04 December 2009

kiss and tell friday



Where are your grandparents from?

Mine were from Kiev. I often wonder how an American with ancestors from the Ukraine ended up in Spain...

P.S. Thank you for all your sweet comments. By the way, when I know that company is coming, I usually shove all the clutter under the beds. Ahhhh.... maybe that´s where the dog has been for the past two days...

P.S.S You can find the funky magnets here.

Happy weekend!

¡Dos besos!

53 comments:

ibb said...

My mum parents are from a little village called Aramaiona just 30 km far from Vitoria and my father parents from Aperregui just 20 km far from Vitoria. Just so near. Just from the place.

RNSANE said...

Jane, what a marvelous picture!!

Rie said...

My grandparents were from the land of the never.... cos I never saw them! They lived in England and we lived in Australia but Mum's parents did visit us here in Aus once!

Francesca said...

What a stunning photo, Jane!

Purple Flowers said...

Very nice photo - so dramatic looking!
Enjoy your weekend Jane! :)

ticklishfromadistance said...

Ok...wierd. Mine were fro Kiev as well!!!! Wow. Gorgeous photo, sweet! xoxoxo g.

Crescent Moon said...

My family has stayed put in one place for quite awhile. On my dad's side of the family, my grandfather was born in Southern Wisconsin and my Grandmother was born in Salem, Il.
On my mother's side, my grandfather's family moved to Palestine, Illinois. in 1818 and most of them are still there. They were part of a group of a handful of Quaker families, who moved there together ( if you've ever visited the Newlin Mill in Chester County, PA., they are descendants of the Mill's original owner). After 1818, it seems like even if they tried to move away, they eventually returned to Palestine. My grandmother was born in a mining town in Colorado, but her mother was from Palestine, so that was where they moved, to be near family, after her father and brother died in the great flu epidemic of 1918. She and my grandfather were distant cousins.

likeschocolate said...

My grandmother was from Arkansas and she was 1/2 Cherokee Indian. My grandfather was from Oklahoma. His family moved to California after the dust bowl. On my Father's side they are from England via Ireland.

Reyes said...

On my mother's side from Munilla, a small (but lovely, or to me at least it seems lovely) village in Lower Rioja. My Paternal grandparents where from Puente Genil and Lucena, Cordoba. I love my Southern and Northern mix (having Gazpacho with chuletillas al sarmiento is quite cool ;-) I just wish I could dance Sevillanas as well as muy southern cousins (but my northern genes are too strong!!). Buen finde!

Jodi said...

building silhouettes are one of my faves. That would be nearly Holland for me and here! Great Grands came over on a boat!

pien said...

amsterdam
den haag

but furder away in the family line
jews from spain
yes! spain!

Christy said...

My grandparents are from Britain and Germany...my husband's grandparents are Welsh (as is he) and their ancestors immigrated from Portugal - where we went on our honeymoon!

Geezees Geezees Custom Canvas Art said...

One of my grandparents are from Sicily and the other is from Norway!

Catalina said...

Love the photo!!!

From Spain, Valencia and Santander

Ida Nielsen said...

Beautiful photo!!
Mine were from little villages in Denmark. Not that exotic really ;-)

Kari said...

my grandparents where from small villages in Papua New Guinea.

janis said...

Thank you back Jane - your blog is like the "hub" for good things...

Grandparents on my father's side are from Sicily. Great grandparents on my mother's side are from Sicily and Spain (yes, Spain!)...

Happy weekend!!!

Inner Toddler said...

what a great question Jane. My maternal grandparents were from Poland and New York (via Romania). Paternal were from Romania and Poland. The grandfathers were in the Jewish mafia (they lived in the same building in Manhattan as Meyer Lansky) and one grandmother was a showgirl and the other in the yiddish theater. A slice of Americana right there!

caitlin said...

My Grandparents on my mom's side are from down south. Georgia I believe.

(p.s. I use photoshop.. it's taken me 4 years to teach myself, and I still have so much to learn. But where I work at a photo lab, I get to use all the fun equipment.)

Kimmie said...

one set of gandparents were from Chicago
the other set was from Samoens France (alps region)
how my parents found each other is kind of a mystery :)

Arctic Mum: said...

My grandparents were small coastal farmers in Norway. It was really the women running the farms back then, the men being out fishing most of the time. That has created independent free women in the north, not afraid of a workload. Love your blog, by the way.

Dana said...

All Catholic & all from Louisiana. . .and all of the great-grand parents, too & some of the great-great-grand parents as well. Before that, they came from France via Novia Scotia (they were kicked out) and Germany.

Le blÖg d'Ötli said...

Three of my grandparents were born in the south of France... But I got a polish grandfather, from Klecko, near Krakow...

Have a sweet week-end Jane

Cate said...

New Mexico and Oklahoma via France, England, Germany, and the parts of America where the Comanche Indians roamed.

And, Georgia via Scotland, France, and the GA mountains where the Cherokee Indians lived.

i.e. AMERICA

happy weekend, sweet jane!

Tiphaine said...

yep, I agree, the photo is gorgeous...my grand parents are from france, north and champagne region. My grat grand pa was turning the champagne bottle in the caves....

Allison said...

O.K., nothing too exciting with where my grandparents are from... good 'ol Amar-i-cans, but ancestors are from England, Ireland, and Scotland. But the interesting thing with grandparents is that my grandfather could speak fluent German and was a POW in Germany. He swore that once he made it back to U.S. soil that he would never set foot in Germany again... kind of ironic that his granddaughter wound up living here.

cindy said...

my grandparents were born in new jersey and they spoke and behaved properly unlike what is portrayed on television ;). enjoy your weekend!

lucylaine said...

My grandparents were from portugal!!!have a great week-end!! beautifull photo!!!

KathyA said...

All of my grandparents were from Italy. They all seemed to have come to the US about the same time -- around 1912. They all came from Abruzzi. Ironically, my husband's (he's a half breed) maternal grandfather came from Abruzzi, too.

Line said...

funny you should today in my post I'm talking about my granddad! My grandparents on both side of the family are Canadians, but all my ancestors come from France

x x

Line said...

correction funny you should ask!!!!

denise said...

Dad's side = Latvia
Mom's = USA (previous generation Sicilia)
Me...now = San Francisco

Conny said...

Yes, I love that photo too. It looks to be that time of day here; I wish that were my view however - instead it's a parking lot.

Grandparents (all) and parents too were born in Holland. I am the first generation born in the States.

Cris said...

my grandparents are from brazil, but my family begins at portugal!!!

happy weekend dear jane

beijos

Joyce said...

I am a little Heinz 57. My mom's side is from Germany, and my dad's is from Mexico and Spain. Have a golden weekend my friend. xoxo

PS I think I saw Madame C under the bed eating a doggy snack.

Maggie said...

That is a beautiful picture. To answer you question, Australia+Australia and Australia+America. Back down the line a bit further there is some German and Irish blood...

Elizabeth said...

My mother's father is from Syria and her mother is from Mississippi! My father's parents are both from southern Italy.

Ritva said...

my mother, grandmother, grandfather, great-grandmother were from Viipuri,Karelia- when it was part of Finland, now it´s Russia. my great-grandfather was Russian.
my father´s side from Finland.

hugs!

nathalie et cetera said...

my grand parents are from here, Québec, Canada, except my mother's mother who was born in Worcester Mass. Her parents were Canadian. They died when she was very young so she moved here with her aunt and uncle.
Beautiful photo!

The Wanderers' Daughter said...

Beautiful photos! My mothers' parents were from Holland and France respectively (and yes, I am celebrating Sinterklaas today!). My fathers' from old Mexico.

sinnlighet said...

Tack så mycket för din kommentar.... or (thank's a lot for nice comments).

Love your blog!!

Peace & Love

Agneta, the swedish one...

Mama Zen said...

I love the funky magnets!

Bohemian girl said...

My grandparents were all from Bohemia (Czech Republic) and they were Czechs and Germans.

Fancy Fodder said...

Texas and Ohio.
They met at a dance :+)
I love your picture!
Franny

kim said...

scotland (my dad's side) and england (my mom's)

aimee said...

ooh! i had so much fun poking through everyone's business here. mine were from DC and Chicago.

Cabrizette said...

oh, big question... !
My father's parents were from Paris (and their parents and grandparents too... !!! Real parisians !)
and my mother's parents... more complicated. I only know that my grandmother was from Belgium or Ardennes and i don't know for the father of my mom...
It's our part of mystery !!!

Ounï said...

Mine are bretons from brittany where i live! My ancesters are supposed to cae from Ireland long long time ago...

laméditerraine said...

Blogging must be for international people because I've got nothing interesting to say hahahaha

My grandparents were them all from the same village I'm from,and their grandparents and their grandparents' grandparents probably were too.

Don't think about my exotical beauty, soy una chicarrona de pueblo hahahaa

BIG BESOS!

Yoli said...

Mi familia es de Oviedo España, Francia y Arabia. Nuestros hijos Chinos y nosotros Cubanos. Somos unas naciones unidas. Quisiera participar el tu esquina del mundo.

Eva's House said...

Jane, lovely picture and those from your home are really stunning! Everything's in order! By the way, my grandparents are from Spain, BCN, Madrid, Seville... a mix of Spain, I love it! Kisses, Eva

Nihal said...

Oh my grandparents? I am a really mosaic-girl:) Multicultural one. A long story but in brief, I have roots from Balkans on my mom's side, inc several countries Romania, Bulgaria and Greece.
I haven't been to Russia but on my ever-growing wish list, esp St Petersburg..
Mystically talking photo from you, my hats off to you again, Jane:) Besos and told my past Friday:)

denise said...

missed this post along the way. interesting to see the replies from everyone! my moms real parents were from Ireland (her mom) and Illinois (irish/american indian dad) ... just what we know from stories and people who tracked her down as an adult - adoptive parents from Missouri. my dads parents were 2nd generation Irish and 4th generation Irish, born in Illinois. :) i guess i could more easily say ireland or midwest.

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