People From Around the World

When I started this blog a few years ago I did so to share my photos with family and friends. Little did I realize it would become so popular that I would’ve passed 100,000 visitors in it’s history.

Thank you to all who have stopped by to check out the photos. I am looking forward to many more years of sharing.

Since people have made this blog I thought I would share some of my favorite photos of people.

Up first is a Rosenmontag Parade in Trier, Germany. Apparently this person was parodying a French Army soldier (so I was told, could be wrong).

While checking out the geysers in Yellowstone National Park this person felt compelled to walk out in front of everyone and say ‘All Hail the Geyser Gods’

An elderly couple at an Italian Festival in Columbus, Ohio.

The key to their marriage is fire eating.

Even warriors need to share child care duties.

The next two come from the same Renaissance Festival in Cincinnati.

Would you trust a total stranger to shove a knife down your throat?

The Johnny Depp look alike winner.

When a big guy in a kilt asks to pose for a photo you oblige.

Two people, one furry because – well it is Furry Time in Pittsburgh.

A Powwow participant.

You can’t beat the Twins Day Parade in Twinsburg, Ohio for people watching. These two ladies married identical twins and have had children who share DNA that resembles siblings instead of cousins, as they have achieved some notoriety in the national press.

Krampus!

A subway station in Manhattan has more than 100 of these cool little statues scattered all over the place. This person was peddling some alternate newspaper as I went to take a photo of the statues.

The look of him making eye contact with the statue is fantastic.

A 1940s celebration in Cincinnati included a Rosie the Riveter contest.

Halloween Highball in Columbus

A Kona Hawaii coffee festival include dancers.

Embassy Open House in Washington DC.

Parade the Circle in Cleveland is always a great photo op.

Gaucho Festival in San Antonio de Areco, Argentina.

A Palace Guard at the Presidential Palace in Buenos Aires. Thrilled to pose for yet another photo.

Sonoita, Arizona – In the middle of field in the middle of nowhere we came across a group of people enjoying their own mediaeval times, complete with a mediaeval dog.

Día de Los Muertos in Tucson..

Thanks to those 100,000 people who have stopped by over the years.

Ashville, OH – April 2017 – Viking Festival

The small town of Ashville, Ohio is known mostly for having the oldest working traffic light in the world (although it is in a museum, not controlling traffic). They also have what is billed as a Viking Festival, although to be fair it is more of a small renaissance faire, but fun nonetheless. The demonstrations were excellent, as was most of the entertainment.

Even vikings need to look good.

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Not sure whose hand he has, or where it came from….

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Blowing her own horn.

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A hot relationship – on a bed of nails.

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The archer is ready.

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A demonstration on how long it took to load and shoot their weapons.

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Some jousting in the mud.

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Hand to hand combat.

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A demonstration of combat technique.

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Cincinnati – October 2016 – Renaissance Festival

Another sunny mid October day, perfect for going to the Ohio Renaissance Festival in the small town of Harveysburg, near Cincinnati. An annual event that runs every weekend from August through October, it is a 30 acre permanent village with over 100 shops and 12 outdoor stages set in a fictional 16th century English Village.

Costumed performers on stage and through the streets provide continuous entertainment. The first show we saw was a juggler who not only juggled three burning torches, but managed to balance a sword, using the pointed end, on a ball.

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After a brief stop with a comedy routine set on a large ship that was hard to follow because we were too far back, we settled into a covered area to see a sword swallower who also ate flames. I have no idea how someone gets started with this as a talent, but he was very good, and his big finish with a sword fully down him was stunning.

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Everyone, including the sword swallower, took a break as the the performing cast including the Queen and her entourage along with representatives from each festival shop make a parade past us.

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At times it is difficult to tell who is in the show and the spectators as many people came in costume.

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Our next show of the day was in the Muditorium, and was another comedy bit, this time set on a stage next to a mud pit.

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Finally we watched Dirk and Guido, who had fake sword fights, as well as tossing them back and forth to each other. They ended with a large audience participation song, complete with plenty of innuendos.

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We decided the crowd was getting too cumbersome to really enjoy the events, and we had seen the entire grounds, and many of the shows, so we called it a day, arriving in the parking lot amazed to see the sea of cars. Even with the crowds the Ohio Renaissance Festival is a highly recommended event to check out.

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Ashville & Akron, Ohio – April 2016 – A Weekend of Weirdness

While Asheville and Akron Ohio are about 100 miles apart for one weekend they share something in common, a collection of weird people with weird, but very cool, talents.

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Ashville was first on a Saturday for the annual Viking Festival. While we didn’t see many Vikings, and no Viking ships since there didn’t appear to be any water anywhere, we did observe a group that clearly spend time at renaissance festivals. In addition to their costumes most had exhibits, and an in depth knowledge, such as knife making, as well as some fire eaters and jousters.

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On Sunday we were in Akron for the Oddmall, an eclectic collection of crafts. Many towns have hacked Portland’s (or Austin’s) motto – keep (fill in your city here) weird, but the group there did their best to Keep Akron Weird.

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