos, and I'm completely in awe. Like, my mouth is open and I'm glued to my screen. Seriously. THEY ARE ALL SO AMAZING. Re trip in October: Pretty much a similar trip as you did. Phoenix, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Seattle. Making little side trips to places like the Grand Canyon and Joshua Tree. :)

17 May 2012 - 4:56 PM Cass - Coming from you, Melissa, one of my earliest and most enduring photo-crushes, that makes me feel all tingly with happiness. Also, you are going to love your trip. And in October, the days will be a little bit shorter, won't they? So it should be a little easier to get cool sunrise/sunset pictures. Getting up at 4am even for very nice light was completely out of the question for me!

17 May 2012 - 8:18 PM amanda - Your landscapes are so beautiful!

17 May 2012 - 10:48 PM Cass - Thank you Amanda. YOU are so beautiful.

17 May 2012 - 10:03 PM Angie - Is it the top one? I love the top one. Am I right? Is there a prize? They're all AWESOME it could be any of them... I do love the last one too, gives a real sense of scale and road-trippiness.

17 May 2012 - 10:50 PM Cass - Hahaha! No, Angie, not the top one (this should become easier by a process of elimination). Maybe everyone's looking at this picture going "nope, that couldn't possibly be her favorite". Maybe I'm weird. But at least I have lovely friends x

18 May 2012 - 5:34 AM Sharlene - Wow, these photos make me really want to get my butt over to the US for a good old roadtrip...not sure how that would go down with my carseat hating 2 year old though! I'm gonna take a stab at guessing your favourite photo...I've narrowed it down to the three in the middle - that statue, the diptych of the exit doors, and the clock. I was going to say the statue...but I'm going to go with the exit doors because you showed them twice. Lock it in!

18 May 2012 - 6:05 AM Matthew - Cass.... I am blown away by these. My guess is the statue........

18 May 2012 - 10:18 PM tara leigh - my guess was the hoover dam exit sign one. am i right?

19 May 2012 - 10:05 AM Cass - Yey! Tara and Sharlene, you're right: the exit picture (the one without the red steps in it - I love the red steps but I just like the uncluttered look and geometric lines of the other one better)! There's just something about it. I'm sure my favorite should be one with my children in it but as soon as I took this one it just spoke to me. Haha! And thank you Matt. If you haven't been to the Hoover Dam yet, you should go: you would be blown away by the whole thing. Even the smallest details have been beautifully designed.

24 May 2012 - 1:41 AM Teresa - So wonderful. I go on family vacation almost every year to the Colorado River. Once, when I was little, we took a lil' out of the way trip to Hoover Dam. These totally just took me back. Thank you. :)

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