'14 August
Time to clean off the 'refrigerator door': An origami bird (she might stay); Cynthia, Mike, Kieran; Roger and Sandy's wedding invitation; another great flying pig card from SB Nancy; Kaitlin and Lilly at Christmas; my favorite Doctor doing Shakespeare; ...
Trevor Hartley Lona '14 August
August 15 This picture won't mean anything to anyone except me, but I'll remember when I see it! This is the moment of one of the major accomplishments of the past three weeks. That balcony corner is cleared out! aMAYzing!!
'14 August
...to meet Muriel for her birthday dinner. She got the one thing she wanted to eat more than anything she could think of, and that would be lobster, which we got at the very slick The Lobster restaurant in Santa Monica. The lobster was particularly del...
'14 August
August 8 Merlyn, one of my Cuba Adventure pals, was in Italy recently and bought some Havana Club rum at the duty free shop. Memories! Hilda joined us for lunch and travel stories - theirs in Italy and mine in Greece.
'14 August
I picked everyone up and drove us to the Metro/Red Line station at Vermont and Wilshire...
'14 August
Trevor's office is looking for a new bio-pic and they took 100 of them. The pictures were shaped differently as they are here. I like the one on the left...they like the one on the right. ??.
self-portrait '14 July
...and I snagged this with my phone, me with one of Picasso's Ladies, which turned out to be in the no-photo zone but that wasn't clear at the time. Head Of A Woman In Profile (Jacqueline)
flying pig '14 July
July 28 Look what Ingalill found on her trip home to Sweden. It's a really good one! lg.
'14 July
July 16 The kids and I went out for a walking adventure to get pizza. It's a schlep and they all held up like troupers. Everyone got just what she wanted. Then because our feet were hot from walking we stopped off at the park to wiggle our toes in th...
'14 July
Today Cynthia sent this picture of Kieran out in the back yard (in Saint Paul MN so the kids don't have a chance to get together too often). Don't you wish you had one of those swings. ch.
'14 July
July 5 Happy Birthday to Me from DAK&L! Breakfast out and then a visit to Darryl's officeat ActiVision (my choice!) , home of the Call of Duty franchise, Guitar Hero, and others but what the kids looove is Skylanders. It's a playground in there. Ev...
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
21 close-up) wiki: "The Slow Movement advocates a cultural shift toward slowing down life's pace." Professor Guttorm Fløistad: "The only thing for certain is that everything changes. The rate of change increases. If you want to hang on you better sp...
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
During the tour we visited many places where they practice the idea of doing what you do slowly and well. Check out this haircutter. At one point we had twelve people crammed in there and they all started singing a Greek folk song (was it?) and at the ...
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
...we visited this shop where no money ever changes hands. They get donations and anyone can come here and take what they'd like. I went nuts over that picture up there so I took its picture. I actually like it in its setting. At first I wanted the t...
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
Oh Maria, you will always be my Athena. They had planned a Slow Picnic for after the walk. I wanted to let them relax in their own language so I took the Metro home. I went home and straight into the foot massage place on my street! A little feathe...
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
...and took a quick stop here at the Corinth Canal separating the peninsula of the Peloponnese from the Greek mainland. The guide had told us on the bus that the amazing thing about it was how deep they built the walls. We were expecting deep walls but e...
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
...arrive at the ruins. The area had been in continual use as a port since prehistory so there is a lot to tell but all anyone on the tour wanted to hear about was its connection to Saint Paul. According to Acts in the Bible it would have been here tha...
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
A temple to Apollo. This temple is unique in that the columns, instead of being disks placed one on top of the other to form the column as is common elsewhere, are one single piece.
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
This is where Jason and Medea lived, and where Saint Paul lived and preached for two years. I'm standing on the podium where Saint Paul is said to have been interrogated (by whom I don't remember now) but like the Romans not collecting taxes in December, ...
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
This is a giant urn depicting a funeral. The dead person is prone and the other people are holding their hands to their heads in the 'oh no oh no' pose.
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
He is drawing the woman with the hat. She was the wife of Trajan, the Roman Emperor around 100AD. It took about 30 minutes to walk home from here and I went straight to my room to luxuriate in the a/c. At one point during the day I saw a thermometer ...
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
Built into the hill, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus Ampitheatre in the Acropolis. With another day or two I might have made it to one of these shows.
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
7) "Alexandros Vasmoulakis or ZAP" Two full building illustrations. The one on the left is on a fire station. I don't remember about the one on the right except that it is another project of Carpe Diem (because it says so up in the corner) and the ...
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
June 25 Thank you Maria for the street art identifications (I quotes by the numbers)! You can find these carts with baked circles in many of the squares (ha! circles in the squares...). I got one of the smaller, darker, crunchier ones with nuts and ...
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
8) "Same 84 correct" I found a reference to Blaqk: Greg Papagrigoriou & Simek attached to this image. I think there are two guys involved, one who does the lettering and one who does the geometrics.
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
11) "scarrone (right), dyo (left)" These characters tell a true story. They're gangsters of a certain time (I forget...) and then the idolization of them that followed.
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
We're done with the tour and the guide says she'll walk back to my square with me where she likes to get "the Best Souvlaki in Athens". So we got in the line and YUM it was!
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
This is a view from a balcony for the use of we 6th floor walk-up folks. On the right is Agia Irini. I had previously gone in search of the main church, Metropolis. Once there I discovered it was covered in scaffolding and the inside was empty. So I...
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
That little girl in the grey dress is touching one of the glass panels, likely testing to see if she'll fall through.
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
Inside it's a no-photo zone except for the top floor. I really did not see the sign. A sweet guard let me get this shot off, she was standing right there, before she gave me the no-photo look.
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
The view from my room. Honestly. And the location is perfect and the price is unbelievable. But then not so unbelievable because I 1) have to Walk Up six flights to get here 2) share a bathroom with the rest of the walkers 3) the room is reeeeally s...
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
June 22 Here's a drawing by A. Tournarie from 1894 featured in the museum and a site map. Yes, I got up and was at the gate by the 7:30 opening time and I was the only one there for an hour. It was awesome!
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
LP opens their chapter on Delphi: "If the ancient Greeks hadn't chosen Delphi as their navel of the earth and built the Sanctuary of Apollo here, someone else would have thought of a good reason to make this eagle's nest village a tourist attraction."
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
The place where the Oracle sat on the tripod and breathed the steam of the intoxicating water is in a crevice up in the surrounding mountains somewhere. I asked a couple of people and no one knew for sure. She would then come down and give her propheci...
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
Down the hill from the main site this is another temple complex, the Sanctuary of Athena Pronea. There were originally four large buildings and a gymnasium, according to the illustration there. It's in there, hidden among the trees, scan along the top ...
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
Hellooo. I had a dinner tonight that I'm going to miss when I'm gone. They do these giGANtic beans baked in a flavorful sauce. I got a wild mushroom omelet (all the omelets are 'open face') and ate it with the beans on top. The beans are called 'gi...
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
The Tholos, a marble rotunda set in this site but it seems no one is quite sure of its purpose. Those blotches are a result of the restoration.
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
Here's another one. There are more.
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
And here's another one. It is a very lovely town. I had some food before calling it a day - baked eggplant that was mostly sliced and lightly caramelized onions and a little tomato on top of two halves of baked eggplant. These ingredients are very com...
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
It looks like Greek to me too, but I carry a copy of the Greek alphabet around on my phone and can pretty much pronounce the words now, especially place names because you have an idea of what to expect, and I can say a lot of expressions that get an approp...
'14 Jun: the Ionians +More, and Meteora
You can barely see one of the trails there below the monastery.
'14 Jun: the Ionians +More, and Meteora
Fourth: a taxi for the short 3-4 kilometer but straight up hill ride to the very small town of Kastraki where I'm staying in the shadow of the sandstone pinnacles atop of which we find the great Monasteries of Meteora.
'14 Jun: the Ionians +More, and Meteora
His shirt had the walking man in front and the standing man behind. Here's my story of crossing lights in East Germany so I had to talk to him. Turns out he's Greek, his brother brought him the shirt, and he didn't know the story so that was fun to share...
'14 Jun: the Ionians +More, and Meteora
At this point in my walk the clouds opened and there I was in a moment, soaking wet. I hurried along to a place where people were getting into cars and picked three young guys because 1) I know there would be a fourth seat, and 2) they were clearly touris...
'14 Jun: the Ionians +More, and Meteora
It had been raining off and on for the hour it took us to get to the caves and everyone was jammed inside but once we arrived the rain had lightened up and all the PhotoPhoto people tried to find their spot.
'14 Jun: the Ionians +More, and Meteora
Another one.
'14 Jun: the Ionians +More, and Meteora
This is the village of Gaios, one of the three small port towns on Paxos. They have restaurants and shops, and many private cruisers have settled in here. Several tour boats like mine bring their guests here for lunch and it felt like they could handle...
'14 Jun: the Ionians +More, and Meteora
And one block off the main streets you can find places like this.
'14 Jun: the Ionians +More, and Meteora
Another view of one of the main streets.
'14 Jun: the Ionians +More, and Meteora
It had gotten late and I was going to head in but I was also feeling a little peckish. And just as I was thinking "do I want to get something to eat?" I came upon a line. A line! You know my principle number One of street food: if there's street food ...
'14 Jun: the Ionians +More, and Meteora
June 15 I'm going to Albania! It's just a buzz across the water from Corfu. Fourteen kilometers outside the port town of Sarande is the UNESCO World Heritage site of Buthrotum. Wiki: "Buthrotum is located on a hill overlooking the Vivari Channel an...
'14 Jun: the Ionians +More, and Meteora
After the bus to the port in Corfu picked me up on a street corner, we all went through passport formalities, then everyone lined up to pay Again for the tour (the original price just gets you the boat ride, much to my surprise), the boat ride across took ...
'14 Jun: the Ionians +More, and Meteora
I can't find a summary of all the ins and outs of ownership and development but this is pretty good, from UNESCO: "Inhabited since prehistoric times, Butrint has been the site of a Greek colony, a Roman city and a bishopric. Following a period of prosp...
'14 Jun: the Ionians +More, and Meteora
UNESCO: "In the palaeo-Christian period, two basilicas and a baptistry were built; its later medieval history was turbulent as the town was involved, first, in the power struggles between Byzantium and successive Norman, Angevin and Venetian states and the...
'14 Jun: the Ionians +More, and Meteora
The Maitland Monument, built to commemorate Sir Thomas Maitland, English Commissioner from 1816-1824.
'14 Jun: the Ionians +More, and Meteora
The Palace of St. Michael and St. George now houses the Museum of Asian Arts. The Palace has also served as the British High Commissioner's residence, and the home of the Ionian Senate and the Order of St Michael and St George.
'14 Jun: the Ionians +More, and Meteora
This museum is one of those 'things' about which I have to say I just don't get it. The building has some probably amazing rooms but then inside these rooms they built weird little rooms with walls and ceilings to hang the art. Weird.
'14 Jun: the Ionians +More, and Meteora
Looking down from my balcony you see no people where last night they were shoulder to shoulder. Those two people are probably Americans. Why? Wooooorld Cuuuuuup Fuuuuutbol and Greece is playing. NO ONE is not watching this game. Even I'm watching th...
'14 Jun: the Ionians +More, and Meteora
Addendum to my time is Mystras Remember back in Mystras when I said my worst regret of the trip so far was that I didn't have a picture of the fabulous Greek mother-in-law? Why have a regret if there is still something to be done about it? I said to ...
'14 Jun: the Ionians +More, and Meteora
And then these guys emerged from the door behind me. Everyone was kissing the hand of the guy with the medallion around his neck. A small crowd gathered. The band play Ode to Joy and the theme from Star Wars. They also played a third number that I re...
'14 Jun: the Ionians +More, and Meteora
Honey. Along the road clustered together, I'd all of a sudden see ten honey stands, five on each side of the road. Here's a shop that carries a number of the local products.
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
June 10 The town is basically this street with similar blocks behind me and on the one block side street to the left and right. The hotels are scatted throughout. On the walk to the archeological site I get to Name That Flag and it was especially fu...
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
A nice one.
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
First one, then three, then eventually he had gotten all of them to do a run. That was impressive tour guiding. "I'm hot, I'm tired, I don't have the right shoes, I don't wan'na." By the time the last one had finished they were bursting with enthusias...
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
Wow. The rest of the museum's rooms were also divided by building so you could see drawings and artifacts from the places you had just visited. It was very reinforcing and well done.
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
These are the brochures, the ones I've remembered to save, put out by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. They're great!
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
June 9 From yesterday at the Ruins of Mystras, what happens when I try to take a picture of myself even though yes, I can see in the phone how the picture will look, this is how it turns out because any more of me in there and yikes, like the bottom one...
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
It's a big holiday today and the bus schedule was greatly reduced so in order to get anywhere I first had to take a taxi from Mystras to Sparta which is 8 euros away. From Sparta I got a bus to Tripoli and from Tripoli I was lucky to have a direct bus t...
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
Closer to the town. I don't know its name but there were several like it positioned around the mountains.
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
...and floors. In one of the sites where there was a shell of a church there was also a refreshed barracks - it was the former monastery - with an actual room and in that room was a nun and some comfortable chairs and since I was so ready to SIT, I went...
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
As I was leaving we did the cheek-kissing thing, twice like they do in Greece. Elena then said "In Russia we do three" and I got another one. The she said "How many in America?" I told her "One, if you're lucky." I'm standing right outside the guest ...
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
This complex is called the Ruins of Mystras. LP: "This is where the Byzantine Empire's richly artistic and intellectual culture made its last stand before an invading Ottoman army, almost 1,000 years after its founding (in 1249)." The fortress is at th...
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
June 7 I made my 4-hour 3-bus transfer from Nafplio to Mystras to visit another UNESCO World Heritage fortress town. This place is actually more a village than a town - so small there is no visitors center even, and all the restaurants are clustered ar...
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
June 6 A representative street in Nafplio. You see it spelled Nafplio more often but also you see Nafplion. Someone told me Nafplion was the spelling from an older version of Greek than is spoken now.
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
There's a lot of this, and the same back in Mycenae. It is interesting still after having seen so much of it. I would like to encourage anyone with a passion for ruins and archeological sites to go to Delos. You will be impressed.
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
A view out the window of the museum into one of the main squares. At the top of the mountain which unfortunately you can't see because of the backlight, is the Palamidi fortress built again by the Venetians and finished in 1714. Remember this place bec...
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
It's a lovely town and I'll try to get some more representative looks tomorrow. This is the outside of one of the many (surprise!) churches. I think now that all the Greek Orthodox churches here have a similarly fevered interior, all full of things tha...
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
...plenty. It was very cool up here - not at all crowded and very plain without many explanations and only one small café and shop by the entrance.
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
My dinner host (stuffed eggplant with moussaka flavoring and lovely baked chicken, both very good) who told me about all his cousins in California one of whom owns the restaurant at the Cliff House in San Francisco. You would not believe how many people h...
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
I flew from Rhodes to Athens, spent the night at an Athens hotel by the bus station, and arrived in Nafplio by bus without a place to stay. Yay, it didn't start raining until after I was settled in at the Hotel Leto. Phewww. As Lonely Planet begins th...
'14 May: the Dodecanese
I walked up to the Acropolis of Rhodes. This is another Temple of Apollo (you'll remember the other one from Naxos)
'14 May: the Dodecanese
When you emerge from the winding residential Old Town streets where I've been staying onto the first commercial street, right at that spot is My Restaurant. This is my last night and I'm back here for the third time and everyone there is my new best fri...
'14 May: the Dodecanese
...this. A fevered display of religious iconography. The walls are covered in amazing painting too. Everyone was in line to take their turn kissing the glass that protects the image of Saint George. "You have to watch out for Saint George" a local wo...
'14 May: the Dodecanese
Blue Star Ferry it's not, but we weren't at all crowded so everyone got their chance at the rail and the inside was comfortable, air conditioned, no smoking, and plenty of room.
'14 May: the Dodecanese
...looking for the only remaining Synagogue in Rhodes. It isn't noted on my map but Lonely Planet had a short article. WWII and deportations to Auschwitz saw the end of a once thriving Jewish community here.
'14 May: the Dodecanese
May 30-31 If you want to catch up with part one here's the Cyclades including Naxos and Santorini with short visits to Delos and Mykonos. I came from Santorini to Rhodes on an overnight Blue Star Ferry. I am a Blue Star Ferry fan. Every trip, and I...
'14 May: the Dodecanese
I had a little stroll around the neighborhood. Everywhere I've been in Greece so far gelato shops are on every block, sometimes two on a block. This one had the largest and most elaborate decorations yet.
'14 May: the Dodecanese
I did take a picture on my phone of each turn from the clock to my room. There are five turns.
'14 May: the Dodecanese
I had made a plan with an Airbnb host to meet someone 'at the clock' who would show me the accommodation. I didn't want to make a non-refundable four-nights reservation for a place that had no reviews but the description was right up my alley...in the O...
'14 May: the Dodecanese
Some artists were selling their work near this tree but my favorite piece was this tree itself. On the bigger picture you can see both eyes, one blue and one brown. Nicely done.
'14 May: the Dodecanese
One of the entrances around The Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes. I was trying to find the Byzantine Museum but somehow found myself...
'14 May: the Dodecanese
...in the port of New Town which is new in the sense that it's full of chain stores. One thing I didn't run across in New Town or in Old Town, or come to think of it in Naxos or Santorini either, was your basic they're-everywhere (but apparently not) ...
'14 May: the Dodecanese
Coming back into Old Town, the Temple of Aphrodite. I'm going to copy out the short description from UNESCO citing Rhodes Old Town a World Heritage Site: "The Order of St John of Jerusalem occupied Rhodes from 1309 to 1523 and set about transforming...
'14 May: the Dodecanese
Next stop: the Archeological Museum. Worth the price of admission for this lion alone.
'14 May: the Dodecanese
A group has gathered behind me to wait their turn for this shot in The Street of Knights. This street is an ancient one with each building having a long and storied history.
'14 May: the Cyclades
We had a short show-and-tell from a maker of the local drink, Kitro, made from the leaves of the citron tree. They also make ouzo and a very tasty raki flavored with honey and cinnamon. Samples were available and bottles for sale.
'14 May: the Cyclades
May 29 This morning I went over to a nice hotel on the main drag, to relax in peace, sit in nice clear air, have a coffee, and figure out what my last day would look like. Little Did I Know! From out of NOWHERE came a wind storm the like of which no...
'14 May: the Cyclades
May 28 It's tour day! I got picked up at the bus station at 10am by a big tour bus that took all of us down to the old pier where many of these style boats were waiting. I and 100 others went with the Odysseas. It was plenty comfortable - ours even...
'14 May: the Cyclades
Oh look, here come three more. During our one hour stay the boats would shuffle themselves around so that by the time we left our boat was second from the left.
'14 May: the Cyclades
After 20 minutes I was here, obviously not going to get all the way up and back in the allotted one hour!
'14 May: the Cyclades
...I ate a long slow lunch and visited with a sweet young couple from Xi'an. I also enjoyed the company of a group of Aussie women celebrating one of their 40th birthdays. I have no acceptable pictures though. You can see the windmill in the above pic...
'14 May: the Cyclades
For the last stop the boat dropped everyone here, below the town of Oia which some say has the most fantastic sunset views of all. Yikes, I just don't want to walk up there! It isn't hot-hot but it is still hot and the sun is bright and beating down up...
'14 May: the Cyclades
...donkeys. There are donkeys that will take you up to Santorini too but in Santorini you also have the alternative of the tram or a bus. Here it's just the donkeys. The donkey rides are pretty controversial in the travel forums but I will note that t...
'14 May: the Cyclades
May 27 NOTE! I have been saying Santorini to mean the island and also to mean the main town of Fira. I'm not the only one though... The internet connection in my hotel here in Santorini, the New Haroula, makes me want to weep. But then I have a lov...
'14 May: the Cyclades
More. This is one of the dozens of churches and a wider part in the town's walkways. Mostly the walk- and road-ways are packed with cars and tourists and narrow too.
'14 May: the Cyclades
An internet picture. I'm trying to give an overview of the Delos cityscape but this is not 1/4 of it all. The entire island of Delos, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is unoccupied and no one is allowed to spend the night. It's one giant archeological si...
'14 May: the Cyclades
"In the 5th century BC .. the entire island was purged of all dead bodies. It was then ordered that no one should be allowed to either die or give birth on the island due to its sacred importance and to preserve its neutrality in commerce." The result o...
'14 May: the Cyclades
One of the landmarks of the Mykonos skyline. There are many of these windmills around, kept for their historic/touristic value probably because none of them actually have blades.
'14 May: the Cyclades
The moon and the sun. All the menus had similar items and they all looked expensive by Naxos standards so I decided to just pick the most comfortable chair and not look at the menu. So yeah, it was expensive. An overpriced but nonetheless delicious ...
'14 May: the Cyclades
We stopped a time or two to look at the marble quarries that made this island rich, and lastly we heard all about this kouros from the 7th century BC made from marble and abandoned here due to some flaw in its construction and rediscovered centuries later ...
'14 May: the Cyclades
We were not allowed to take pictures inside but someone else managed to grab a shot of one of the many frescos that adorn the walls and ceilings. It's very small and dark inside and the frescos are the dominant feature. (internet pic)
'14 May: the Cyclades
May 24 I enjoyed an all day bus tour today into the interior of the island. Naxos is the largest island in the Cyclades and I won't see nearly all of it, but here's a taste of the countryside. This is a nice summary photo: mountain peaks, white wash...
'14 May: the Cyclades
There was a potter who demonstrated the traditional methods and why yes you could even buy one if you wanted.
'14 May: the Cyclades
The guide had to tell every story in both English and German which could become a little tiresome for the tourists and I would imagine especially tiresome for her but she kept up good spirits and enthusiasm throughout. Nicely done.
'14 May: the Cyclades
Lunch! It was past one and the crowd was getting restless for food. We stopped in Apiranthos, a larger village built down the side of a mountain. This is the Church of Panagia Apeirathitissa said to have some noteworthy icons. So many of the churches...
'14 May: the Cyclades
My Greek salad had a huge and amazingly delicious slab of feta cheese on top, like the cheese from the first night with the little fishies. And speaking of which, we were on a short photo-op stop and out of seemingly nowhere come hundreds Hundreds of go...
'14 May: the Cyclades
The view we had stopped to enjoy when the entire busload of tourists couldn't get enough of the goats. So there I was one in the horde pouring out of a giant tour bus, and glad to have done it. The roads are particularly narrow, steep, and full of very...
'14 May: the Cyclades
May 23 My ladies! Efkharisto...Parakalo... The book says parakalo means 'please' and efkharisto means 'thank you'. Parakalo also means 'you're welcome'. You say efkharisto and you get a parakalo back, like magic. And every time I've heard someone...
'14 May: the Cyclades
I'm walking a short distance on a cool flagstone path from the bay that has the port to the bay that has the resorts. Here we are at Saint George Beach, so quiet and family friendly but no paddle boards. I'm very surprised because this beach was made f...
'14 May: the Cyclades
Yesterday I ate a moussaka at the little fishies place from the night before which wasn't particularly special but what I ate today was AWEsome - a crazy delicious garlic salad, fried eggplant like I never had before, olives, and the bread here which canno...
'14 May: the Cyclades
I haven't figured out this church yet. Here's a cut and paste wiki chronology of Naxos: Cycladic civilization The Zas Cave was inhabited during the Neolithic era, contained objects of stone from Melos and copper objects including a dagger and gold sh...
'14 May: the Cyclades
Begun in 530 BC, by 506 BC the ruler Lygdamis who ordered the construction was overthrown and the temple was never finished. What we see now has mostly been rebuilt, maybe even from some of the original stones.
'14 May: the Cyclades
I was on the Blue Star, the only ferry going to Naxos this time of year. That's one of the sister ships. It was lovely.
'14 May: the Cyclades
My first Greek meal in Greece at Meze-2 and if the rest of what I eat nears this standard I will be eating like a QUEEN. I've been going on about this exact meal for a month - whole grilled little fishies with a big squeeze of lemon and an icy-cold ouzo...
'14 May: the Cyclades
I was only slightly less lucky with the Montreal-Athens flight because both I and the guy in the center kept our arms basically off the armrest resulting in no territory creep at all. So A-OK on the flight, very soon forgotten. I stepped outside the te...
'14 some April some May
May 16 Everyone dances at the taverna! I watched a few hours of Greek dancers on youtube today, because Everyone dances at the taverna! I can do the simplest-simplest series of steps now but that's not to say that anyone will ever do that particular o...
'14 some April some May
May 12 Muriel's mirror. Finished with all her treatments Muriel is back full-swing and busy as ever. We had breakfast and a peppy one hour walk around the neighborhood.
'14 some April some May
May 10 Yes, Clothes. I went to lunch with the cousins Sharon and Nancy, and Sharon guided me through the shopping morass and I came out the other end with Clothes. One more shirt and I can get ride of those two tops, you know the ones, the burgund...
'14 Apr: Kauai
This scene is exactly next to the one above. Copied from thegardenisland.com: "Four 16-foot kii, representing the four corners of Honua, the pillars in ancient Hawaiian astrology, were placed on Saturday at Ke Kahua O Kaneiolouma. "The four kii — so...
'14 Apr: Kauai
We took a late afternoon pop up to Camas and Curt's place. I love their kitchen. These are the two that got married last year in June and Sharon and I changed our annual trip from spring to attend. From this kitchen emerged a full-on Hawaiian luau din...
'14 Apr: Kauai
April 25 We had another nice dinner party at the house today. I didn't take any pictures but I snagged this off Curt's phone. It's a professional picture of one of the outriggers that Curt built. This one is in Japan. He's done a few others too. ...
'14 Apr: Kauai
In the afternoon we went to a tour at one of the local farmer's markets. It was interesting and informative and fun too.
'14 Apr: Kauai
The gardens around here are blooming their little heads off. The blooming really kicks off around the end of April so it's great to see something different every morning. Oh, look at this one! we say all day long.
'14 Apr: Kauai
Ever since September 11, 1992 when Hurricane Iniki took out so much of Kauai including the Coco Palms Resort (of Blue Hawaii fame, and a thousand other films), everyone (literally) on the island has been talking about what to do next while...
'14 Apr: Kauai
April 18 Camas came by this afternoon to be my paddle boarding Sherpa, hauling the heavy board down to the dock and again out of the water and guiding me along the way...'you're doing great, you're doing great, bend your knees a little more, what's the ...
'14 Apr: Kauai
Camas was home making brownies for dessert so Curt, never to be outdone, made peanut butter cookies. We enjoyed them both Equally with a nice scoop of haupia ice cream. Sharon was making a cocktail surprise that everyone enjoyed. She and Bob also brou...
'14 Apr: Kauai
April 17 A pano of a View Point looking out over one of the larger fields of taro on the island. Look right down the middle and you'll see a dirt road following the small winding Hanalei river. Kayak rowers love this river and that's Ohiki Road that...
'14 Apr: Kauai
Birds! They were sadly so far away but here are a few anyway including second from the top, a new one, the Hawaiian Coot. The ducks are new too, the 'pure' version found only on Kauai (No Expert I, but I'm pretty sure based on the picture in wikipedia)...
'14 Apr: Kauai
We had some fun tonight! Dinner Theater!! We went to a totally tourista mediocre buffet dinner and a 'community theater' production of South Pacific. Everyone was having FUN! Also everyone was ordering bottles of wine so I'm thinking that probably con...
'14 Apr: Kauai
...and to look at the Sugar Mill memorial. from The Internet: "The Sugar Monument itself is a circular, concrete sculpture suggesting a mill stone. Inside, there is a captivating bronze sculpture depicting the eight principal ethnic groups that brought ...
'14 Apr: Kauai
What I wrote to Angela yesterday: "The weather has been excellent - not too hot, only the very occasional drizzle, a nice breeze. Fabulous. "And last night we had a huge 'Blood Moon' from the eclipse and so many stars I about went nuts. I thought I...
'14 Apr: Kauai
Some of what they have: lakes with fountains, chairs in which to rest, the Japanese bridge, lawns and trees and flowers, our Zebra Doves, Junglefowl, Common Moorhen, and the ADA compliant path for strolling. There are peacocks too, nice ones, and goats.
'14 Apr: Kauai
A Black-Crowned Night-Heron (Auku'u in Hawaiian). We've seen these guys in many places but they are so well camouflaged, this is the first time one has been out in the relative open.
'14 Apr: Kauai
There are a few fantastic walks that spoke out from the Grand Hyatt but we always just do this one because it is so dang gorgeous.
'14 Apr: Kauai
From the museum's website: "We strive to celebrate the history and culture of our island’s immigrant and indigenous ancestors and create an understanding to better our future." Our guide for a one and a half hour tour was charming and knowledgeable. ...
'14 Apr: Kauai
It was so beautiful out there. I'm hoping that another time during this trip we'll come out here again, park the truck and walk. There's only one small area for parking and it was full. Egret! Nene!
'14 Apr: Kauai
A young Pacific Golden-Plover (Kolea in Hawaiian). The adults have different markings and you can see one in the inset, or so it seemed from the book. No guarantees here!
'14 Apr: Kauai
April 6 ALOOOOHA! Here on the Wailua River in Kauai, settled in after a perfectly tolerable flight (exit row, aisle seat, no one in the middle). Sharon lets me do whatEver I Want including using the step stool for a foot stool. Happy me!
'14 Apr: Kauai
More rain chains! Remember that Thai antique chain that hung into the large blue/green vase you can see here? Well that chain is gone. It's either somewhere else and I haven't spotted it yet or it broke or it didn't work right. These kinds of chain...
'14 some April some May
Here's looking at Royce Hall from one of the windows in the Powell Library. If you haven't been to this library in a while you won't be sorry if you stop by. Just the tiles alone make it worth a visit.
'14 some April some May
April 3 This morning I spent Three Hours cleaning the floor of the cottage even after Cecelia and Victor spent seven hours each cleaning. And it's not done yet! In the afternoon I did a photo project for Lona and Hartley and then in the evening I ha...
California Yellow 659
THE DEAL WITH THE KITCHEN! You may choose one of the following three options. Option 1) $3100/month rent with new standard white appliances. Option 2) $3300/month rent with trendy retro appliances in the color of your choice. Option 3) $3...
California Yellow 659
In the heart of Venice, one half block from the best part of Abbott Kinney, you will have a garden!
SM 1/2
The door that's covered by the wardrobe - you'll see in one of the photos below.
The ZOO
One of the displays in The LAIR - Living-Amphibians-Invertebrates-Reptiles.
'14 March
March 29 Fun Day! I met Darryl and Angela and Kaitlin and Lilly at the Santa Monica Playhouse where we saw a delightful community theater production of 'Alice and the Wonderful Tea Party'. Everything about it was entirely charming and everyone enjoy...
'14 March
Burt and Charlene came out west today for lunch and a stroll. It was a lovely day. I also got to gaga over Burt's new car. Burt's initials being BMW, and knowing Burt you could understand that this was reason enough, he has always lusted for a BMW and...
'14 March
March 20 Practicing with birds in a beach parking lot in Venice. Brigitte tells me they are one year old seagulls (which is why they look like seagulls but are not yet white). Then I met Susie for a great day out.
'14 March
March 15 From the magnificent Kauai house where, Many Thanks to Sharon, I have the privilege of spending a month every year. I have been lusting after this rain chain for YEARS and now that I have new gutters I want to get rain chains too but, big su...
'14 March
March 13-14 March = Wisteria. So beautiful. HURRAY! It's all settled with an excellent new tenant and although the move-in process will be cutting into my Kauai time, it's almost done and I'm happy. Other than this...walking, eating out, chores,...
'14 March
March 9 OMG today would have sent me to my bed were it not for help from my sisters. Windy stayed with me through the whole open house and did ALL the tours for the potential tenants who came one after the other after the other after the other leavin...
'14 March
March 7 For rent...I ran a craigslist ad and got more than 60 people expressing interest. Everyone is coming Sunday between 1 and 4. Fingers crossed for a good one!
'14 March
March 4 Oh yeah, exciting news, the tenant in the back cottage is leaving as of March 31st. I have tickets to be Elsewhere so I've got to get this all done before I leave in the first week of April. Oh no, w.o.r.k.
'14 March
March 2 I finally went back to the Proust reading group after 10 months away. I'll certainly never catch up, and I'll be able to go only one or two more times between now and July, but it is excellent fun and good motivation. (btw, I'm mid-way throu...
'14 March
Then Sharon hosted an Oscars get-together where I once again won bragging rights and also theater tickets (thanks Nancy), with the most correct guesses. I don't know why I (always?) win these things. It's weird, and suspicious. All I can say is that I d...
'14 March
...ActiVision! Darryl's new office!! He's not there until next week, it's Saturday, and D, it's ok, not to worry, I wouldn't have just come to reception and asked them to page 'Darryl Kanouse, paging Darryl Kanouse, your mother is in the lobby'. No,...
self-portrait '14 March
March 1 I went with Windy to Mrs Winston's so she could get some strange beverages whished up for her new diet plan. Mrs Winston's, so reminiscent of my Plan B, for if I ran out of money retiring so early, I was going to go work at Mrs Gooches, a now...
'14 Feb: LA-SF-LA
February 18 I stayed this night in Cambria to make tomorrow's trip down to Santa Barbara an easy hop. I thought I might have tired of Moonstone Beach but no...
'14 February
Kaitlin's class went on a field trip to the LA Zoo. One of the parents took this picture. Are you flashing on school field trips? Weren't they the best. fm
'14 Feb: LA-SF-LA
There were several of these sculptures - I saw two others but there are apparently five total. Copied from sfgate.com: "The five Slinkies, each about 15 feet tall and weighing 1,500 pounds, arrived by trailer, one by one, and were installed by crane in ...
'14 Feb: LA-SF-LA
These tulip trees are everywhere around campus and the town and they are wonderful. I want one.
'14 Feb: LA-SF-LA
When Robert and Joanna bought their house in the Berkeley hills this wall in the master bedroom had No Window, not one. The very first thing they did was blast away, to catch this amazing view.
'14 Feb: a Wedding in San Francisco
Roger, finishing the music compilation on the very day of the wedding. The Play List: Stand by Me * Comes Love * They Can't Take That Away From Me * You Send Me * Where or When * If I Didn't Care * Stars Fell on Alabama * Sea of Love * In Spite of Ourse...
'14 Feb: a Wedding in San Francisco
...it was Awesome actually. Everyone was taking pictures, click click click, and I'll add more as they come in.
'14 Feb: a Wedding in San Francisco
February 14 China and Charley in the midst of their heroic achievement, turning a one bedroom apartment into a Wedding Venue beautiful enough for an artist.
'14 Feb: a Wedding in San Francisco
And once in San Francisco one can expect to be greeted by the almost ever present San Francisco weather-world - City in Fog!
'14 February
February 8 That's my across the street neighbor Kathleen second from the right and her friends Julie, Caroline, and Beth. All these ladies, myself included of course, happily carry our Medicare cards. Really?! But we look so young! Yes. We went t...
'14 February
February 7 Pretty Toes at the (one of 10,000) Vietnamese Nail Salon. If you haven't visited Vietnam in recent years you will be glad if you do. You'll not experience your mani-pedi the same again. For a travelogue you can click here for the book ...
'14 February
Cirque du Soleil: Totem! If you like the Cirques you'll probably like this one, here under the big top situated in the Santa Monica Pier parking lot. It's modest compared to the Vegas Extravaganzas but there are a few unforgettable acts and it's fun to...
The Griffith Observatory
...you can see (not so clearly here but wow none the less) to the horizon...
The Griffith Observatory
...and the great domes. Here's another FunFact courtesy of wikipedia: 'Griffith affected the title of Colonel, but official records of his military service which support this rank have not been found. Evidence suggests the only military title he ever he...
'14 February
Then we went for a lovely lunch and she was just there, waiting for someone to take her picture.
'14 January
January 25 Happy Birthday Angela! The girls wanted to make a surprise party and that's what we did. It was too much fun. Can you guess our theme? FLOWERS! Everyone wrote a poem to Angela that had a flower in the verse. We made a bouquet of veget...
'14 January
January 23 More 'like a crazy person' movie marathon. I think I'm done (since I'm not going to watch 12 Years a Slave until I can fast forward on my computer) and these are my top three: Nebraska, Dallas Buyers Club, and Frances Ha. I'm happy, it was ...
'14 January
January 18 Darryl took this picture in my backyard a few weeks ago when we were all making oj with the oranges from my tree. I took Muriel to her chemo treatment and read her Proust until she begged for mercy and shortly thereafter she fell asleep so...
'14 January
January 11 MAJOR recommendation: the LA Conservancy Downtown Walking Tours. Susie and I had been talking about doing one for years and finally we said to each other 'Let's Go!'. They are only on Saturday at 10 and at 2. There is a good selection (w...
'14 January
Everyone, and that's a lot of folks, meets in Pershing Square at their appointed hour and then breaks into individual groups of what look to be about 6-14. We were in a big group and I was thinking dang but the guide was fantastic, everyone could hear, ...
'14 January
January 10 I really like this one, Levitated Mass, hauled out of a mountain and through the streets for our delight.
'03 September
Sandy's art show! Everybody who was Anybody was there. Darryl and Angela came, and Nancy, and Roger of course who did ALL the heavy lifting and without whom it wouldn't have happened. Roger went and got Sandy's parents so they could come. Some friends ...
'14 January
January 7 A morning walk before the crowds set in. Yes, crowds, of walkers and bikers and tourists filling up the paths by the time we finished lunch. Movies! What I've seen since .. the last set: The Book Thief (don't bother); Gravity (+=technolog...
'14 January
From one of the plaques: "Tongva Park is named for the rich culture and traditions of the indigenous Tongva people who have lived in the Los Angeles area for thousands of years, deeply connected to the original arroyos, native landscape, springs, and t...
'13 December
December 30 Out the car window on Olympic Blvd. taken with my phone, where in the middle left you can see the Hollywood sign. In real life it was crisp as could be. Wow, the upside of the Santa Ana winds. Driving home from my last visit with the ki...
Liz Darryl Angela '13 December
It's beyond dear how sweet these girls are, how they appreciated everything they got and not once had any reaction but joyful ones. And it's not a frenzy of more-more-more, no, just FUN.
Darryl Kaitlin Lilly '13 December
After breakfast - Gifts! We go around one by one taking turns to open a present. (After a few rounds the adults run out and K&L, ever so sweetly, take turns, admiring each others goodies.) Darryl is showing the girls how cute they look.
Kaitlin Lilly '13 December
Brand new cool fuzzy headphones and brand new shinny red shoes.
'13 December
And another one looking back toward the Marina.
'13 December
December 21 We had a big breakfast get-together at the Rose Café including me and Cynthia, Windy (Jeff was working), L&H (doesn't Lona look festive? said everyone who saw her), and DAK&L. Everyone enjoyed themselves entirely which was delightful. He...
'13 December
Cynthia brought gifts one being this kit of some modern material that melts down into a puddle after 30 minutes or so, and then you can make it into something else again. The kit comes with these snowman accoutrement and the whole melting snowman 'thing...
'13 December
December 15 Morning out my window. I did not change One Thing!
'13 December
December 16 Our Monday Night Holiday Extravaganza with many thanks to one and all and to Alicia for hosting yet again, for FABulous food, and gifts, and smiles and hugs...Perfect! Ljubica, Marija, Maxine, Alicia, Maryanne, Ann, Lourdes, me, Marsha, B...
'13 December
December 11 One of our busy day's activities - after our walk searching for a mailbox we stopped off at a neighborhood pizza place. Lilly hooked up with a new friend and we had fun. Check it out - Donkey Kong AND Ms Pacman. I did not however determ...
'13 December
December 9 A series of circumstances brought me and Sharon together for breakfast. We went to the deli and both got what we wanted. This is so funny, our food choices. It reminds me of the time in Yellowstone when for lunch Sharon got a salad and I g...
Lilly '13 December
The younger kids were in groups that ranged in size from maybe twelve at the most to as few as four. Lilly is third from the left. Every time the lights came on to reveal a stage full of the littlest ones the whole audience groaned with AWWWWs.
'13 December
These platters were piled to the sky with cookies and within minutes - gone. Kids were walking away with three in each hand and the parents were plenty 'eager' too. Ohhh, that poor little girl in the upper right. Oh nooo, the cookies are All GONE.
'13 December
Very near by, you can walk, is Carroll Avenue - where the entire 1300 block was listed under the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. The wiki article has pictures of them all and a few show-biz stories. The neighborhood is named Angelino Heig...
'13 December
We did a highlights tour. Of the four objects in the tour I had heard only one previously discussed so that was a treat.
'13 November
November 27 This was so fun! I made Kaitlin and Lilly's annual Holiday Card based upon their own design. Kaitlin sketched it out and had all the ideas for the photos. One of my favorite things!
'13 November
November 23 Windy stopped by with Food, low-cal and delicious, and then we went to Bergamot Station. We can walked there in 20 minutes, popped into a few galleries, and then walked back. Too Fun, good and good for you. This is a new show at one o...
Susie '13 November
We got tickets for the member's preview, first hour of the first day to see the new Alexander Calder retrospective. The black and white photo is Calder supervising the installation of LACMA's first commission (Three Quintains (Hello Girls)) an iconic work...
'13 November
November 17 It was another Pepperdine morning with Sharon. Eight laps around the track and lunch. This time we added a swing by the Weisman Museum on campus. I was taken by this work. It's a collage the size of a Garage Door, called Darkhorse by...
'13 November
From the big-basket Ferris wheel that everyone enjoys and you would too despite how much you hate Ferris wheels from when you were a kid and some other punk kid kept rocking the seat so hard you wanted to puke...first punch out the kid and then puke.
'13 November
Another view. When they're not touring around they are going to set up shop here in this fantastic RV Park right in one of the most popular areas of Long Beach on the bike path, steps from the ocean. It's really good!
'13 November
From wiki: "The main goal of this project, done in 2006, was to pay homage to the brave and determined men and women that somehow manage, without the help of any supernatural power, to work many hours in extreme conditions for low wages which are saved at ...
'13 November
November 5 Fun day with the girls! This is Kaitlin on the left and Finley on the right showing their arm-loads of the latest and greatest gotta have 'em stretchy friendship bracelets all made by elementary school girls. I've heard it's very easy to ...
'13 November
We enjoyed the very modest Visitors Center and the tour of the Will Rogers House. I was gone most of the summer this year and hence missed one of my all-time favorite things to do - have a picnic on the grass and watch the polo matches only an arms le...
'13 October
October 30 It was Kaitlin's turn for dance class today and Lilly and I enjoyed dancing in one of the empty rooms. All those mirrors...
'13 October
October 28 Maxine! You've done it AGAIN. I had a busy day - breakfast with Muriel, a trip to the dermatologist to get the rest of the goop out of my head but I'll probably have to do it again because he didn't remove the 'sacks', and the Monday Nigh...
'13 October
...at Merlyn and Hilda's, with Alex and Carol. Hilda had never 'done' Halloween but they are getting started with a bang.
'13 October
October 26 This morning I read my little sister's script with her, a play that she is doing with friends, and it was fun, she has a big part, and she is excellent on any stage. Then I went to my big sister's to do a little tech-support and here is he...
'13 October
I've always had a fancy for those deeeluxe Wilshire Blvd. high rises assuming you can get one with the views.
'13 Oct: St Paul, MN, and Lake Superior
...and another view. I was here in 2008 with Leigh also in October so this season has been my experience. It looks totally different in Spring, and now that Cynthia is here there is a good chance I'll get to have another go. I should mention about t...
'13 Oct: St Paul, MN, and Lake Superior
Their signature piece, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen Spoonbridge and Cherry 1985-1988. One view...
'13 Oct: St Paul, MN, and Lake Superior
October 19 A popular Saint Paul public service - the curbside Take One/Leave One lending library. These boxes are in front of houses around town. You can see if there are any in your town by going to the Little Free Library website and having a lo...
'13 Oct: St Paul, MN, and Lake Superior
Phyllis and Ken and their respective children and their children's children. From Phyllis: "I will go from left to right with the picture frames and the pictures. The first picture is Ken's daughter, Molly, and her daughter, Jean. I will skip this on...
'13 Oct: St Paul, MN, and Lake Superior
October 16 The last two days have just fled by and I haven't done, basically, much of anything - run a load of wash, watch Netflix, meet Cynthia for lunch, do a little exercise finally for the first time in ages due to the abatement of my months long al...
self-potrait '13 Oct: St Paul, MN, and Lake Superior
We were doing a scavenger hunt too, taking photos of our finds such as a spider on a web, a leaf with two colors, a nest, a child on an adults shoulders, etc etc etc. It was great fun! Team The Boys came out victorious leading Team The Girls by one s...
'13 Oct: St Paul, MN, and Lake Superior
The last one!
'13 October
October 6 I'm watching a new show on my computer, Serangoon Road, set in Singapore and made by HBO Asia and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. It's a 1960s detective drama with compelling noirish atmosphere and characters. I experienced a wave ...
WW #6
tenant Three Have I mentioned the skylight in the kitchen?
WW #6
Following are details of the one bedroom apartment for rent in Venice. Call 310.821.7853 for questions and to make an appointment to see the apartment. What a lovely living room brightened by the full wall sliding doors opening onto your own great balc...
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tenant One Looking into the bedroom.
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Tenant One's cat. This cat needs a caption!
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tenant One A lovely bright dining area with an overhead fan.
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tenant One Good natural light in the bathroom.
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tenant One The handsome bedroom, and another fan.
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tenant One More. Call 310.821.7853 for questions and to make an appointment to see the apartment.
'13 October
October 4 After doing a set of apartment photos for my older sister, and making phone calls and grocery shopping, I went to get Alex and Carol at the airport, brought them to Merlyn and Hilda's place and had a lovely few hours with ACM&H and this light ...
'13 September
"Victoria Vesna Octopus Mandala Glow (OMG) The Pacific Wheel, the world's largest solar Ferris wheel, becomes the ultimate revolving mandala. Experence it as sounds become colors and as the many become one." Another attraction for which I did not stand...
'13 September
September 30 Time to change out the 'refrigerator door'. I take everything down, put it in a one quart baggie, and stack the baggies out in the garage. From the top left: an origami crane that I always have some of around, an adventure card from ND,...
'13 September
September 28 glow, Dusk&Beyond 2013, 7pm-3am, One Night Only, Santa Monica Beach, Pier, and Palisades Park. "An all-night cultural experience that re-imagines Santa Monica Beach as a playground for original, participatory works of art." This is the ...
'13 September
At the information center just below the Carousel where the line for the Carousel was Huge. I didn't stand in it. "Patrick Scott The Rest Is Noise: A Carousel Ride Through the 20th Century Ride the historic Santa Monica Carousel as 16 speakers play 12 ...
'13 September
...into one of the rooms for big kids.
'13 Sep: Santa Ynez
One from Bonnie... bp.
'13 Sep: Santa Ynez
...and another one! bp.
'13 Sep: Santa Ynez
At one point mid-afternoon Lynn and Desda and I found ourselves alone at the house. Hey! Let's go skinny dipping!! Yesss!!! As the day wore on...
'13 Sep: Santa Ynez
A picture through the window of Robert trying to shoo the tarantula off the front door handle. Carl got the shot of the tarantula itself. I spotted the thing and pointed it out to someone, I don't remember who, who thought it was fake and blew on it. ...
'13 Sep: Santa Ynez
The meal-deal worked out very well I thought. We each had our assignment to bring everything for, prepare, and clean-up after a particular meal. Everyone pitched in to help, as much as they felt like doing. It really did go very smoothly. Time for di...
'13 Sep: Santa Ynez
Sitting around and enjoying one another's company was high on the list of pleasures.
'13 Sep: Santa Ynez
...and gave us perfect temperatures and gorgeous sunsets. After sunset we designated drivers and made our way down the hill. Everyone agreed, dinner at the Los Olivos Wine Merchant and Café was a delightful experience.
'13 Sep: Santa Ynez
Several times throughout the day various ones would head out for a walk down the oh-so-very long and steep driveway and along the peaceful roads nearby.
'13 September
These girls have been having birthdays together since they were ONE! Zoe, Sydney Clayton, Kaitlin, Nora, Sydne Carmon, Sydney Soussan. Sydney Clayton's party on Zoe & Kaitlin's actual birthday. amy.
'13 September
Everyone got to make a mermaid plate. They rolled out the clay, cut out the shell shape, made a transfer, and painted the mermaid. In a couple of weeks after they are all fired up the kids will have something special that they made themselves. Then th...
'13 September
One of the teachers did a demonstration showing the kids how to throw a pot on a wheel. At first they were all standing back, waiting, watching, and then slowly, inch by inch, as they became totally entranced by the magic of it all they moved in close...
'13 September
The Happy Birthday Song .. and Cupcakes! I wish I had a picture from tonight, of Darryl and Angela, after the girls had opened all their presents and were asleep snug in their beds. That must have been a beautiful moment, to have seen their girls so ha...
'13 September
Lilly is four today and Kaitlin will be eight one week from today. Lilly is the age that Kaitlin was when Lilly was born. We've had a lot of fun with this!
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
"The Mighty Trebuchet. This is the largest working siege machine IN THE WORLD! The colossal catapult is an authentic recreation of one of the biggest and most deadly military machines of all time." They had a fun demonstration of the Mighty Trebuchet. ...
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
Here is the home of the Royal Shakespeare Company. (The inset I got off the internet. We never made it for a river cruise what with one thing and another.) Btw, the town is called Stratford-Upon-Avon while the district is called Stratford-On-Avon, and...
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
They've done a lot of work revealing the Tudor (1485-1603) (overlapping with the Elizabethan period 1558–1603) black and white half-timber frame architecture predominant throughout town.
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
Sorry for the cliché. It was raining and I had to grab a shot and this one slapped me upside the head.
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
One of our tours had a costume opportunity, an opportunity never to be passed-up by my little sister!
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
From the History of Macoupin County, Illinois, 1911. Please feel free to skip right by all this - I've just copied it in because neither I nor my little sister knew 1/100th of what's in here. We never met this grandfather since he died in 1942, well befo...
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
In the village there is the pub and guest house from the first picture, the church with our great-grandparents, another chapel, and a little shop. That's pretty much Fontmell Magna. At the shop we saw our great-grandfather mentioned in a book(!) with a...
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
And he did know everything. After inviting us in he soon retreated to his study and returned with a list to confirm that yes our relatives were there and yes the stone had been removed. We had such an fantastic time. That's his river, and the spot whe...
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
A look at one of the representative streets in town center.
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
September 5 morning We arrived in Salisbury late afternoon yesterday and didn't do much because today is a big day. In the morning we did a city walking tour, although 'city' is a bit extreme, more like a town walking tour. But they have a fine cath...
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
In the afternoon we joined the Stonehenge Special Access Tour with Pat Shelley meaning we got to go inside and walk among the stones. But first! we have a few hours of touring around The Landscape as Pat calls it. We saw many interesting features as ...
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
...and more until we find ourselves there, Stonehenge!
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
My pictures of Salisbury Cathedral are not worth showing except this one is a little interesting to see the height of the main aisle. And then we saw the Magna Carta! Is this the 'real' Magna Carta? Someone else asked the internet and the internet r...
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
Wow, Stonehenge.
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
But, we learned, Stonehenge isn't actually a henge. A henge is roughly circular in shape and requires a bank with an internal ditch surrounding a central flat area. In the case of Stonehenge, its ditch runs outside its bank.
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
What was the purpose of Stonehenge? Our guide Pat replies with his favorite expression: "Ceremonial and ritual purposes". According to Pat "Ceremonial and ritual purposes" is Archeologist-speak for "We have no idea".
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
Pat had two topics upon which he was most emphatic: 1) the Druids came along well after Stonehenge had already fallen out of use and 2) Roman history is boring.
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
Carbon dating puts the earliest part of the construction here at 3100BC, with some post holes nearby indicating the beginnings of a ritual site from 8000BC. There have been a number of restorations here over the years. You can see a picture of the site...
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
We didn't get the event of a rising or setting sun through the stones but it was plenty of wow anyway and very much worth the extra money to get this after-hours time.
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
September 5 afternoon We were a group of 20 free to roam through the stones for an hour in this iconic UNESCO World Heritage Site. Click click CLICK!
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
These are not mine, I got them off the internet but I wanted to show more. One thing though, he's gotten way famous now with gallery representation and traveling exhibitions which might put me off him. Now I know one important part of why I love stre...
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
Here are more Stik from just a two hour stroll. In the one in the middle, the figure is leaning against the wall with his leg crossed. Since that trash can is always there Stik decided to make it part of his design.
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
The guide said this one popped up two days ago. It's done by a well-known Australian (I think) artist (whose name I can't find) and it's about immigration. There's a Banksy piece under that plywood structure which they are protecting, to keep for the n...
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
This is Shepard Fairey's work, the guy with the Andre the Giant OBEY series and the guy who did, to much acclaim and long-running law suits, the Obama Hope poster. One of the artists Claude had just been talking about walked by and they greeted each oth...
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
There's a lot of action going on in this one.
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
Me reflected in a window in front of one of the colorful walls that might have been a commissioned piece. Check it out for all the body parts... There seem to be three ways these works get up. 1) there are many many commission pieces around. 2) the bu...
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
One of the oldest of Stik's work around. The building is a repair shop owned by two brothers who rarely share the same opinion on 'things'. I love it!
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
The Wellington Arch, (or Constitution Arch or (originally) the Green Park Arch in 1825). This is not the Arch's original location nor is that the original sculpture on top. What is there now arrived in 1912, by Adrian Jones, and depicts the angel of pe...
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
"Horace Jones' Temple Bar marker topped by Charles Bell Birch's heraldic Dragon." The guide told some interesting stories as we circled this round-about. The pillar guards the spot that divides Fleet Street, London from Strand, Westminster. The name T...
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
The Tate Modern, located in the repurposed Bankside Power Station. They have lots of pictures in here but .. "When the gallery opened in 2000, the collections were not displayed in chronological order but were rather arranged thematically into four broa...
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
September 2 Windy's coming around noon so I went out for a little morning stroll. This is one building in the University College London in the Bloomsbury neighborhood 10 minutes walk from the hotel. The school is most well known for science and ther...
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
Here is one of the four legendary lions protecting Nelson's Column with the National Gallery to the left and you can just see the spire of St Martin-in-the-Fields to the right.
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
LP: "The Great Court was restored and augmented by Norman Foster in 2000 and now has a spectacular glass-and-steel roof, making it one of the most impressive architectural spaces in the capital. In the center is the Reading Room, with its stunning blue-and...
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
From Paddington Station I took the Underground to Tottenham Court Road Station and from there I made the five minute walk to the Rathbone Hotel. It's a nice place - the rooms are a bit small and the hotel is a bit expensive (not for London as it turns o...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
It was a bit of a walk from the last bus stop and I passed through the newly developing Cardiff Bay. Another one of Bill's stories (and oh my goodness I have thousands. I hope to remember tens.) was about how all the older people still call this area T...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
Local beer! We drove past the brewery on the way to the Bay. I had become obsessed with finding a Brain beer since I couldn't find one when I looked. Even though it's made right in Cardiff not all the pubs carry it. And there it is, Brain in the window...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
St Fagan's is quite a way out of town so I had to come back in on the bus and took a different bus out to Cardiff Bay to see The Dr Who Experience. Cardiff is nuts for Dr Who since there's a big BBC production facility here and they do most of the Dr Wh...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
Here we are, Dr Who. What happens: they gather a group, and you might have to wait, to all go in together and you walk together through rooms where you are put in scenes from Dr Who. One of the rooms has a 3D component, one of the rooms is a Dalek atta...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
There's a bigger cathedral further outside town but this one has plenty of stories.
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
August 27 Now it's the next morning and I'm taking the bus to Conwy. The girls: (they hear me talking to the bus driver) Are you from America? me: Why, yes I am. The girls: (teeheehee TeeHeeHee) You have such a cute accent! me: I live in Californi...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
I think it's natural, when I hear an American speaking the sound lifts above all others and I am always 100% sure that they are Americans. It's just so obvious. We do have an accent and to my ears I can't say it's so cute. There have not been so many wh...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
A view out one of the windows in the Gallery of Modern Art. This is a good example of the feeling of downtown. This area is actually called Merchant City and seems more of a downtown than downtown. Glaswegians, which is what they call themselves, li...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
The Metropolitan Cathedral Church of Saint Andrew, mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Glasgow. The groomsmen were gathering for that afternoon's wedding. I haven't seen anyone using kilts as everyday street wear but they are definitely ...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
Their website: "One of the old Museum of Transport’s most popular areas was Kelvin Street. At Riverside Museum there is a recreated street from 1895 - 1930, plus two additional display areas depicting shops from the 1930s, right through to the 1980s, giv...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
Across from the museum, one of the fine buildings at the University of Glasgow.
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
I climbed up two very steep blocks to see one of Charles Mackintosh's most famous buildings, The Glasgow School of Art.
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
There are two pedestrian malls in Glasgow city center, the one along Sauchiehall and the larger along Buchanan. The buildings are really fabulous but the stores seem all mall chains and the crowds are mall crowds x4, and mostly I just wanted to get off th...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
August 25 Sometimes you can travel long-distance on the bus and it's less expense or more convenient than the train, but then you have to go to a bus station. I always, whenever possible, use the train. When you use the train you get to go to the tr...
self-portrait '13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
Everyone including me was appreciating the sunny sky. During this 30 minute ferry ride I became convinced that the next place I want to go is the Galapagos. When I looked it up I remembered why I hadn't gone yet - Big Buck City. We'll see - I'll have ...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
...and up this path because it looked like it led somewhere, which turned out to be to the inset house. When I got good and done I hopped a bus back to town.
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
Back home, I took a stroll through Paul's garden and found this in a small green house in back. Tomatoes growing in a bag just on the floor. I've never seen anything like this. Paul said it was a bit of trouble at the beginning because you have to kee...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
It was all quirky and fun and that would have been good enough but then the group from New Zealand came on and raised the level of the entertainment to Great. The New Zealand Army Band played beautifully, their field show was a total delight, and the dr...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
One of the many historic pubs. I never did run across a pub in Belfast that had the feeling of the pubs in Dublin but here we're back to the easy times...
self-portrait '13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
On the stairway leading up from the bathroom, with a painted mirror and wallpaper. Wow, one of my favorite reflect-o shots so far. I have noticed that the restaurants and pubs don't bother using ground floor real estate for toilets so it's always a hik...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
Oh goodie, Edinburgh's by-now-legendary Fringe Festival. What a highlight and I didn't even know it was going to be on when I planned to come here. My first stop was this old church were they had a continuous free performance of high quality acts. I s...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
Another one...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
...and another one. Most of those little street-blocking towers had somebody standing on it trying to get your attention. All this went on during the day. By 6pm only the buskers were left since the folks doing a show were off to their respective venu...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
Along the Royal Mile, the main pedestrian stretch that leads up to the Edinburgh Castle, there are buskers who perform hoping you will give them money and there are the festival acts passing out flyers trying to get you to come to their show. The busker...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
There are upwards of 200 venues around town doing Fringe Festival performances, some stages, some pubs, some book stores, some churches, and etc etc etc, like the place here. As you walk around you see a standardized size for the venues saying for examp...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
There are probably 20 of these performances going on all along the way. And another thing I think is so commendable about the Fringe Festival is that it is not basically about drinking. All these young arty types around town and no one I saw was sloshe...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
The Tattoo is also on in August at the same time as the Fringe so that's good, you get to see both, but adds to the enormity of the crowds, the expense of accommodation, the queue for food. We begin. One hundred bagpipers and one hundred drummers enter...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
The grand finale bringing everyone back on the field...
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
This is a section of the Peace Wall along one of the Peace lines, just off Shankill Road. You can see the locked gate. There are several gates that lead into the completely surrounded Catholic nationalist neighborhood of the Falls Raod.
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
Stephen told me there are exactly three integrated schools (Protestants and Catholics) in all of Belfast. The sign says College but it's what we would call a high school. They have placed these schools in areas far from the contested areas, looking f...
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
Now maintained by the National Trust, this bridge was originally used by local fishermen who dropped nets from the bridge to catch passing salmon. Someone else crossing the bridge .. and check out that fab coastline.
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
The first long view on the long walk to Giant's Causeway. I'm going to tell the mythology of Giant's Causeway because the main character is Finn MacCool and how can you not love a name like that. Italics copied from causewaycostalroute.com: Finn, ...
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
We're walking across the tops of another set of stones. The Scottish giant arrived and banged on Finn's door shouting, 'Where is that coward MacCool'? Finn's wife answered the door and politely said that Finn was away but invited him in for a cup of tea...
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
And there it is, the main feature. I was expecting several of these leading farther out into the ocean, but it was great anyway and we were lucky on the weather since when the stones are wet they are very very slippery. Benandonner then noticed the bab...
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
This is me walking along where I can find flat stones and steadying myself against the pillars.
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
The Visitor's Center made to look like it belongs with the stones but they made the pillars all square, not as interesting as the real thing.
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
And me too! The inset is when my phone 'went off' as the guy who was taking my picture handed it back. It is very far down there. We're crossing that chasm on a rope bridge. Quite the tourist attraction.
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
It's Sunday and I had a carefully planned out bus schedule since there are so few running. The only time you can really count on a schedule it seems is if you are getting the bus at its origin. They hit those times well, but even with such reduced servic...
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
There's Samson and Goliath out there. As usual wikipedia has all the fact ma'am, just the facts: "The cranes are situated in the shipyard of Harland & Wolff and were constructed by the German engineering firm Krupp, with Goliath being completed in 1969...
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
Here are, from what I could find, the most well known of the bars. Everyone wants to compare Belfast and Dublin and this is perhaps an example. Belfast is a town of industry. They made things here before the 30 years of recent strife. It feels very m...
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
Samson and Goliath are huge gantry cranes completed in 1969 and 1974 by Harland & Wolff, the owners of the shipyard. These cranes span one of the largest dry-docks in the world. In 2003: "Northern Ireland Office Minister Angela Smith said: "These crane...
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
There was a once-a-week Friday market today so I thought I'd just walk through on my way to catch the bus to see the Titanic especially since I had to pass by on the way into city center. This is an historical building and market district. I especially...
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
The market itself was basically an undercover Flea Market with ev-ree-thing. Many different kinds of prepared foods; fruit-veg-meat-fish-dairy stalls; handcrafts; collectables; tools; stuff out of people's garages; flowers. Basically the whole gamut of f...
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
The back of the building. The design is pretty literal, but well done none the less. Here the cement and grass areas all have several meanings in the story of the Titanic - the size of the ship, the number saved in each class, various other designation...
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
More audio-visual all talking at once with sound effects going off around every corner. Then there's more, especially around the construction process, and then the structure of the ship is finished, put in the water and taken to a dock to complete the f...
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
This mural is the only one I've seen in this neighborhood but there are many more in the areas when the Protestant and Catholic neighborhoods adjoin, along the Peace lines. More on this later.
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
This was my favorite portrait, Niall Ó Donnghaile, the most recent Lord Mayor from the Sinn Féin party and at 25 the youngest Lord Mayor ever. It's painted by a well-known street artist and it has the brick-looking frame to imagine a wall. That's his G...
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
There's a very political component to these flags on the lamp posts as you can imagine. BBC: "...(He) said community consent is required for such flags to fly and that people should have the right to object to flags on lamp-posts. But the local DUP MP ...
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
...and an excellent guide. We heard the long history from old times to today. They have portraits of the Lord Mayors each painted by an artist selected by the Lord Mayor during his/her one year term (in all the many long years there have been only two ...
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
Another one. Stephen told me that the city is trying to paint over all the political ones, the angry, aggressive ones, which will be a loss I think but then I haven't seen them. It's in the plan to get there to see what's left.
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
...up to the first bridge. Family! Friends! I promise, people do ask all the time 'do you want me to take your picture' and the next time someone asks I will say yes.
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
August 12 Puck Fair! I've been calling it the Goat King Festival but finally I got around to changing to Puck Fair. When I chose these days to be in Killarney little did I know that just down the road a piece in Killorglin would be one of the wonder...
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
Just one of the many entertainments.
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
Here comes the parade, only on the last day to say goodbye. The cart with the goat follows at the end of the parade. Ms Wiki says: "The fair itself is purported to be ancient but can only officially be traced as far back as 1603 ((making this the 4...
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
There were no surfers though, at least none that I could spot. I did ask a lifeguard what the temperature was and he said 14 .. that's 57, and that's cold, but not that cold.
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
These two lanes are a highway compared to the one lane-ers on the mountain roads. There were many plants in full bloom but I couldn't get them in one shot. There were these, the red ones, and there were the yellow ones, and blue ones.
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
SB Nancy looked it up - someone on flickr said this was a pilgrim's signpost .. but which way to go? Maybe both ways?
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
The magic tree and a pilgrimage site for the faithful. The story goes that a monk from the nearby monastery knelt under this tree to pray and rest and 200 years later he returned to the monastery. There is a rock under the tree with the monk's deep kne...
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
We stopped off at the Cathedral for a bathroom break and speaking of the Manchester Martyrs, one of the innumerable stories of English oppression, this one occurring in 1867. The local Bishop who took the side of the British, Bishop Moriarty of Kerry de...
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
August 9 Today I traveled by train from Dublin to Killarney. The trip took three hours and fifteen minutes and included one change of train. The journey was smooth and easy, and the trains were clean and modern. One interesting note, there were abo...
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
My plan for today was to buy my onward train ticket, eat a restaurant meal of dishes I'd not had before, and see a few sights. Done done and done. This is a James Joyce statue nicknamed 'A Pr*ck with a Stick'. This guy was moving around the base getti...
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
"Tara was at the height of its importance around 600BC and was the royal centre of Mide, meaning ‘The Middle Kingdom’ once the 5th province of Ireland. There is a standing stone called ‘Lia Fail’ located at the centre of a circular mound know as The Royal ...
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
"We arrive at the sacred site of 'Loughcrew' with a concentration of around 30 passage tombs. This is one of the most important prehistoric cemeteries in Ireland and many agree that it is better than that of the famous Newgrange. "You’ll walk to the to...
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
"Our next stop is at the religious site at Monasterboice. The High Cross of Monisterboise is the finest in Ireland and is highly regarded as one of the finest surviving examples of Irish religious art.
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
"You will visit Drogheda, an important Anglo-Norman settlement and was one of the largest walled towns in Medieval Ireland. The town walls held strong twice from attack. Firstly from Edward Bruce in 1317 and again by Phelim O’Neill in 1642. However the wal...
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
August 6 I decided late the night before that since jetlag was waking me up at 4am I might as well walk down to where the tours depart and see what I could get. Let's go on a TOUR! Here's the itinerary from celtictours.ie and their Boyne Valley trip...
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
So SO many places more or less exactly like this one. I was not expecting all the flowers. All the pubs, yes, but not all the flowers.
'13 July
The girls had put together a whole lego village and Kaitlin was having fun taking pictures with my phone. Lilly played too of course.
'13 July
When I got my phone back, oh look, Kaitlin had created a dozen selfies. More fun!
'13 July
One from Fernand Leger's Walking Flower series that I'm nuts for...
'13 July
Yesterday Windy and I went to a new Korean Spa, new to us anyway. We had previously used the baby bear spa Daengki, which was small and homey and entirely Korean, but we thought to go a little more upscale/Western-ish one when we brought our older sis...
'13 July
Here's Lilly admiring his efforts. We watched a little hula, the kids played a fairground game (and won a prize!), and we strolled a short time looking at all the Aloha items for sale. I wore my dress from Hilo Hatties and anyone who has ever been to...
'13 July
July 12 Susie took me out for my birthday. We spent the day at LACMA and had a fantastic time. If you can help it don't miss the James Turrell show. It's huge. I didn't take any pictures (obedient museum goer that I am and anyway there are guards ...
'13 July
From LACMA's website: "As part of the Getty’s initiative, Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A., LACMA features The Presence of the Past: Peter Zumthor Reconsiders LACMA, an exhibition about the proposed future of the museum's cam...
'13 July
Then we unexpectedly happened upon a delightful exhibit of Matisse's cutouts and some work based on the cutouts. This is from the Jass series and my new favorite figure. I always liked the other one, the one with the heart, but now I'm toying with the ...
'13 July
July 11 The last time I got the car washed at a new place because I was in the neighborhood with some free time. They did such a good job that today I drove 15 minutes out of my way to go back there. You can guess, closed. So I found another one ne...
'13 July
July 9 My first Tuesday with the kids in over a month and we had a fab time but I took not a picture. These I grabbed off Angela's facebook since they're all so cute. St Patrick's Day: Finley, Avery, Kaitlin, Nora, Anya, Lila, Lilly. At the beach: ...
my Valley Girls '13 July
July 8 Monday Night! We haven't had a picture in ages but we're all in attendance and everyone agreed, so here we are! From the back: Marsha, Becky, Lourdes, Ann, Ljubica; Marija, Alicia, Maryanne, me, Maxine jb.
Visits to Honolulu with the fam
Don't forget, this is an Amusement Park, so don't be expecting Margaret Mead... but you'll get some idea of geography you probably don't remember, and some feeling for the differences among the islands. I'd even go again. The Polynesian Cultural Cente...
Visits to Honolulu with the fam
Each country put on a show and we went to all of them, each different and every one fun.
Visits to Honolulu with the fam
The Polynesian Cultural Center includes Fiji and some other maps do too and many maps, such as this one, don't. Wiki says Fiji is in Melanesia but they do the cool hip-shaking dances so we'll let that pass. I'm going to pick a few pictures and say that...
Visits to Honolulu with the fam
Everyone gathered except Caleb sadly being still sick. Ten People total. The Browns brought a Full On picnic dinner which we ate here in this hotel room, and we watched the fireworks, and played games to wait for the traffic to abate. Thank you guys, ...
'13 Jun: Kauai
At the end of the street is this heiau and a royal birthing stone,
'13 Jun: Kauai
In most of the stores around Kauai you see these tiles, plates and cups, and etc etc, and the proprietor will tell you that 'an artist in Hanapepe makes these for us'. Well, behind the window in the top picture that artist of which there are many are in...
'13 Jun: Kauai
June 29 We made our annual pilgrimage to Hanapepe today, the one stop town that recovered from the passing of the nearby sugar mills by remaking itself into an artists' colony.
'13 Jun: Kauai
A one of a kind, maybe.
'13 Jun: Kauai
The gear was great - flippers that fit and masks with corrective lenses so we nearsighted folk can see. The water was warm and beautiful and there were a ton of sea turtles about, which was a big highlight for everyone... sp.
'13 Jun: Kauai
Heading out to our snorkel spot. A little before this we had seen a great collection of spinner dolphins really doing their thing but it was so wet and salty out and full of rock 'n roll that I had my camera put away then. What I ended up doing .. I ...
'13 Jun: Kauai
More of the craft projects. Notice the posts, covered in burlap, tied with a bow, and orchids tucked in. For several days the field to the left was full of cows. We wanted to put leis on them, and bows on their tails, but the owner moved them to anoth...
'13 Jun: Kauai
This was my favorite. Check out their four hands. It was a fantastic moment for everyone, sharing the first breath of their shared life.
'13 Jun: Kauai
After everyone got food which was a big luau feast, and after the slideshow, several of the women guests did wonderful hula dances and Camas did one too. No one knew she was learning so it made for a fun buzz in the crowd.
'13 Jun: Kauai
The bride on the phone. When she wasn't on the phone the phone was ringing. It's the day before the wedding and everyone has something they need from the bride.
'13 Jun: Kauai
The bride and the groom being summoned...
'13 Jun: Kauai
June 17 Lying IN my bed of an early morning, I'm snapping a few pics with my phone. Left...right...
'13 Jun: Kauai
More hydrangeas at one of the park buildings. It is great up here at the Waimea Canyon State Park - cool with the mountain elevation and so beautiful. They have cabins to rent, a sweet cafe where we always have lunch, and an interesting visitors center.
'13 Jun: Kauai
June 15 This morning's view from one of my bedroom windows. I have windows on three sides if you can believe it, all looking at the river, and a bedroom bigger than my house and a shower bigger than my bathroom. Oh yes, what a treat.
'13 Jun: Kauai
We're deep into another craft project for the wedding. This one is going to be the party favor. First we undid the 100+ green boxes and secured the lids so as to be sure that the lid would go back on. We opened the plastic bags and put them in the...
'13 Jun: Kauai
June 14 Our local up-the-road waterfall: Opae'ka'a Falls, but everyone just says Opaka. Isn't she pretty.
'13 Jun: Kauai
June 13 We went on a garden tour we had never been to before. If another garden turns up that we have not seen I'll be amazed. This place is called Princeville Botanical Garden and is very much a Mom and Pop operation. Their claim to fame is chocol...
'13 Jun: Kauai
The Chocolate Tasting Tent where the guide has pictures to show how an industrial chocolate facility would work and comparing that to 'Lucy's kitchen'. There were also plenty of bits to taste and everyone was happy.
'13 Jun: Kauai
Sharon's pictures. We had tastes of some of the fruits growing on the property as well as a sample of the honey from their hives. sp.
'13 Jun: Kauai
No albatross this year as their season of nesting is past and for some reason I don't know we didn't see any of the usual nene that hang out here. The big one is the ʻIwa, the Great Frigatebird, with a wingspan of 7 ft. The white ones are the Ko...
'13 Jun: Kauai
There are 150 species of the Albezia tree growing in the subtropics and tropics. This one is called the Chinese albizia and is an invasive species in Hawaii. It's a rapid colonizer and tends to shed large branches, damaging power lines, houses, and other ...
'13 Jun: Kauai
...they'll get this project moving again. It's been a couple of years now with no action but they say by next year this time more workmen and more stones from India will have arrived. From their website which I've copied before in other years: "Kaua'i'...
'13 Jun: Kauai
June 10 There was a little of this and that all day but our highlight was Happy Hour at Oasis on the Beach for cocktails and pupus. We went to one of the beach front hotels and lolled around for a good long while enjoying our cocktails (one Thai Mart...
'13 Jun: Kauai
...where I got a fish foot massage. You know elsewhere you have to pay good money to get a fish foot massage!
'13 Jun: Kauai
I walked 'across the way' to get this shot of the house. I've done it before and will no doubt do it again. Every time it's different.
'13 Jun: Kauai
June 8 Not too many pictures today but we were busy. We spent many hours of the morning and into the afternoon following Kathy's instructions. Kathy is making all the decorations for the wedding and we are her faithful minions. These jars aren't do...
'13 Jun: Kauai
As it was already toward evening we did a fast loop through Lydgate and enjoyed a massively delicious dinner at Brick Oven Pizza. Brick Oven Pizza is one of our favorite meals in Kauai, and there's plenty left for breakfast, lucky me.
'13 Jun: Kauai
Finally the re-construction is done and the children's snorkeling pool is ready .. for children and anyone who wants to float around with the fish.
'13 Jun: Kauai
We spent the day trying to find Sharon a dress to wear to the wedding. Eye HAVE a dress, oh miracle of miracles. Sharon came with me back in LA to Patagonia where there it was, a dress I didn't hate. YAY! The weather has been spectacular because of...
'13 Jun: Kauai
...Voilà! Shave Ice! My flavors were the same ones I always get: guava, lemon (or lime), and lilikoi. Think there might be some sugar in a shave ice?
'13 Jun: Kauai
Good morning Spirit House, so nice to see you! I'll be doing this Good Morning round again no doubt because every day is different and I could have done better with the camera settings. AND I missed the goddess of all the water features here, the statu...
'13 June
At the Fowler they were having a dance program with arts and crafts in support of one of the exhibits, Resplendent Dress from Southeastern Europe.
'13 May
May 28 Liberty Town U.S.A., Kaitlin's classroom getting ready for Open House. It's not quite done yet in this picture - the road signs aren't up and the people aren't spread around...
'13 May
Each student made one of the buildings. Kaitlin's is Mia's Art Studio modeled after the art studio where she takes classes. A story: Monday morning Lynn and I did a big 'mountain' climb at the ranch. We went at a slow and steady pace on a steep up-up-...
'13 May
May 24 From Paso Robles where I slept last night I drove to San Francisco to have a quick visit with our newly engaged couple(!) Roger and Sandy, wedding in the spring, honeymoon in the fall. Mazel Tov!
The Ranch (2009-2013)
One plan was to come up here for lunch but what with one thing and another...
The Ranch (2009-2013)
Another one of the cut-outs this one near the main road.
'13 May
May 22 Look what I forgot from Mother's Day. Happy Mother's Day Liz. I'm one lucky mother-in-law!
'13 May
Kaitlin has been running an Art Club on Tuesday nights and sometimes on other nights too. She's done it twice when I've been there and it is So Much Fun! Both times she has designed a project for us to do. Tonight we made self-portraits and displayed ...
'13 May: Cuba - whooo Big Old American Cars
3. jr=Here are 2 Chevys, a '52 on the right and a '53 on the left but the grill is gone so it could be a '54
'13 May: Cuba - whooo Big Old American Cars
23. jr=Starting with the Yellow car '59 Buick, Blue two tone '57 Ford, Green '52-ish Cadillac
'13 May: Cuba - whooo Big Old American Cars
30. jr='58 Oldsmobile with chrome gone
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
"In the Plaza de la Catedral, The Catedral de la Virgen María de la Concepción Inmaculada de La Habana (Cathedral of The Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception), also dedicated to Saint Christopher (San Cristóbal), sometimes called Cathedral of Saint Chr...
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
We had a driver waiting for us at the airport and we mentioned how anxious we were to see big old American cars and he said we were going to see one .. Right Now .. because that's the car he had... mc.
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
The total lack of advertising billboards is one of my most vivid memories of this trip. I saw this type of billboard though, but not as many as I thought there would be. This is the English language Wikipedia opening paragraph about these guys (thanks ...
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
Businesses have small signs announcing their name, and here we have our Casa Particular in the home of Señora Angela. More on Casa Particular later. There are a huge number of tourists in Cuba just not so many Americans. Cubans in the tourist trade c...
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
And a view from our balcony looking down on the pedi-cab garage. The neighborhood might seem a little raw but actually it was perfectly safe and welcoming. The number one most fun thing about this trip was staying in family homes using the system of Ca...
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
Flags, yes. Copied from worldflags101.com: "In 1848, Narciso López, a Venezuelan general made the first serious attempt to liberate Cuba from Spanish rule. He designed 'La Estrella Solitaria', 'The Lone Star' banner, (blue stripe=three old divisions of...
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
In the Plaza of the Revolution we find the memorial to José Martí, national hero of Cuba. If you're interested to look up about José Martí you wouldn't be sorry. His war was for independence from Spain and like Wiki says "Martí is considered one of the...
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
Cementerio de Cristóbal Colón (The Colon Cemetery) founded in 1876 and now with more than one million 'residents'. It took a few blocks just to drive by.
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
Thumbs up! from one of the extremely rare panhandlers.
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
I think these are women of Santería, also known as Regla de Ocha, La Regla Lucumí or Lukumi, "a religion of West African and Caribbean origin influenced by Roman Catholic Christianity." We were pretty sure we heard their drumming and chanting coming fro...
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
It was a stone cold Riot how nearly every musical combo in the commercial areas, of which there were hundreds, music pouring from every door and window, felt the need to play Guantanamera and greatest hits from the Buena Vista Social Club. I got pretty sn...
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
Another well designed and maintained plaza. There are many plazas around and I didn't get pictures of them all, or use all the pictures I took, and I don't even remember so much which is which. I thought it might have been the Plaza de Armas but (t...
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
We saw not one single graffiti tag and no graffiti that didn't seem purposeful like this piece. Not to say it wasn't there, just that we didn't see it.
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
One of the many nicely refreshed plazas.
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
Café Taberna (thanks Terry), a place I thought called itself The Buena Vista Social Club but that might be because of all the BVSC around the place. A repeat here: It was a stone cold Riot how nearly every musical combo around the tourist streets, of wh...
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
One of them is from some place in South America and one of them is from some place else .. dang, I forget the details but they were sweet and wanted to practice English.
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
May 4 Check out the key at the end of the blue rope. Our casa for the last two nights was a 3rd floor walk-up. This balcony was off the landing between the two apartments on the floor and when a guest rang the bell someone would lower the key.
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
...views! Castro nationalized the whole Bacardi operation in 1960 when the last of the clan left to build their businesses elsewhere. The Bacardis have a long, influential, and conflicted story in Cuba beginning in the 1800s. Ms Wiki knows it all so...
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
Lonely Planet: "Do not miss out on the Malecón sea-drive, 8km of shabby magnificence that stretches the breadth of the city from Havana Vieja to Miramar and acts as a substitute living room for tens of thousands of cavorting, canoodling, romance-seeking ha...
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
Yikes! The wiki article on the Malecón is interesting - I can't resist copying several paragraphs here: "Construction of the Malecón began in 1901, during temporary U.S. military rule the main purpose of which was to protect Havana from the water and t...
'13 Apr: Cuba - the Countryside
We went to look at another one of the caves but it was raining off and on and to get to the mouth of the cave you had to climb 400 ft in the mud. So we took a pass. As we were leaving one of the guides asked if we could drive the doctor who works at th...
'13 Apr: Cuba - the Countryside
Graphic arts from one of the government buildings.
'13 Apr: Cuba - the Countryside
We loved every single one of them. They were AWESOME. Check out the live band in back.
'13 Apr: Cuba - the Countryside
The historic cobblestone streets of Trinidad. This is a 19th century Spanish colonial sugar boom town 'frozen in the 1850s'. I read that the loose cotton four-pocket Guayabera shirts originated here.
'13 Apr: Cuba - the Countryside
Lonely Planet's introduction to Trinidad: "Quaint, compact and easy to get to know, Trinidad lives up to all of the tourist brochure hype. Declared a World Heritage site in 1988 along with the Valle de los Ingenios, Cuba's oldest and most enchanting 'ou...
'13 Apr: Cuba - the Countryside
Here's one view. Most of the sugar mills are in ruins although intact structures exist, including at Guachinango where the plantation house stands, and the plantation of Manaca Iznaga, where the owner's house (now a restaurant and gift shop), a tower (o...
'13 Apr: Cuba - the Countryside
It's late and raining when we arrive into the town of Playa de Guanabo, a seaside resort very near Havana. For the first time we ran into Casas Particulares that were full. Oh no. One guy is full so he calls another guy but his place isn't right for u...
'13 Apr: Cuba - the Countryside
Let's Eat! This was a pretty good Italian restaurant. In general we were not so taken with the food except for the wonderful fruit all the Casa Particular ladies included in breakfast. The main thing we will all remember are the ham and cheese sandw...
'13 Apr: Cuba - the Countryside
Here's another one, this through the windshield as we were turning around.
'13 Apr: Cuba - the Countryside
I saw nowhere anywhere even one bit of outdoor advertising. None. Yikes, how are they going to maintain this once the Americanos hit in big numbers. Tourists aren't going to change the scene much but all you need is a trickle of US investment, like just...
'13 Apr: Cuba - the Countryside
...and here's another one. (I think: 'All our action is a battle cry against imperialism. Che.')
'13 Apr: Cuba - the Countryside
We were here for May Day, wow. This is a selection of the signs just along our one block. There was a fiesta that evening several houses away but we hardly noticed with the whirrr of the air conditioners.
'13 Apr: Cuba - the Countryside
May 2 The sisters, our hosts in Vinales. The sisters each had a house one in front of the other and they each had a room for rent. They were both lovely, the sisters that is. One of the rooms was new with nice furnishings and great a/c. The other ...
'13 Apr: Cuba - the Countryside
A guy cutting we didn't know what and stacking it in his bullock cart. The tobacco harvest is long over we learned. Since so much acreage is planted in tobacco harvest must be a wild time. OH, YAY, I haven't mentioned yet how HAPPY I am to have succ...
'13 Apr: Cuba - the Countryside
Viñales has several cave attractions (Cueva del Indio, Cueva de José Miguel, Cueva de Santo Tomás). This one is Cueva del Indio but I've forgotten which one we missed because of having to climb 400 feet in the muddy rain, and which one we never tried to s...
'13 Apr: Cuba - the Countryside
Heroes of the People! I should talk about the expression 'the triumph of the revolution'. I didn't hear any Cuban use this expression when speaking in English but Alex said so many of his conversations resulted in time being denoted by 'before the triu...
'13 Apr: Cuba - the Countryside
Isn't this fun - I'll tell you why. First, everyone knows who's a tourist. All you can rent are the government issued cars and they are all generally the same, a fleet of these cars that come over from China by the boatload. So these guys are touris...
'13 Apr: Cuba - the Countryside
I copied this mostly from wikitravel: "Perhaps the worst tourist attraction in Cuba is the Mural de la Prehistoria. "In 1961 Fidel Castro visited a beautiful valley near Viñales. He personally commissioned that the cliff should be painted with snail...
'13 Apr: Cuba - the Countryside
May 3 Part of a 'bulk distribution center' where one guy has crates of fruit that he is weighing out and passing along to the carts that will sell the fruit on the street. The fruit was by far the best part of most meals. There was an excellent sele...
'13 Apr: Cuba - the Countryside
A Parador, part of a chain of roadside rest stops and welcome for water and a pee, not to be confused with a Paladar which is a state-licensed restaurant in someone's home. Next stop, back to the crazy-cool Havana.
'13 Apr: The Dominican Republic
...and they've done a good job making them interesting and accessible to visitors.
'13 Apr: The Dominican Republic
One view from the balcony. The plaza is to the left, trees hiding the view.
'13 Apr: The Dominican Republic
...and then blew all the money we had saved by taking the bus on a chic-chic dinner. In the morning, we packed up to begin our long journey home. Thank You Merlyn! And HUGE thanks to Alex and Carol for making it all happen.
'13 Apr: The Dominican Republic
We were not exactly sure of the station's location so I asked this woman. She took my hand and led us the several blocks. This happens often when I'm out and about but there is so rarely someone behind me to take the picture. mc.
'13 Apr: The Dominican Republic
On the comfortable enough and deeply and most welcomingly air-conditioned bus.
'13 Apr: The Dominican Republic
Everyone enjoying the fine white sand, warm clear sea, and heat so intense I thought it was too hot to go swimming and sweat was pouring off my face. Roger asked why was it too hot to go swimming and I replied 'I was SO HOT that getting out of totally s...
'13 Apr: The Dominican Republic
A view from one of the many restaurants where we enjoyed surprising meals. Usually when traveling I don't eat so often in restaurants but this trip we ate out at least twice a day. I was very remiss in taking any pictures of the restaurants or the food...
'13 Apr: The Dominican Republic
"On the 21st of December, 1511, the fourth Sunday of Advent, Montesinos preached an impassioned sermon criticizing the practices of the Spanish colonial encomienda system, and decrying the abuse of the Taíno Indian people on Hispaniola."
'13 Apr: The Dominican Republic
Guys are at many of the historic sites wanting to give you a tour and ask for nothing specific but 'a tip if you'd like'. He actually wasn't very good, it was as if he could simply translate the signs, but interesting to have tried one of the guides.
'13 Apr: The Dominican Republic
Carol and Alex outside one of the several restaurants on the Plaza. Check out the phone on the tree in the upper left, there, I'm believing, so that the restaurant staff can keep to the shade of the tree. It's a lovely spot and it seemed central to loc...
'13 Apr: The Dominican Republic
The gates of the Cathedral. "Lonely Planet review for Catedral Primada de América: Diego Columbus, son of the great explorer, set the first stone of the Catedral Primada de América in 1514, but construction didn’t begin in earnest until the arrival of ...
'13 Apr: The Dominican Republic
April 24 Casa del Sol is on the corner, where I stayed for two nights and everyone else stayed for one during our first stop in the DR.
'13 Apr: The Dominican Republic
Alcázar de Colón, "Built by Christopher Columbus's son between 1510 and 1514, this restored building was one of the first structures built in the oldest remaining European city in the Americas."
'13 Apr: The Dominican Republic
May 5 Back into Santo Domingo mid-day of the 5th, a view of one of the walk streets near the harbor.
'13 Apr: The Dominican Republic
One word, sunscreen.
'13 Apr: The Dominican Republic
...and another (distort-o) one from this morning. Santo Domingo is the first city of the Americans, this is the first cathedral, and many more firsts follow. "After Christopher Columbus's arrival on the island in 1492, Santo Domingo became the site o...
self-portrait '13 April
April 17 Due to one thing and another I'm a few days behind in pictures .. more coming though. Ken, me, Bill
la times building The Grand Park
With Susie, we bemoaned our losses of the bygone Olden Days .. and cheered our gain of the Grand Park. (Not an entirely fair trade but we take what we can get.)
The Grand Park
These pillars mark the entrances to the park and say 'A Park for Everyone' in all the languages that fit.
The Grand Park
One cannot walk past Disney Hall without snapping a pic. One cannot.
'13 April
An entire bridal party spent two hours here taking pictures. But no 'adults', just the young ones so we were thinking maybe it was for an ad or something professional.
'13 April
April 10 For our beach-walk-lunch today we went to Marisol at the end of the pier. The fish soup which I always get - it's gone. They have a new menu. Oh why do things have to change?
'13 April
My ex-next-door-neighbor Louise hosted a dinner in celebration of her Eighty First birthday. That handsome pure skinned woman is Eighty One. Louise took the opportunity of this event to tell everyone that she is going to be leaving Donmetz and moving t...
'13 April
April 5 It's Darryl's birthday and look what Angela and the girls made for him .. A Raisin Robot Band! I love it. I went by in the evening to enjoy the Laker game together. The Lakers managed to hang on by their fingernails, to squeak by at the bel...
'13 April
April 3 Susie and Windy and I went for a great walk in a huge park, a place in the center of our town and that none of us had ever visited. Wow! The area is called Ernest E. Debs Regional Park. It was great! Here we are taking a break after some s...
'13 April
Near where we parked at Hermon Park we could see the Arroyo Seco, a branch of the LA River. See that path down there - we'll have to walk on it one day.
'13 April
April 2 What a nice day with the girls. Both! my sisters came by, first one then the other, and we had nothing but fun. Finley, Avery, Kaitlin, Lilly, and the doll from Lona.
'13 March
March 31 One last shot from CM&K's vacation - Hail Hail the Gang's All Here! The Hawaii Browns Trevor, Beth, Caleb, Charis (Christa is away at college), and Beth's mom Janice, and the Minnesota Holdens Mike, Cynthia, and Kieran.
'13 March
Lovin' The Moms! When this group (and another 5-6 women) first got together with their kids there was one kid per mom. These days the kids move in such large packs we can't count them all.
'13 March
Her greatest and happiest adventure was climbing up and down and up and down and again and again and again on this pile of rocks. First let me say this pile is securely attached and meant for climbing...but still...she's three... After a few times she ...
'13 March
March 24 At 11am this morning in the two blocks of Westwood Blvd. in front of the Paris Bakery, where the Proust readers gather, we were greeted by preparations for the Iranian Happy New Year Extravaganza. Most of the area for booths was still empty ...
'13 March
"They’ve taken their cultural evangelism to the next level and delved into the art world by commissioning a mural at their Olympic Boulevard location. "Street artists Rosario Martinez and Roberto Vega of the Mexican art group Colectivo LaPiztola (a comb...
'13 March
March 21 Lona took this picture with her phone .. me in thrall to a cookie. We were working on the March Madness project, a big paperwork extravaganza that we do every year around this time for their business. We'll have a few more hours tomorrow an...
'13 Viva! Las Vegas
Mmmm, nice. How did it get like this? I remember not one single fact from geology class. Fortunately I have Ms Wiki to remember for me.
'13 Viva! Las Vegas
First stop, dinner at Firefly Tapas with an added attraction of Suzanne, the woman who will be running the writing program Les designed and built and worked on for 15 years at MIT. After dinner Suzanne had to catch her flight home which was too bad becaus...
'13 March
March 11 It's our matriarch's birthday, Happy Birthday Lona! We, Windy and I, have been taking her to the Korean Scrub and Spa for her birthday and we all are SO happy. Then we had a really tasty late lunch at Mitsuwa where Lona and Windy had never be...
'13 March
March 10 Proust again, meeting at Paris Bakery on Westwood. We were five this week and it was good fun. I'll read the next section. Can I tell now that I will get through the seven volumes? Not yet, we'll see, one page at a time...
'13 March
In the evening Windy and I went to El Cid for one of their legendary Flamenco performances. You can see our whole troop in this picture (many different groups perform)...
'13 March
...and in this one. The guitar player, the flutist, and the two incredible dancers. It was quite fantastic and we'd both happily go again. You can see the one hour show for $15 with no minimum required. They make their money on the pretty good tapas ...
'13 March
More. Nancy and I enjoyed the beautiful day and saw the hot-ticket traveling Vermeer. Back in 2009 we drove out to the Norton-Simon to see a Vermeer, the 'A Lady Writing'. This one is called 'Woman in Blue Reading a Letter'. Nice symmetry I think. ...
'13 March
March 7 The wisteria blooms began to appear on March 1, exactly on schedule, and by the end of the month they will all be gone. They are so rich and fragrant, you can smell them from the sidewalk.
'13 March
March 6 Nancy's down from Santa Barbara touching base with her doctor, her accountant, her attorney .. and some friends, yay! although these pop-into-LA visits are too short to catch up with everyone .. so many friends, so little time. David and Joan...
'13 March
They were putting on a one day only piece of performance art called Laughing Hole here's what it says in the write-up: Spanish artist and choreographer La Ribot has gathered elements from dance, avant-garde theater and performance art to create a contro...
'13 March
...In Laughing Hole, a large number of cardboard signs carpet the floor of the gallery where three women amble in continuous laughter using the signs to interact with the audience. As the performance unfolds, the laughter turns into an ambiguous sound indi...
'13 March
And Look! Who was here too!! N&S and I were just walking from one building to another and I think I hear my phone but no it's the grandgirls in person, running up to me calling out Granny Granny. Awww! Darryl, Angela, Kaitlin, Lilly
'13 March
A small section from this deeply gorgeous screen. Maruyama Okyo’s Cranes (1772), a pair of screens that measure five and a half feet tall and twenty-two feet long, depict seventeen cranes, twelve of one species (Red-crowned Cranes), five of another (Whi...
The Los Angeles River
Walk 18 One of the prettiest stretches so far, with easy access and good weather because we're down at the Estuary in Long Beach. It's a gorgeous bike path that goes on for miles.
'13 February
February 22 One of the prettiest patches of the LA River yet, called the estuary at Willow Street in Long Beach. We (Sharon and I) didn't go too far - it's many miles long.
'13 February
Helloooo. It was great fun. One of the guides was available and she stayed with us for a while sharing so many interesting stories that either we never knew or had forgotten. This is a pano of two pictures - my camera couldn't actually get it nose to ...
Kaitlin Lilly '13 February
February 19 Fun, lunch in the shape of one's own initials.
Santa Monica life '13 February
February 14 Happy Valentine's Day everyone, from Palisades Park looking down onto the beach in...
'13 February
February 11 We had a triple birthday festivity tonight. Wow. Everyone gives everyone a card and that means 27 cards were exchanged and except for an on-purpose matching set (making 30 total), all 27 cards were different. We have been doing this for...
Nancy Sharon self-portrait '13 February
February 10 Here we are at the Self-Realization Center and that's Nancy getting to know a new phone that might or might not be hers since she's borrowing it off her son-in-law, and that's her picture in the inset. p/na
'13 February
One of the lake swans chowing down.
'13 February
February 9 Muriel! She had another showing at her studio and I went with David and his friend Carol followed by tea at a delightful soiree at David's. JoAnn was tied up with another commitment. And we enjoyed ourselves entirely. I also did a set o...
'13 February
...that leads onto the beach. This was a swell change of pace from the track at Pepperdine. More, despite not being at 100% due to an allergy attack. I can't decide if I should list this one in the list of episodes since I've not yet (Cross Your Finge...
'13 February
...and an early bath so we'd have time for Kaitlin to make everyone her own recipe that she created. You get a scoop of ice cream, then top it with vanilla and banana smiley face cookies and a sprinkle of cinnamon. She made me one perfect bite. Good job...
'13 February
February 2 It's Mike's birthday tomorrow so here's a picture of Mike, Kieran, and Cynthia from their Thanksgiving in Colorado. Hi sweet ones! Happy Birthday Mike! kk. I stayed in today because of feeling a little 'Oh Noooo' am I getting sick?! ...
'13 February
February 1 Sharon and I have been thinking for weeks that after our walk on the track at Pepperdine we should have a stop-by at the Getty Villa but what with one thing and another - we pick a day when they're closed, we pick a day when there are no tick...
'13 February
When we first went upstairs we turned one way instead of the other and I freaked out a little. Oh no! Where is she! So many of these treasures are leaving the Getty that it's easy to think any one of your favorites might be gone on your next visit.
'13 January
January 31 Kelly loaned me all the episodes of Star Wars. All of them. I was thinking to see them in order 1-6 before the new one comes out. I'm pretty sure I missed all of the first three and my feeling from the reviews is that they aren't so grea...
'13 January
January 30 The Texas gang, Y'All! Windy's younger son Travis with birthday boy Jack, and then Lainee with Cali-May and Jack. Oh that Jack, growin' like a weed, and the spitin' image of his Daddy. And Lainee and Cali-May are going to pass for sisters. ...
'13 January
January 26 I joined Ben and Bonnie at their Temple this morning, Temple Israel in Hollywood, for a service featuring the cantor "Don Tourliev "Danny" Maseng", a total character with a write-up in Wikipedia. Then we did Retirement Planning. They had ...
'13 January
January 25 At Umami Burger, a growing chain of $12-$16 designer burgers this one in the Fred Segal building in Santa Monica, with Hilda and Merlyn. It's my first Umami Burger and dang tasty it was. We all got different kinds and it is worth noting how...
San Francisco (2005-2013)
A nice feeling for San Francisco neighborhoods. I haven't had one single hour of cloudy or foggy weather in the past week. Amazing, and lucky for me.
San Francisco (2005-2013)
Right around the corner from my hotel is another hotel, many hotels actually, but this one is called Marine's Memorial Club & Hotel. The view from The Leatherneck's Restaurant .. copied from their website: "Originally dedicated as a “living memorial” to...
San Francisco (2005-2013)
I had another nice walk along the Land's End trail. One of the destinations from the trail...
San Francisco (2005-2013)
...and opening with one of the about 28 castings of Rodin's The Thinker. You can drive of course where there is plenty of free parking, although the admission is dang high.
San Francisco (2005-2013)
More walks, this one beginning above the Sutro Baths.
San Francisco (2005-2013)
A nearby view of the Great Highway where I spent the first five years of my life in one of those ten foot wide three stories tall houses that front the Highway. There's even a picture of me on this beach which is why I 'remember' it.
San Francisco (2005-2013)
...and speaking of which, Nancy's vintage fur hat was still in her suitcase, her suitcase that disappeared somewhere between drop-off at the baby Santa Barbara airport and arrival in San Francisco. The airline did deliver the suitcase 24 hours later min...
'13 January
...and of course we had to do one of these.
'13 January
January 7 A view shot out the car window with my phone while totally stopped on the 405 attempting to travel into the valley for Monday Night Potluck dinner.
'13 January
January 4 Happy Hour in the lounge at the Ritz-Carlton downtown, the one at LA Live. That's the Hollywood sign in the distance.
'13 January
The lounge is part of the Wolfgang Puck restaurant there, called WP-24, and I was amazed at how delicious the bar food was. One half of the offering was sushi so that was a no-go since I was with Marsha after all, but here's what we did have: Tempura Sh...
'13 January
A few more of other people's holiday photos. I went to Japanese class with Scott maybe 15 years ago. He wanted to learn Japanese because of Sanae. I don't remember if they were married yet but here they are now, with a beautiful growing family. I'm...
'13 January
These are all Kaitlin's pictures! She got Darryl's old phone to use as a camera and she is rockin' it. Today we had a guest over for a play date and it was all good fun. Lilly, Taylor kk.
'12 December
December 29 Windy came by with her New Phone, her first actual Smart Phone, and she's having f.u.n, although we were laughing a little too hard for the light in the room... Angela sent this picture of the girls having finished the puzzle I gave Kaitl...
The (Magnificent!) Getty Center
Another one from another day.
'12 December
December 27 Two sets of sisters (friends from the new neighborhood), two dads, one mom, and a granny, and we're off for a crystal clear day at the Getty Center. Finley, Kaitlin, Avery, Lilly
'12 December
One of the turns in the Sepulveda Pass and a big-time construction site: The (ever dreaded) 405.
'12 December
I mentioned it was clear. That's the 405, then Century City and UCLA, then downtown, the set of buildings in the far distance at the upper left.
'12 December
December 22 The Kings! Windy's eldest son Lucas and his adorable sweetheart family Betsy, Xander, and Anya. This is the family that lives near Seattle and you'll find a bit of their life in my chapters on Seattle because those times are my best chan...
'12 December
December 21 evening Lona and Hartley decided to have a festive Christmas get-together before they left the next day for Hawaii. Lona made our mother's Happy Birthday Baby Jesus Cake! Our mother made this cake for years and periodically one or the ot...
'12 December
Then nearby is an area to catch some section of the Los Angeles River, one of my projects as you might remember. Click on the link for what I've got so far. I do love the bridges.
'12 December
What it's been like these days. Cold and clear, and awesome. (not my picture .. skimmed off the internet. Funny! it looks like the same one I picked in 2010 from the LA Times.)
my Valley Girls '12 December
December 17 It's the Monday Night Christmas Party, and everyone was there! For many years now we've been doing this party at Alicia's with a full-on Thanksgiving Dinner menu. I Really like it. For one thing, Alicia cooks with the angels. She used ...
'12 December
Here's Lilly's. She chose her own pictures too. The girls are holding their favorite ornaments, one of Kaitlin's many ideas.
'12 December
December 5 I spent the day shopping and watching all the episodes of The Neighbors. The Neighbors totally made me Laugh Out Loud. And shopping from the comfort of ones BED, what's to complain!
'12 December
December 4 Mindy is home from Zambia for the holidays. She's going into her fifth year in Africa. By this time next year, or sooner, she'll have moved on and it's exciting to wonder where that will be. Ken, me, Mindy, Bill (Mindy's "Daddy" .. Daddy...
'12 December
December 3 Burt, Wow, Solar Panels. It takes a lot of juice to cool a house in the summer in Simi Valley. I wish I had taken a picture of those adorable, sweet and gentle grandboys that Burt and Charlene are raising. John is almost 13 and taller th...
'12 December
We came to hear the Colburn Orchestra and they were really quite wonderful. Our first seats were assigned at Will Call in the exact center in the first row of the upper balcony. No one was sitting in front of us and the view was good but too far back t...
'12 December
December 1 The Century City Shopping Center, dressed up for Holiday Shopping. There are many more of these decorated reindeer around. That one with the hands is weird. Nancy, Sharon, and I had a good lunch at Obika Mozzarella Bar in the Mall and then...
'12 November
November 29 No pictures of the girls from yesterday but I should say that Lilly is still entirely delighted with her pee-pee and poo-poo in the potty parades and her chart is full of stickers. I went to LACMA with Nancy and Sharon to catch the new of...
lacma '12 November
Then we went over to see the HUGE Stanley Kubrick exhibit. It was like walking through the looking glass into a life-sized scrapbook of Stanley Kubrick's mind. Just as an example there are cases and cases displaying old typewritten script pages and the...
'12 November
November 25 Marsha always wanted a driveway that would hold a lot of cars and here they are, a lot of Monday Night cars and there's one inside the garage too - Marsha's new treasure, a brand spanking new shiny-&** Camaro.
'12 November
Our Thanksgiving Feast! Stuffed acorn squash, baked beets, mushroom casserole, mashed potatoes, orange and fennel salad, carrots and parsnips with onion flakes (not done yet)... ak.
Electric BE
Some of what the current tenant has done, an evening shot.
Electric BE
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'12 November
November 18 Angela sent this picture. It's Lilly calling me on 'her phone'. Apparently we had a long 'conversation' full of great enthusiasm and expressiveness on Lilly's part. Oh yeah. I'm better. Hurray! I went to bed Thursday afternoon and go...
'12 November
November 12 From some other day, a shot with my phone out the car window, looking toward downtown from the 405.
'12 November
November 13 Time to change out the 'refrigerator door'. I take everything down, put it in a one quart baggie, and stack the baggies out in the garage. From the top left: an origami crane that I always have some of around, a strip of DKA&L photos fro...
'12 November
November 10 Dinner at Celina's restaurant, Cooks County. Actually a feast at Celina's restaurant. We had 8 of the first course and salad dishes, 2 sides, 5 mains, and 6 desserts. Earlier in the day Celina had made All the desserts and we had one of ...
'12 November
Later that night, part of Monday's potluck dinner and what happens when everyone brings what they want. There were seven tonight and we had four salads. Three of the salads had avocado. No problem, yum actually.
'12 November
I've been lusting after the chair on the right for ages. It is the most comfortable chair I have ever sat in but since you can only get it at Des$gn Within Reach (ha, whose reach would that be), it's not mine yet. Then I saw the one on the l$$ft and wa...
'12 November
November 1 Susie and I went downtown to enjoy the recently opened Grand Park. We bemoaned our losses of the bygone Olden Days .. and cheered our gain of the Grand Park. (Not an entirely fair trade but we take what we can get.)
'12-'07 BOO! in the Valley
Everyone gets to make a craft.
'12 October
And not to miss Jones The Dog who is getting his jealousy under control by begging for food and licking Molly's legs.
'12 October
Heidi's annual Halloween Party for the valley crowd. Think there are more pictures? Oh yes indeed-y. I'll add a link when they're done. I'm running a chapter of Heidi's party pictures from the first back in 2007. Watch all the kiddies grow! Watch t...
'12 October
October 24 I got to see Lilly's pre-school today, Sand Tots. What FUN. The kid sitting on the couch against the wall reminds me of one of my favorite questions, from Kaitlin I think, to her parents: "Are boogers vegetarian?"
'12 October
The kids were so engrossed in the story Lilly didn't notice when we came in but at one point she glanced to her side and saw...
'12 October
October 21 Nancy came by for an early lunch and a long awaited visit. Look what came while I was gone! Welcome to the world sweet Chloe Eve!
Berlin Alexanderplatz '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
The arrow is pointing to my hotel and Alexanderplatz (a massive transportation hub) is the big plaza with the fountain in the middle and as you can see the festival of food stalls is gone. They just trucked those babies all up a day or so ago and that's i...
Berlin street art graffiti '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
October 16 It's my last day in Berlin and I wanted to kick off the day with a nice collage of Little Lucy and her Kitti (I wrote about them on the 12th). I actually saw all of these at some point, but I got the photos off the internet. I think he mu...
Berlin Charlotteburg '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
October 14 Taking a stroll from the S-Bahn stop through a lovely residential area to a museum that is the life work of a single collector. Here in Berlin we have the U-Bahn for the underground trains, S-Bahn for the above ground trains, and M-Bahn fo...
Berlin street art graffiti '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
We hopped the trains a few times and walked and walked for about five hours and the guide was so efficient in getting us around town. I was immediately attracted to the artist El Bucho because one of his recurring images is of a cute young girl named Li...
Berlin street art graffiti '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
The first thing I felt about it (after wanting to find more about kitti...) was that these works are a conversation between the artists. One artist puts up something, another person makes a statement in response, and so on until at some point they paint...
Berlin stolperstein stumbling stone '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
Called the Stolperstein or stumbling stone, it is "a monument created by Gunter Demnig which commemorates a victim of the Holocaust. .. They commemorate individuals – both those who died and survivors – who were persecuted by the Nazis. "While the vast ...
Berlin Wall '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
This is a large section of the Berlin Wall along the river that has been rebuilt. 'They' contacted as many of the original artists who would have painted on the wall and asked them to recreate their work. A few did it, a few refused, and many could not...
Berlin street art graffiti '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
The artist ROA did this one (I couldn't find his real name). You can run google images to see some of his other work. The guide was particularly impressed that the artist was able to paint this entire work in four days.
Berlin street art graffiti '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
Blu (an Italian artist who keeps his identity secret) worked in Germany on many occasions between 2006 and 2009, mostly in Berlin. This is one of his many well-know pieces.
Berlin street art graffiti '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
"Local businesses and even local authorities hired artists to paint murals on the fronts of their buildings. Most famously, on a wall in Kreuzberg, the artist Blu painted two men trying to rip each other’s masks off — symbolizing, he claims, Be...
Berlin street art graffiti '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
Behind those trees there is a huge complex of buildings originally used to repair train cars but now abandoned from that purpose and taken over by various bands of artists. There's a long story on the political/social/legal situation that, the upshot is...
Berlin street art graffiti '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
Our guide did the angry animal on the left. He said he has several angry animals around town. Why are your animals angry, I asked. They are angry, he said, as part of his constant exploration of stress and anxiety. I suggested he just add a mindfulne...
Berlin street art graffiti '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
I made them do it but then everyone wanted one too...
Berlin street art graffiti '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
I can't find anything on this one yet. We ended the tour here and the guide walked us back to the train during which time he discussed with a couple of the guys about the hundreds of kinky gay bars around and where they would meet that night.
'12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
The view from my window is really pretty good. I'm on the 7th floor and there's an enormous street down there with 8 lanes of cars, a bus lane, a left turn lane, two tracks for the trams and tram waiting areas. You can't even cross the street in one go...
Berlin Tergarten '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
One view into the 412 acre Tiergarten first opened to the public in the 1700s. You also pass by the very handsome Schloss Bellevue, the German president's home, and the Bundesprasidialamt, the German president's office surrounded by this lovely park. ...
Berlin Gendarmenmarkt '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
...Gendarmenmarkt. One guidebook calls it 'one of the most beautiful squares in Germany and all of Europe.' A bit of hyperbole maybe, since it's basically three nice buildings, two cathedrals surrounding the Concert House.
Berlin Gendarmenmarkt '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
That's a crowd of tourists on the left and the German Air Force on the right. The Air Force guys didn't have any identifying insignia on their uniforms, not that I could recognize anyway, so I picked one from the edge of the group to talk to and that wa...
Berlin Ampelmännchen '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
The story of the lights: these characters, the walking man and the standing man are called the Ampelmännchen and were the East German signal system. After reunification Berlin tried to replace them with a more modern system but everyone went nuts to kee...
Berlin Potsdamer Platz '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
Berlin is built on a flat delta and anything that looks like a hill is going to be debris most often now from the WWII bombings. This I think is debris from The Wall and I wonder why one side is mowed and the other is rough.
Berlin Alexanderplatz '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
My hotel is in a part of Berlin that was on the 'other' side of the wall, part of the former GDR. I was expecting a lot of huge graphic arts in Berlin (not just the graffiti) and one block from my hotel I saw the first...
Berlin Alexanderplatz '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
There are essentially five kinds of food stands at the festivals and many versions of each kind. This is one variation of the scooping-food kind. The other kinds include 2) doner-kabop-pizza 3) currywurst-brats-schnitzel 4) sandwiches of meat-cheese-fi...
Berlin St. Mary '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
I think this is Marienkirche, St Mary's Church, parts dating to 1270. You can tell from these pictures how the sky changed every two minutes. Completely clouded, cold and windy; clouds gone, blue sky and bright sun; and everything in between.
Berlin construction '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
The amount of construction going on around here is crazy, crazy I tell you. This is a whole other site from the one above...
Berlin construction '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
...and this is down the middle of one of the most prominent boulevards now torn up for underground work making some of the grand buildings harder to enjoy.
'12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
A new permanent exhibit had just opened in a space dedicated to historical study called "Willy Brandt - Politikerleben". As well as the very well-done displays they had a 45 minute documentary on Willy Brandt and the story of Berlin during his lifetime...
Berlin Brandenburg Gate '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
Last one. There's a small room in one of the guard stations called Room of Silence where visitors can rest and contemplate World Peace, bringing back the idea of the Gate of Peace.
Memorial to the Murdered European Jews/Holocaust Memorial '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
Denkmal fur die Ermordeten Juden Europas (Memorial to the Murdered European Jews/Holocaust Memorial) This memorial is set on five-and-a-half acres, has 2,711 of these stones of various heights set along a rolling floor bed.
Memorial to the Murdered European Jews/Holocaust Memorial '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
As you walk through, the stones get higher and higher until you're swallowed up in the maze. But it's not a maze really since the stones are in rows. The venue opened in 2005 after years of controversy. "There's an underground center that includes the...
'12 Oct: Dresden, Leipzig, Stadthagen, Germany
We drove into Hanover where I will be taking the train on to Berlin. In Hanover we did a quick tour of Old Town. This is Town Hall, one of the very few buildings to survive the WWII bombings.
'12 Oct: Dresden, Leipzig, Stadthagen, Germany
Inside the lobby there are four very large miniatures (large miniatures...that's fun) showing the whole area of Hanover, one for 1689 and one from the 1930s. This one from 1945 when, according to Ms Wiki, 90% of the central town was destroyed. Looking ...
'12 Oct: Dresden, Leipzig, Stadthagen, Germany
Angelika and Pierre have been living in this town of 20,000 for so many years they know everyone. These are their favorite vegetable guys.
'12 Oct: Dresden, Leipzig, Stadthagen, Germany
Some walls of The Castle "...built between 1534 and 1538 on the site of the previous castle, and is one of the most notable examples of an Early Renaissance castle in Lower Saxony."
'12 Oct: Dresden, Leipzig, Stadthagen, Germany
We stopped in here for a treat at one of Angelika and Pierre's favorite places in Hamelin...
'12 Oct: Dresden, Leipzig, Stadthagen, Germany
But bummer that I didn't get to do my plan which was to visit the Leipzig zoo. I've taken a pass on all the other zoos, every city has one, but this one seemed recommendable. It's the number one Leipzig attraction on TripAdvisor and all the rave review...
'12 Oct: Dresden, Leipzig, Stadthagen, Germany
A picture of a poster from the gift shop. I don't think I'm going to get one of those hand-made cars. It looks like a Toyota Camry.
'12 Oct: Dresden, Leipzig, Stadthagen, Germany
October 1 I did the Hop On-Hop Off bus today and a couple of the tours that came packaged with the ticket. I learned waaay too much to digest. Right across from my hotel is one of the grand plazas...
'12 Oct: Dresden, Leipzig, Stadthagen, Germany
The Dresden Frauenkirche, the Church of Our Lady, is the Lutheran landmark church in Dresden, Lutheranism being the vast majority religion. You can see some of the other reconstructions here most finished (other than the grand historic structures) after...
'12 Oct: Dresden, Leipzig, Stadthagen, Germany
I arrived by train today, Wroclaw, Poland to Dresden, Germany. Not my pictures, but here's what happened. The Dresden football team, the Dynamo had just won a match against Aue 3-1 and the train station was packed with a huge crowd of giddy beer drinki...
'12 Sep: Wroclaw, Poland
The District Court Building. According to one website ' It was originally to be a prison according to the plans of 1835, however it was decided to use it as court. The building was erected between 1845 and 1852, then it was enlarged twice.'
'12 Sep: Wroclaw, Poland
I didn't see any reference to this piece in the tourist information, on the map, not anywhere. It's especially memorable to stumble upon something cool but I would have liked to know it was here. I would have gone out of my way.
'12 Sep: Wroclaw, Poland
The man in the back was finishing up one of them. I learned from one of the cutie-pie kids working on the project: It's going to be a festival celebrating the culture of the German minority living in Poland. There is going to be food, arts and crafts, ...
'12 Sep: Wroclaw, Poland
This project with the trees is meant to be a representation of generational cooperation (the old gals taught the younger ones how to knit) and how everyone wants to make the world a nicer, prettier place. That's what this young woman told me.
'12 Sep: Wroclaw, Poland
Starbucks has settled itself nicely everywhere I've been. It looks exactly the same inside, this is a big one, and there's always a bathroom to use and free wifi. The biggest chain of course is McDonalds followed not so far behind by KFC and they are b...
'12 Sep: Wroclaw, Poland
There was a set-up of old photographs from 1982. Not that old but they had them positioned so you could see then-and-now which was very interesting.
'12 Sep: Wroclaw, Poland
This is an internet view of one of the plazas in Old Town. Notice the small facades that face into the square. You'll be seeing plenty more of those babies. From what I read these are basically reconstructions, not restorations, as the bombing in WWII...
'12 Sep: Wroclaw, Poland
From Ms Wiki: “Known as a stronghold for left wing liberalism during the German Empire, Breslau eventually became one of the strongest support bases of the Nazis, who in the 1932 elections received 44% of Breslau's votes, the third-highest total in all...
'12 Sep: Wroclaw, Poland
The Gnomes, or ‘krasnale’ of Wroclaw. There's one little guy by a sign and another positioned in the alcove on the right at the grand University building. They appeared first in 2001 and there might be 200 by now, each individually commissioned to be sit...
'12 Sep: Wroclaw, Poland
And another view. So many of the buildings I've been seeing are made of bricks rather than the stones of the last several cities.
'12 Sep: Wroclaw, Poland
"Xawery Dunikowski (24 December 1875 – 26 January 1964) was a Polish sculptor and artist, notable for surviving Auschwitz concentration camp..." I think this is not him but one of his works.
'12 Sep: Wroclaw, Poland
In 1925 there were estimated 23,000 Jews, all escaped or dead by 1945. In 1945 there were 189,500 Germans and 17,000 Poles. By 1949 almost all the Germans were gone from Breslau, having fled or been expelled to Allied Occupation Zones in Germany, and t...
'12 Sep: Prague, Czech Republic
Franz Kafka was born in Prague and is a popular name for cafes, bookstores, etc. Here is a statue installed in 2004 positioned to the side of Renaissance High Synagogue, in Josefov, the historic Jewish Quarter of Prague.
'12 Sep: Prague, Czech Republic
Hussitism, 'the church-reform movement championed by Jan Hus (also known as a heretic and a martyr) in the late 14th and early 15th centuries.'
'12 Sep: Prague, Czech Republic
The 'most important Jewish Temple in Prague' and oldest in Europe, the Old-New Synagogue. Completed in 1270 it was one of the first gothic buildings in Prague.
'12 Sep: Prague, Czech Republic
The Old Jewish Cemetery, Europe's oldest, and tourists filing through. Earlier I mentioned that I was reading Madeleine Albright's Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948 and I am very glad that I am. If you have an interest i...
'12 Sep: Prague, Czech Republic
And once again the wall to wall crowds. There are 30 grand baroque statues all along the way (most commissioned from 1706-1714) and Ms Wiki will gladly tell you all about each one. There becomes a dam in the river of people as they stop for their tu...
'12 Sep: Prague, Czech Republic
Back home at Peace Square, the main square of Vinohrady, Vinohrady being one of the political districts in Prague. I like her, with her dove of peace.
'12 Sep: Prague, Czech Republic
We had another political rally in Peace Square with the guy in the cowboy hat running against the guy from Friday for the senate seat from Vinohrady. But all the cameras and microphones were focusing on the man in the white shirt. I asked around about ...
'12 Sep: Prague, Czech Republic
...which means I've been missing out on using the colorful expressions always so amusing to me from Lonely Planet. From here the " "s will be LP unless otherwise noted. Changing of the guard. It was kind of long and slow and not so much, but a sweet ...
'12 Sep: Prague, Czech Republic
Then I found myself a great location to get a coffee and watch the Prague Castle changing of the guard. I borrowed a Prague Condensed guide book from the place where I'm staying. It had a decent sized font, bright white paper, and the light was just ri...
'12 Sep: Prague, Czech Republic
A good one from LP: in the cathedral is "the tombstone of St John of Nepomuk, which is so stupefyingly overwrought that it's hard to believe anyone could be somber around it." Check out those crowds. Yikes.
'12 Sep: Prague, Czech Republic
The area below the castle is called Lessor Town and one of the attractions - the Franz Kafka Museum. And the pissing men. Their hip section pivots so they piss all over that pond. I hung around for 10 minutes or so just listening to all the giggles of...
'12 Sep: Prague, Czech Republic
...and emerge into Old Town Square. All these buildings and the ones you can't see from this shot each make up long chapters in the history books. It doesn't look that crowded but I was unprepared for the jostling and decided to come back early one mor...
'12 Sep: Prague, Czech Republic
September 19 off to Prague I walked the 10 minutes from my place in Brno to the train station in the rain for the ride to Prague. Look what they were selling at one of the sandwich shops in the train station! You can get breads in all their forms, s...
'12 Sep: Prague, Czech Republic
I haven't got this take your own picture with your phone thing down at all. This lovely young woman stopped to help me with my bag. Thank you! And we had a happy visit for the two and a half hour trip. The rain had stopped so riding the subway and wa...
'12 Sep: Prague, Czech Republic
...and it was fun, and definitely Experimental. This is a mural on one of the walls...
'12 Sep: Prague, Czech Republic
Teatro de Mahen, the big playhouse here. Oh goodie I thought. Romeo and Juliet. Even in Czech, no problem, I know the story, and I hoped I could go. But no. It's not playing until the weekend and I'll be gone.
'12 Sep: Vienna, Austria
And then Carmen took us for a walk. Here's a view out her front door. Check out the twin spired church, the Votive Church, acclaimed as "one of the most important neo-Gothic religious architectural sites in the world." Much of the outside was covered ...
'12 Sep: Vienna, Austria
A view from the other side. The front was entirely covered and Carmen is really hoping the work will get done before they have to leave in June.
'12 Sep: Vienna, Austria
A child of one of those merchants managed to survive the war and in the early 2000s began the job of identifying those lost. The memorial was unveiled in 2008. The only article I could find on this place was in German so I'm relying on google-translate...
'12 Sep: Vienna, Austria
There is plenty of tagging graffiti around, I just avoided it for pictures. Then there are the graffiti zones, like bridge underpasses and industrial areas where every patch is done up.
'12 Sep: Vienna, Austria
One of Carmen's favorite pieces around town. We're visiting Belvedere with more more Klimt and even some Messerschmidt heads - the same combo the Getty just put on.
'12 Sep: Vienna, Austria
September 13 For today we paid good money and got a guided tour through the Wachau Valley to the Monastery of Melk, also known as Melk Abbey. The name of the tour: Romantic Danube Valley. This is our guide, a scary, nationalistic, full-of-himself kn...
'12 Sep: Vienna, Austria
We then joined a Danube cruise boat for our ride to Melk. What we see: "Dürnstein was first mentioned in 1192, when, in the castle above the town, King Richard I Lionheart of England was held captive by Duke Leopold V of Austria after their dispute duri...
'12 Sep: Vienna, Austria
From this vantage point on one of the terraces...
'12 Sep: Vienna, Austria
September 12 After walking past this corner two dozen times, this morning on our way out I just now spotted this 'sunflower forest.' The grandgirls had a sunflower forest in their old neighborhood that we always enjoyed together and I get a kick out of...
'12 Sep: Vienna, Austria
The extended tour through the lavishly decorated inside rooms, no photos allowed but I snagged this one with the phone.
'12 Sep: Vienna, Austria
Guided tours at the Opera House were gathering. There were no less than 10 tours all going on at the same time, three in English, several in German, one in Spanish, etc. They are so experienced at moving folks through the program that we were never in ...
'12 Sep: Vienna, Austria
St Michael's again, once the parish church of the Imperial Court, located on the same plaza as one wing of the Hofburg Palace.
'12 Sep: Vienna, Austria
That is RiGHT. WE went to an OPERA at the legendary Vienna State Opera House. Yes we did. And the 'seats' (being a place to stand and lean on a rail) were so incredibly good, and the usher was our own private guide to all things opera. One of her frien...
'12 Sep: Vienna, Austria
September 10 Happy Birthday Dear Sister, Happy Birthday to YOU! My dear little sister wasn't happy with her hair on her birthday. She wasn't happy with her hair yesterday either but yesterday was Sunday and there was nothing to be done about it. ...
'12 Sep: Vienna, Austria
...not the ones with sad, angry, overworked faces.
'12 Sep: Vienna, Austria
One end of one of the Grand Staircases.
'12 Sep: Vienna, Austria
...I took these off the internet. We got to see the original of Gustav Klimt's 'Beethoven Frieze', the same piece that the Getty did a replica of for their recent show of Klimt's drawings. It was FABulous. At the Getty they had put all the panels as...
'12 Sep: Vienna, Austria
From one of the balconies at the Albertina, we look down upon the Vienna State Opera House. This is the back and one side. Having arrived too late today, we're going another day for the tour.
'12 Sep: Vienna, Austria
September 7 I left the apartment at noon today to pick up a few things and make my way by subway and train out to the airport to meet my little sister. I got there in good time .. but .. no sister! You can imagine the agitato! I could tell the ladi...
'12 Sep: Vienna, Austria
September 6 On the one hour train ride from Sopron, Hungary to Vienna, Austria. Big comfy seats, big clean windows - nice.
'12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
...Medieval Synagogue now restored and turned into a museum. There were once as many as four synagogues in Sopron but none are active today. The outside, behind another building, and the inside of where the men pray, with the pretty windows, handsome s...
'12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
This is where the women pray. An empty room basically with a bench along one wall, and some holes in the opposite wall so the women can peer into the men's area. It reminds me of this scene in Jerusalem of the women peering into the men's area of the Wai...
'12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
The church was open, someone was playing the organ, and the gold was all aglow. I do especially enjoy these religious venues when there's music.
'12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
September 3 Another train station, this one is where you catch the train to Vac, a small town in a bend in the Danube.
'12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
The church on the main square. About the mummy museum (I love that, Mummy Bonanza): "The exhibit in Vác, Hungary is the result of a mummy bonanza discovered during routine restoration of the town’s Dominican church. In 1994 workers discovered a secret...
'12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
It's my last night in Budapest so I stopped off at all my favorite spots on my street - poppy seed pastry from the bakery; hummus, eggplant salad, hot pepper sauce, and a pita from the Syrian place; groceries from the mini-market. Yum. And a/c, wow. T...
'12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
My plan was to do the night time river cruise. It seems all the many boats do the same one hour tour. I snagged this particularly good map off the internet. The map is good; my pictures were the opposite of good. They were BAD...
'12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
...so back to the internet (and to think I lived quite happily for so very many years without the internet) to snag other peoples pictures. What I note is that, based on the angles of these pictures, the best ones were not taken from a moving boat so I ...
'12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
Although I generally don't use restaurants much anyway with the heat it's been particularly difficult. Most of the restaurants have these patios that open to the inside dining area where the guests outside are chain smoking while inside you're getting p...
'12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
We had a rainy morning which gave me a nice lay-about and it got so much cooler. Ahhhh. These trams are like a speeding sidewalk around the city, so bright and clean. They come every 2 minutes, another one another one another one, around the big ring ...
'12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
...to one of the three train stations to get tickets for a round-trip excursion to another river town for Monday and the ticket to take me to Sopron on Tuesday. All sorted. (When one travels one ends up using a lot of Brit-isms because it seems most of...
'12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
The balcony food stalls were packed. I totally misjudged my timing and showed up here around 12:30. I heard that Rick Steves recommends one of these places where all they serve is a local style pizza, and the line for that stand was halfway down the wh...
'12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
...and inside. Everyone loves the Opera House.
'12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
At the end of the boulevard, the Museum of Fine Arts, one of the many fine buildings bordering...
'12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
The street is richly canopied with lovely trees, dotted with high-end shopping, dining options, mansions, and townhouses. This is around one of the corners where I could actually get a shot.
'12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
There was a large food stall set up in one of the plazas. Were it not that I had just eaten a nice tuna salad I would have been obliged to try these totally soaked-in-oil treats.
'12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
The gate leading into the Buda Palace. They were having a festival here and the only way to get in was to buy a ticket. I asked what the festival was celebrating. The young woman at the ticket counter told me that 'in theory' (she said those words!) i...
'12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
...and more views, this one from the funicular that I rode down to the Buda side of the Széchenyi Chain Bridge. The Chain Bridge was the first permanent bridge to span the river opening in 1849 and "a symbol of advancement, national awakening, and the l...
Shoes on the Danube Bank '12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
Text from the dedication: "The composition entitled 'Shoes on the Danube Bank' gives remembrance to the people shot into the Danube during the time of the Arrow Cross terror. "The sculptor created sixty pairs of period-appropriate shoes out of iron. T...
'12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
August 29 Here on the riverfront, tour boats lined up for your sightseeing pleasure. I should find the time to have a go one of these days. It's so nice to have plenty of days, but then I do have to pay some attention that I don't keep putting thing...
'12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
Just outside the restaurant was one of the many large and popular spas in Budapest, Gellert Spa, lovely but not the spa I had chosen to visit. The Buda side has castles and the palace, and also plenty of viewing opportunities because of the hills. Also...
'12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
And massage! I had one of course.
'12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
Public Transportation .. The Rush Hour. The trams, buses, and subway lines all make getting anywhere totally easy-peasy. I bought a one week pass for about $22 and I've been buzzing around town ever since.
'12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
Speaking of money, the faces on the notes make me want to look up their stories.
'12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
August 28 The courtyard in the building where I'm staying, the Corvin Point Hostel. That's artillery damage from the Hungarian Uprising of 1956. It was a little freaky at first, damaged and run-down that it felt, but now that I'm settled in it feels...
'12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
I picked up one of these babies (so I could use their toilet). YUM! They all looked majorly tasty. I got the one with whipped cheese and Hungarian paprika.
'12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
St. Stephen's Basilica, neo-classical in design and opened in 1905. Named for the first king of Hungary who died in 1038, his 'incorruptible right hand' is here, a relic, and point of pilgrimage for the faithful. When I tried to get into the place whe...
'12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
(I need to ask someone where this is.)
'12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
Funny story .. on my outbound LA flight one of the escape slides/life boats 'got broke' and couldn't be fixed and so we sat on the ground for three hours waiting for 56 people to volunteer to be re-booked. We needed 56 because that's the number assigned t...
'12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
The Amsterdam Airport, entirely in English. Not even Dutch subtitles, just English. People, not knowing what other people spoke, spoke to strangers in English. I often remember when one of the Dutch ladies on last year's safari would shake her finger ...
Kaitlin Lilly '12 July and August
August 21 It's my last Tuesday with the girls until mid-October. Yikes! I wanted to leave them with their birthday present so we went to Build-A-Bear at the mall. You choose the animal you want, get it stuffed, and then you put in its heart. They ...
Kaitlin Lilly self-portrait '12 July and August
August 20 I went to the LA County Museum of Natural History with Angela and the girls today. I hadn't visited there since the museum re-did the dinosaur exhibits and they were Fabulous, really, impressive. If you remember coming here on a field tr...
'99 Sep: Bali, Yogyakarta, & Lombok
The day is free until our departure in the afternoon to Bagawan Giri. Wander Ubud's lanes, and choose one or both of these two special optional tours.
Borobudur '99 Sep: Bali, Yogyakarta, & Lombok
(Borobudur, one of the most magnificent places I've ever been.)
'99 Sep: Bali, Yogyakarta, & Lombok
Depart early for a visit to Goa Gadjah (the Elephant Cave) known for its fantastic stone-carved cave entrance and the 12th century bathing pools.
Kaitlin Lilly '12 July and August
We went by in the afternoon with the across-the-street neighbor girls and their nanny. There were something like 15 kids there and 5 nannies. These are all I could wrangle at the time. My overall impression was really very positive - everyone played t...
Bio-Pix
Everyone together again with their partners for Windy's wedding in 2011.
'12 July and August
Cheryl got back from her month in Zambia with Mindy and I got to visit with the fam, see all the pictures, hear the stories. Cheryl had one amazing adventure, squatty toilets and all!
'12 July and August
it makes me cry No kidding. I've watched it 20 times but it's a solitary pleasure. I can play it only when I'm alone since every single time it makes me cry.
Liz self-portrait '12 July and August
August 11 Liz came out west today and we walked 10,000 steps, which we know because Liz was wearing a pedometer. We walked to Bergamot Station since Liz had not yet visited there. This is not a photoshop distortion project but rather us reflected in...
The (Magnificent!) Getty Center
The Getty Center Museum. It's a gift to Our Town, funded by the The Getty Trust whose mission extends far beyond this museum to include education, research, conservation institutes, and of course the Getty Villa in Malibu. Admission is always free. Pa...
'12 July and August
What's a visit to the Getty without yet again ANOTHER shot of the bougainvillea rebar trees. The Gustav Klimt drawings were wonderful as was the historical setting of the exhibit. This one "Messerschmidt and Modernity explores the astonishingly moder...
'12 July and August
July 3 I got to visit with Cynthia today on the phone and it was great. I'm sharing some pictures I snagged off their facebook. A few highlights from The Honeymoon! cc.
Marsha, Marija '12 July and August
Riding the Merry Go Round! A couple of the young ones look like they're bored? They cried like crazy when they had to get off! Noooo, moooore. bb.
Kaitlin Lilly self-portrait '12 July and August
Everyone went more than once! bb.
Santa Monica Life '12 July and August
July 28 On a bluffs walk in the Palisades, they had recently done an abatement project so the aroma from the just cut anise plants was gorgeous.
'12 July and August
On the way home, one of the Wilshire Blvd freeway ramps under construction. Best to see them in the middle of the night and just hope you never have to see them during the day.
Kaitlin Lilly '12 July and August
July 23 and 24 Two days with the kids, lucky me! Kaitlin and I made pineapple upside down cupcakes. YUM. And the kids are digging out dinosaur bones from a block of clay, just like at the Dinosaur National Monument we visited in Utah.
'12 Jul: Salt Lake UT to Steamboat Springs CO
July 21 We left Steamboat in the morning and shared the road for an hour or so with 700 bikers on the Tour de Steamboat. There was not one thing about this that looked like fun to me.
'12 Jul: Salt Lake UT to Steamboat Springs CO
Tubing on the Yampa River is one of the main summer attractions. We didn't do it because it was too hot and too sunny. That's the reason we told each other anyway. We didn't ride up on a ski lift and bike down the mountain either.
'12 Jul: Salt Lake UT to Steamboat Springs CO
The Tread of Pioneers Museum was interesting, well worth the visit, with many community displays highlighting the ski heroes of the area, prom night in the 1960s, the early white settlers, and several rooms decked out in full-on Victoriana.
'12 Jul: Salt Lake UT to Steamboat Springs CO
...and from their brochure: "In fifteen years the Yampa River Botanic Park sprang from a flat horse pasture to a six acre gem of ponds, berms, and over 40 gardens. It is one of the jewels of Northwest Colorado and one of the few botanic parks in the state....
'12 Jul: Salt Lake UT to Steamboat Springs CO
...where, according to the car, we were greeted by One Hundred and Seven Degrees...
'12 Jul: Salt Lake UT to Steamboat Springs CO
Remember the tatami room in the Kauai house that I always so delight in turning into an office? This house has one too and omg check out this view onto the back landscaped garden, Jacuzzi pond, and Tea House. I'll make pictures of the Tea House tomorro...
'12 Jul: Salt Lake UT to Steamboat Springs CO
And waited patiently for one of these guys to get himself in focus.
'12 Jul: Salt Lake UT to Steamboat Springs CO
Sharon's daughter and son-in-law came in last night too and brought their .. not kidding .. seven dogs. They are working on putting together a no-kill animal shelter in the Denver area and although the shelter isn't ready yet they couldn't turn away any...
'12 Jul: Salt Lake UT to Steamboat Springs CO
The highlight of the park offerings is the Quarry Exhibit Hall just recently reopened after being under refurbishment for six years. This is an enclosed space surrounding one of the many fossil sites in the area. From the park's website: "Here, you can...
'12 Jul: Salt Lake UT to Steamboat Springs CO
I used to think all the horns on the top of Mormon temples (the trumpet of the angel Moroni) pointed to Salt Lake City, but no I was wrong, as advised by one of the myriad hosts positioned every few feet in Temple Square, they all point East in anticipatio...
'12 Jul: Salt Lake UT to Steamboat Springs CO
...they moved to the new Conference Center that seats 21,000 people. Big. The choir has 360 volunteer singers, all required to be 'Mormons in good standing' and there are no doubt 3,600 more lined up to take the place of anyone who reaches their retire...
'12 Jul: Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
At the Visitors Center in Jackson, this exhibit is called Elk Migration and the main displays reference the National Elk Refuge adjacent to Grand Tetons National Park. There isn't much to visit there as it's a refuge and we're supposed to be leaving the...
'12 Jul: Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
...and how one might enjoy an afternoon beverage. We weren't staying here but how lovely it is.
'12 Jul: Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
July 10 morning It's our last morning in Yellowstone and we're walking on the boardwalk trails nearby the Old Faithful Inn. That's the Old Faithful Inn in the distance and you can see a few of the many buildings in the complex - the excellent Visitor...
'12 Jul: Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
Called Beehive Geyser, a crowd gathered for a scheduled eruption. The woman standing was telling everyone 'NO, Don't Leave, she's Gonna Blow'.
'12 Jul: Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
Yes, more. Then we drove the relatively short distance out of Yellowstone and into the Grand Tetons National Park.
'12 Jul: Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
July 9 Usually I go for 10 pictures a day - enough to tell a story and not so many as to weaken the resolve of my family and friends to follow along. But these last few days it's been toooo many. Sigh. Making the southern loop from Old Faithful we ...
'12 Jul: Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
But don't miss it if you come to Yellowstone. We were gaga for the whole walk.
'12 Jul: Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
THE most amazing of all the falls so far, the 300 foot Lower Falls at the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, downstream from Yellowstone Falls.
'12 Jul: Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
Following the river above into the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.
'12 Jul: Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
The Continental Divide is not a straight line but waggles north to south depending on the mountain range so you can cross three times within the park. Here's one spot...
'12 Jul: Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
...for this. What a little bit of Yellowstone perfection!
'12 Jul: Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
There are three bears in this picture, mom and two cubs. One of the cubs is very hard to spot sitting above and to the left of the mom.
'12 Jul: Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
These folks were just relaxing on the porch making this pose for someone else but that doesn't mean I can't have it too.
'12 Jul: Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
So-o-o-o many more from this walk and I haven't gone through to choose my favorites yet.
'12 Jul: Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
On the way from Norris to Old Faithful you can take a turn out called Firehole Lake Drive. Here is one of the geysers, White Dome and a few minutes after we arrived...
'12 Jul: Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
It was raining when we visited here and I haven't got my pictures off the phone yet. How much information shall I copy from the internet... I haven't decided! It's all about the geology of The Center of The Earth and if you're particularly interested ...
'12 Jul: Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
July 7 We decided to take a stroll around downtown Bozeman before heading out to Yellowstone. This is a charming little pocket park. Bozeman is basically a college town, also the home of the county government, and busy with sporty tourism and 'gatew...
'12 Jul: Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
Out of Bozeman we drove straight east to Livingston, another cute old western town, population 7,044, and another 'gateway to Yellowstone'. According to Ms Wiki: "The city was inhabited for two decades by Calamity Jane and visited by adventurous traveli...
'12 Jul: Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
On the border of Montana and Wyoming, just outside the tourist mecca of Gardiner, is the Roosevelt Arch, at the East Entrance to Yellowstone.
'12 Jul: Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
At the Mammoth Hot Springs Visitors Center. The Visitors Center at National Parks are a must first stop which we did as one must, to get maps and plan the day and then we came again in the late afternoon to tour the displays.
'12 Jul: Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
...and one of the guys eating with us, we ate at the bar since we only got appetizers, was taking his dog for a run. Oh what fun! Bela is one of those perfect dogs. With a tennis-ball-hurling-stick I could get the ball to go for a mile. She would the...
'12 Jul: Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
...from their website. "The full-size bronze - the first bronze skeleton of a dinosaur anywhere - was made in the likeness of a Tyrannosaurus rex found in Eastern Montana in 1988. At 15 feet tall, 38 feet long and 6,000 pounds, "Big Mike" was named afte...
'12 Jul: Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
July 6 Welcome to Bozeman Montana, gateway to Yellowstone National Park. After checking in at the Homewood Suites, a hotel block much like all the others (La Quinta, Holiday Inn, Best Western, Hampton Inn, Ramada Inn and so many more) that line the h...
'12 Jul: Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
This might be what we're in for the next week as we travel from Bozeman through Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.
Lucas Betsy Xander Anya '12 Jul: Seattle
Xander is parkour-boy these days and he was able to exhibit many of his skills around the park including pulling himself onto the top of an 7 foot wall in one smooth move. Here we see him using his father as an obstacle to be overcome. Anya is doing a ...
'12 Jul: Seattle
And then we walked to the waterfront. Mount Rainier! Weeks go by and you can't see Mount Rainier so this view is always a huge treat to everyone who lives here.
'12 Jul: Seattle
Bustling wait-staff at Lola keeping everyone happy during their really excellent Happy Hour. Everything we ate was delicious and the beverages were just as advertised. We went home happy.
'12 June
July 1 That's me in Muriel's studio in front of her latest work-in-progress. Wow! is right! Off tomorrow for Seattle, then Bozeman-Yellowstone-Grand Tetons-Salt Lake City-Steamboat Springs. Keep In Touch!
'12 June
Merlyn made us a lunch of fresh and fabulous bbq pizza. Hilda was back-and-forth working but joined us to share the ummm-ummm pizza. The ones on the left are Merlyn's two Crown of Thorns plants and my one is on the right. So I asked Ms Wiki about thes...
'12 June
.. oh NO?! What does this MEAN?! Kaitlin and the girl sitting next to her, their names are not called! Their class is finished! Everyone sits down! Oh NO! All the parents who know the two girls start calling out their names. Kaitlin! Josie! Kai...
'12 June
June 14 I must be better because unless some new pictures turn up (which they very well might), finally, I'm done! CLICK HERE! for The Wedding (or you can click on the link to the left). There are so many new ones I added today, so if you wanted mor...
'12 June Wedded Bliss!
Cynthia and Kaitlin got their hair done. We did a little more of this and that, and then went down to the venue. ak.
'12 June Wedded Bliss!
...our nails done!
'12 June Wedded Bliss!
YAY! Following are Kent's table shots. Missing are the tables of Mike's relatives, his band mates, and his pals from work. Maybe I'll be able to put them in later from someone else. sheri.
'12 June
A mural on one of the school's storage buildings.
downtown '12 June
A nice LA view of downtown from one of the bridges crossing the LA River. It was a lovely clear day.
'12 June Wedded Bliss!
May 31 We had some fun this morning throwing 'spinners', a part of the cone from the surrounding trees, off the balcony and watching them catch the breeze and spin their way to the ground.
'12 June Wedded Bliss!
I did a few chores today, a bit of this and that at one point finding myself in the Hmong part of town where I got a Vietnamese sandwich at this place with a nice view of Saint Paul's Cathedral.
The Ranch (2009-2013)
May 27 Good morning everyone here at the Rever-Ginsburg Farmhouse where Life Is Good.
The Ranch (2009-2013)
Everyone participated and it was a blast-o-rama.
The Ranch (2009-2013)
We took a totally spectacular hike. I've driven through Pinnacles before and for a small walk by one of the campsites but never this. Check out the climbers. This was a wonderful walk.
The Ranch (2009-2013)
The program as directed by Lewis: everyone was to choose a song from times past and perform their selection, no singing required. Our hosts Barbara and Jerry doing their rendition of I Told the Witch Doctor. .which was a particularly fun choice since th...
'12 May
I asked Lilly if she wanted to get a book for us to read and she went directly to the floor of her closet and retrieved the vegan cupcake cookbook she had stashed there and wanted me to read her this recipe. Really. So I asked her if she would like it ...
Lona Hartley '12 May
Too bad Windy didn't make it because then we three sisters could have done picture-picture in a silly pose, making a spectacle of ourselves in public in honor of our mother. It's only fun when we're all together.
downtown '12 May
Another one. That's right, my valley girl friend Marsha who doesn't eat onions, doesn't eat food with 'too many colors', doesn't eat food with 'too many ingredients' chose for us to go to dim sum. Where they serve chicken feet. I could see why from ...
'12 May
May 7 L&H apartment vacancy photo day. We got a lot done and ate lunch in the car at the jetty watching the pelicans dive for fish.
'12 Apr: Kauai
In the morning I had noticed that there was a sight that we had missed all these years and for good reason since they are open for 3 hours twice per month, that's it. But we hit it on the nose and got to see this interesting place, the Lawai Internation...
'12 Apr: Kauai
April 28 Camas came over to take me out paddle boarding again. This is a take-your-own-picture-with-the-phone picture. cm.
'12 Apr: Kauai
One of the rain chains that I'm going to have something like one of these days. The chain in the front that's made into a fountain is my favorite, but it's an artwork.
'12 Apr: Kauai
April 25 Today was Hindu Monastery tour day which we always enjoy but now are obliged to warn first-timers. The crowds have gotten so large, and they do only one tour per week maximum, sometimes not even every week, that you've got to have sharp elbows...
'12 Apr: Kauai
The trees you see in the background are part of the hardwood forests the foundation is growing as an income source for the future. The whole area was leveled in 1992 by Hurricane Iniki so it's quite amazing that they have managed all this in 20 years. ...
'12 Apr: Kauai
One of the many water features. There is a huge children's garden, an entire 3/4 scale Hawaiian Village, a full sized hedge maze, a Navajo compound with villagers and handmade Sedona-style mesas, a set-up at the beach for big weddings, an orchid house, ...
Visits to Honolulu with the fam
Here's another one, Diamond Head to our left, Waikiki straight ahead, and downtown Honolulu to our right. Beth had put together a delightful picnic dinner at the beach after which we visited for a while and then retired to my room despite that my sister...
Visits to Honolulu with the fam
We had many special times with the kids. We got to play cards with Charis, just us while everyone else was out. When we arrived Charis was playing the piano sooo well. She's coming with Lona and Hartley to Cynthia's wedding so we'll get to have more t...
Visits to Honolulu with the fam
Caleb was assigned as my personal guide and protector during our snorkel outing. Trevor: 'Caleb, you're with Granty.' Me: 'Trevor, really, I'm fine.' Trevor: 'Caleb, you're with Granty.' I only put up one small fuss because actually it was nice, Cale...
'12 Apr: Maui
...and a view of one very small slice of the sugar fields that cover the agricultural part of Maui. Bon voyage Maui, Aloha!
'12 Apr: Maui
Then we drove on into 'Iao Valley. What this says: "Commonly called 'Iao Needle, the traditional Hawaiian name for this 2,250 foot high peak is Kuka'emoku. This peak is known as the phallic stone of Kanaloa, Hawaiian god of the ocean. "During perio...
'12 Apr: Maui
It was a delightful little spot. One of their highlights is that everything they display (fish...coral..everything) they have found locally and displayed under strict local governance of what you can have in captivity.
'12 Apr: Maui
One of those so amazing new-fangled tunnel tanks.
'12 Apr: Maui
...the sugar mill. Much of the history of 1830s Hawaii until tourism took over in the 1950s is tied up in the history of the cane sugar industry here. Maui is the only Hawaiian island that still supports a viable sugar company and rumor is that they mi...
'12 Apr: Maui
Nice. We walked a ways up there, but rain was threatening and we were done anyway so back...
'12 Apr: Maui
This is a pretty good pano looking down from the comfort of the cozy Ranger Station into what everyone thinks is the crater mostly because the park service calls it a crater, but per Ms Wiki: "scientists believe that Haleakalâ's "crater" was formed when th...
'12 Apr: Maui
Scenes like this one are the predominant view from the top.
'12 Apr: Maui
Then Home Sweet Home away from home, the Koa Lagoon. .Condos for purchase and for rent on the beach at Kihei. We're very happy here in our two bedroom accommodation with all the amenities of home. Someone else's home that is, not mine, my home would fit ...
'12 Apr: Maui
...many so easily accessible once you've gone to the trouble of driving The Road to Hana.
'12 Apr: Maui
I took this picture of Lahaina and the next one from old postcards on the internet because they are so touristically nostalgic. (internet)
'12 Apr: Maui
That's the courthouse in the background and all of what you see is one banyan tree. William Owen Smith planted this tree on April 24, 1873 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the arrival of Christian missionaries. You can imagine the controversies t...
'12 Apr: Kauai
One night's dinner at Scotty's, the view from our table. Yikes is right.
'12 Apr: Kauai
Big fun television-wise we've been enjoying recently. It's the Merrie Monarch Festival, nights full of wonderful hula. From Ms Wiki: "The festival (run each year since 1971) is dedicated to the memory of King David Kalâkaua, the second (and last) elect...
'12 Apr: Kauai
April 12 Back to the North Shore today to see the Waioli Church and Mission House in Hanalei. The church was under a termite tent but the church social hall was hosting a hula lesson for haole housewives. All the music came from the one woman sittin...
'12 Apr: Kauai
...and we ended our day with a drive through some back roads. I was trying to get us to a viewpoint for the Kiluea Falls but one road was blocked by a gate to a huge private estate and another road was blocked by construction of what looked like it was go...
'12 Apr: Kauai
April 10 Hail Hail the Gang's All Here gathered for our annual pot luck feast extravaganza! We are missing Camus's teenage son Koa who came later and Camus's boyfriend Curt who is off island for work (everyone loooves Koa And Curt). Seated: Kathy's ...
'12 Apr: Kauai
We've done several tours recently and have a few more on tap. It's been really interesting and most recommendable.
'12 Apr: Kauai
...and watch the albatross soaring. You can see one in the foreground there. Behind is Hidden Beach.
'12 Apr: Kauai
April 7 This morning we went to the Farmers Market at the Community College in the Downtown area, hoping to find the goat people there, but no joy. Then we went to follow the South Shore Koloa Historic Trail and did find several of the spots noted. ...
'12 Apr: Kauai
...and when I decided to make one of these... sp.
'12 Apr: Kauai
From their website: "Enjoy a guided visit to our unique family farm. Sample the cheese while we explain how it is made, from milking the goats to the finished product. Interact with our loving family of goats, free-range chickens, and check-out the honey ...
'12 Apr: Kauai
We decided to spend our first day out at the North Shore looking for some of the beaches we've never seen. But first a stop-off at the Christ Memorial Episcopal Church on the way to Kilauea. There has been a church and graveyard on this site since 18...
'12 Apr: Kauai
On one of the patios at the Princeville Hotel, now a St Regis, with 'Bali Hai' in the distance. The hotel is on the easternmost tip of Hanalei Bay and is still a very nice place to chill. We're not big fans of Princeville dense as it is with condos and...
'12 Apr: Kauai
Leaving Hanalei Bay and traveling west on the Kuhio Highway we've got more beaches. This is from a scenic overlook, one way being Lumihai Beach and the other Kahalahala Beach.
self-portrait '12 March
Yay, Brigitte took a couple of pictures of me that I can actually stand. (One from far away, one from high above, both wearning my glasses to hide my droopy eye. Both eyes are droopy but one is virtually closed now. Yikes.) bb.
'12 March
...a flat tire ON the FOUR-OHHHMG-FIVE. I was on the phone with roadside assistance from my American Express card when the city Highway Department rolled up and the guy said he'd do it right now for free, and he did, and I was off. Cool. Now I just ...
'12 March
Then I went with Anya to see the movie Jiro Dreams of Sushi about this Japanese National Treasure and Three Star Michelin chef who's been serving sushi at a 10 seat counter in a Tokyo train station for 75 years. It was a documentary and it was delightful....
'12 March
March 23 On March 15th, barely one week ago, Gary had a complete knee replacement and just look at him now, toddling around the house taking care of himself. Gary! you go!! Liz and Dev too, thanks for the YUMmy dinner and champagne to toast Gary's g...
'12 March
All the Cirques make you gasp, and then make you want to see if you can jump even one little foot into the air.
'12 March
The little ones migrate to each other without regard to gender but once older, the girls gather on one end of the long bench and the boys are waay over there at the other end. Except all the girls were attentive..focused even..on waiting for Freddy, a...
'12 March
I was NUTS for this one. CRAZY I tell you. See the deer head upside down and the arrow pointing 'up'. What WHAT...that's just so wrong. I came back to look at it 20 times. I'm so agitated! And so delighted! And so thrilled that a silly thing like ...
'12 March
March 2 Hartley got these plants around Valentine's Day, one for me and one for Windy. That was very sweet, and this is what it looks like today - perfect.
'12 March
These guys often perform outside the stopping point for The Long Walk and they are so good and I like every single song they play. I give them money and that's saying a lot.
'93 Jun: A Taste of Europe
One of the highlights for Cynthia was a tour of the Anne Frank house. The museums were fantastic... Day 6 Holiday Inn, Amsterdam
'93 Jun: A Taste of Europe
After Amsterdam we travel by bus "through the heavily industrialized Ruhr area, backbone of Germany's economic might. (I wonder if that is still true 20 years later?) "Lunchtime we arrive in Cologne for a visit to the awesome Gothic Cathedral. Its twi...
'93 Jun: A Taste of Europe
"After reaching the wine center of Koblenz, there is still time for an optional excursion to Marksburg Castle, the only one in this area never to have been destroyed." (1/2 postcard)
'93 Jun: A Taste of Europe
A tour of Mumm. Everyone had a great time.
'93 Jun: A Taste of Europe
The glass pyramids had just gone in in 1989 and this was 1993 so they were still a controversial eye-sore, not the beloved icons they are today. We thought they were great.
'12 February
February 27 A lot of this and that lately but not much really, except for home sweet home. 27-I did some bits for my older sister for her business and then punked out on Monday Night in the Valley because of the rain that never really came. 26-an ...
'12 February
Susie was there when the student body elected the anteater as their mascot, a bold and subversive move at the time. Here's Susie enjoying one of the many interactive installations at the on-campus Beall Center for Art and Technology.
22nd Street '12 February
February 20 YAY I get to stop thinking about the laundry set-up for awhile. I had the new used craigslist dryer delivered today (the old one died) and the guy said keeping the machines like this was absolutely a-ok. He said washers and dryers are ...
'12 February
February 14 My little valentine tableau for the grandgirls. Kaitlin picked first. She chose the one with the Love Heart, and Lilly was totally happy with the other one, so yay.
'12 February
Kaitlin made me this valentine at school and it is SO adorable. Kaitlin and Angela brought me flowers too which was SO sweet. D&A went out for a date so Kaitlin made us a schedule for the evening: 1) Calre 2) Play 3) TV 4) Dinr 5) Cards 6) Favrit Part ...
'12 February
February 12 I poured directly and entirely on to the keyboard of my running computer a totally full cup of sticky steamy hot Indian tea With milk And sugar, and within three seconds I heard the sizzle and pop of the computer's death rattle. The fix-i...
Santa Barbara (2005-2012)
There's another dog just like this one, also the color of the road only 10 years younger, both so friendly and lovable. In the morning the dogs wandered through the house with thick, caked mud on their 'legs' up to their 'knees', shedding, licking, and ...
Santa Barbara (2005-2012)
Actually, he's on the phone...
Santa Barbara (2005-2012)
A scene from one of the Farmers Markets around town.
Santa Barbara (2005-2012)
Another one...
Santa Barbara (2005-2012)
...and one more.
Kaitlin Lilly '12 February
Angela had such a busy day today, all day and into the night, so I thought to take the kids out for dinner. Mel's! Everyone Loves Mel's!
downtown '12 January
January 28 In the morning I went with Steve and Celina to the Farmer's Market which was fun, to wander the aisles with a Professional chef (you go Celina). Then I went with Ken to the matinee of the Cirque du Soleil Michael Jackson show at the Staple...
downtown '12 January
Another one. We came back here after the show for a beer, then strolled around LA Live looking for a place to eat that was not the R$tz Carlton but not as noisy as an airport landing strip. Unavailable.
downtown '12 January
We ended up eating at The Tavern next door to The Pantry and enjoyed it very much, followed by a walk to The Standard hotel a few blocks away. The roof lounge at The Standard. Whooo. There's a lot more to it than what you see here. This place was tot...
'12 January
January 26 Not Nancy A, not Nancy D, but 'Young Nancy' came with me and Sharon today for a march at the Pepperdine track and a tour of the campus including the chapel and the museum, followed by lunch with the kids in the student cafeteria. The Pacif...
'12 January
January 20 Our Bon Voyage Breakfast, Nancy took this picture. There I was far in front of everyone else with my giant mutant head which I had to smallen up, and my just out of the shower hair and etc etc but oh well. Muriel and Michi look adorable! ...
'12 January
Handsome fellow isn't he. He was one of the objects chosen by our guide for the highlights tour. She said it was J Paul Getty's favorite piece. It's called The Lansdowne Herakles because Lord Lansdowne, Getty's ideal of what an art collector should be...
22nd Street '12 January
January 17 What's been going on around here since last Tuesday. They are moving along at a nice clip and should be finished by Friday. The front looks a little stark with the wisteria down but both sides have got good trunks and old roots so I'm hop...
Lilly '12 January
January 17 Fun! We build towers and then we knock them down and then we build them again. When Kaitlin got home from school we were so busy I never got another picture. Looking back I see that I haven't got one of Kaitlin all month, a situation that ...
'12 January
January 15 2011 movies I’ve seen and can recommend highly: The Artist; The Descendants; Moneyball; Hugo; Midnight in Paris; Le Havre, all entirely charming. Movies I’ve seen that have something to notice: The Iron Lady; J Edgar; A Dangerous Method. Mo...
'12 January
January 13 Finally I finished reading 'The Three Musketeers'. Finally. It seems like I've been reading this book for months. I just downloaded another Sarah Vowell choice, 'Assassination Vacation', since the last book of hers that I read ('Unfamiliar...
'12 January
January 11 Look what Kaitlin MADE! They're called Pocket Pals. She made first one for Lilly and one for herself and I wanted one SOOO badly she made me one too. Thank you Kaitlin! Are these not the cutest cutest things you ever ever saw?!
'12 January
January 10 Made me laugh. Here's Cool Car Cook come to pick me up in a Chevy Aveo. There had to be a story! (The car's in the shop...could'a guessed.) Merlyn retired recently and since Hilda is still at the grindstone and occasionally out of town ...
'12 January
January 9 I arrived a little early, before Ann and Dan came, and I was just sitting there, speaking a little in sushi bar Japanese, imagining the meal to come, and realizing once again, as always, that being able to eat Japanese food is an unreserved bl...
'02 Oct: India with the Majmudars
Here are the young folk (Tanya and her boy-friend, not boyfriend exactly because you don't get to have a Boyfriend, but you can have plenty of boy-friends and this sure looked like Tanya's number one boy-friend to me) getting ready for a night out to celeb...
'02 Oct: India with the Majmudars
Rupa scored tickets for us to watch at the biggest and most exclusive dance in their town, where Tanya and her friends would be. The place was setup in an enormous field and you can just begin to guess the crowds from this shot. The smoosh on the lens ...
'02 Oct: India with the Majmudars
Rupa was so sweet, she fixed me up my own personal toilet paper dispenser. Two actually, one for each bathroom. TP is just not how they do it. This is a G-Rated diary and I'm not going to tell you how they do do it. BYO-TP, but the guidebooks do ask ...
'12 January
January 7, evening Celina and her friend Dawn invited me to join them for a Girls Night Out dinner at Celina's restaurant 'Cooks County'. YES! Celina went through her culinary program and got a job at this hip and trendy packed to the gills new restau...
22nd street '12 January
January 6 Walking from my house to do a chore outing, right there on my corner was a posse of paparazzi waiting for some poor celebrity to come out of the pre-school with their little kid in tow, rushing to their waiting black suv, one in the long line ...
'12 January
A reflection in one of the pools in the handsome patio. Below is a copy-paste of some of the artists represented here and a small representation of the hundreds of PST artists: Peter Alexander, John Altoon, Alexander Archipenko, Walter Askin, Larry B...
'12 January
And lastly, we drove a few blocks to the Armory Center for the Arts where 'Speaking in Tongues: Wallace Berman and Robert Heinecken, 1961-1976' was on view. None of these shows was worth a special long-distance trip I think, but seeing them all at once ...
The Los Angeles River
On a fine February day we ran into very nice groups of strollers, runners, bikers, and skate borders taking the air along the path. Modest homes, several with chicken coops, bordered the path. Many had dogs loose in the yard but not one of the dogs went...
Kaitlin Lilly Gabriel '11 December
Gabriel from next-next door came by and we made another monster. Then it was dinner-bath-snack-bedtime routine, and then it was 8pm and I was thinking hmm, bedtime, sounds pretty good! (I forgot to flip up the bounce on my flash for this shot and am re...
'11 December
December 27 YOSSI! Judy took this one with my camera. I was so off today. In every pictures there's someone who won't like themself...which is why I can only do this for myself and hope for the best. jp.
'11 December
Alicia, Maryanne, Lauren, Andrew, Shelby, Ljubica, Carolyn, Darryl, Rhonda, Goldie, Cheryl, Bill mmmm, I just noticed, Melissa, you evaded me...I would have liked to show you Melissa and her BOYFRIEND of almost one year. And Louise, my ex-next-door nei...
'11 December
Kaitlin made one of these for every person and they looked Just Like US! Such a precious family!
'11 December
December 22 Kaitlin and I made holiday cards today with each person's name written on it. It was fun! Here's the one from last year: Kaitlin's card!
'11 December
December 16 Happy Birthday Sharon! (I deleted the faceless picture...) The residents of Pacific Palisades are quite simply Nuts for decorating their houses. This is one of the more modest efforts but I really like how it looks.
'11 December
December 15 Me and my friend Susie...we ARE adorable aren't we. (phone photo)
Susie '11 December
Next we went to the Laguna Art Museum where their show was a retrospective of the work generated out of UC Irvine in its first few years of existence "Best Kept Secret: UCI and the Development of Contemporary Art in Southern California, 1964-1971". And ...
'11 December
We headed down south for some Pacific Standard Time in Orange County. First we went to the Orange County Museum of Art where their show is called 'State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970'. It was great, one of the most entertaining collections so ...
'11 December
But wait, what's this?! What's she doing here?! Doesn't she live up at the Getty?! Ok fine, they made more than one. It's Aristide Maillol's Air. From something I read on the internet I think there are six of her around but how can I confirm and whe...
'11 December
December 9 Dinner out with Muriel. It took me 95 minutes to go 6.3 miles. From 4:30 to 6:05, from my house in Santa Monica to a very nice restaurant in Culver City, I was 'driving'. A medium-fast runner would have got there sooner. It was Friday nig...
'11 December
Everyone in the room was waay into it.
'11 November
November 25 Oh goodie, Oscar movie release season is upon us and we get to watch the good movies. I just saw The Artist - black and white, silent, and entirely wonderful. Wow. Moneyball is really good, and I'm looking forward to The Descendents, ...
'11 November
November 20 From after everyone went home from the wedding until now I have been doing a whole lot of not too much. I allowed myself a couple of days to succumb to an allergy attack, I subscribed to the digital version of the NY Times (down to $15/mo...
'11 Nov: The Wedding Weekend
A really nice one of Jeff and his sisters. Carol, Jeff, Robin tpro.
'11 Nov: The Wedding Weekend
Then I took Windy to get her hair done while the rest of the gang played in the pool, walked to the beach, took naps, and got dressed up...
'11 Nov: The Wedding Weekend
And Kelly. Kelly? I'm sitting at the other end of the row of chairs and I hear 'Darryl's mother, raise your hand!' so I do of course, and meet Kelly, one of Darryl's colleagues from work. Kelly and Angela looked familiar to each other and sure enough....
'11 Nov: The Wedding Weekend
Everyone came in at various times throughout the evening. How about a little popcorn for a fill-in late-night snack? Windy, Cynthia, Mike
'11 November
November 11 Here's a cute one that Mike took upon our arrival at the Oakwoods...me, Cynthia, and the girls Kaitlin and Lilly peering out the window onto the patio of one of the five luxurious two bedroom apartment L&H rented for the party. mh.
'11 November
November 4 All week I had to call in for jury duty. Ok no Monday ok no Tuesday ok no Wednesday ok no Thursday...bummer YES Friday. So I went in and then realized after the big 'you must be available for 5-7 days' if you get called to a jury that I had...
Kaitlin Lilly '11 November
November 2 Still not entirely done, Halloween, 2011. ak.
'11 November
SB Nancy's fam, my SF Bernal Heights sweeties are up by one now! Josh, Kelly, Charlie, Henry, and new baby Milton. nd.
'11 November
And speaking of bikes, Lill and Tony and their traveling pals took their bikes out on the streets to enjoy CicLAvia where the city closes down a great number of streets to cars and everyone just walks and rolls around having a grand ol' time. I hope not t...
'12-'07 BOO! in the Valley
Our Hosts for the 5th Annual Playgroup Halloween Party 2011, Thank you very much! Mine and Heidi's photos - Heidi is so good at going around and getting the shot. I took this one with Heidi's camera. It's grainy because I got it off the internet and t...
'11 October
...the exhibit was at the MOCA/Geffin on 1st. But no problem, on the weekends they run a free shuttle between the two museums, so off we went not having to re-park, thankfully. The Geffin is a huge open space especially for giant works. The show, Unde...
self-portrait '11 October
Then we went dancing at Monsoon. We were the only ones there...it's a late-night place and we were first in, not being such late-night people. We danced for an hour or so and it was tooo much fun.
'11 October
October 27 Muriel at LACMA. We went tonight to see Accattone, an arty old black and white movie made in 1961, among the first in the 'gritty Italian realism' genre, written and directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini. It was a two hour effort, and pretty much...
'11 October
Then we took a chance to swing by the Westside Pavilion to see if we could catch a screening of Moneyball and as if they arranged it for us, it was starting in five minutes. We both liked it very much and I especially loved the pace, slow and delibera...
J Paul Getty Villa in Malibu
Another one from a different pond.
J Paul Getty Villa in Malibu
A clip from one of the exhibits, and the quince trees in full fruit.
'11 October
...specifically to see the glass exhibit which was quite fantastic, just one small room of gorgeous pieces, glass works that have survived for 2-3 thousand years. Behind is a quince plant from the herb garden.
self-portrait '11 October
October 19 Haven't had one of these pictures in a while - I kept forgetting. Ken, Bill, and me, out for our catch-up and food.
'11 October
We had a great time! There is a family of 12 brothers and sisters who have something to do with this restaurant but the guy in the lower right is the main 24/7 operations man. The charming little girl is his niece who wanted more than anything to be ou...
'11 October
October 7 Lona and Hartley are looking for a place where everyone can gather for festivities around Windy's wedding. It'll be swell if they find something they like since we three sisters will have here all our five children, their significant others, ...
'11 October
October 6 I didn't take a picture of Bill's birthday dinner with me and Ken, and I didn't take one when Bill came by for burgers and brew, but I DID! get my lens back! AND the Nikon factory fixed it for free so that really Good News. My tenant in the...
'11 September
All the landscaping was in such excellent shape. You know, the swallows don't so much come back to Capistrano anymore. The wetlands are gone, the housing developments are in - the swallows have moved on.
'11 September
September 28 Sharon was last at the San Juan Capistrano Mission when she was seven years old and there is a picture floating around of seven year old Sharon in exactly this position but back then her arms were full of swallows. I am urging her to find ...
'11 September
September 25 The Happy Birthday KAITLIN Peace-Love-and-Dolphins party. This one's from my PHONE, for the rest I was using Angela's camera.
'11 September
September 17 (out of order) Taken with my phone, indoors, at night. I really Really need to get my camera back. The body should be ready in a few days but the lens needs a new motor and will take 2-3 more weeks. Ken and Susie hosted me and Ben and ...
'11 September
The Class Rules, written by the class and signed by one and all.
'11 September
September 10 Here I am, down to taking photos with my PHONE. I won't know what's next with my camera until I get it to a shop where I know they will tell me I have to send it to the factory and pay buckets 'o bucks just to clean it. Our little siste...
'11 September
September 1 If you want to check into anything you might have missed from my visit in Africa just click on these links for a full-sized chance to buzz through the pictures even if you don't want to read Allll those words. July 3-July 12 Johannesburg...
'11 Aug: South Africa, mostly Cape Town
Once up to the top there are what seem like, but probably aren't, miles and miles of trails. It was a fantastic walk and I'm so glad I didn't even Think about walking up. At the hostel where I'm staying many many have done the 4-5 hour trek up and down...
'11 Aug: South Africa, mostly Cape Town
Last stop, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Another UNESCO World Heritage site, quoted from their website, the Cape Floral Region is the: "...serial site in the Western Cape, made up of eight protected areas, covering 553,000-ha. The Cape Flor...
'11 Aug: South Africa, mostly Cape Town
We had one hour to stroll. It was pretty and felt good to just walk, and then we took the short ride back.
'11 Aug: South Africa, mostly Cape Town
August 27 Made up from internet pictures, this is Robben Island where political prisoners were detained during the Apartheid era, and its relationship to Cape Town there in the distance. The most well-known detainee of course was Nelson Mandela. He ...
'11 Aug: South Africa, mostly Cape Town
The lime pit where the prisoners worked, the cave, and the pile of rocks are all part of the story.
'11 Aug: South Africa, mostly Cape Town
The obligatory tour. I tried to do the tour yesterday but it was sold out which is why I did a couple things that I hadn't thought to do. Three times a day a boat from the Waterfront brings about 200 people over who are then distributed to buses and ta...
'11 Aug: South Africa, mostly Cape Town
Then I walked back into town with the idea to visit the Bo-Kaap Museum of the history of the early Muslim settlers. I took an unexpected detour in my walk and ended up in an amazing neighborhood of Muslim people known as the Cape Malay. What Ms Wiki ha...
'11 Aug: South Africa, mostly Cape Town
My second question was, man, what about these colors? He said around 10 years ago one person painted his house a bright color, and then another person, and then in relatively short order the whole street was done, just one by one, by the owners because th...
'11 Aug: South Africa, mostly Cape Town
Our group: A young couple from Britain, two British sisters, one guy from Austria, three guys from Germany, and another two guys from Germany. One fellow is missing from the photo. I was the oldest by 30 years which is entertaining in itself.
'11 Aug: South Africa, mostly Cape Town
It's a very well done development I think with all the tourist-a necessities of shops, restaurants, hotels, lots of sports and sightseeing activities, and including a large indoor crafts market, and business and residential components too.
'11 Aug: Zambia
There was one baby and its mother, two who had been raised in the house and constantly wanted to be carried, an old gal who used to drink beer and smoke cigarettes in a bar, and I can't remember the details of the last one.
'11 Aug: Zambia
August 20-22 Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage This was our drop point coming from Solwezi in The Cruiser. In due course one of the Chimfunshi guys picked us up and we drove back the 12 kilometers to the cabins and then another 8 kilometers to the orphanag...
'11 Aug: Zambia
This is the accommodation and education center at Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage. It was really a delightful two days. We had one of those cabins and we each had our own room. It's self-catering meaning we cooked all our own meals and shared with a cou...
'11 Aug: Zambia
In 1983 Sheila and her husband took on their first orphaned chimp. Each chimp that came here had a story and a name. They haven't taken any new chimps for six years because they don't have enough resources to handle more. But the thing is, there are t...
'11 Aug: Zambia
August 20 Following are some random things I've been doing over the week of the Appropriate Technology Workshop here at the Peace Corps facility in Solwezi. A version of the mega-church. You see a lot of this type of church throughout the countrysid...
'11 Aug: Zambia
I took a taxi out to visit the Kifubwa Rock Stream Shelter, a National Monument, known for its Stone Age carvings. This fellow is an official at the park who took it upon himself to walk with me and the taxi driver and give us the low down.
'11 Aug: Zambia
Every day I walked to the mecca of Solwezi, the Shop-Rite. It took about 15-20 minutes depending on how many cars came by to kick up clouds of dust which always slowed me down. One day it seemed they were doing a little road work.
'11 Aug: Zambia
I was hot for the fuel efficent stoves. Here's one that runs on sawdust which they give away at the sawmills, the sawdust, not the stove. So if you live anywere near a sawmill this baby's for you.
'11 Aug: Zambia
This is the local building material used in every village in Zambia. They dig a hole like the one you see and make these bricks and then hold the bricks together with the same material. They built a grain storage system, a stove, something else I don't...
'11 Aug: Zambia
There was a nice turn-out and everyone was pleased. The building you see is what they call the back house. There's an office there, the volunteer's bar, storage, and a bathroom that yesterday had hot water. It was a dribble but mixed with a dribble of...
'11 Aug: Zambia
...and this system for making charcoal out of corncobs. In theory the overall amount of smoke produced making and using corncob briquettes is supposed to be superior to making charcoal out of trees, and the corncobs pile up in mountains, the one ingredien...
'11 Aug: Zambia
They seemed quite happy to come and all had good ideas to share and it looked like they were enjoying the process so it went very well for everyone. I have plenty of pictures of the projects and of these two days of demonstrations but it's getting late ...
'11 Aug: Zambia
...and ends with demonstrations of low-tech approaches to some common issues. From the top-left around: 1) grinding nuts, nut butter being a staple of the local diet, in an inexpensive meat grinder. The meat grinder can grind in minutes what it takes...
'11 Aug: Zambia
We passed the bus station and this worked out great because in this one picture you can see the mini-buses, the middle-sized bus (that is what everyone calls it) and a long distance bus too. They can fit 18 people plus driver in those mini-buses, not co...
'11 Aug: Zambia
I asked this guy if I could take a picture of his shop, he had such great signs. There are rows of shops like this, one or two man operations doing very specialized work.
'11 Aug: Zambia
The week-long workshop on Appropriate Technologies has started at the Peace Corps house. I'm taking pictures but since there is going to be five days I'll make one story at the end, so as not to get too many duplicates...is the plan anyway. I went into...
'11 Aug: Zambia
This was our first ride, a South African welder who works in the mines alongside his father and brother-in-law. He had one of those trucks with a back seat and Air-Con and we were ridin' in style. It was true in Botswana also, that if you ran into a wh...
'11 Aug: Zambia
He had to drop us a block from our destination, the Shop-Rite**, because of this parade about to begin. There's going to be an election here in a month and we've been running into a lot of electioneering, mostly flatbed trucks with huge speakers blaring m...
'11 Aug: Zambia
One thing I was not expecting was power problems in Solwezi. On-Off-On-Off, it was very disconcerting. Yesterday they did a pre-arranged shut-down for the whole day to try to fix the problem for good. I was in town and took this picture. Just as I go...
'11 Aug: Zambia
I had a wonderful walk with the dog. It was so much fun. We just went off and he led the way out most of the time and led the way back all of the time. The bush is criss-crossed with walking paths that lead from one compound to another.
'11 Aug: Zambia
The local school. These schools are very very poor. Poor in resources with a few ancient books, no teaching materials at all, some rough wood benches, so poor inside I felt uncomfortable to take a picture (which I don't really understand), and poor becau...
'11 Aug: Zambia
A ten minute walk from the school is the clinic which is the only health care facility for miles around. There are four rooms in this clinic. One for paperwork, one for storage, one exam and treatment room for adults, and one for babies. You wouldn't ...
'11 Aug: Zambia
Just one example of Foreign Aid gone wrong - Japan sent over this high-tech refrigeration container for HIV drugs and it got sent to a place without electricity turning it into a massively expensive storage surface.
'11 Aug: Zambia
This is the family's garden. One of the uncles works on the garden for a couple of hours each morning and carries water from the irrigation trench just between the garden and the open field.
'11 Aug: Zambia
The irrigation trench widens at one point and this is where Erin gets her water. Yes, she scoops up water out of that pond into the white bucket and carries it back to her hut. She washes dishes, clothes, food, herself, in the water straight out of the...
'11 Aug: Zambia
On the way back we stopped here for a quick pic and my phone, which I've been using for entertainment (sudoku and flag games mostly) and to tell the time, slipped out onto the ground and some random guy picked it up and gave it back. He didn't have to pic...
'11 Aug: Zambia
The Cruiser - part of a fleet of Toyota Land Cruisers, with one at each Provincial House and a few in Lusaka. An essential part of Peace Corps service in Zambia is knowing where the Cruisers are and where they will be going next. The Cruisers are dis...
'11 Aug: Zambia
One of the family members. Some of the buildings are round and some are rectangular. From what I can tell both shapes are used for all purposes.
'11 Aug: Zambia
Another common scene. It's burning season. Did I mention this in the section on Livingstone? I forget. It was burning season there too, where they burn the harvested fields, and that means Smoke. Between the dust and the smoke my allergies have been...
'11 Aug: Zambia
A trip to town starts out with a ride in The Cruiser to return cases of empty soda bottles and get new ones. We put the new cases to go back with The Cruiser and we continued to do more shopping. This is how they do it here.
'11 Aug: Zambia
When you look for information about Serenje there is one entry in one guidebook. There's really not any reason to stop here it says unless you need gas. But if you have to stop here there's really only one place to eat: Mapontela.
'11 Aug: Zambia
The everybody-knows-him Steve, a Peace Corps volunteer from the '90s who never went home, owned and operated Mapontela for a while. He married a local woman and he has passed the guest house and restaurant to the family to run. He basically sits out ...
'11 Aug: Zambia
Mindy needed to get her dreds locked. You might think having dredlocks is easy, just let it grow, but as it turns out, no, you have to take care of those things. These guys had no idea what to do and Mindy was mighty disappointed and vowed henceforth t...
'11 Jul: Botswana
from Lynda and Alaoa. I had two mishaps with the camera both entirely my bad fault. On one afternoon drive I forgot to bring my backup battery. Rookie mistake! And I missed taking pictures of the best lion encounter of the trip. This is a 'mating ...
'11 Jul: Botswana
from Lynda and Alaoa. Where was I when this was happening?! Maybe it's one of those super-telephotos that I couldn't get anyway. They are Great!
'11 Aug: Zambia
Our first night in I stayed with Mindy and other volunteers at a Peace Corps accommodation and then moved to a guest house for the next three nights while Mindy had to be with the 36 new volunteers coming in the next day. It's beer and two-for-one pizza...
'11 Aug: Zambia
August 2-6 Lusaka We took the Mazhandu service from Livingstone to Lusaka and paid extra for the Business Class bus, also called the Bwana Bus, so we could spend the seven hours in relative comfort. It was quite fine.
'11 Aug: Zambia
And arriving at the Peace Corps Zambia headquarters. For the first time in recent memory I actually lost some pictures - 26 of them all from Lusaka. The pictures of my guest house, some street scenes, some photos from the office, all gone. I am pe...
'11 Aug: Zambia
Everyone was so NICE. Is it like a Peace Corps prerequisite or something? These guys, Mark and Sydney, are volunteers who met in the Peace Corps, got married, extended for a third year, and are now done, going home, finished the last form, got the last...
'11 Aug: Zambia
I mostly hung out here at the Peace Corps Volunteers Office and worked on my safari story. It took AGES to get all that done since I hadn't spent any time at all during the 17 days of the safari. Two to four hours for a day's pictures and story at 17 d...
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'11 Aug: Zambia
But the coolest thing of all was the kid on the right. He, his brother on the left, and his teen-aged, provocatively dressed sister are living with their aunt and her white husband in London while their mother stays in Zambia. I showed the young on...
'11 Aug: Zambia
We had three nice sightings on our 'cruise'. This guy who was plenty big but still half the size of the one in the Okavango...
'11 Aug: Zambia
The Booze Cruise We decided to do a FunTivity on the river. They call it a Zambezi River Wildlife Cruise. Everyone else calls it The Booze Cruise because the main attraction is Free Booze. When we got on the 'boat' for our 'cruise' there was one st...
'11 Aug: Zambia
Mindy met me here and we enjoyed dinner with the safari group, an after dinner beer and Ke Ale Bo Ha with OT, and then a good nights sleep. This is one corner of the room. There is also the balcony, a desk area, a sitting area, and closets. That's the...
'11 Aug: Zambia
July 29-August 2 Livingstone The view of the Zambezi River from the balcony of my fabulous room at the Zambezi Riverfront Hotel compliments of Bushways Safari although they certainly didn't mean that I should get such a great room so it must have been a...
'11 Aug: Zambia
Victoria Falls A pano from one of the many viewing stations we visited which of course does not do it credit. You can't see its extent, you can't see the bottom, and you can't hear it. It is AWESOME. There is a big difference seasonally. We are no...
'11 Aug: Zambia
From the bridge, the one that joins Zambia to Zimbabwe.
'11 Aug: Zambia
Around Town That's the Livingstone Museum above, the main street on the left and a side street on the right.
'11 Aug: Zambia
We spent some time on the bridge and then went up to a café made for this view. Livingstone is well-known around for its FunTivities. That's what everyone calls it. There are wildlife related FunTivities, river FunTivities, and bridge FunTivities. Br...
'11 Aug: Zambia
You know how I always like to find the cathedral. Maybe they don't have a cathedral here as this is the biggest Catholic church I saw. Mindy said the predominant religions are Seventh Day Adventists and Jehovah's Witnesses. It is overall a very Christ...
'11 Aug: Zambia
This day we were going to do a FunTivity like a walk with the lions or an elephant ride but neither one of us wanted to do those things more than we wanted a spa treatment. So we found a place in town and both got pedicures and Mindy got a facial and I ...
'11 Aug: Zambia
...but one of the best, Jolly Boys, had recently opened a second location and we got space there. It was perfect and we stayed for three nights. There's Mindy sitting on our veranda doing work. We had two single beds with mosquito net (as always h...
'11 Aug: Zambia
Jolly Boys Backpackers Here in Zambia they don't have hostels, they have backpackers, but it is the same place with just a different name. The most well regarded backpackers in Livingstone are here on the main street but by the time we got around to ...
'11 Jul: Botswana
Day 16 Livingstone (Victoria Falls!) Zambia This day will see us transfer out of Botswana and end the day in Livingstone, Zambia, home of the magnificent Victoria Falls. Bushways has put us up in a nicely posh hotel by the riverfront where Mindy is goi...
'11 Jul: Botswana
A fish eagle. We saw dozens of them and I took ten pictures every time. That's approximately/at least 120 pictures. Finally, one that's not terrible.
'11 Jul: Botswana
Coming across the field, a hyena, my first! I did really want to see a hyena and so since none of the pictures are good, I'm using four. Make it up on volume we used to say. He was leaving the very last remains of a baby buffalo...
'11 Jul: Botswana
...awww, a baby buffalo that's alive! And his horns don't look like the ones the vultures are pecking at.
'11 Jul: Botswana
But then, uh oh. A sandy dirt pit road, and, 1) we're stuck. OK, 2) everyone out of the truck and let's push it backward. 3) No joy. OK, 4) let's unhook the trailer and push the truck forward.
'11 Jul: Botswana
The Dutch ladies Ellie and Tineke on Kitchen Duty doing the dishes. Everyone pitched it with all the chores. It was a thing of beauty how easily everything got done. I say that, and I'm pretty sure I contributed the least. By the time I was looking a...
'11 Jul: Botswana
We've arrived in our last campsite and everyone was SO happy. We were right on the river and wow all what happened right in front of us was So Cool. Cape Buffalo.
'11 Jul: Botswana
Day 13 Chobe campsite 8 Good morning! This was the day where we changed camps today and we're changing camps tomorrow. Tonight's campsite was my least favorite so fortunately we were there for just the one night. The whole place was a pile of dirt ...
'11 Jul: Botswana
I used one of these guys before but wow they are so colorful. And apparently they hold still since two of them were in focus.
'11 Jul: Botswana
Day 12 Moremi campsite 7 It was just dawn and the last stages of packing-up where some of the guys pitch in to help Allen load the trailer. The tents are hugely heavy. Someone always helped me carry mine. So they have to load up about 10-12 tents, al...
'11 Jul: Botswana
We hear on the wire that there's a leopard kill nearby. But what's this?! Yes, leopards! There are two trucks from a different company but those guys standing are a Bushways group. It is forbidden to stand to watch predators. You can stand for all t...
'11 Jul: Botswana
Day 11 Moremi campsite 6 The babies. Everyone loves the babies. The whole truck would go awwww every time we'd see a baby and in the coming days we really saw a lot of babies.
'11 Jul: Botswana
If there was one thing OT worried about as much as he worried about guests wandering off it was crossing the path of elephants. He'd had his truck charged a few times in his early years and now watches for the least little twitch of trouble. She trumpe...
'11 Jul: Botswana
A Kudu with an oxpecker, one of the birds that picks gnats and such off the bodies of mammals.
'11 Jul: Botswana
The nightly ritual of Angelika and Pierre going through their pictures deleting the duplicates and the 'not so greats'. These guys were so nice and so helpful. Everyone was nice and helpful actually. It was kind of amazing how the whole everything wou...
'11 Jul: Botswana
Some wiki facts: "There were once approximately 500,000 African Wild Dogs in 39 countries. Now there are only about 3,000-5,500 in fewer than 25 countries." "Dominance is established without blood-shed, as most dogs within a group tend to be related ...
'11 Jul: Botswana
A view that includes the termite mounds I mentioned before. Notice the termite mounds are about as big as the elephants. OT and the truck were at the airport to pick us up in Maun and drive us to the campsite. Angelika had said 'I think the tents will...
'11 Jul: Botswana
...and here is my group. We were also going in a boat that would take us to the mokoros from which we would complete the journey. This is not a good picture. But then I didn't take it. Everyone is here except Alaoa though so I'm using it. The 'Offic...
'11 Jul: Botswana
Setting up on the island. That's my tent. That pile of what-not in front of my tent is elephant poo. Elephants are excellent swimmers and make their way around the islands of the Okavango with ease. We didn't see any elephants despite that there was ...
'11 Jul: Botswana
One of the cutie-pie polers.
'11 Jul: Botswana
...a cheetah! And we'd all be warm with the excitement of someone finding something (it was Annelies, who was the champion sighter) and the excitement of trying to get a shot off. This guy was far far away waay over there on the ridge.
'11 Jul: Botswana
OT, the guide, taken from my seat just behind him in the truck. We had a lot of fun the whole trip and every day I learned a new expression in Tswana, the language of Botswana. I'll write the expressions at the end of this journal. We had a lot of fun...
'11 Jul: Botswana
Would'ja just look at all those birds hanging out at the water hole. This is one tree of many decorated for Christmas with singing birds and scary thorns.
'11 Jul: Botswana
The Kalahari desert is actually a 'semi-desert' according to Ms Wiki as it supports more animals and plants than a true desert but still there is no permanent standing water and more water evaporates than falls. During the dry season the park service fe...
'11 Jul: Botswana
Another view of the Kalahari. We are traveling down that track with the thorn bushes attacking, and when another vehicle approaches someone pulls into the bush. The drivers all seemed to know the rules although it never became clear to me.
'11 Jul: Botswana
Our basic daily schedule: 6AM rise, shine, and pack up the tents when we have to move. Might I add it is COLD at 6AM, and dark, and my stubby little fingers are brittle and disobedient. 6:30AM coffee, campfire toast, peanut butter, and honey. 7-8...
'11 Jul: Botswana
There were many fabulously colored birds. This is just a few of the ones we saw of course, just the ones that are not so blurry they give you a headache. Tineke says: a Starling but I don't know which one
'11 Jul: Botswana
There are sections like the ones above with plenty of vegetation and then there are huge sections like this one - empty and flat.
'11 Jul: Botswana
Our guide OT, whose real name is Otsile but everyone calls him OT even the other guides, telling us about the fruit in his hand that no we couldn't eat since it was bitter and would make us sick.
'11 Jul: Botswana
...and alone. Oryx and springbok, springbok and oryx.
'11 Jul: Botswana
As the moon rises the sun's glow is gone from the landscape and we have a nice catch of bat eared fox.
'11 Jul: Botswana
Arriving at our first destination in the Kalahari desert we got our lesson in putting up the tents. The tents were very heavy duty guys, and large enough so I could just stand - very spacious for one person. I never once managed to put up the tent by m...
'11 Jul: Botswana
...for a drive to a made-up pretend little village with two huts and some supplies for them to show us how they eat what we had collected (and I Of Course tried it all) and how they make fire the good old fashioned way by rubbing two sticks together. It...
'11 Jul: South Africa, mostly KwaZulu-Natal
July 11-12 These two days were mostly driving so I'm going to talk about driving in South Africa now. SA is a drive-on-the-left country which means the driver sits on the right side of the car which means you operate the stick shift with your left ha...
'11 Jul: South Africa, mostly KwaZulu-Natal
My plan to keep each day's drive to four hours was a good one since what googlemaps said would take four hours actually took more like six. Travelling from St Lucia back to Jo'burg I chose another farm stay to break up the drive. This is the big house.
'11 Jul: South Africa, mostly KwaZulu-Natal
One of the dogs went with me for a late afternoon stroll.
'11 Jul: South Africa, mostly KwaZulu-Natal
But eventually I made it to the nighborhood where I was intending to stay at one of the several guesthouses, and after looking at a few found one, The Sleepy Gecko, that was just the ticket. A big bright master suite in a stately old house with great in...
'11 Jul: South Africa, mostly KwaZulu-Natal
...on 7th Ave in Melville. I drove many many miles around Jo'burg in all my wrong turning and highway errors and truth be told it is mostly not a place to be out in after dark. Even Lonely Planet which is generally a go-for-it publication urges caution...
'11 Jul: South Africa, mostly KwaZulu-Natal
I'm doing a self-drive-tour through the highways and byways of one section of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. They've got everything at iSimangaliso but are especially rich in the variety and quantity of birds. I cannot eve...
'11 Jul: South Africa, mostly KwaZulu-Natal
The St Lucia estuary, and where I drove, is a bit of land with the Indian Ocean on one side and the largest salt water lake, St Lucia, on the other. From Ms Wiki: "The reason for the huge diversity in fauna and flora is the great variety of different ec...
'11 Jul: South Africa, mostly KwaZulu-Natal
...and another waterbuck. Maybe the ones above are the females and this guy is a male. I'd expect those horns are quite valuable.
'11 Jul: South Africa, mostly KwaZulu-Natal
Car vs. Rhino. I think he might be a black rhino and not the white one from yesterday? You can be 100% sure the car will wait and the rhino will decide the next move. I came upon the scene and was far enough away to be able to back up slowly and the...
'11 Jul: South Africa, mostly KwaZulu-Natal
And mama and daughter are gone.
'11 Jul: South Africa, mostly KwaZulu-Natal
I'm not seeing these guys in the naming chart...I'll have to ask someone. I did see both a male and a female Nyala but their pictures are fuzzy, and some fuzzy Reedbucks too. No Impalas and no Elands though. According to the naming chart these are all...
'11 Jul: South Africa, mostly KwaZulu-Natal
Gnu. Of course everyone had to call out 'who gnu?'. They are also called Wildebeest.
'11 Jul: South Africa, mostly KwaZulu-Natal
July 9 Meet the team for the safari tour through the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi (pronounced Shlushluwee) National Park, the oldest National Park in Africa. The couple on the left are tourists from Durban and the four women on the right are volunteering for a fe...
'11 Jul: South Africa, mostly KwaZulu-Natal
According to the guide that littlest one is less than one day old. It was such a surprising sight the guide got out his camera.
'11 Jul: South Africa, mostly KwaZulu-Natal
It's a pretty little town and very conveniently located between Jo'burg and the Drakensbergs to keep any one day's drive under four hours. My goal.
'11 Jul: South Africa, mostly KwaZulu-Natal
July 7 According to my original plan I was going to spend this day in the capital of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, but Heather, a guest with me at the Rosewood Corner in Clarens, suggested I visit Durban instead. ("Pietermaritzburg is boring.") A...
Durban Bunny Chow '11 Jul: South Africa, mostly KwaZulu-Natal
Then I met up with Heather and her seemingly sane/urbane/yet tearing around on a motorcycle-maniac husband, Martin. We ate dinner at an Indian restaurant of which there are so very many because of point 1) above. I got to have something I'd never had b...
'11 Jul: South Africa, mostly KwaZulu-Natal
Their home is a huge rambling English Tudor Revival(?) on the top of one of the hills overlooking the sea. The house was built about one hundred years ago as a home for Standard Oil executives.
'11 Jul: South Africa, mostly KwaZulu-Natal
Heather's office downstairs. She is both a painter and a photographer and get this, she makes money from her work. Weddings are the bread and butter of the business but she does a lot of other projects too. I like how she adds painting to the wedding ...
'11 Jul: South Africa, mostly KwaZulu-Natal
I took one of the towels from my room to wrap around my neck when I went out at 6am for these pictures. My room was only barely warm but they had a mountain of quilts and an electric blanket under the bottom sheet, so aside from wearing all my clothes a...
'11 Jul: South Africa, mostly KwaZulu-Natal
It didn’t look like that when I was there but it was lovely none the less and I could see the hints of the colors to come.
'11 Jul: South Africa, mostly KwaZulu-Natal
Leaving Clarens, and on the advice of my next hosts, I traveled through Golden Gate Highlands National Park. Here’s a fun Lonely Planet quote: ‘The jagged sandstone outcroppings fronting the foothills of the wild, maroon-hued Maluti Mountains glow golden ...
'11 Jul: South Africa, mostly KwaZulu-Natal
My own stone cabin.
'11 Jul: South Africa, mostly KwaZulu-Natal
No lions or leopards yet, but we've got lambs! Kaitlin - which of these two pictures do you like better? This one?
'11 Jul: South Africa, mostly KwaZulu-Natal
...or this one?
'11 Jul: South Africa, mostly KwaZulu-Natal
I walked back into the totally modern airport to get cash (easy-peasy), rent a phone (that I haven’t tried yet), get a thing for my computer to connect to the internet (that isn’t working), get a gps (that isn’t charging properly and could quit at any mome...
'11 Jul: South Africa, mostly KwaZulu-Natal
Clarens ‘The Jewel of the Free State’ is a sweet little town and I’ll tell about it tomorrow when I have some daylight pictures. I knew they had guest houses all up and down the main street and had a couple in mind so when I came upon my number one choice...
'11 Jul: South Africa, mostly KwaZulu-Natal
The restaurant’s name is 278 on Main and it was perfect for me, warm and lively inside, great staff, delicious food. My first meal in South Africa turned out to be a total pleasure. The vegetables were fresh and perfectly done. The green beans were ...
'11 June
June 30 Where I’m sleeping in South Africa: G Jo’burg airport (Johannesburg…but no one says that). B Clarens ‘the jewel of the Free State (province)’ and at the entrance to Golden Gate Highlands National Park. C Dalmore Guest Farm, outside Royal Na...
Kaitlin Lilly '11 June
June 28 Two months...I'm going to be gone for two months. Dang, why can't I do everything and be everywhere at once?!
'02 Oct: India with the Majmudars
The dining room of our hotel and our personal alcove where we ate all our meals. They asked us in the morning what we wanted to eat for dinner, almost like they had to go out shopping... This was an a-la-carte place but 'traditional' restaurants (and a...
'02 Oct: India with the Majmudars
This happened often. I'd be checking the camera to see how the last shot came out and one guy would notice, he'd call out to his friends and more and more would gather looking over my shoulder and they would say Me Me take a picture of Me. Then they woul...
'02 Oct: India with the Majmudars
These are what people here call gypsies. It does seem they are on the move and always in the company of great herds. They wear the most fabulous red clothes! Very recently there was a huge earthquake not too far from this area, in Kutch, that totally,...
'02 Oct: India with the Majmudars
The Palace Hotel also called Bikaner House because it is the converted summer palace of the Maharaja of Bikaner. There were several of these converted palaces in Mount Abu. At Bikaner's they had not yet done Any refurbishment in the main building. They ...
'02 Oct: India with the Majmudars
A totally typical market. This picture and the one below express a lot about my own experience with food in India. It was 100% fresh, clean, appealing and delicious.
'02 Oct: India with the Majmudars
I couldn't resist these colors. Regarding Airport Security: if the number of times one is patted down has anything to do with it, we're taking this country is Serious about airport security. Everyone was searched And patted down Three Times, from when...
'02 Oct: India with the Majmudars
Narendra and Rama's flat in Bombay. Here and at Rupa's place too you couldn't leave the bathroom without being dressed perfectly decently. It's a lifestyle thing because, I decided, there are always a lot of people around. Here we had the main househo...
'02 Oct: India with the Majmudars
Except in Bombay those three western-looking young men next to Rupa were the only western-types I can remember seeing for the rest of the trip. Those three guys were backpackers who had met at the youth hostel and decided to take the tour together. One...
'02 Oct: India with the Majmudars
A wall of the cave below. The carvings tell the story of one of the great Hindu epics and there are many more like this. And on another and yet familiar topic - remember all those traffic stories, more to come? It seemed that same way of maneuvering h...
'02 Oct: India with the Majmudars
We made a few other stops, one at a watermill built in 1624 and still active grinding corn for the poor, and another stop was this place, Bibi-Ka-Maqbara. Bibi-Ka-Maqbara is a mausoleum built in 1679 by the last Mughal emperor for his wife. Notice any si...
'02 Oct: India with the Majmudars
Since the guide had nothing positive to say about the faux-taj we decided not to spend the money (something like five dollars for foreigners, a very lot of money here) but to walk down to the mini-town and find water and shade. The man in the middle of th...
'11 June
June 20 Before the Monday feast-o-rama I went to Ann's for a little yoga practice and fig picking party. Ann's figs make everyone who has every had the privilege to try them weak with pleasure.
'11 June
Having acquired the last of my First Aid Kit for Africa, from the left: Azithromycin full course antibiotic; Mefloquine malaria prophylactic; Ciprofloxacin for some serious nasties; Sunblock spf-30; Petroleum Jelly (your first aid kit in a jar...); Lora...
'02 Oct: India with the Majmudars
Welcome to Bombay!/Mumbai!. When people were speaking English, they always said 'Bombay'. I did hear some people say 'Mumbai' but I didn't understand what else they were saying when they did. On arrival at Narendra and Rama's place their number-one-ho...
'02 Oct: India with the Majmudars
The town. I don't have a picture from the Ghrishneshwar Temple, no photography allowed, but going there was a very big deal for Hindus as it is one of only twelve, and the last, of the temples in India where a certain manifestation (the jyotirlinga) is ...
'02 Oct: India with the Majmudars
Bhadra Maruti Temple. This is the only Maruti temple where the stature of Maruti is in a sleeping position instead of the usual sitting position and for this reason alone it is a very holy place. Women were not allowed into the main shrine area although ...
'02 Oct: India with the Majmudars
This is one glimpse of the Ellora Caves. There are in this complex temples and monasteries built between the 5th and 11th century by first the Buddhists (5th-7th century), then the Hindus (8th to 10th century) and lastly by the Jains (10th to 11th century...
'02 Oct: India with the Majmudars
Our bus was the one with the green top. Did I mention no Air-Con? This bus had No Air Conditioning and it was HOT out there. Oh well, just another chance for my newly released sweat glands to get a workout.
'02 Oct: India with the Majmudars
Gandhi's birthday was the next day so we decided to check in on a library and small museum dedicated to his life and work. It was set up in a house that was Gandhi's home from 1917 to 1934. The place was absolutely packed with school kids and every sin...
'02 Oct: India with the Majmudars
We had seven stops on the tour and this was the first, the medieval Fort Daulatabad. The story is that it was invincible to attack and only defeated by treachery. The compound is surrounded by several huge thick walls, built on the top of a high steep hi...
'02 Oct: India with the Majmudars
And at the very end of one corridor was this scene. The women are praying and they have water, flowers and sandalwood paste for their rituals.
'02 Oct: India with the Majmudars
Along the path leading up to the temple, many stalls such as this one were selling temple-visitation kits containing coconut shells, flowers and sugar. You used the shells to dip up water, the flowers to lay on the idols and I don't remember what they did...
'02 Oct: India with the Majmudars
The central room of the temple. There was a lot going on here. There were women sitting on the floor in front of small wooden tables where they had made intricate and hugely time consuming designs from rice. When one woman got up, another would take her...
'02 Oct: India with the Majmudars
This is the seaside view from Narendra and Rama's flat. They also have a cityside view and when you open all the windows and run all the fans, and then sit Under one of the fans you can get a nice little cross breeze going. First you see a bright blue ...
'02 Oct: India with the Majmudars
We had gone back to the flat for a rest and then dinner. The driver took us out again that evening. This is the Gateway Of India built at the main docks in 1911 to welcome Queen Mary and King George V. Obviously it is night in this picture. Not so ...
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
Sandy in the Maharaja's hunting lodge. The Obero chain: I am going to take this opportunity to go Totally Off on the most remarkable, unforgettable, completely Fan-TA-stic staff recruitment, development and service delivery EVER. How they managed to pay...
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
Here we are. Sandy and I, having a private tour of the Maharaja's Hunting Lodge, built in the mid 1800s, and preserved within the Udaivilas property. The older man has been the caretaker here for 60 years(!) and the younger man is one of the staff of the h...
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
Buildings in general start out as one story then someone adds on top of the roof and some years later someone else will add another and then another and then at some point the whole mess will fall down and someone else will gather the bricks and bits of wo...
'11 June
June 11-12 Out with the old, In with the new! That I've worn the old ones every four days out of five for three years shows they were dang good shirts. Let's see how the new ones hold up.
'11 June
June 5 I went for a lively beach walk with Gina this morning. Gina wants this hedge for her house, hence the photo to take to the nursery. (From ND-it's a natal plum.) I must have known at one point but forgot - in 1970 Gina spent three months in A...
'11 June
June 3 Charis is in LA (from Honolulu) to earn some money doing work for her grandparents Lona and Hartley. She took one of her days to help me weed the grass and help out with a few more chores too. Charis, you are an Excellent worker. And we had ...
The Ranch (2009-2013)
...one of the six llamas.
The Ranch (2009-2013)
...and here is one of the two picnic tables permanently sited up here. Yesterday I walked up and walked down. Last night my calves were complaining big time. Then today I rode up but walked down and my caves were saying 'whaaat, you Must be kidding'. ...
The Ranch (2009-2013)
Tennis anyone? There's also a basketball court and games games games of every size and description.
The Ranch (2009-2013)
A good part of the dinner crowd, a good number missing though. I'll never get everyone at once, that seems clear.
'11 May
We went on a little ride and then got dropped off in the fields with a Farmer John who guided the kids through the rows. They picked 1) two red beets 2) two golden beets 3) two fennel bulbs 4) five carrots 5) a head of lettuce which they carried home i...
'11 May
Having plenty of adults around certainly helped keep everyone together.
'11 May
May 24 It was Twin Day at school where the kids dressed up in matching outfits...Kaitlin and her best pals. Kaitlin lost a front tooth last week and one this week too - it's the classic look!
'11 May
May 22 Riki and Mike hosted a warm and heartfelt memorial for Riki's mom, my half-sister, Phyllis. Thank you for doing this dear ones and for inviting us to join you. Amy, Nicholas, Mike, Erika, Bradley and Ms Reilly the dog.
'11 May
May 18 Liz came by and together we went to Pepperdine for a walk on the excellent track, and to have a look around. The Stone Livingroom outside the closed museum.
'11 May
We ate in the cafeteria which is always fun and then went to enjoy the chapel. The is one of the many fabulous views from up there.
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
On the drive into town for our city tour we passed At Least fifty women dressed in this way and all snaking along the road together. From the bus window it looked quite amazing. The guide told us they had just come from a funeral burning and were going ...
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
Following are scenes in the City Palace. The buildings face the lake on one side and extend into the city on the other. The palace buildings, begun around 1600 and added to by various maharajas, are the largest palace complex in Rajasthan.
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
Gigantic stone elephants are featured prominently throughout Udaipur. I will not subject you to them all.
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
The words on the back of these trucks, and versions of this expression are, in English, on every single truck: 1 Blow Horn 2 Horn Please One of the guidebooks expressed it thus - in India they use horns instead of brakes. This is a two-lane roa...
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
Our arrival in Udaipur where the bus dropped us off at a dock and the hotel sent perfect little boats over to take us across the lake. I'm going to copy this rap from the Lonely Planet guide: 'Another facet of Rajasthan, far from being surrounded by ...
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
This property, the Udaivilas, had been open only a few months and I spent the entire two nights walking around agape at how the Oberoi could do this. How could they make it so perfect? Either there are financial considerations going on here that we can't...
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
And here we are, inside. Us and the cows. The cows just moised around everywhere and seemed to do and go and be, in the most easy going mien, like they were entitled to be adored. The thing is, according to Everyone, you must Stay Away. According to ...
'11 May
May 15 I surely have been doing a lot of not too much these days. No pictures of some socializing, some time on the street, and enjoying home: unpacked and laundry all done, a lot of reading, re-doing all my India pictures, watching Netflix and Serie...
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
We were now off to visit the Amer Fort (also called Amber Fort). Forts usually sit on top of hills and this one's was High. We actually Rode Elephants(!) up (and took jeeps back down...). The ride up took more than 45 minutes. I rode on a elephant. It...
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
Stained glass, inlaid glass and stone and a pounded metal ceiling.
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
A gate to one of the palaces in the fort complex. Since many of these buildings were added even into the 1900s, the designs are an interesting amalgamation of many styles.
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
Life on the bus. We really had luxurious accommodations. It was a nice enough bus, yes, air conditioned and all, but what made it extra nice was that everyone could have a window, you could stretch out if you wanted, you could sit with someone for a whil...
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
This was another one of those 'demonstrations' cum shopping opportunities. Here they showed hand block printing techniques and also rug making, starting from a hank of wool all the way through to the finished carpet. Again I really did enjoy the demons...
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
Jaipur, the Pink City, founded in 1727, is the capital of Rajasthan. By 1727 the Mughal power was on the wane and the Rajput Marharaja thought it might be a good time to reestablish his position. Red sandstone is the building material here but in 1876 ...
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
The mosque in Fatehpur Sikri. There was a lot of off-ing and on-ing of shoes during this tour as we visited so many mosques and temples. We rather got used to it except here, where we about had to call the paramedics. The open spaces were So huge and th...
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
The hotel's dinner music, the first time really to hear live music, not even on the streets. Every hour or two I noted about one thing or another, humm, that's surprising.
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
The guide who stayed with us for the whole trip, VK was what we called him, invited the whole tour(!) over to his house for tea and snacks. For some it was their only chance to see inside an Indian home and everyone was so delighted and impressed that VK ...
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
The next several pictures are from Fatehpur Sikri, the fabulous capital of the Mughal Empire begun in 1571 and entirely abandoned - completely emptied - fourteen years later in 1585. It has all just sat here, a magnificent ghost town ever since. The plac...
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
One of the more elaborate dashboard shrines. And based on the total anarchy that is driving in India, I don't blame them.
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
Speaking of traffic, I mentioned chaos and I mentioned anarchy but I have not yet mentioned camels. Yes. Camels. A Camel is the undisputed King of the Road. They take these huge purposeful strides and they don't get out of the way for Anything. Forget...
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
Included in the complex is a mosque and you can see it, the red building, in this picture. Since everything about the Taj Mahal is entirely symmetrical, there is another mirror of this building on the other side of the white marble mausoleum. Only one of...
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
All the sides are symmetrical too. Above is looking towards the front steps and this one is one of the sides. See how the color changes based on the light that is cast upon the surface of the marble.
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
A keystone, a lodestar, the very heartbeat of tourism is this: shopping. I have come to accept the inevitable. Is that what makes a grownup? They try and cover it up by giving 'demonstrations' and showing you 'art galleries' and 'museums' but in fact ...
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
The main building of the Taj has four exactly symmetrical sides and this is one of them. What you see is white marble, carved and etched. Even the screen is marble. 'They' say it is the magic translucence of this marble that gives the Taj its legendary ...
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
The pavilion from the previous picture and more details of the pool and spa. The Oberoi people did a magnificent job of mirroring their designs to the landmarks of the area. (I didn't fully appreciate this until walking through the Taj.) I was ga-ga w...
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
This is more of the fort. We arrived near sunset just before closing and were practically alone here. It is quite a huge place containing fortifications, palaces, etc. It was wonderful really to wander around. I was quite taken with the designs and s...
'11 May
...this. Then Kaitlin and I walked to the local public library to return books, choose some new ones, read a few, it was so much Fun.
Visits to Honolulu with the fam
May 3 The front hedge at the Brown's. Gotta have at least one hibiscus picture from Hawai'i.
Visits to Honolulu with the fam
I walked from the house, past Diamond Head, and the length of Waikiki Beach. I like Honolulu and I like Waikiki. I just do. The Royal Hawaiian had recently undergone a cosmetic refurbishment so I went to check it out.
Visits to Honolulu with the fam
...my favorite is the Moana Surfrider. I probably won't get to enjoy any of their hula shows this trip but they're still doing them every night at 6pm for one of the best sundowners in town. They specialize in Japanese weddings and it is so utterly ent...
Visits to Honolulu with the fam
One of the reasons Waikiki is so legendary - the surf. Everyone can surf at Waikiki, and they do.
Visits to Honolulu with the fam
Our afternoon's adventure: getting Beth a new phone. The last mishap for her old phone involving a pair of jeans and the toilet, was indeed the last.
'11 Apr: Kauai
We like the Lydgate walks so well. There are tall woodlands for shade; open sun by the lawns and sea, there are plenty of chickens, egrets, dudes, and other entertaining birds; a wide and well maintained path; and bathrooms! Danger! There are so man...
'11 Apr: Kauai
April 29 Today's journey took us out to Polihale State Park. I've been wanting to go there for forever. It is the most remote of the beaches you can get to in a car. Although I don't know about a car. We saw more than one car turn back because of th...
'11 Apr: Kauai
...here, the 80 foot Wailua Falls, featured in the opening scene of Fantasy Island. That's not too tall by big-boy standards, but cool nonetheless.
'11 Apr: Kauai
April 27 Our walk today took us along the part of the coast lined with small hotels, not the big resorts but just the local hotels of Kapa'a. There's a public path with access to beaches where no one much swims because of the dangerous conditions.
'11 Apr: Kauai
They were selling leis as a fund raiser so I bought one... sp.
'11 Apr: Kauai
April 23, dinner! Camas and Curt, her guy from the Big Island, brought us Dinner and it was faaabulous. Kurt made it all... Everyone around here has been singing Kurt's praises, and they are well founded it seems.
'11 Apr: Kauai
April 23 I thought the tatami room had developed into a little satellite office for a Japanese business concern. At one time there were two more computers out, and I'm sure everyone enjoyed the beauty of the room and the rare opportunity of working i...
'11 Apr: Kauai
Christa was thinking a little outing would be good and Beth, Sharon, and I wanted to go too. We looked in some shops and admired one of the grand hotels. And then. .Hey, said I, let's get a Shave ICE!
'11 Apr: Kauai
As a fond farewell we got to hear Caleb give his prize winning competitive speech which was delightful - too bad I didn't get him in full action. More of what I don't have pictures of: Boccie Ball tournaments, rounds of Miniature Golf, lively games of S...
'11 Apr: Kauai
...on our big birthday river outing. In a break with tradition this year I enjoyed the Christa-Caleb-Charis Birthday Fete all together instead of one by one. Wake boarding with Kenny in Kauai!
'11 Apr: Kauai
This guy was hanging out near the lobby of the hotel where we ate lunch. The doorman said he was a Chinese Whistling Duck but Ms Google the source of all, doesn't have a picture of a Chinese Whistling Duck. The beak looks right though for other whistli...
'11 Apr: Kauai
All the stone workers have gone home to India while they await some infrastructure work (I'm not sure what that means) but they are scheduled to come back in a year so I think they are a way from being done.
'11 Apr: Kauai
There are four colors of yellow flags, one for each quarter of the year reminding the followers of what it is they are supposed to concentrate on during that period. For now they are supposed to be working on their five year plan. Every year you re-do ...
'11 Apr: Kauai
It was quite remarkable to be on this deserted stretch. I should add for full disclosure that just out of view of these photos were huge HUGE houses on giant gorgeous manicured properties, but I guess because there were so few of them we never saw any peo...
'11 Apr: Kauai
Cathy, Idaho Sharon, Camas, floating along. Also joining are all the usual suspects. (I'll get one of Sharon's pictures of the rest of the people, down at the other end of the table...) What a TREAT!
'11 Apr: Kauai
We were floating along in near darkness at about one mile an hour and this boat of rowers powered by, circling us for fun as we cheered them on. Long boat rowing is a huge huge sport here, and on the Big Island we saw so many rowers out in the ocean in ...
'11 Apr: Kauai
April 17 Good morning Mount Wai'ale'ale! Copied from the last time we saw her...from the river side of the house, one of the rarest sights in Kaua'i as the peak is so often hidden by clouds, raining nearly every day as it does, and the wettest place on...
'11 Apr: Kauai
...this! Fishing, Island style. He was a nice guy too and chatted with us a bit after he came out. One thing, I told him mahalo for the fun it was to watch and he said too bad he didn't have any fish to show for it. Then we came back to the house and...
'11 Apr: Kauai
April 16 We're back from our wonderful Big Island Adventure. You can click on the link if you want to see the whole thing in order and about as done as it's going to get.
'11 Apr: Kauai
In the parking lot of the Kokee State Park where you can always find plenty-o-splendid red jungle fowl. Check out the little legs showing under the inset. Just a minute after this guy made it under there, in the minute it took me to put away the camera...
'11 Apr: The Big Island
Kahaluu Beach Park is a hot spot for snorkeling and for beginner surf lessons. Students, standing up! You can see just by a glance that the one on the left did a nice long ride while the one on the right went down a second after the click.
'11 Apr: The Big Island
From the sign: "Kuemanu Heiau. In the past, Hawaiian religious practices included the worship of many gods, both through individual and family rituals at small shrines and through larger community ceremonies at heiau (temples) such as this one. " ... ...
'11 Apr: The Big Island
Excellent fountain, the pinapple being the Hawaiian symbol of welcome, and I want one by my front door too.
'11 Apr: The Big Island
One of the five cutie-pie crew members on the Fair Wind II. Check out the tattoo on his out-stretched arm. They did a fantastic job of getting everyone in the water and having fun. First I'll extol the fabulousness of the gear they had aboard. I go...
'11 Apr: The Big Island
...and the spinner dolphins were such a treat. Wow, the bay was full of them. I don't think anyone in our party saw them while we were snorkeling but whenever the boat was under way there they were ready for surfing the wake. And they did huge aerial ...
'11 Apr: The Big Island
Next stop, Laupahoehoe Point where in the 1946 tsunami twenty-one school children and three adults were swept to their deaths. From a guidebook "...the ocean's energy feels raw and menacing. Waves come in with powerful anger." You can tell by the spra...
'11 Apr: The Big Island
We drove through the charming town of Honokaa where we first enjoyed lunch, and then drove on to the view point for the Waipio Valley. To get down there you have to have a four wheel drive or pay someone up at the viewpoint to take you down. It is all ...
'11 Apr: The Big Island
Next stop, our condo on the Kona Coast, home for the next two nights. This is the view from our balcony looking in one direction.
'11 Apr: The Big Island
We didn't know what to expect from the lighthouse but we certainly didn't expect to find one made from an erector set. (Later we learned that it's called a light beacon, not to be confused with a lighthouse.) More fields of lava flow.
'11 Apr: The Big Island
A tropical plant, just one for color.
'11 Apr: The Big Island
Then we began the tour of Volcanoes National Park. Nope, we didn't get a single glow of red, it's all gone from the latest small eruption, but it is totally fantastic anyway. (internet pix)
'11 Apr: The Big Island
As we descended along Chain of Craters Road making our way down Kilauea Volcano, we came upon more and more different kinds of lava, some changes related to the age of the flow and some related to the type of lava and the environment when it originally sho...
'11 Apr: The Big Island
...here. There are five volcanoes that make up The Big Island. We are on Kilauea, the most active volcano in the Hawaiian Islands. The other volcanoes on The Big Island are Kohala, Mauna Kea, Hualalai, and Mauna Loa. All these are basically done erup...
'11 Apr: Kauai
And more! Three Pools fountain and another one Rob's fountain made by the staff as a welcome home gift to the owner.
'11 Apr: Kauai
Moreton Bay Fig Trees, only 60 years old now. These same trees at this size would take 250 years to grow in their native Australia. One scene from Jurassic Park, where the kid found the dinosaur egg, was filmed here. The guide was urging everyone to s...
'11 Apr: Kauai
One of the rooms and the Mermaid Fountain. The water flows down the channel over small gates that causes the stream to pulse as it falls into the collecting pool. The guide said the pulsing is at exactly 60 beats per minute and if you sat there for a w...
'11 Apr: Kauai
We were just a few minutes from Puka Dogs. Gotta have a puka dog. I stole this off the internet. Nicely done Sara Light-Walker.
'11 Apr: Kauai
...and then headed home through Koloa, one of our favorite little towns.
'11 Apr: Kauai
April 8 Chris and Dave went to the Hindu temple this morning while Sharon and I stayed in with the internet fix-it guy. He was great - above and beyond, and now the whole house is humming with internet. Since I got here I've been perched on a couch ...
'11 April
And multiple cakes and forty-two candles which Darryl blew out in one breath so his wish will come true!
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'11 April
April 4 A picture from my Supreme Court visit in November 2010. The ruling on one of the cases for which I saw oral arguments came in today. Guess what: I didn't like the outcome, really really don't like the outcome. From the NPR story "A deeply d...
The Griffith Observatory
Everyone loves a visit to the Griffith Observatory.
The Griffith Observatory
Everyone lining up for the big finale...
'11 March
March 31 It's me and my Japanese teacher Hana out for lunch and a stroll on Abbott Kinney. Everyone she knows back home is fine. When I first heard of the earthquake I had such a concern for Hana, especially as she was so far from her extended fam...
'11 March
March 26 A picture of me and Nancy - I don't always take a picture at movie dates and lunch outings but this one just had to be had.
'11 March
March 23 Tonight looking through the living room window at Brigitte's, we find the neighborhood cat who lives outside and is attended to with great devotion by Knut and Brigitte and probably others too. This is one well-fed well-loved stray cat. Fro...
The (Magnificent!) Getty Center
Here's one, a picture of the center piece in the 'new' sculpture garden. I really liked it with the plants but, as is the way of things, I like it now too. Delusions of Grandeur (Bronze) 1967; Rene Magritte (Belgian) 1898-1967
'11 March
March 21 It's Opening Night for Dancing With The STARS and we Monday Nighters are Watchin', cheering our favorites, cringing over the awkward ones and the after-performance interviews and, it's true, enjoying ourselves entirely. from the top: Maxine,...
'11 March
Then Marsha and Tom made a dinner Fiesta of Tom's legendary Taco Night. Nice! After dinner I watched the little ones while CMD&A went out for a double date, and then, it was Bon Voyage to Cynthia, Mike, and Kieran. It's been GREAT!
'11 March
March 14 Universal Studios - I haven't been here in decades and now I have a pass to come as often as I can stand until the end of year. That's how it works, you buy a ticket for an outrageous amount of money because you don't have any choice, and then...
'11 March
We sisters had a sister-lunch at a Chinese restaurant because Lona was hungry for Chinese food and then Hartley met us at Magicropolis where we enjoyed a lovely entertainment. Lona has been feeling extremely unwell with bad pain in her neck-back-shoulde...
'11 March
March 6 It's March and that can mean only one thing here on 22nd Street - the wisteria is in bloom!
'11 March
March 5 These are pictures from Minnesota I took with my phone. We were at a restaurant and this crowd was living it up too.
'11 March
March 4 Thank you Cynthia and Mike - I had such a wonderful time visiting, and now it's Home Sweet Home, from minus-7 degrees to 70. Yup. I've done a little of this and that yesterday and today, and will soon have my suitcase unpacked, clothes clean...
'11 March
I copied this off the internet because I thought it was mighty well done. It looks good - I can only suppose it's accurate. I'm trying to learn the flags of the world, for a memory exercise and because it's fun. Every one of these places has their own...
'11 Feb: St Paul, MN, and Ely
March 1 I got to go to other people's work today, an outing I always enjoy. Other people's work. (I've also got some pictures of Cynthia's work on my phone which I might not get to tonight.) Kristy and I met for lunch and then she took me for a fas...
'11 Feb: St Paul, MN, and Ely
They have a newly opened polar bear habitat and I really wanted to see some polar bears in the snow, maybe even swimming in the pretend sea instead of whacking around ice cubes like they do in LA. They had two HUGE polar bears but they weren't in the sn...
'11 Feb: St Paul, MN, and Ely
Mike and Cynthia. We actually did have to bring all that gear for freeeeezing weather or we wouldn't have been able to go outside but when inside with the heater kicked in, we could make it as hot as we wanted. We were constantly turning the heater off...
'11 Feb: St Paul, MN, and Ely
February 26 7AM We're getting ready to head out for Ely, MN, current temperature -29 fahrenheit although at -29 fahrenheit or centigrade it hardly matters it's so cold. I don't know if we'll have internet at our place tonight so I might not get to IC...
'11 Feb: St Paul, MN, and Ely
With the arrival of the house on the trailer there were five fish houses in our little village. The houses tend to clump up wherever someone plows a trail. The guy who owns this place has a plow on one of those trucks and maintains the road himself. J...
'11 Feb: St Paul, MN, and Ely
...but the rum and coke was about done. And those curtains!
'11 Feb: St Paul, MN, and Ely
The ooo-la-la fish house across the way lights up for the last of the guests and we are about to leave. (btw They bank up the snow against the house for insulation.) What have you not noticed, what is most prominently missing in this tale of an afterno...
'11 Feb: St Paul, MN, and Ely
Tomorrow, Saturday, we're heading up to Ely for our ice fishing adventure. Cynthia wanted a hat somewhat like this, which I got her for her birthday. Now I can NOT believe I didn't get the star to go with it! A star will have to be had. Yes, I not so...
'11 Feb: St Paul, MN, and Ely
This is from a few nights ago. We were playing a board game where Cynthia drew a card and her options were to sing and dance, make up a poem, or let someone draw glasses and a mustache on her face. She chose the drawing and Kieran was delighted to obli...
'11 Feb: St Paul, MN, and Ely
That's right, more Wild Turkeys. Every time I say Wild Turkeys in my head I hear the Stones version of the song about Wild Horses. Every single time. Even now. And now.
'11 Feb: St Paul, MN, and Ely
February 22 Another one from yesterday when we got the big storm.
'11 Feb: St Paul, MN, and Ely
Later, but no. I did go outside at least, and stood in the cold and thought hmmm, this is cold. And we went to Kung Fu with Kieran so I did change out of my jammies... Tomorrow I am going to drive. We'll see how that goes. I told the story last ye...
'11 Feb: St Paul, MN, and Ely
Mike cooked, most of the day. He cut, chopped, ground, seared, stirred, the result being a fanTAStic 'Texas style chili'. The sauce had all the richness and complexity of a perfect mole, the meat was tender and soaked with flavor. We ate it until it w...
'11 Feb: St Paul, MN, and Ely
February 20 Last night we went to sleep with the certainty that the oncoming storm would have dumped at least 6 inches of snow overnight. But no. Not a flake. I looked out the window expecting a blanket of white and instead was greeted by 4 or 5 wi...
'11 Feb: St Paul, MN, and Ely
Hi Kaitlin! I took this picture with my phone thinking to just email it straight to Kaitlin, but it was tooo cute, and despite the fuzziness I want to look at it often.
'11 Feb: St Paul, MN, and Ely
The Party: Kristy, Saeed, Kieran, Cynthia, Mike, John, Phyllis. (Kristy is Cynthia's dad's wife's daughter, Saeed is her husband, Phyllis is Mike's mom, John is her husband. How did Cynthia and Kristy both end up in Minnesota (of all places?)? One of ...
'11 Feb: St Paul, MN, and Ely
Silver Lake off Joy Road, nice, no ice houses though. I did go to the Goodwill and chatted up a couple guys about what I should get for our journey north, to Ely and Ice Fishing. One guy said 'In my ice house we sit around in tee shirts.'
'11 Feb: St Paul, MN, and Ely
Cynthia picked me up at the airport, we swung by a take-out place, came home and ate that take-out so we could leave right away to take Kieran to his Kung Fu class. Kung FU! The teacher was a charmer and had good patience and gentle/firm direction with...
'11 February
...and I got to go! Since I couldn't bring my camera, all that follow are photos from my PHONE. That's David 'Cat' Cohen in the cap, voting member in good standing of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. He gets four tickets and invi...
'11 February
February 10 Susie and I are out today for a nice hit of museums and who do we run into at the Hammer? the museum maven herself, Muriel, and one of her friends from LACMA.
Susie Susan '11 February
For example on this one you were supposed to stand, consider a work and at the same time place your hand comfortably resting on your chin or your cheek, and then you were to consider if you felt comfortable or not. They were all goofy like that but they...
'11 February
I couldn't get a picture of my favorite piece in the new exhibit called All of This and Nothing. It's a 61 minute video of a sleeping hummingbird. It's enchanting. My second favorite was this box of leaves outside the entrance to the gallery. The sig...
'11 February
February 9 Bonnie and her associate Dominique, finishing up the signing and notarizing of my Trust. Thank you ladies, I'm done now considering my mortality.
'11 February
February 8 Lilly and I had a great day today. We played, we sang, we ate, we danced - funfunfun. Lilly likes to talk on the phone and her chatter is impossibly adorable. She also likes to roll herself around on her mouse and say WHEEE. Here she is...
Kaitlin Lilly '11 February
Hello you adorable ones. Too bad, I didn't get any shot of our game with the giant cardboard box (just Imagine all you can play with a giant cardboard box!). Blast-o-rama.
Bill Roberts Ken Wagner '11 February
And More adorable ones! It was dinner with the guys at PF Changs.
'11 February
...as long as it isn't hot. There's not a lot of shade and I usually punk out early on this walk because it's Hot. I went with Muriel. Yes, we are friends and no, not just because of our hair. About this walk, it's totally a dog park - we were the ab...
'11 February
On a fine February day we ran into very nice groups of strollers, runners, bikers, and skate borders taking the air along the path. Modest homes, several with chicken coops, bordered the path. Many had dogs loose in the yard but not one of the dogs wen...
'11 February
Because it looked interesting, one of the rare new constructions on the residential side.
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'11 February
February 2 Hi Boban! We get together one time during the year and call it my birthday and then we get together another time and call it Boban's birthday. This time it was Boban's birthday. Happy Birthday! Early or late, it doesn't really matter. ...
'11 January
January 27 Movies! This is the best time of year for movies since the Oscar nominees are re-released, art house theaters offer programs of the nominated short subjects, documentaries, foreign language films, and all your pals in the biz have the union ...
'11 January
January 25 How cute. .Lilly in her new driver-mobile, coming out of the garage, off to pick up Kaitlin at school. See you! That's in Lilly's vocabulary. She says 'bye, see you!' whenever someone leaves the house, or goes upstairs for that matter.
'11 January
And another one.
San Francisco (2005-2013)
We took the 101 all the way. There are several of these grand art-works-displays every 50 miles or so. This is the only one I was ready for and how apropos, It's Granny! It was smooth sailing the whole way, lucky dogs that we are.
'11 January
January 15 It's me and Bobby Z, at one of the dozen sunglasses stands in Venice Beach. Hello old friend! I did not mean to cut myself out of the picture - since I do this so often you'd think I could get it right.
'11 January
January 14 Carl gave me his (two!) Laker tickets!! I invited Burt who had never yet been to the Staples Center. We ate dinner at one of the hot spots in LA Live and enjoyed ourselves entirely. An accommodating stranger took this photo with Burt's c...
'11 January
I love this scene which happens in every timeout. Zen Coach Jackson moves to the court and stands, isolated in his own cone of silence and charts out the plays. No one No one speaks to him or he to another soul.
'11 January
Recently I re-read Parmahansa Yogananda's Autobiography of a Yogi. It was all quite fantastical and did not tempt me to sign-up. But then as far as I know no one has been killed in the name of the Self-Realization Fellowship. This pair was particularl...
'11 January
Here's some text I copied from the Lake Shrine website about how the Fellowship came to buy this property in the mid-1940s: (...the owner had written to Parmahansa Yogananda offering to sell him the property based on a dream from the night before.) "Rat...
'11 January
I totally could not see these guys with my eye they were so small and so far away but no one could miss knowing they are there since they are so loud. I just shot up in the direction of them and pulled this out of the frame. It seems there are flocks o...
'11 January
We closed down the place. We stayed so late the tram was done and they had to call a van to come pick us up. Thank You Les and Happy Birthday Elizabeth, what a Treat!
'11 January
January 7 They've redone their decor over at Drago. They've reduced the number of items on offer too. But the food is still wonderful and it was fun to see my ex-boss again.
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
I came to Delhi a day early so I could meet with my little sister's eldest son's wife's sister and her family. They are working with an NGO relief organization in Delhi where they operate a school for slum kids who do not attend school regularly. Bot...
'11 January
Around 4 I left the valley and drove downtown to pick up Elizabeth, visiting from Boston, and we did a little downtown LA turn. An organist was playing at the Cathedral and we had his concert all to ourselves. They close the building at 6pm and by 5:45...
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
With one hand I was gripping the seat of the pedi-cab in an intense effort to remain upright and with the other hand I held out the camera and snapped without even looking. The guide allowed as how the fact that the electricity was ever on in Old Delhi ...
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
A very common sight, being family transportation. You can fit five, six even if everyone is small.
'11 January
January 3 I saw Rabbit Hole today with Nancy. It was very well done - I wept from moment first to moment last. You'll want to bring Plenty of tissue. It was Celina's birthday too - the Shutmans drove out west and I got to go to dinner with the fam....
'11 January
January 1 Happy New Year! After Marsha and Tom's party last night I slept over at Sharon's. And then Sharon cooked. For breakfast we had welcome coffee of course, a great egg bake, fresh biscuits, and homemade jam, and watched the Rose Parade. Nan...
'10 December
December 31 Happy New Year! at Marsha and Tom's annual New Year's Eve party. The New Year's Eve party that they have to have because everyone is going to show up at their house anyway expecting to find Tom's chili and ham sandwiches and champagne. Hap...
'10 December
December 30 Yes, it is LA from this very day. I saw it. (I snagged the photo from the LA Times...they must have had one guy driving down the 10 and another guy standing in the back of a flat bed truck, or a helicopter hovering over the freeway...) ...
'10 December
December 29 Susie and I had a very enjoyable day today. First we went to the Skirball to see the Maira Kalman show, Susie for the first time and I for the second. On second viewing it was as delightful as the first. We looked over Kalman's books too -...
Joshua Tree National Park (2008-2010)
...Pine City, where yes there are pine trees. Pine City is actually a large formation of sandstone weathered into huge shapes with space between the shapes for wandering.
Angela '10 December
December 25 Cynthia managed to acquire for Darryl and Angela a treasured one-of-a-kind item created and crafted by the founder and one-of-a-kind guiding light of the regretsy website and once across-the-way neighbor, April Winchell. Here's what April, ...
'10 December
December 22 Kathleen across the street had a festive Holiday Dinner at her lovely home (just across the street and way bigger than mine, but whose isn't). What lively folk! I had a wonderful time. Let me say that of these guest three of us were not...
'10 December
December 18 What a good afternoon for a rainy day. Windy, Nancy, and I went to the all you can eat Indian Buffet and then walked across the street to see The King's Speech. We all liked the movie. I cried at the end, of course no surprise there. N...
'10 December
December 16 Happy Birthday Sharon! This is Sharon's actual birthday day, not the day we all went to be regaled by Andrea Bocelli, this party being not at all so grand but totally deeelightful nonetheless. We had Lunch, Orchids, then Dessert and Coff...
'10 December
December 13 The Monday Nighters, My Valley Girls! We had a particularly fantastic Christmas Party this year, full of great good cheer and good will all around. Many thanks go out to our Head Chef and gracious hostess Alicia. We always draw names fo...
'10 December
December 5 Brigitte is back from her travels but Knut is now gone for a few days so she fixed us a yummy dinner and we got to enjoy a nice evening visit. This is what their house looks like right now, in all its winter glory. Brigitte took the pho...
'10 December
One of the wall coverings. Recently I've been obsessed with reading the travel forums on the African countries I'm planning to visit next year. I'm hours and hours into it already and I can tell, many many more hours to come.
'10 December
Then since we were right up the street we decided to stop at the Getty for a quick hello. Goodie! At first I didn't like this guy and complained about his odd presence in the garden. But then all in good time I became attached to him and then I like...
'10 December
That's us, in one of the outside viewing areas.
'10 December
Let's hear it for the Bank of America. I forgot my entire wallet arriving downtown with not a red cent, not a credit card, no ID, nada, except a wrinkled up old copy of my passport folded away in a half-hidden pocket of my backpack. I went into the Bof...
'10 November
November 30 Lilly loves to pace around the house back and forth around and around talking on the phone. She always positions the phone just right on her ear and chatters away. TOO cute.
'10 November
From the Adamson House at the Malibu pier. You have to make reservations to see the inside but you are free to stoll around the grounds. Some of the historic Malibu Tile promonent here.
'10 November
November 20 Here are the first two movies I've seen in months, starting the countdown to Oscar Season. These were both very good movies but I really hope I see a better one, that one of these is not the best movie of the year. 127 Hours: tense, scen...
self-portrait '10 November
November 18 Last visit before cataract surgery on Tuesday then a couple weeks later I get to do this whole exam again for glasses. I'm SO excited to be done fussing around with my eyes!
'10 Nov: Washington DC
Here's one side of the latest installation, the World War II Memorial. That's Lincoln in the distance, Washington is behind me.
'10 Nov: Washington DC
...you need this shinny etched stone wall to pull it all together. The figures are reflected here along with the viewer and the etchings to put you in the scene.
'10 Nov: Washington DC
The Korean War Memorial. This is part A of the layout which doesn't stand alone...
'10 Nov: Washington DC
Once you get up to it it grabs you in and walking down that path, People are still doing the rubbing of names. I heard one mother say to a young son 'Kevin, your Grandpa was in Vietnam'.
self-portrait '10 Nov: Washington DC
A shot of myself at GaGaVille, the American Visionary Art Museum. What they say: "The essential difference between (visionary art and folk art), though both may at times use similar materials and methods, is that visionary artists don't listen to anyone...
'10 Nov: Washington DC
Annapolis, home of the Naval Academy. Go Navy. This is the intellectual side of the Navy unlike Norfolk which is basically about the brawn. My father was old when I was born, he seemed older than he was, and I never knew him as anything but a guy near...
'10 Nov: Washington DC
The dingy dock for one of the hoity-toity-est sail boat marinas going.
'10 Nov: Washington DC
I couldn't find a picture that had Kagan in it which is extremely too bad since she was my favorite asker of questions. All the women spoke often - Kagan was clear and forthright, Sotomayor was also clear but not quite as concise, Ginsburg was harder to...
'10 Nov: Washington DC
November 3 I set the alarm and rose with the dawn to reach the Supreme Court in time to get a seat to hear oral arguments. Yes! I sat at the Supreme Court for two hours. But first I had to stand out in the FA-REEeezing cold from 8:20 until 9:50. O...
'10 Nov: Washington DC
November 2 All the inside metro stations I've been in have had this exact same design with virtually no ads or art or any kind of decoration really. It's clean though except generally the car floors could use a wipe-up. Then there are the outside me...
'10 Nov: Washington DC
My destination today was the Washington National Cathedral. I'd never been before, then one time I saw at Forest Lawn Mortuary a great display of the building and fitting out of the Cathedral and I've had a bug to see it ever since. I took the metro to...
'10 Nov: Washington DC
This is the Cosmos Club. I experienced a strange and unfamiliar welling up of desire. I want to be a member of the Cosmos Club and find myself entertained by the luminaries of science, literature, and the arts who hang out here. They wouldn't let women ...
'10 Nov: Washington DC
I did this one for my friends Marija and Ljubica. What it says under the statue: St. Jerone The Priest A.D. 341-420 Greatest Doctor of the Church. I. Mestrovic, Croatian Sculptor 1883-1962
'10 Nov: Washington DC
First view of the Cathedral. "The Washington National Cathedral, officially named the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, is a cathedral of the Episcopal Church... Of neogothic design, it is the sixth largest cathedral in the world, the seco...
'10 Nov: Washington DC
"Its final design shows a mix of influences from the various Gothic architectural styles of the Middle Ages, identifiable in its pointed arches, flying buttresses, a variety of ceiling vaulting, stained-glass windows and carved decorations in stone, and by...
'10 Nov: Washington DC
For me I think the fabulous stained glass is the most unique feature of this Cathedral. There's the Space Window which includes a fragment of lunar rock at its center, one is depicting major events of the life of Robert E. Lee, another tells about Stone...
'10 Nov: Washington DC
Another one.
'10 Nov: Washington DC
Here it is, my house. Kyle, who owns, occupies, and runs the place rents out the 8-10 bedrooms in various configurations including kitchens and bathrooms and sitting rooms; it's quite an establishment. And Stuffed with STUFF. So Much Stuff. Starting ...
'10 Nov: Washington DC
October 31 We're off shuttle-metro-trolley, back into Old Town Alexandria (where one of the blocks is now free of parked cars (Hurray!))...
'10 Nov: Washington DC
...to meet Terry, Carol, and Alex for lunch. We never did find each other yesterday at the rally what with the ga-billion people and cell phone service so spotty. When all those people are trying to find their people, cell phone service is not something ...
'10 Nov: Washington DC
...Situated on the fall line, Georgetown was the farthest point upstream to which oceangoing boats could navigate the Potomac River (and the home of the area's most privileged and influential residents. From around the mid-1800s flight to the newer DC cir...
'10 Nov: Washington DC
And at the end I couldn't believe that what I was seeing was real. Look. No trash. Not one chips bag, not one soda can. Not one. Impressive!
'10 Nov: Washington DC
...which was working at the beginning. The crowds were thinner out here as everyone was hustling their way forward.
'10 Nov: Washington DC
October 30 An experience of what they say about the rush hour trains in Japan where they hire sumo wrestlers to push the last possible person onto those trains. That's how crowded it was. Some people toward the end of a train's route would wait for a ...
'10 Nov: Washington DC
October 29 Tomorrow it's The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear. I had plans to be in Washington DC during this week before Jon Stewart thought of it so for me it was all a big bonus. Paul and Gretchen and I met up, I from Nepenthe, they from NYN...
'10 Oct: Colonial Virginia
The guests aboard The Royal Yacht Britannia would eat no better than we because Carol cooked several courses for every fabulous meal in that galley behind her head. Further behind Carol's head is the place where A&C sleep. There is a spot in there abou...
'10 Oct: Colonial Virginia
Another one.
'10 Oct: Colonial Virginia
A couple of the 'historical interpretors' from the reenactments (their words). One thing we all agreed - they need some Hollywood out here. The need some actors and a decent script.
'10 Oct: Florida
For our big night out we ate at the Goblin Market, the hottest spot in Mount Dora. It was packed of course because of the Fair but we did have reservations. Since there was one delay after another in seating us the bartender plied us with free drinks a...
'10 Oct: New Orleans
October 22 My last day in New Orleans when I spent the morning walking through a small section of the flood zone, the flood zone being basically everywhere north and north-east of the traditional tourist area by the river. I'm so glad I did it but no...
'10 Oct: New Orleans
For a mile or two around it was all like this. Abandoned and ruined commercial and residential buildings, empty lots, the occasional home patched up and painted. I can't imagine what would be required, how it could happen, to bring this community back ...
'10 Oct: New Orleans
This is the outside of the place where I'm staying in the 1300 block of Burgundy Street. The first time I said I was staying on BURgundy Street the person I was talking to looked confused and then said, oh yeah, BurGUNdy Street. I was on a trolley toda...
'10 Oct: New Orleans
There are tons of rainbow flags around the Quarter (and I didn't see one anywhere else) not yet rivaling the Castro or West Hollywood but still there's a very present gay community. And as many rainbow flags and as many American flags, there are twice a...
'10 Oct: New Orleans
Traveling through the Garden district, and remembering that it was not flooded, still there are many buildings in such bad shape I can't imagine any chance for their repair. I'm sure there are some serious zoning rules for the historic areas - like the ...
'10 Oct: New Orleans
One of the one thousand shots around the French Quarter.
'10 Oct: New Orleans
Public Art, not always to everyone's taste.
'10 Oct: New Orleans
The x-rated section of Bourbon Street, an historic and well-attended part of the French Quarter, and honestly, it's just not so great.
'10 Oct: New Orleans
OK! I'm (pretty much) caught up with pictures having fallen behind when I couldn't use the computer. Because of my over-the-top phone I could still get email, check the weather, find things. Excellent!
'10 Oct: Florida
October 18 The Pink Shell Resort from a distance. The water is warm and amazingly calm and people were wading in the water but no one was swimming. Why? I wondered...
'10 Oct: Florida
Ken's cousins Joan and Chuck came by today. They have a home in Naples (as well as one in Chicago and one in Wisconsin)