Friday, August 07, 2009

looks like we made it


i'll admit it was touch and go for a little bit there in amsterdam. nerves were wearing thin after 10 days of non-stop togetherness and 12 hours cramped together on the plane. there was a bit of snapping. and husband showed himself to be rather prissily annoyingly danish rule-oriented and admonished me for taking the next picture, snarking, "you know it's illegal to take photographs in an airport," in a neah-neah-i-hope-they-haul-you-away-and-we-never-see-you-again voice.


but i think it turned out pretty well, despite what he said. morning sunshine on a shiny, clean plane that's just waiting to take you home is a lovely sight indeed.

then just to be defiant of husband and his grown-up rules and stuff, i took this shot of the pilot's feet as he went by.


and nobody said a word to me about taking pictures. legal or not. so neah-neah yourself, husband. yup, i can be very mature.

then we got home at last and the day is completely glorious and the garden is beautiful (if fading a little, with hints of autumn here and there) and that (and a shower) made things better. as did hanging out in the garden with a book, relaxing and getting acquainted with little guys like this one...i think he's a moth, not a butterfly, but he's pretty anyway.


and soon, there will be cold white wine and charcoals starting up and yummy tarragon mustard potato salad and grilled ribs. and all that long journey will prove to have been worth it if only because it makes us appreciate home.

will be back soon with many of the impressions and stories i've been collecting over the past week or so...in the meantime, happy weekend!

EDIT: i have since looked into the question of legality of taking photos in airports...it seems that it varies by airport and some (like AMS) actually have areas where they allow/encourage it. however, where they generally don't encourage it is at security, so do be careful when photographing in airports! the photos i took were probably quite ok, since there's no security facilities in sight, tho' they might have objected to the detail of the activity around the plane itself in the shot of the plane being loaded at the gate.

15 comments:

rxBambi said...

Togetherness is wonderful in short bursts, so is getting away from everyone :)
fyi - I've never heard of it being illegal to take pix in the airport. Casinos, yes, but not airports. Although it might make sense to not photo the pilot. Hmmm. I have a pilot friend and every time I fly southwest I ask who the captain is. Sometimes they will tell me, other times they tell me they aren't supposed to tell.
The way to tell the dif b/t a moth and a butterfly is how he holds his wings when stationary. Up it's a butterfly, down it's a moth. So I'd also go with moth on your ittle guy.
Welcome home! Also, look for package in 6-10 days :)

McVal said...

Usually after a vacation, I'm just glad to get back to my office so I have a minute to sit down! Vacations are starting to wear me out.
But the togetherness is nice for a while...

Esmerelda said...

Welcome home! and thank you for the pictures and little snippets along the way.

marinik said...

there's no place like home....
welcome, looking forward to stories and more amazing photos :)

Char said...

one of my friends used to call me the black angel of death as it grew time to go home because I was usually very tired and very grumpy. and...I've taken many a photograph in the airport. so there.

MissBuckle said...

I thought it was just the military airports, and in customs and security it was illegal. I've taken loads of pics at airports both as press and private...

kristine said...

i am always a little bit happy to hear that other people get snappy and impatient with their families. It makes me feel less bad - when i spend time with family, either I or they have travelled so far, there is kind of a pressure to have an AMAZING time ALL the time, and of course that doesnt work...

I didnt know that it was illegal to take photos in airports either.

Rohini Prasanth said...

It is perfectly legal to take pics in an airport - unless anybody feels uncomfortable to pose for us.
But I like to take pics of aeroplanes(your pic and description of the morn rays on the plane taking you home were so heart-warming) and farewell pics of family and friends as they leave...
its nice to look back at them later on..esp when we travel from India to US, or they leave from US to India. Won't be seeing each other in a long time.. so why not take some pics?

Welcome back. looking forward to good reads from you about the trip. immensely enjoy your pics.

julochka said...

i did a bit of research on whether it's allowed to take pix in airports...turns out it depends on the airport and where you are in the airport. but the pix i took in AMS were definitely not illegal. (phew!) most tend to say that it's a no-no to take pix of airport security, but elsewhere, you're ok...

Bee said...

I've taken pics in airports lots of times . . . and never realized there was a rule against it! (I like the way you include all three pairs of shoes; I believe those are green El Naturalistas?)

Sometimes I think that I go away in order to better appreciate being home. Your dinner sounds gorgeous.

Agree about the fading garden . . . and I so want it to be nice for next weekend!

Kelly's Ideas said...

I love the clarity of the pictures! Family vacations typically start off well but are very annoying after the first week....
Love,
Kelly
http://www.ivebecomemymother.com

Kamana said...

i am about to start a week's trip to Delhi for a conference with a colleague I dont particularly get along with. i'm going to have to think about breathing deeply or i'm sure there will be plenty of snapping!

and i didnt realise taking pictures in airports is illegal! i do that all the time :)

Delwyn said...

Hi Julie

I am glad you are home safely and not been arrested for suspected terrorist activity.

How come you haven't got jet lag?

Happy days

beth said...

good to know as I was videotaping in the our airport yesterday :)

and yes, trips with the family can be exhausting in many ways !

paris parfait said...

Ha ha! I've had the British version of that lecture. And I get rebellious too! Fun photos; the flower one is scrumptious. As for taking pics at Charles de Gaulle, it's not okay to take any beyond the screening area or passport control, although it is allowed in the main ticketing part of the airport. But it is illegal to photograph people in France w/o their permission, so very iffy; best not to get carried away snapping photos of people.