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‘6 images for the day’ — March 3, 2016 + 6 Bonus From “Gypsy Cafe”.

by Anura Guruge


All the pictures taken with my
Panasonic Lumix LX100.

See this post for resolution details for the LX100.
NO post-processing whatsoever.
Straight JPEGs from the camera.

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.








Check this post for about “Gypsy Cafe”,
Lincoln, New Hampshire.

These, like the above, were also taken 
with my new Lumix LX100.

Series started Feb. 27.







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by Anura Guruge

‘6 images for the day’ — March 2, 2016 + 6 Bonus From “Gypsy Cafe”.

by Anura Guruge


All the pictures taken with my
Panasonic Lumix LX100.

See this post for resolution details for the LX100.
NO post-processing whatsoever.
Straight JPEGs from the camera.

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.








Check this post for about “Gypsy Cafe”,
Lincoln, New Hampshire.

These, like the above, were also taken 
with my new Lumix LX100.

Series started Feb. 27.







Related posts:
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by Anura Guruge

Knight’s Pond, Alton, N.H. Revisited — Still Scenic But Tranquility Literally Shot To Smithereens.

by Anura Guruge


Knight’s Pond, a Conservation Area
in Alton, New Hampshire,
is off Rte 28, going towards Wolfeboro.
on Rines Road. See this post for directions.

All the pictures taken with my
Panasonic Lumix LX100.

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.







We had discovered Knight’s Pond in 2011. The two Goldens loved it. Being able to swim in the pond while we walked alongside on the path. It is a nice isolated location, rarely (if ever) crowded, and the trail is far from taxing — the sections with elevation, far apart, and easy to negotiate.

Deanna wanted to go for a hike on Sunday (February 28, 2016) given that the weather was going to be exceptional — at least in the high 40s Fahrenheit. She suggested Mount Major but I pointed out that it might be too tricky given that there would still be a lot of ice around. So I countered with Knight’s given that any slipperiness was not going to be a major issue. Yes, dogs through the ice was a potential problem and sure enough we did have to rescue Braxton — though it wasn’t serious since it was at the shoreline (as opposed to the middle of the pond).

There were in total four other ‘groups’ there and that is nothing given the vast size of the place. We basically had the place to ourselves which is what I had expected. There were some long patches of slush and ice but it wasn’t hard to negotiate. It is very scenic with interesting trees, rocks, fungi and vegetation.

In our previous visits (as is not that unusual for New Hampshire) we have savored the solitude and tranquility.

Not so on Sunday. There is (inexplicably) a shooting range next door and they were going full bore with automatic fire. You felt like you were in a war zone. That is a crying shame. Yes, it detracted but it is not a major blow for us. We live in the woods and we are surrounded by the ‘sound of silence’ and birds most of the time. Just feel bad for those coming to Knight’s on a weekend hoping for some peace and quiet. These two YouTube videos, which I shot for the SOUND (and not for the scenery), will let you see what the noise is like. Get the word out. Don’t let folks go there on a WEEKEND and feel that they wasted their time. Shame. 


Click images to access short YouTube video clips.
Turn up the VOLUME.

knightspontyt1
knightspontyt2



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by Anura Guruge

‘6 images for the day’ — February 28, 2016 + 6 Bonus From “Gypsy Cafe”.

by Anura Guruge


All the pictures taken with my
Panasonic Lumix LX100.

See this post for resolution details for the LX100.
NO post-processing whatsoever.
Straight JPEGs from the camera.

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.








Check this post for about “Gypsy Cafe”,
Lincoln, New Hampshire.

Series started yesterday.

These, like the above, were also taken 
with my new Lumix LX100.







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by Anura Guruge

“Gypsy Cafe”, Lincoln (Loon), N.H. — A Culinary & Visual Paradise Extraordinaire.

by Anura Guruge



Click here
to access their nicely done Website.


Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.







The artwork, decor and artifacts were so
appealing and compelling that I took 120 pictures
(with my Panasonic Lumix LX100).

Too many to display.
So I made a YouTube photo montage.

Definitely worth watching. Trust me on this (too).

gypsycafeyt1

Click to access YouTube video.


From now on forget going to Lincoln, New Hampshire (‘Loon‘ as many of us think of it (because of the mountain)) for its skiing, fall foliage, the ‘Highland Games‘, the ice castle, the train or just the ambience — though all of these are extremely good reasons for going there. Henceforth just think of going to Lincoln just so that you can have an extraordinary meal at the “Gypsy Café“.

WOW! WOW! WOW!

What a place. Total sensory overload. Never ending treat for the eyes with unusual, but captivating art and food to die for. WOW!

I am easy to please when it comes to food and most art appeals to me. But I do know when I am in the presence of GREATNESS and am blessed with being able to appreciate it. And that was truly the case when we stumbled upon the “Gypsy Café” on Thursday after our day of (very fine) skiing at Loon. It was sheer serendipity.

When we left Loon around 3:30pm I was looking for a place to a hot lunch and glass of red wine. I wanted to go to the Lincoln Inn (one of my favorites) while Deanna and the kids wanted to go to the “Common Man” (since we had such a blast there in September when we went there with “The Brigadoons“). Drove to the “Common” since it was right there. Kitchen closed till 4pm. I wasn’t in the mood to hang around for 20 minutes — not even for Alex Ray. So I crawled along Main Street seeing what else was around. That is how we found it. Deanna had heard of it. I liked the name, the sign and the colors. As soon as we walked in we knew that we were going to have a blast. And we did.

It was the type of art and colors that we like. In some ways it reminded us of home! We too have a lot of suns, moons, elephants and color.

Deanna took one look at the menu and told me what I will be having. She was right. And it was OUTSTANDING. I am a sucker for lamb. Spicy lamb with two fried eggs on top. WOW! WOW! WOW! It was beyond delicious.

Sure it is NOT for everyone. IF you are strictly an Irish meat and potatoes person you might not like it. We, though Teischan was not as thrilled, liked everything we had. These 4 dishes — I can’t recommend any higher.


gypsycafelamb

gypsycafeapps

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The young lady who served us, with aplomb, had a degree in Sociology & Anthropology! High class joint to boot. I lucked out. I got to meet the two delightful owners, mother & son. Claire & Dan Duris. Dan is the chief chef and one of the resident artists — specializing in the ceramics and tiles.

What a place. We are going back.

Highest possible recommendation.



Related posts:
++++ Search ‘Loon‘ for many other posts including those for the ‘Highland Games‘ >>>>


by Anura Guruge


‘6 images for the day’ — February 27, 2016 + 6 Bonus From “Gypsy Cafe”.

by Anura Guruge


All the pictures taken with my
Panasonic Lumix LX100.

See this post for resolution details for the LX100.
NO post-processing whatsoever.
Straight JPEGs from the camera.

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.








Check this post for about “Gypsy Cafe”,
Lincoln, New Hampshire.

These, like the above, were also taken 
with my new Lumix LX100.







Related posts:
++++ Search ‘images’ for other posts >>>>

++++ Check Category ‘Six Images’ >>>>


by Anura Guruge

“Gypsy Cafe”, Lincoln (Loon), N.H. — A Culinary & Visual Paradise Extraordinaire.

by Anura Guruge



Click here
to access their nicely done Website.


Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.







The artwork, decor and artifacts were so
appealing and compelling that I took 120 pictures
(with my Panasonic Lumix LX100).

Too many to display.
So I made a YouTube photo montage.

Definitely worth watching. Trust me on this (too).

gypsycafeyt1

Click to access YouTube video.


From now on forget going to Lincoln, New Hampshire (‘Loon‘ as many of us think of it (because of the mountain)) for its skiing, fall foliage, the ‘Highland Games‘, the ice castle, the train or just the ambience — though all of these are extremely good reasons for going there. Henceforth just think of going to Lincoln just so that you can have an extraordinary meal at the “Gypsy Café“.

WOW! WOW! WOW!

What a place. Total sensory overload. Never ending treat for the eyes with unusual, but captivating art and food to die for. WOW!

I am easy to please when it comes to food and most art appeals to I. But I do know when I am in the presence of GREATNESS and am blessed with being able to appreciate it. And that was truly the case when we stumbled upon the “Gypsy Café” on Thursday after our day of (very fine) skiing at Loon. It was sheer serendipity.

When we left Loon around 3:30pm I was looking for a place to a hot lunch and glass of red wine. I wanted to go to the Lincoln Inn (one of my favorites) while Deanna and the kids wanted to go to the “Common Man” (since we had such a blast there in September when we went there with “The Brigadoons“). Drove to the “Common” since it was right there. Kitchen closed till 4pm. I wasn’t in the mood to hang around for 20 minutes — not even for Alex Ray. So I crawled along Main Street seeing what else was around. That is how we found it. Deanna had heard of it. I liked the name, the sign and the colors. As soon as we walked in we knew that we were going to have a blast. And we did.

It was the type of art and colors that we like. In some ways it reminded us of home! We too have a lot of suns, moons, elephants and color.

Deanna took one look at the menu and told me what I will be having. She was right. And it was OUTSTANDING. I am a sucker for lamb. Spicy lamb with two fried eggs on top. WOW! WOW! WOW! It was beyond delicious.

Sure it is NOT for everyone. IF you are strictly an Irish meat and potatoes person you might not like it. We, though Teischan was not as thrilled, liked everything we had. These 4 dishes — I can’t recommend any higher.


gypsycafelamb

gypsycafeapps

Click to ENLARGE.


The young lady who served us, with aplomb, had a degree in Sociology & Anthropology! High class joint to boot. I lucked out. I got to meet the two delightful owners, mother & son. Claire & Dan Duris. Dan is the chief chef and one of the resident artists — specializing in the ceramics and tiles.

What a place. We are going back.

Highest possible recommendation.



Related posts:
++++ Search ‘Loon‘ for many other posts including those for the ‘Highland Games‘ >>>>


by Anura Guruge


Skiing At Loon Mountain, New Hampshire On February 25, 2016.

by Anura Guruge


Pictures and videos taken by Deanna
with her Olympus Stylus SZ-16.
Images reduced to 1024 x 768
for publication here.

Click pictures to ENLARGE.





24 second YouTube video.

loonfeb2016YT1

Click to access YouTube video.


Thanks to their participation in the school ski program both kids are big into skiing. Every year they nag me to take them skiing. In my old age, given that I am a 62-year old born in equatorial Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), I am at best a (very) warm-weather skier. Yes, it is true that I used to be a rabid, manic skier who was even known to ski one day, at Waterville Valley, when the temperature was BELOW 0°F (and at that point it doesn’t matter whether you are talking Celsius or Fahrenheit). Plus now I have a mortal fear that I would break something important. 40 years ago I broke all my knuckles on ski poles — but I don’t care about knuckles. Breaking my leg would be inconvenient.

I had not skied the last two years. Teischan did her 1st school ski program this year and was very anxious for a ‘family ski’. So I relented — provided it was warm.

So yesterday, Thursday, February 25, 2016, in the midst of the February 1-week school vacation, we headed up to Loon. I have been skiing at Loon since 1986 — 30 years. I used to ski a LOT at Loon. Devanee likes Loon (as opposed to Gunstock) too — though this was Teischan’s first time skiing at Loon, though she is no stranger to Loon because of our annual visits to the ‘Highland Games‘. Yes, we knew the weather forecast. It was going to be warm and then RAIN late afternoon. Half a day skiing is fine with me and this was ‘OK’.

We got to Loon at 10:20 am. It was foggy (from the melting snow) and gray. I thought something MAJORLY had gone wrong. Loon was EMPTY. The main car park, between the two lodges, had, max., 40 cars! It was empty. And that was the theme for the day. EMPTY.

At noon the clouds and fog dissipated and for two hours we got to ski under bright blue skies. It was so warm I had to take my gloves off. Conditions were NOT bad. Yes, there were some slushy patches but they were easy to see and avoid. It wasn’t hard to ski. I skied mainly with the kids. I think I only did 3 runs on my own. That was OK. Skied quite a bit with Teischan. It started to rain just before 3pm. Teischan and I skied a bit in the rain (which was frozen in the main). Arond 3:15pm we gave up. But we had got a fair amount of skiing since there were NO lines, whatsoever. No lines. Amazing. I love that. Nothing nicer than skiing right upto the gate and getting on. I think there were less than 100 people skiing on the mountain all together! Wow. And it was school vacation. I gather it had been quiet the day before also.

Loon continues to impress BAR for the prices. Cost us $215 for what was 1/2 days skiing — I rented skis (HEAD (which were great) and Teischan got boots and skis. Teischan’s lift ticket was only $10 since we had a coupon from the school ski program. If not for that it would have been another $30 – $40 more. Rentals, fully automated, is a snap. Good equipment. Liked the HEAD skis. No effort required. They turn when you think about turning!

It was a GOOD day followed by an AMAZING late lunch at the INCREDIBLEGypsy Café‘ — a separate post on that coming later today (with luck).


Related posts:
++++ Search ‘Loon‘ for many other posts including those for the ‘Highland Games‘ >>>>


by Anura Guruge