Pull Up A Seat On Holiday

Xingfu Mama’s ‘Pull Up A Seat Challenge ‘ is now in its 45th week and I’m still finding photos to share, mostly from our holiday files.

Here are hubby and I resting our weary legs after walking around all the ruins that Athens has to offer.

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Our son Jeff, also a bit travel-weary, sat himself down with a slightly more interesting view in the background.

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We always seem to be sitting down. Here we are in Central Park NYC. It’s a wonder we ever get anywhere.

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Here are Jeff and his dad sitting down in Tombstone Arizona at the bar in Big Nose Kate’s Saloon, the best cowboy bar in the West, dating back to 1880.

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And talking of bars and alcohol, here is Bubba our verbose guide at the Jack Daniel’s distillery in Tennessee. He was telling us at great length of how Jack was injured one morning, when in a fit of temper he kicked the door of his safe after he forgot the combination and couldn’t get it open. The injury to his toe spread to his whole foot and turned gangrenous. After having his leg amputated, he died of complications at the young age of sixty-one.

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On that sad note, I’ll wish you all a very pleasant rest of the week. Keep calm and live longer.

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Pull Up A Seat Or Not

XingfuMama’s ‘Pull Up A Seat Challenge’ is now in its 44th week and I still have quite a few seat photos left.

This cute little Bolivian child on the Isla Del Sol, had a very natural seat on the dry sandy ground as she sat with her pet llama and alpaca, waiting for the tourists.

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A quick hop across to Barcelona and here I am in Park Guell, taking a seat next to Gaudi’s amazing mosaic lizard fountain. This was long before our move to Florida where we now are inundated with real lizards and iguanas.

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Speaking of mosaics, this beautiful bench was for sale at an arts and crafts centre in South Africa with the strange name ‘Piggly Wiggly’.

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Of course, I knew where they’d stolen the name from, because on a road trip in 2008 from New Jersey down to Florida, I’d had my photo taken outside one in Charleston. In November the seats under the umbrellas didn’t seem very popular, but maybe in summer it was nice to sit out there.

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Deserted green umbrella-shaded seats seemed to be quite the theme in Charleston, as we found at our resort where we stayed for a couple of nights.

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Pull Up A Seat At The Beach

XingfuMama’s ‘Pull Up A Seat Challenge’ is now in its 43rd week and I’m really enjoying taking part in it.

I’ve chosen a few seats at the beach for this week. On a trip back home from Key West, we stopped for lunch at a beach restaurant in Islamarada. The grandchildren had fun playing on this swinging seat. Little Max swung it so hard that we had to rescue the salt and pepper pots.

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These shady seats on the beach there also looked very inviting.

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Back in Umhlanga, South Africa, a couple were enjoying sitting on one of the many benches, watching the waves and a lone fisherman.

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Further along that same promenade, this guy didn’t look terribly comfortable lying on a hard wooden bench. Maybe he was working his abs.

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Here’s a very rustic picnic spot on the beach in Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica.

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Our resort in Phuket had a lovely balcony with seats and umbrellas overlooking the beach.

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Pull Up A Seat In Key West

XingfuMama’s ‘ Pull Up A Seat Challenge’ is now in its 42nd week.

Last week I shared a couple of life-like sculptures seen in a park in Key West. This week I have more seats seen and photographed in this southernmost point in the US.

We had very comfy seats on our hotel balcony, after inexplicably being upgraded to the honeymoon suite. We weren’t complaining of course.

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This beautiful hammock seat was on sale, but unfortunately a bit too big to fit into our car.

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Walking down Duval Street, I noticed a bicycle seat with its improvised waterproof cover.

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The garden of Ernest Hemingway’s house had a not so comfortable-looking seat next to the pool.

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In the drawing room, one of the many resident cats had found a prime spot on a velvet couch displaying a notice telling visitors to please not sit there.

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At the end of a very busy day, the grandchildren and their two friends were happy to have a seat on the kerb and enjoy some ice cream.

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Pull Up A Seat In The Park

XingfuMama’s ‘Pull Up A Seat Challenge’ is now at week 41 and still going strong.

Four years ago we were in Key West, when on our way to see the lighthouse, we spied these very life-like sculptures through the fence surrounding a small park. I really had to look twice to make sure that they weren’t real people.

A mother and daughter were enjoying an afternoon picnic, when it would appear that something caught their attention.

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Maybe they were waiting for grandma to stop rummaging around in her purse and come over to join them.

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Happy Wednesday to you all.

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Pull Up A Seat And Admire The View

XingfuMama’s ‘Pull Up A Seat Challenge’ is now into its 40th week and seems to be gaining in popularity.

This week, I dug up some photos from my travels, the first of which was taken  in Puerto Montt, Chile. This larger than life statue is set on the boardwalk of a beautiful bay. I guess it’s supposed to be a loving couple looking out to sea,  but somehow it misses its mark as they both look really miserable.

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Along the highway in Ambato, Ecuador, a stark-naked young lady was perched on what looked like a very uncomfortable seat, holding out flowers to the passing throng. She must have been about thirty feet high, so very hard to miss.

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Costa Rica can get very colourful and here, the local police seemed to be taking it easy even though they weren’t actually sitting on the bench.

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Also in Costa Rica was this beautifully decorated church with the seemingly obligatory hard wooden pews. I often wondered when I was a child, whether having such uncomfortable seating was some sort of penance for our sins.

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Now here at the Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga, is a much more comfortable place to sit and meditate and it certainly has a view to die for.

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I hope you’re all having a great week. Now that it’s autumn here in Florida I keep waiting for the weather to cool down, but it seems to be be taking its time about it.

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Pull Up A Seat And Entertain Me.

XingfuMama is on week 39 of her ‘Pull Up A Seat Challenge’. This week, I have a few images of seated musical entertainers.

The first one was taken in a London subway where there are often musicians hoping for donations from the passing throng.

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These two musicians play in my local shopping mall car park in South Africa. They’ve been there by the ticket machines for as long as I can remember and when we go back on holiday, I always look out for them.

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This one is from a restaurant in Morocco. i think this short-necked lute-type instrument is called an Oud.

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Here are my grandson and his cousin Portia, serenading Great Grandma on her 102nd Christmas day.

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My header photo was taken by hubby from above where I was sitting playing the piano in our local mall in Umhlanga. I use to play there twice a week to entertain the shoppers and I think they enjoyed it as much as I did.

Wishing you all a very good week.

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Pull Up A Seat And Enjoy

For XingfuMama’s ‘Pull Up A Seat Challenge’ this week, I’ve chosen seating for welcome refreshments.

Afternoon tea was very welcome when we visited my Mom-in-law the week before her 106th birthday.

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Hubby enjoying his morning coffee out on the balcony at The Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga. Our daughter had treated us to a night’s stay there for Father’s Day.

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The locals enjoying the outside eateries in Xi’an,

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Mint tea being served to the tourists in a house just outside Marrakech.

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Pull Up A Seat And Relax

It’s time once again for XingfuMama’s ‘Pull Up A Seat Challenge’.

Here are a few images of relaxing places to sit a while.

Cats have purr-fected the art of relaxing, and Ravioli who rules my daughter’s house in Johannesburg, is no exception.

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This Siamese had commandeered a comfortable place to spend the afternoon.

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Watching the waves is a very relaxing sport and one which I’m hoping to do a lot of whilst in South Africa.

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Sitting watching the sun set over Montego Bay is a very fond memory for me.

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I’m so looking forward to seeing my Mom-in-law in England next week. She’s not looking too bad for almost 106.

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Pull Up A Seat In Thailand

It’s time again for XingfuMama’s Pull Up A Seat Challenge.

This week, I found some photos of places to sit in Thailand. A trip to Bangkok wouldn’t be complete without a trip to one of its floating markets. We were collected from our riverside hotel by boat and taken on a ‘shopping’ tour.

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Fruit and vegetables were in plentiful supply at the market and the locals also shop there.

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A great variety of goods are sold from boats and as we floated along, our boatman stopped off at many of these well-stocked booths where everything you could imagine in the way of tourist souvenirs was on offer at good prices.

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Exploring the Khlongs and canals in Bangkok is done on one of the long-tail boats which are like tuk-tuks on water. The wooden seats are not the most comfortable, but my sit-upon survived the almost two hour tour and the scenery was so interesting.

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In Patong I spotted these guys seated on the back of a truck advertising the Thai Boxing Stadium, a visit to which unfortunately was not included in our itinerary,  Muay Thai is a traditional form of full contact kickboxing that utilizes kicks and punches as well as elbow and knee strikes, so definitely no sitting down involved. I think it would be quite fascinating to watch though whilst seated at a safe distance.

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