Sunday, July 20, 2014

My amazing daughter

I'm sure I'm biased and everything, but I just have to say how impressed I am with my little traveler.  Only 10 years old and she's spent 6 weeks on the road, packing and unpacking, hot, cold, wet, eating strange foods most nights . . . coping with underground trains, buses, strange languages, boring museums, etc. with hardly any complaining.  As a matter of fact NO complaining, just some homesickness in the past week.  Really, she is amazing!  I know that when I was 10 I wouldn't have the fortitude she has had.  Now onto Paris and home in 2 days. 

Friday, July 4, 2014

Vatican City Adventures today


Fresh off the boat today. Arrived in Rome.
Enjoyed a visit to the most impressive church so far (although Hagia Sofia is a close contender).
Tonight we had a private tour of the Vatican Museum.  We spent 3 hours but still saw only a fraction if the "Pope's Attic". Rebecca commented to the guide "it's so small!" When we entered the Sistine Chapel. I remember thinking the same thing the first time I saw it wayyy back when.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Leonardo da Vinci's inventions




Adam just finished a report on Leonardo da Vinci's inventions at the end of 7th grade.  He was very excited to see the replicas in Venice.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Ciao Venezia

Had a great time in Venice.  Now onto Florence.  Will post some better pics when we have time in the few days. The (wifi) force is strong with this one (hotel). :)

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Walk in the rain, Venice

With my daddy.


Here he is on top of the Rialto Bridge, overlooking the Grand Canal.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Our NYC-SFO move, the granddaddy of all of our road trips May 1999

Andrew's father 'supervising' at Amy's house
At the time it seemed ambitious, I'll admit.  In retrospect it was pretty nuts, but it was an epic road trip that turned out to be a pretty damn good memory.  

Just before we started dating, Andrew had moved from a 4 bedroom house in Ohio to a small apartment in Chicago.  All of his furnishings:  beds, couches, dining room tables, etc. were divided between his sister's basement in New York and a storage facility in Michigan.  
Phase 1 of the truck load-up
We decided to move to back California and our wedding and new employment were within reach. Time to move to California in an oversized Ryder truck.
Driving out of NYC

Somewhere in Nevada
The first of the state signs we documented
Our cats, Kensho and Zephyr, bless their hearts, were not too happy with the move.  Kensho hid quietly in the back and Zephyr announced his displeasure on his behalf.  All. the. way. to. California.

in the blizzard - okay it was just a snow storm, but it was scary




The most harrowing portion of the drive was the blizzard we encountered over the Wastach mountains in Utah.  White knuckle driving for sure.   

There was also that tornado alert in Nebraska - we couldn't figure out why the interstate was empty and the skies looked green. . . 


Finally we made it to the other coast.  Happy to be back 'home' again.  

There have been many fine road trips since.  But none compare to the sense of adventure and excitement that colored that trip:  new job, new life, new marriage.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Liverpool, 1988

Back in 1988, at 19, I won a spot on a local Rotary International exchange program with England.  For 3 weeks we hosted students from England in our homes and then we went to England to visit their homes.  They were all from Northern England.  One of our 'tourist days' was in Liverpool.

 We went to the docklands to walk around and visit the Tate Gallery.
Who doesn't love Lobster Telephone?

A trip to Liverpool is not complete without a Beatles bus tour.  We drove by John Lennon's childhood home.  This was still a 'regular' private home in 1988.  Today it is owned by the National Trust:  http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/beatles-childhood-homes/

And we drove by Strawberry Fields on the way to Penny Lane.  Good memories.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Taft Point Trail and Glacier Point


An old post from my other (and pretty inactive) blog 1001 Bay Area Hikes from 2009.  Nice memories, cute little kids.  Boy does time fly.

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The Mister drove up to join us for the weekend. We took off on another adventure into Yosemite. This time, to Glacier Point. The children were thrilled by the view. Rebecca kept talking about how much she wants to climb the 'split rock' someday.


After frolicking around the rocks and boulders at the point, we drove a bit down the road to head off on Taft Point trail - a relatively short one, doable for the kids (although there were some steep parts). This was the view at the end:

Adam (8) was terrified, Rebecca (5) was fearless, we had to hold on tight to her. I didn't even go near the edge. A little rest, then back. Great day.

Along the Thames in the evening . . .

 In London, we stayed in a hotel in the old County Hall building on the banks of the Thames
and directly in front of the London Eye.
 We found ourselves walking pretty much everywhere along the embankment.
 It was especially nice at nightfall:  The London Eye would be lit.
If the city seemed gray during the day, it was a delightful light show in the evening.
 We would walk to the theater across the river on bridges made just for pedestrians.
 (like this one)
 With beautiful views all along the way.

Monday, May 26, 2014

DĂșn DĂșchathair or 'The Black Fort', Inishmore, Aran Islands


 Fifteen years ago, Andrew and I honeymooned in Ireland.  
One stop was a return to Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands in County Galway.  
We headed out to find the legendary 'black fort'.  
 Had the place to ourselves. . . 
 It's started to rain, but that's no worry because in Ireland it's a 'soft' rain, as they say.  
Can't wait to return someday!