'14 November
Hor d'oeuvres (not all out yet): pumpkin cuties and berries, crackers and cheese, vegies and dip, and nuts. Dinner (going around from the top): fennel and orange salad, quinoa salad, stuffed acorn squash, beets, pretty water, mashed potato, carrots, mus...
'14 November
Lill bought this candle to place in the temple in memory of her (father? grandfather?) who had an anniversary of his passing yesterday. They lit the candle with an incense stick.
'14 November
November 23 IngaLill and I went out today to see what the Hsi Lai Temple in Hacienda Heights was like thanks to a recommendation from Lilly's friend Roxi's grandma Pauli. It was huge and dense and so interesting! (internet pic)
'14 November
...everywhere, including this garden, and there were several others, all symmetrically arranged on both sides of the complex.
'14 November
This style of sculpture was prominently featured. I notice I don't have any examples of the colorful Chinese ceramic style of statuary which is also on display. One of the signs at the entrance read as follows: "Children should be grateful and...
'14 November
It was a beautiful day, and then we went to have dim sum at a Chinese restaurant in Rosemead. It was a lot of fun but I'm sorry Lill, not the best dim sum around...still we enjoyed every bite!
'14 November
If you're interested in this complex of buildings and in their particular brand of Buddhism you can check it all out online. On the website we read: Hsi Lai Temple "practices Humanistic Buddhism, an integration of Ch'an Buddhism (self-power) and Pure La...
'14 November
Roxi was running the Turkey Trot too. Her mom Lauretta was there and her grandma Pauli. After the Great Turkey Trot Pauli and I had a coffee break back at Angela's house and later...
Kaitlin's Neighborhood
Hydrangea.
'14 November
Lourdes. More from the NPS: "The northern Channel Islands were home to many native Chumash communities who are believed to have inhabited the islands for thousands of years. "When Europeans first reached the islands in the 16th century, they discover...
'14 November
November 11 The kids were off from school for Veteran's Day so we had a ton of fun All Day Long. Here they are trying to make google-y eyes like the tree's. We walked to Big Lots checking in on all our favorite stops (the construction sites, neighbo...
'14 November
November 8 My older sister sent me these pictures of her office. This is how it looks now after we removed no less than 20 filing boxes full of papers and miscellanea, paper and miscellanea that had been all piled here and there and stashed away in hidd...
'14 November
Second a snack and a movie with Nancy. The Nuart was playing The Better Angels, a very unusual/strange piece of work in black and white. I asked the guy selling popcorn if it was a tear-jerker and he said he couldn't say since it was so 'arty'.
'14 Oct: Sequoia
From a previous visit: "The Ranger back at Grant Grove sent us here. He said the squiggle rock was in every single geology textbook in the World. It's about plates and pressure and heaving - you can kind of picture it just by looking."
'07-'14 BOO! in the Valley
...Trick-or-TREAT spots stationed around the house and yard. And a grand time was had by ALL!
'14 October
...and took this picture of me with Roxi's cute-as-pie grandma. Whenever I see Roxi she always wants me to know that her grandma is coming over to her house too! ak.
'14 October
Lilly will surely tell me the names of all her classmates on Tuesday. Roxi, Lilly, Roxy V, Carlie, Sandra, Sofie, Bella, Paloma, Calvin, Ronnie, Vanessa; Sofia S, Aris, ZK, Sofia M, Alex, Lulu, Valentina, Giana, Deacon, Jacob, Chase, Lucas, Kieran, Mrs ...
'14 Oct: Sequoia
Where the first Rangers lived.
'14 Oct: Sequoia
You'll remember General Sherman from yesterday, the largest tree in the world by volume. Here's the General Ulysses S Grant tree, third largest by volume. So what is the second largest? We didn't see anything in the park talking about it but here is a...
'14 Oct: Sequoia
The we drove down to the Grant Trail and here's what it looks like right in the parking lot.
Sequoia National Park 2004-2014
And here he, General Ulysses S. Grant, is in all his glory.
Sequoia National Park 2004-2014
On the US Grant trail, an awe-inspiring collection of trees.
Sequoia National Park 2004-2014
From just above the tents, the view out the deck of John Muir Lodge also in Grant Grove, with a heater and everything.
Sequoia National Park 2004-2014
And a close-up from the bed of the above. I guess we have to have all this different views since it's in every single geology textbook in the World according to the Ranger. Now I need to find out its actual name.
'14 Oct: Sequoia
It takes about an hour to drive from Wuksachi/Sherman Tree to the next Visitors Center and location of our accommodation in Grant Grove Village, and this is some of the view on the way.
'14 Oct: Sequoia
We're staying at the John Muir Lodge in Grant Grove Village for the next two nights, and then home. Grant Grove Village consists of the John Muir Lodge, a collection of tent cabins, a collection of year-round cabins, a very nice Visitors Center, a small...
'14 Oct: Sequoia
The trees are from the very fine Big Trees Nature Trail. We had been walking for a few hours and were ready to check in to our accommodation at Wuksachi and enjoy a late lunch at their restaurant where...
'14 Oct: Sequoia
...which we could enjoy from our table on the patio of the restaurant at the Gateway Motel. That's the historic Pumpkin Hallow Bridge built in 1922 here where the Middle and East Forks of the Kaweah River merge.
'14 October
October 13 I am making myself crazy trying to come up with a car that I want to buy. The closest I can get is this Mazda 3 S Grand Touring with the 2.5L engine and sunroof. You can't get the 2.5L engine and sunroof without going to the top of their li...
'14 October
What I got off Mike's Facebook - the gang at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival! Cynthia, Kieran-Kieran, Mike mh/ch
'14 October
October 5 I enjoyed the delightful company of Muriel, JoAnn, and David this afternoon and came away with this book, Up and Down California: The Journal of William H. Brewer. David encouraged me to borrow it and indeed it's perfect in preparation for ...
'14 October
October 2 It's the Valley Girls! I decided for my annual-ish Valley Girls Gala to focus on the Valley this time. We had Happy Hour festivities at the big view spot, the Odyssey Restaurant. Maxine, Marija, Maryanne, Alicia, Marsha, Becky, Lourdes, L...
'14 September
September 19 From Mike's mom Phyllis: Mike, Cynthia, Kieran, and Phyllis and Ken's CATS. Those cats can definitely has cheezburger. p.
'14 September
Phyllis's garden and Kieran in a tree on their big homestead in Frazee Minnesota. p.
'14 September
September 16 It was dinner-with-the-boys tonight and instead of the usual picture of us (me and Bill and Ken), here are pictures of Bill, Cheryl, and brand new grandbaby Addie! Rose! Baker! And that outfit...oh it's so just the beginning. I had a do...
'14 September
September 15 If you like to watch the Ken Burns documentaries you can see all the episodes of the new show The Roosevelts (Teddy, Franklin, Eleanor) on the internet. Here's the url: http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/the-roosevelts/watch-videos/ It can get...
'14 September
September 3 Grand Girl day today but these are pictures from other days. Last week we made a could-have-been-better mango lassi. On the weekend DAK&L had a great overnighter to the place where they got married. Such a cute picture. Owwww...
LAX pylons pillars '14 September
We were walking on meridians and dashing across streets - very few sidewalks anywhere in the area. I was a little concerned by the police presence at the entrance to the airport but we didn't get bothered at all and other people were doing the same thing.
'14 September
Here we are .. I'm too dang old to figure out selfies. From the LAX website we have: "The 1.5-mile lineup of 11 translucent, tempered glass columns increase in height from 25 to 60 feet along Century Boulevard and culminate with a “Gateway Circle” of 15...
'14 August
Yay for getting old! I went swimming today using my Silver Sneakers card from my Medicare Supplemental carrier. I can now attend fitness programs at a number of fine establishments including a giaGANtic 24 Hour Fitness that is a ten minute drive away. ...
'14 August
August 27 It's the First Day of School! Kaitlin is in the third grade and Lilly is starting in transitional kindergarten the public schools are offering now for kids who are close, but not yet 5 by September 1st. ak.
'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; ...
'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
...to Grand Park...
'14 August
...where we enjoyed a concert put on by a Wind Band. It was really good fun and I only wish there had been more takers. When an event is so lightly attended there's always the chance that they'll stop doing them and that would be too bad. At least the...
'14 August
The Metro was like the concert in that when we went downtown it was the start of rush hour, the streets were in gridlock, but the Metro was very lightly subscribed - we all got seats. On the way back it was about 8pm and emptier still. It was easy, cle...
'14 July
July 24 Kieran is off to camp and Cynthia is here in Cali, settled into my little studio out back, to stick around for a few weeks and I'm so excited! ch.
'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)
June 24 Today I went to the highly regarded Acropolis Museum. Check out that entrance. Look familiar? A US architect got the commission to do the project in 1999.
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
There's another huge excavation going on under the museum visible here and most of the patio leading to the entrance is made of glass to reveal the work below.
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
June 23 This morning I went to the café in Delphi that sells bus tickets to get a ticket for my onward journey to Athens. Oh no! Sold out! What?! The next bus wouldn't be there for another five hours! That has never happened but then we are close...
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
Emerging from the subway this is my transportation hub, Monastriaki. What looks like a water feature is glass covering archeological remains of the old city. Oh boy, fresh coconut. There was also a grilled corn cart and...
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
Walking back from the restaurant...
'14 Jun: the Ionians +More, and Meteora
June 18 and 19 It takes most of the day for my long-haul transfers and the trip from Corfu to Meteora was no different. First: I took the ferry (I and tour buses and all their tourists) to Igoumenitsa. For the first time since back in my Blue Star F...
'14 Jun: the Ionians +More, and Meteora
Third: a bus ride from Ioannina to Kalabaka, and now we're crossing a significant mountain range with plenty of long tunnels, much better than an anxious series of switchbacks hugging the edge of a cliff.
'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
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
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 Peloponnese
I believe it will be the first story they tell their family and friends when they get home and the story they tell their grandchildren Every Time they sit together on the couch to watch the Olympics. Good on you tour guide man!
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
And restaurants!
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
Just in time! It started to rain so I turned into the restaurant from yesterday to thank the owner there for his help. He got me fixed up for my transfer to Olympia too. Interesting: his restaurant, a family business, is part of the nicest hotel in to...
'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
When I got to my guest house the host met me with a glass of amazing fresh squeezed orange juice squeezed from the oranges picked from outside my window and left two more oranges for a snack.
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
I had dinner here (roast pork, ok, and a mélange of vegetables which was nice). This man was running the place I think and we chatted about this and that. He helped me arrange how to get up to the fortress tomorrow and then as I was leaving he ran back...
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
There are many well-known and well-developed archeological sites around Nafplio but I couldn't find a day tour from here. You can get a day tour from Athens but not from here. Maybe when the season hits in July that will change. So I could rent a car ...
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
The Mycenae acropolis, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The history here is the origin of all the Agamemnon lore. Lion Gate is the main entrance to the citadel and has not been lost or destroyed since it was finished around 1350 BC. Since 1350 BC Lion Ga...
'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
June 3 I'm not sure how this day got away from me...maybe I spent the hours of the morning dozing like this cat who never did rouse herself despite my here kitty kitty efforts. I did wash my clothes in a real washing machine thanks to the Mama at my ...
'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
...of the two girls. They would all greet me when I happened to walk past the restaurant and not go in...come back for lunch! come back for dinner! they would call out. Adeeo Rhodes, you've been great, and now on to Nafplio.
'14 May: the Dodecanese
But like everywhere so far, and I might repeat this again, the shops are all occupied and full with fresh goods, the restaurants are amazing, and every single Greek person I've had occasion to visit with, admittedly almost entirely in the tourist biz, has...
'14 May: the Dodecanese
Back in Rhodes, it's about a 20 minute walk from my place to the commercial pier, and I'm here now in the lower part of Old Town. TravelGuideToRhodes: "This church has served three different faiths in its lifetime – Greek Orthodox, Catholic and Muslim. ...
'14 May: the Dodecanese
Lively and welcoming. Even the guys that stand outside the restaurants attempting to lure you in make their attempts gently.
'14 May: the Dodecanese
Now it's the 31st and I'm off for some looking around. LP: "The 18th-century Muslim Library was founded in 1794 by Turkish Rhodian Ahmed Hasuf. It houses a small number of Persian and Arabic manuscripts and a collection of Korans handwritten on parchmen...
'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
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
Back to The Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes and this time I went in.
'14 May: the Cyclades
Here’s a map of the Santorini island group so you can get a feel for the volcano/s and where I went on the boat tour. Recommended sites to see and things to do that I didn’t: ruins of Ancient Thira (I did pop into the museum though), wine tasting, go...
'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
Oia is a more colorful town than Santorini I think, and more serene too, not as frantic as Santorini, until around an hour or two before sunset. Then hold on to your hat.
'14 May: the Cyclades
May 26 Today I did the transfer between Naxos and Santorini. What I ate: more ferry food because it’s not bad and it’s there and a very excellent dinner in Santorini of water (I say water because you always have to pay for the water, from 1-4 euro d...
'14 May: the Cyclades
"Strabo states that in 166 BC the Romans converted Delos into a free port, which was partially motivated by seeking to damage the trade of Rhodes, at the time the target of Roman hostility." The free port and central location led to Delos becoming a gre...
'14 May: the Cyclades
When I hear 'Mykonos' I think 'kids getting drunk'. I can see this, but there are also cruise ship types stopping in for a daytrip and that's who's out and about now. It seemed quite lively both here and in Naxos with all the shops open, restaurants bu...
'14 May: the Cyclades
The village is not motorized and all the winding start-and-stop pathways are made of marble. As the guide warned, should you wander into the maze you are guaranteed to become disoriented...
'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
I continued on walking to Agidia, it's that town in the distance. I couldn't find a restaurant or a shop in Agidia and I was so imaginging a nice rest on a cool patio with a glass of cold water and a refreshing ouzo. But no, not for me.
'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
The map calls this the Temple of Apollo, which it seems from the internet is not certainly what it was. This place used to be a hill connected to the mainland but with rising seas you now reach it by a causeway, the island named Palatia and the monument...
'14 May: the Cyclades
May 21 Phidias Hotel sent their van down to the port with several guests for the morning ferries. My ferry was going from Paros-Naxos-Santorini so it was well subscribed. Nice seat! You can buy 3 kinds of tickets - deck, reserved, and premium. I d...
'14 some April some May
May 15 Awwww, Cynthia broke her foot and she's got 6-8 weeks during which she must not put any weight on it, and she Must wear The Boot. She sent this picture with the title "Look Ma! No Hands!" Kieran, on his way to Kung Fu class, is wearing his w...
'14 some April some May
May 7 It was Iggy's birthday party at Adventure Plex, a huge Habitrail for Children. These are all the kids in Lilly's pre-school class and they crawled and jumped and ran around like precious furry little hamsters for two solid hours breaking only for...
'14 some April some May
May 18 I'm getting picked up by SuperShuttle at 5AM In The Morning for a flight at 8:25AM, change planes in Montreal, and arrive in Athens at 10:15 the morning of the 20th, then I'll get the airport transfer to the port town of Piraeus where I'll spend ...
'14 Apr: Kauai
Our tasty lunch stop, Wrangler's Steakhouse, with a small collection of Paniolo memorabilia Paniolo being the Hawaiian cowboys. The Hawaiians got some cows from Captain George Vancouver in the early 19th century. King Kamehameha put a kapu on the cows ...
'14 Apr: Kauai
At the pier once in use for whalers and sugar transport vessels now just something to look at for the tourists.
'14 Apr: Kauai
“This is not about religion,” said Randy Wichman, historian for Hui Malama O Kaneiolouma, a group organized to care for and restore the historically significant site in Poipu. “This is about navigation, the stars, fishing, and even agriculture.” I'm not...
'14 Apr: Kauai
We took a farewell walk at the Grand Hyatt...
'14 Apr: Kauai
...and a farewell lunch at the fabulous Beach House Restaurant. This was the view from our seats.
'14 Apr: Kauai
April 24 More Very Aloha. I just finished reading Michener's Hawaii and I want to share this story, The Meaning Of the Rainbow from hawaiianlife.com: "The rainbow is the celestial path that the Hawaiian Gods use to come down to earth from the cl...
'14 Apr: Kauai
I took the above picture from our seats in this lanai, my favorite Happy Hour, at the Oasis on the Beach restaurant and bar.
'14 Apr: Kauai
Nice. They had a film that ran about an hour telling the story of the journey and how the British Museum finally printed 100 sets of the more than 700 plates 200 years after they were made. It was well worth a visit.
'14 Apr: Kauai
April 20 Easter Brunch at Sharon and Bob's. What a fine festive affair! Ruby, Kathy, Sharon, Sharon, Kenny, Curt, Camas; Pat, Bob, Dan, Jan, me (I ran around!)
'14 Apr: Kauai
Just a bit past the above picture is the old Scotty's restaurant that is now Beachwalk with the same good-enough-not-great food and the same amazing view.
'14 Apr: Kauai
Yummy food and excellent conversation. And a grand time was had by all! Names again: Sharon, Bob, Kathy, Kenny, Sharon, Pat, Ruby, Curt, Camas.
'14 Apr: Kauai
The Maniniholo Dry Cave, directly across the street from Haena Beach Park. You can get way back in there, farther than you can see in this picture, into total darkness and still be safe for children (senior folk-Don't Fall!). It's a fun stop along the r...
'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
For years the hotel at Princeville was THE place to take guests especially grandma. All the grandmas Love it at Princeville. When Saint Regis took over and freshened up the décor they removed a lot of the Hawaiian but left the appeal.
'14 Apr: Kauai
...so we took a break at the Kokee Lodge Restaurant for their must-eat Portuguese Sausage Soup and Corn Bread. Whenever I get intrigued by something else on the menu and order that, I wish I had had Portuguese Sausage Soup!
'14 Apr: Kauai
The view of the house from the restaurant at Smith's where we enjoyed a nice lunch on their deck.
'14 Apr: Kauai
Camas and Curtis came over for dinner which was lovely as always. Sharon picked up a feast from our favorite Thai restaurant. YUM! Camas offered to take me out paddle boarding again so that's something to look forward to. Oh goodie.
'14 Apr: Kauai
The grand view at the Grand Hyatt in Poipu. What a great place to hang out and take the air.
'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
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
...take their picture! The Red-Crested Cardinal. First and foremost, the bird we always seek out and always cheer his appearance, we call him The Dude. We call his lady Dudette.
'14 Apr: Kauai
The entrance to the back garden and the 9 hole miniature golf course.
California Yellow 659
That first archway is the entrance to your cottage with a locked gate behind which you will find even more roses.
The ZOO
When The Grandgirls Were Young
self-portrait '14 March
March 11 Half-price dinner at wow-zee deeelicious FIG. Order between 5 and 6 Tue-Wed-Thu and you can eat like royalty without paying the king's ransom. Oh yes, we did. Lynn, Carl, me
'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!
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...
LA/SF/LA (2014-
The restaurant down the road from the Fogcatcher Inn. I could go there again next weekend and be happy again.
'14 February
Here are three pictures from Mike and Cynthia in Saint Paul. It was Mike's birthday and the shirt I sent him was too small. I offered it to Kieran and he thought it would be cool to have a shirt like his dad's. How cute is this.
LA/SF/LA (2014-
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: a Wedding in San Francisco
Aww, the Flower Grandboys.
'14 Feb: a Wedding in San Francisco
February 13 Driving up to San Francisco for Roger and Sandy's WEDDING! I-5 socked in by the agri-pollution of kicked up dust, burning crops, and farm exhaust, and the heaving sea of traffic speeding north and south through the central valley.
'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!
Lilly '14 February
February 12 "Granny Granny let's play ponies!"
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
Out on the entrance plaza...
'14 January
The path Cynthia travels every day to get from her back door to her car. And there will certainly be plenty-more-snow before it's over. Here's Kieran at the Climbing Walls where the family Holden enjoyed a lively active outing inside a cozy warm buildi...
The (Magnificent!) Getty Center
In winter you can see the garden path through the bare trees. Go early, before they open even. Then as you stand between the rebar trees and the entrance to the garden path, close your eyes and just listen and breathe and do some zen-ish mind calming ex...
'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
Girl Scout Cookies! Want some? Let me know! That's Kaitlin in her uniform on the poster that is on the window of Darryl's office. What it says: Come by and place your order for Girl Scout Cookies between January 24 - February 5. 1 box $4.00 5 boxes ...
'14 January
January 21 After a long fast walk on the bluffs Sharon and I like to come to Monsoon on the Promenade where it is cool, quiet, and comfortable, and they have tasty food too. '65-ish. Promenade pedestrianized '80-'07. Santa Monica Place designed by...
'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 12 After a good go at the Pepperdine track Sharon and I went to a place along PCH that isn't formally open yet but they had a little sign pasted over the sign of the previous restaurant, so we went in, and it was really swell on top of which the...
'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
"Tongva Park is dominated by a series of winding paths and modest hills thickly planted with a mixture of native and drought-tolerant plants."
Kaitlin Lilly '13 December
December 29 The DAK&L family came by for a visit this morning. Among many enjoyable activities, we picked oranges from the tree and made orange juice, and walked to the park for a picnic and some fun in the sun.
Kaitlin Lilly '13 December
Brand new cool fuzzy headphones and brand new shinny red shoes.
'13 December
The Golden Globe nominated films I've seen so far: The Book Thief (don't bother); Gravity (+=technology, -=story); Nebraska (slow, quiet, b&w, it gets you); Francis Ha (indie goodness); Inside Llewyn Davis (oh the cat). The Golden Globe nominated films ...
'13 December
Then we had a quiet lunch, walked around Rancho Park, and had dessert, followed by a movie - Nebraska. This dessert had a salty caramel topping, crushed Heath Bars, and the yummy cream and chocolate custard/mousse/pie filling. Guess which half was mine...
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
December 3 Saint Paul, MN. What the computer thinks the weather will be where Cynthia, Mike, and Kieran live. And it's going to get even colder as real winter kicks in. PS, the big number is the High.
'13 December
December 2 Steve and Celina's house is deep into Home Improvements with, among other projects, a complete kitchen renovation. Behind this wall the roses are as grand as ever.
'13 November
A Thanksgiving FEAST! From the top around: stuffed squash, baked beets, mashed potatoes, fennel and orange salad, Brussels sprouts and quinoa salad, mushroom casserole, carrots and parsnips sauté. Dessert: stuffed pear! ak.
'13 November
We had such fun table decorations, we visited and played games, and a grand time was had by all. ak.
'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...
'13 November
November 20 Lilly and I were busy today, walking up and down hills, running and kicking, dancing around. That little girl can GO. 'Com'on com'on Granny, let's Play.'
'13 November
November 14 Lilly loves the mango lassi at the Indian restaurant in their neighborhood and since it's an easy walk, about a mile round trip, and since we have so much fun along the way, we both like to go when we have the time. We also went with Kait...
'13 November
November 10 I did ask myself this very week 'What's up with that crane?'. They're rebuilding the pier section by section and are set to be finished by spring, well in advance of the big summer tourist season. Let's see how they go.
'13 November
November 6 So, what am I allergic to? Apparently nothing. Nothing. Now what? Vasomotor rhinitis? Local Allergic Rhinitis? Histamine intolerance? Maybe I just get colds with allergy symptoms instead of cold symptoms? It seems clear this is not ...
Ken Bill self-portrait '13 October
October 23 I was set to have a nice lunch with Sharon but then my car wouldn't start so I had to get a jump and it seems ok now. Oh the best laid plans. We had a good visit anyway and thanks to Sharon for being so flexible. Then, dinner with the bo...
'13 October
October 22 I'm home now, back in sunny SoCal, after a fantastic visit with The Holdens, Cynthia-Mike-Kieran. You can click on this link for pictures: CMK in Saint Paul, MN.
'13 Oct: St Paul, MN, and Lake Superior
FINALLY I made it to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden across the street from, and part of, the Walker Art Museum. You can see a write-up of all the sculptures on their website. I am such a sucker for sculpture gardens. Big artworks in grand settings -...
'13 Oct: St Paul, MN, and Lake Superior
Our food scene has been a lot of fun. We cook together, we eat out, we enjoy left-overs. Everything I like. We've ended up at these places for our last three restaurant outings - Khyber Pass (Afghanistan); India House (India); Everest on Grand (Nepal ...
'13 Oct: St Paul, MN, and Lake Superior
So many home improvement projects are going on around here it's quite amazing. Today while Cynthia was creating a frosted glass effect on some built-ins Mike went to the local home improvement emporium to get shelves for the garage, built the shelves and ...
'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
On the way home Kieran and I had our final Big Adventure. Rolling down the road at exactly 70 mph, ka-splat-splat-splat, blown tire, shredded. But what good luck! If you are going to shred a tire out in the middle of 'nowhere' it might as well be the ...
'13 Oct: St Paul, MN, and Lake Superior
October 17 Kieran and I drove out to see Mike's mom Phyllis and her boyfriend Ken in Frazee (pronounced Fray-ZEE) Minnesota population 1,367. Ken's niece owns and runs this café in Frazee.
'13 Oct: St Paul, MN, and Lake Superior
The main house, originally built in 1880 and bought by Ken's great-grandfather in 1904. They farmed the property at the time but Ken doesn't remember with what. I hope it is warmer and drier tomorrow and I'll take a few more pictures. There is a huge ...
'13 Oct: St Paul, MN, and Lake Superior
Look what they did! From the left, Cynthia, Kieran, Mike.
'13 Oct: St Paul, MN, and Lake Superior
I went to an optometrist today hoping to get some new magic-bullet advice but in the end this guy recommended the same type of glasses I already have, just new. B) is where we went for our holiday weekend and C) is where Mike's mom lives. I'm drivin...
'13 Oct: St Paul, MN, and Lake Superior
Back home we still had time to buzz down to the Halloween store for Kieran's costume. BOO! ch.
'13 Oct: St Paul, MN, and Lake Superior
Kieran made us all breakfast!
Cynthia Mike Kieran '13 Oct: St Paul, MN, and Lake Superior
We drove the few minutes to the trail head at Split Rock Creek State Park for our 5 1/2 mile trek through FALL.
Cynthia Mike Kieran '13 Oct: St Paul, MN, and Lake Superior
Wow, it was gorgeous.
Cynthia Mike Kieran '13 Oct: St Paul, MN, and Lake Superior
Awww.
'13 Oct: St Paul, MN, and Lake Superior
Across the way from the lighthouse is the (Federal Government's) US Army Corp of Engineers Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center, the most visited attraction in the twin ports of Duluth and Superior. But no, not for us. Closed. Along with the rest of ...
Cynthia Mike Kieran '13 Oct: St Paul, MN, and Lake Superior
From our cabin, the stairs leading down to the shore.
Kieran '13 Oct: St Paul, MN, and Lake Superior
...enjoying the bright and brisk day at... mh.
Mike Kieran '13 Oct: St Paul, MN, and Lake Superior
Getting ready for a scrumptious bbq dinner followed by...
'13 Oct: St Paul, MN, and Lake Superior
October 10 Cynthia and Mike and Kieran .. Home Sweet Home!
'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 ...
'13 October
We had lunch at the French Market Café just around the corner. Later I did some computer-biz with my older sister and then went to check out the St John's Grand Opening of the new entrance on Santa Monica Blvd.
'13 October
...walked the Pepperdine track with Sharon. Getting ready to see Cynthia, Mike, and Kieran in Minnesota! (internet pic)
'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
"Marni Gittleman with reDiscover Center and Leslie Gray Glowmasphere an immersive art experience where the gestures and sounds of visitors within a geodesic dome are interpreted by artists into cast shadows and silhouettes projected onto the structure's tr...
'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 September
September 15 Time to PAR-TEEE! Angela brought all the food for both parties and gift bag contributions, and otherwise the venues did an excellent job. And a grand time was had by all!
'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
September 14 Happy Birthday Dear Lilly! She's enjoying a major chow-down on her birthday strawberry shortcake, her favorite and the reason we are at this restaurant.
'13 September
Today, on her exact birthday Lilly got to choose a restaurant for lunch. Then tomorrow in the morning Kaitlin will have her birthday party with her friends, and in the afternoon Lilly will have her birthday party with her friends and then on this coming S...
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
We had a perfectly splendid dinner at Loxleys, a well regarded restaurant/gastro-pub establishment in Stratford-Upon-Avon. I had made reservations ahead and told them of Windy's birthday. We got the best seats in the house with a sweet Happy Birthday...
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
We had tours! -Shakespeare's Birthplace; -the home where Shakespeare died and where his granddaughter lived out her life; -the house where Shakespeare's eldest daughter and her rich husband lived; -Anne Hathaway's Cottage, the place where Shakespea...
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
September 6 We are off on our quest for evidence of our father's father's father and mother - our great-grandparents are supposed to be buried here in the St Andrews Church in the teeny-tiny village of Fontmell Magna. It took us three buses to get he...
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
Here it is, the very place! We understood that our great-grandparents were here in this church yard but that their marker had been removed.
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
The burial site of William and Dinah (Myall) Hunt. Windy's favorite story: John said, about our grandfather Walter, "oh, he's famous around here. When he was a young rapscallion he stole a neighbor's plow and hauled it to the top of the church tower."...
'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
John told us he was for sure, he said, without a doubt 100% that this is our great-grandfather's house. Water George Hunt, Sr, our grandfather, was born here in 1865 and had told a member of the family that the house he was born in was 200 years old at ...
'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
A street scene. It's interesting to note how universally the inhabitants of London use public transportation. The Underground is a massive system. What you see on the street are bicycles and plenty of them with rental stations plentiful, a huuuge numb...
'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
We shared this dinner in an Italian restaurant and it was entirely yummy, better than it looks in this dumpy picture.
'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
August 26 and 27 Today I took the very early long train ride from Glasgow, Scotland to the seaside castle town of Caernarfon (pronounced kaNARvn) in Wales. It's so cool. I'm standing in front of my hotel looking down the street through the tourist s...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
It's another Monday Bank Holiday, the second since I've been traveling, and many of the restaurants are closed. Look at those comfy chairs to sit in the window and watch the action. But not for me today.
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
(btw...The sign is from a museum and the menu is from a real restaurant.) Check out that Welsh language sign. Yes. And check out that menu of Welsh Classics. Yeah, I didn't eat any of those. The specialties in Scotland of haggis and blood puddings...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
My cute little hotel of strange hallways and winding stairs and oddly shaped rooms.
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
It's very grand and the walls were better preserved than in Caernarfon.
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
More of Llandudno where Very Important People have had vacation homes or come to take the waters at the grand hotels since the mid-1800s.
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
That sign was fun leading into what looked like a block-sized warehouse converted into a Vegas style collection of themed restaurants .. Where it Never Rains. I went in there because it started raining. Fortunately it stopped because I became intereste...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
August 23 Arriving in Glasgow my new and very kind airbnb host came to the train station to pick up my bag so I could stay in town and do some touring. That was lovely of him and then he drove me into town the next three mornings too which was a good t...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
I picked this Italian restaurant for a break and some food because it was just the right amount of crowded, it was light and friendly looking, and they had great chairs. The food was ok, not great, but this guy, the Italian waiter, was in an exceptional...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
August 24 Paul took me on a nice tour this morning including some driving around town and this museum, the European Museum of the Year 2013, Riverside Museum which absorbed all the items previously displayed at the Transport Museum of Glasgow.
'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
Charles Rennie Mackintosh, a contemporary of Frank Lloyd Wright, is The Man around here. wiki: "Scottish architect, designer, water colourist and artist. He was a designer in the Arts and Crafts movement and also the main representative of Art Nouveau in ...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
And they have a castle, Rothesay Castle. It took a little less than two hours to get out here and two hours to get back and then a 15 minute walk from the Central station to the bus stop for the 30 minute ride back to Paul's, not counting the waiting ti...
'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...
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
There were a number of specialty acts that followed including a Mongolian group here. They used projections on the castle walls, different for each group. Between the big performances there were a few breaks with more pipe and drum numbers. I was draw...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
The grand finale bringing everyone back on the field...
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
August 19 a drive-around with Stephen Stephen had offered to take me to see the murals and for a tour around the Peace Wall, and I was anxious to take him up on the invitation. I was expecting an experience similar to what I had in Berlin - great art...
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
The murals on this extremely tall wall are projects funded by various organizations and it seems the content is 'approved', trying to soften the violent and aggressive images that appear regularly. Wiki: "The most prominent Peace lines in the past few y...
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
You can see in the green hill in the far distance a shape that looks like organ pipes indicating that the whole area could erode into these fabulous shapes. Benandonner was shocked by this and thought to himself, if this is what the baby is capable of, ...
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
August 17 and 18 On the 17th I gave myself a day off. It was lovely and here at Stephen's (mi casa-su casa) I could do my laundry, catch up on bookkeeping, get clean, book some of my onward arrangements, and do up all the pictures from the 16th. Ahhh....
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
I ate a big lunch. I was hungry. I got the steak. It tasted much better than it looks and the potatoes through all of Ireland have been uniformly delicious. And a Guinness. Deeelish. I'm in the middle of my so-far favorite section of Proust. He's ...
'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
This is a random bar I shot out the window of the bus.
'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
Between the Ulster Museum and the Botanic Garden we find a statue that says simply Kelvin. LP: "The green oasis of Belfast's Botanic Gardens is a short stroll away from the university. Just inside the Stranmillis Rd gate is a statue of Belfast-born Will...
'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
I'm such a fan of public art and these are just random bits, not the neighborhood of fame.
'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
...Inch Beach, renowned for, who knew, surfing. Check it out Kieran, your name is on the sign!
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
They ranch here, sheep by the thousands and cows, happy cows and happy sheep. Cows and sheep dream of living here. That's what 'they' say.
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
"Killarney National Park encompasses three large lakes (Lough Leane or Lake of Learning, Muckross Lake, and Upper Lake), whole mountain ranges, and Ireland's tallest peak in the Macgillucuddy Reeks. The Park features an ancient monastery, Europe's finest r...
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
August 8 What I usually eat On The Road. I just stop and buy some small thing - an apple or a pear or grapes, a tomato or a bell pepper, yogurt, cottage cheese, a roll or a pastry, small boxes of local take-away delights. Anything really that looks ...
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
My restaurant meal of dishes I'd never had before. This is Quay's Irish Restaurant where I enjoyed Boxty Cake and Guinness Stew. YUM! Boxty Cake is basically mashed potatoes coated and pan fried. The internet talks about dozens of versions. It was d...
'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
"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
"Trim castle was the stronghold of Hugh de Lacy who was granted the Kingdom of Meath by King Henry II shortly after the arrival of the Anglo-Normans in Ireland, in 1172. "Over the centuries the castle was used for many different purposes to suit the ch...
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
August 5 In the distance at the north end of O'Connell Street is the great Spire of Dublin, also called the Monument of Light and the world's tallest sculpture. It stands in the place where Nelson's Pillar stood, and destroyed by an IRA bomb in 1966. ...
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
This is a side street off the trendy shopping district in Grafton. Today is a Bank Holiday Monday so most of the shops were closed and with the transit strike, I don't know what it would look like on a normal Monday. I will say it was easy walking arou...
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
August 4 When I told Kaitlin I was going to Ireland (my 7 year old granddaughter) her eyes widened and brightly she exclaimed "Leprechauns!".
'13 July
July 31 Some of what Cynthia, Mike, and Kieran have been up to. Happy Birthday Kieran! And then Kieran spent two weeks with his uncle in North Dakota. Look what happened on Day 1. c/m
'13 July
July 26 Merlyn and I went in search of the dish we ate in the Dominican Republic and in Cuba that was a part of my most memorable meals. SO good. (I must mention also the goat stews that were AWEsome.) Mofongo's mother land is Puerto Rico and I fou...
'13 July
July 20 I went to the movies with Marsha and then stopped by to see her (cutest smartest happiest sweetest so advanced for his age) Grandboy Jordan.
'13 July
Mama Jenn, Papa John, Grandma, and the center of the known world, Sir Jordan himself. Then Marsha and Tom made me the dinner I always want when I go there and is always perfect: bbq meat. Yes there are other items on the menu but it's the scrumptious b...
'13 July
Those are the hydrangeas from my plant that is now taller than I am and wider than I am tall completely covered in blooms.
Visits to Honolulu with the fam
...relatives! and their friends! From the upper left, Sharon, Christa, Beth, Charis, Trevor then Janice, Yvette, Winfred. Unfortunately Caleb couldn't make it because he was sick. Trevor and Winfred are long time friends from high school. Winfred a...
'13 Jun: Kauai
Here come the swans at the Grand Hyatt. sp.
'13 Jun: Kauai
Taking a rest from our stroll around the grounds of the Grand Hyatt.
'13 Jun: Kauai
Camas's son Koa and Auntie Lei bringing in the powerfully fragrant gardenias.
'13 Jun: Kauai
This is the officiant who from what I could tell conducted an entirely Hawaiian ceremony. There were probably parts left out, I wouldn't know, but all the rituals were new to me. There was handwashing with water the couple had collected from the river ...
'13 Jun: Kauai
And more crafts. Kathy has depleted the entire island's supply of jute, raffia, and burlap. She made these cranes for her son's wedding and is using them again, why not. Sharon did the shot on the ladder.
'13 Jun: Kauai
The bride, the groom, and the bride's son. We went up to their brand spanking new house. The builders left two weeks ago so this baby is NEW. They're having the wedding up here and it is going to be fantastic. Koa, Camas, Curt
'13 Jun: Kauai
Wow, hydrangeas. We hadn't noticed them before growing here above 4,000 feet.
'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
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 June
June 3 It's all settled, I'm not going to Iran in September. I wanted to go but the people who are helping Hilda with the visa arrangements said that since I'd been to Israel (not to mention my Jewish mother...) I would be denied a visa, and if not den...
'13 June
Jacaranda blooming season! Yay!
'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 24-27 Click here for the cumulative story of The Ranch.
'13 May
May 23 Driving north for this year's visit to The Ranch I stopped off in Santa Barbara for a few hours with Nancy and Michi and then continued on to Paso Robles. I had never spent any time in Paso so I thought it give it a stroll. The wineries here a...
'13 May
...and there were some nice buildings but you couldn't enjoy them entirely because of all the cars. There were plenty of shops, galleries, and restaurants though.
'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!
'13 May
Sandy's new branch sculpture and the new art piece she bought in a vintage store and had custom framed.
The Ranch 2009-2013
May 24-27, 2013 Welcome to The Ranch!
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
We joined the Hop On-Hop Off bus at the corner of the Parque Central and the Grand Theater this morning to get an overview of the layout of the city.
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
This intersection includes the Parque, the Grand Theater of Havana, and the National Capitol Building and it's a good spot for catching Big Old American Cars.
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
...another view of the Grand Theater and taxi central.
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
An interpretation of the Granma, the yacht Castro used when he first brought fighters to Cuba in 1956.
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
A couple of Hotel Nacional stories, and there are many many more: "In December 1946 it hosted an infamous mob summit run by Lucky Luciano and Meyer Lansky and attended by Santo Trafficante, Jr., Frank Costello, Albert Anastasia, Vito Genovese and many o...
'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
Merlyn, on the roof of our casa enjoying a sun-downer. Merlyn was favoring Buccaneer beer while Alex was drinking Crystal. They both drank beer as a back to their really yummy shots of Havana Club rum. Carol was into the mojitos and I went for this-...
'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
April 30 Our host in the black top and her helper in the blue, getting the breakfast together which we enjoyed before hitting the road again. Budget The Casas Particulares rooms cost between $15 and $30 depending on how many beds, if there's a v...
'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
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
Merlyn and a guy who is trying to get Merlyn to rent a beach chair, to enjoy a moment and have food and drink delivered. According to Ms Wiki, 'In the evening, Boca Chica transforms itself into a town of party bars and prostitution.' We left around 3 t...
'13 Apr: The Dominican Republic
Boca Chica doesn't get especially good reviews mostly because of all the hawkers trolling the beach but we thought it wasn't bad, the guys were entertaining and did not make aggressive pursuit. Those are cargo loading cranes in the distance.
'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
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 April
...walking with Marsha (who spent 2 hours on the 405 to come over the hill). Also Windy came with me for errands, Nancy came over for dinner, I went to the doctor, I've been working down The List for my trip. Just life.
'13 April
Kaitlin arranged this picture. She chose the set, the costumes, and the pose. Good job Kaitlin!
The Grand Park
And here is Grand Central Market, the same as ever it was.
grand park flag garden The Grand Park
The flag garden display of historic flags, opened on 9/11 2012. It was definitely worth spending some time reading the plaques.
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.)
'13 April
April 14 Great morning with IngaLill, our cameras, and a photo-outing to The Grand Park. Click on the link for the whole story.
The Grand Park
The Grand Park The park is three terraced blocks long from the DWP building to the north-west down to City Hall and bordered on each side by government buildings. From the DWP looking south-east we find the Fountain Plaza, the Performance Lawn, the C...
The Grand Park
City Hall at the 'other' end of the Grand Park.
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
Walking down Grand Avenue behind MOCA, there are two beautiful reflecting pools...
angels flight The Grand Park
Walking through California Plaza to the terminus of Angels Flight. The Grand Park is remarkably free of live-ins but this spot is a gathering point.
The Grand Park
A view from the bottom, across the street from the Grand Central Market.
Camping!
Here's what we looked like when we set-up. The picnic table and fire pit were on the other side of the van. And then, just as was predicted by the weather report but which I thought must be the computer reporting the wrong location, Gale Force Winds. Ou...
'13 April
April 9 For today's walk we ended up at an Indian restaurant. Lilly really Really liked her mango lassi. And then on the way home I noticed...
'13 April
Here's what we looked like when we set-up. The picnic table and fire pit were on the other side of the van. And then, just as was predicted by the weather report but which I thought must be the computer reporting the wrong location, Gale Force Winds. ...
'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 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
March 30 Katie and Jed hosted the Valley Kids Easter Party this year and a grand time was had by all.
'13 March
Checking out the current status of the Sportsman's Lodge where a new restaurant and lounge finally opened in July 2012. It's also a Windy Weekend!
'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
A most handsome and fragrant decoration. Some Wiki-Words: "Originally being a Zoroastrian festival, and the holiest of them all, Nowruz is believed to have been invented by Zoroaster himself, although there is no clear date of origin." "Since th...
'13 March
Some of the displays and more shops, cafés and restaurants, book stores, hair salons, music and video offerings, hookah patios and more.
'13 March
...murals covering all the outside walls of the restaurant. The following text I totally copied in its entirety from Los Angeles Magazine dated 3/14/13: "Bricia Lopez and her family (owners of Guelaguetza) have already perfected the arts of simmering...
'13 March
March 23 Cynthia, Kieran, and Mike looking over Diamond Head and the beautiful blue Pacific. They had a great time in Hawaii and pictures to prove it. Here's what I wrote to Cynthia: "Will you send me your favorite of the three of you together? You...
'13 March
...and now on three, Ta DAH. And a grand time was had by all. Good Job Angela!
Viva! Las Vegas 2012-2014
March 15 2013 On the road to Viva! Las Vegas!! We made it all the way to Duarte before Richard ran out of musical versions of Viva! Las Vegas to play, and that's a lot of versions of Viva! Las Vegas. (Out the car window.)
Viva! Las Vegas 2012-2014
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...
Viva! Las Vegas 2012-2014
Let's go to a casino! We had moved in the morning from Vdara to where Les was staying at the Hilton Grand Vacation Suites way down at the far north end of the strip next door to Circus Circus and across from The Riviera. We spent most of our time at En...
Viva! Las Vegas 2012-2014
From the entrance to Vdara in City Center.
'13 March
March 8 Elaina came by this morning and we were testing my 'tips' on her real-life situation of wanting to plan a trip to France for herself and her mom. It was great - I could see so many areas that could use a lot of attention, and I'll be getting ...
'13 March
We cut our visit just a little short so I could get to the airport in time for a nice visit with Cynthia, Mike, and Kieran who had a long-enough layover on their way to Hawaii. Many Thanks to Lona and Hartley who made this happen! ALOHA!
'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
Roger and Sandy sent these pictures from an outing they did up in San Francisco. Sandy's deep brain stimulation surgeries are over now and everything is going well. re/sc
'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...
'13 February
February 24 Fun morning talking about Remembrance of Things Past (now more frequently called In Search of Lost Time). It's a Meet-Up, and I'm very hopeful of getting through the seven volumes. The schedule is to read 80-100 pages every two weeks. It ...
'13 February
Our destination was Anil's Garden. It really wasn't too hard since after all I did do it. It's in Griffith Park and you can easily leave your car near the merry-go-round or the golf course driving range. There were many benches and picnic tables scatt...
'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
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?! ...
J Paul Getty Villa in Malibu
I saw this first in January 2013 in the main entrance hall. What a surprise! They're covering the rain collection pool.
'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
...the Lakers, who WON. Several at the restaurant were chanting 'three-peat three-peat' in hopes that the Lakers could manage to win three games in a row, bad as they've been. Now people are talking about 'hey, we can, we can make it to the playoffs if...
'13 January
I met the gang for an early dinner at a vegan restaurant in Venice, a real...
'13 January
January 23 Nancy has three grandsons and Sandy has two grandsons. So whenever pink and sparkly things come their way they think of me .. and Kaitlin and Lilly who Love things that are pink or sparkly. Thank you ladies!
'13 January
January 19 Home from my week in San Francisco where for nine days straight the sun was shining and the sky was blue. In January. That's not a thing you can even hope will happen. You can click on this San Francisco link for the whole story.
LA/SF/LA 2005-2013
San Francisco is not that big - 46.9 square miles per Wiki when in comparison the San Fernando Valley is 260 square miles. That's a huge difference. But check out all those neighborhoods. Every few blocks you're in a new area with its own very distinc...
LA/SF/LA 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.
LA/SF/LA 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...
LA/SF/LA 2005-2013
The restaurant - it was fun with a piano player who never took a break and an hors d'oeuvre tray made up of olives, carrots, celery, and radish, just like my mother used to put out.
LA/SF/LA 2005-2013
The Cliff House sits there above the Giant Camera. You don't have to spend the big bucks to enjoy the Cliff House. There a lounge, a bar, and a café as well as the white table cloth restaurant.
LA/SF/LA 2005-2013
The Chinatown area seemed in pretty good shape meaning the shops were all open and full of goods and the restaurants too were lively. Half way up and down the blocks in both directions of the main street were lit and active too.
LA/SF/LA 2005-2013
Then we bought round-trip tickets to Sausalito riding the catamaran out and the boat back. Coincidently this picture I got off the internet has our exact two boats. (internet pix)
LA/SF/LA 2005-2013
Henry had a fabulous time. He was totally entranced. He loved watching the wake the best, and I got him a visit to the bridge which is always special.
LA/SF/LA 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...
self-portrait '13 January
January 9 That's me, Granny, Secret Reader. It's so cute. At Lilly's class they do this whenever they have a volunteer. The teacher gets all the kids to hide their eyes, then the Secret Reader comes in and sits in the teacher's chair. Then the kids ...
'13 January
January 5 Happy Birthday Celina and Ronald! A Double Birthday = Double Fun. We enjoyed a lovely evening and a very tasty meal at a relatively normal Italian restaurant in the Oh-So-Trendy Silverlake area where Ronald lives. Check out Celina's new h...
'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...
'12 December
December 28 What Cynthia, Mike, and Kieran were up to over the holiday .. at Mike's brother's place in North Dakota where the temperature was mostly ZERO (-18c), +/- a few degrees. WOW is right. Thanks Cynth for the great selection of pictures from wh...
'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
...even the random pot.
'12 December
December 21 Liz and I went for a grand tour at the Gamble House in Pasadena today. It's a Greene and Greene Arts and Crafts masterpiece, the woodworking was simply stunning. We walked around slack-jawed. And GAGA for the stained glass. (internet...
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
December 10 Becky was available to host Monday Night Potluck because look what happened December 7! Becky's daughter birthed her third child and here we have the whole family: Matt and Kelly, Lana, Makaio, and baby Kamea. Mazel Tov! bb.
'12 December
December 8 Maxine had her annual Christmas Party and it was wonderful as always, festive and delicious. All her kids were there, and Max was happy. The kids (and the grandkids): Dirk; Shirley (Quan); Tiffany (Daeja, Jaedin, Jacob); James (Sydney, Ke...
'12 December
...around my yard. What is it with all these December oranges?!
'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...
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.
'04 March
Hilda and Merlyn, sitting in front of their gigantic and georgous fireplace. This was my first visit to their new home and let-me-tell-you that place is a knock-out. A hacienda for the ruling class, up off Mulhulland, vista views of the valley, with so...
'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
The gated and arched entrance to the small complex.
'12 November
November 19 Cynthia, Mike, and Kieran in Minnesota, out for Mike and Kieran's first ski trip. Mike writes that by the end of the day Kieran was racing ahead full speed down the hill. You go! mh, cc.
'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 11 Nancy rode the airport bus from Santa Barbara down to LAX where I picked her up and we spent a totally delightful day eating, not drinking, and making merry enjoying the open house at the art studios in Muriel's building. Nancy ran into m...
'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
Our plan was to walk walk walk. Here we are on our way to check out Grand Park...
'12 November
Kids enjoying the Grand Fountain.
'12 November
The Grand Park website's map.
'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 November
The fountain is very grand indeed.
'12 November
...to the Grand Central Market just for the fun of it.
'12 November
On the way back to the car we passed back through Grand Park to enjoy an afternoon coffee and cookie break, where a small Dia de los Muertos display was on view.
self-portrait '12 October
The Granfairy. ak.
Cynthia Mike Kieran '12 October
October 23 I had a nice welcome home catch-up visit today with my little sister. And I had a nice welcome home catch-up visit with Cynthia! These are some of their pictures from the summer's fun in the sun. cc/mh
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 Alexanderplatz '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
...there was a fun music and dancing event which was entertaining for a few minutes until I realized they were a God squad and a young woman singled me out to evangelize. I made all my usual and oft-proven friendly and courteous gestures that always, a...
Brandenburg Gate '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
...and another view of the Brandenburg Gate.
Brandenburg Gate '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
Lights, camera, action!
'12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
Moving on to another neighborhood, I certainly got good use out of the full-day transportation pass I bought this morning. Nice building work that looks like advertising.
'12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
October 13 From my hotel, I walk 30 minutes round-trip to the transportation hub at Alexanderplatz. At the beginning of a long trip I usually take a break every 5 or 6 days, and then as the weeks roll on I find myself taking a break every 4 or 5 days...
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 street art graffiti '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
There's an Anne Frank exhibit happening here. Exactly next to this alley is another alley with a Gucci store and other high-end shopping opportunities where you find not a lick of graffiti.
Berlin street art graffiti '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
The artist who made that large face did it by first digging into the plaster of then putting gun powder into the ridge, then plastering over the wall again, then setting off the gun powder. "The popularization of graffiti through street art has been pic...
Berlin street art graffiti '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
There are living spaces, studios, clubs, bars, restaurants, and even some retail sales going on here. I walked by up closer to this building and was taken with the bugs and then as I moved further and further back I keep adding 'oh Look' moments to the ...
Berlin Tergarten Victory Column '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
Siegessaule, the Victory Column commemorating Prussian victories over France, Austria, and Denmark. Dang triumphal.
'12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
A tasty and historic restaurant at the edge of...
Berlin Potsdamer Platz '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
Potsdamer Platz, 'bombed beyond recognition in WWII, this square found itself in former East Berlin. It was unused and undeveloped while the city was divided. After reunification, it was transformed into the commercial heart of the city and is filled wit...
Berlin Alexanderplatz '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
My Underground station and giant transportation hub is Alexanderplatz. You probably can't read it on the blue sign on the right. There was a festival going on in the plaza part of Alexanderplatz - these festivals are starting to feel permanent - and th...
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
The Brandenburg Gate, originally called the Gate of Peace and prominent in every movie and newsreel ever shot in Berlin. There was a celebrity at the hotel on the left of this picture and these guys were waiting to do the motorcade. I left before the c...
Berlin Brandenburg Gate '12 Oct: Berlin, Germany
More. The light of the day certainly changes the look of the gate. I know, Darth Vader.
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.
'12 Oct: Dresden, Leipzig, Stadthagen, Germany
Martin Luther, again. We are very much in Lutheran country.
'12 Oct: Dresden, Leipzig, Stadthagen, Germany
The Katholische Hofkirche, The Catholic Church of the Royal Court of Saxony, and since 1980 also known as Kathedrale Sanctissimae Trinitatis, Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. Augustus The Strong converted from Lutheranism to Catholicism in the early 1700s...
'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
My Four Seasons of Wroclaw, the Art Hotel. In the Old Town area I haven't actually seen any of the big luxury chains but the Art Hotel did the trick - a very nice restaurant, plenty of advice, good maps, comfortable chairs.
'12 Sep: Wroclaw, Poland
More. Here's what it says on a plaque on the building wall facing these sculptures: "Jerzy Kalina 'Przejscie 1977 - 2005' The idea of 'Transition' in the form of installation has been presented in Warsaw at the crossroads of Swietokrzyska and Mazowie...
'12 Sep: Wroclaw, Poland
I made my way to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Centennial Hall, previously known as People's Hall. Built in 1911-1913 from Max Berg's design, it earned its UNESCO designation "as an early landmark of reinforced concrete architecture". It's definite...
'12 Sep: Wroclaw, Poland
Yay! A giant shiny origami crane!
'12 Sep: Wroclaw, Poland
On my way home I ran into a few more gnomes, these at the base of the Old Town Hall.
'12 Sep: Wroclaw, Poland
Sorry this is so out of focus but I wanted to say how my first bite of this dinner - pierogi with kasha and a big sigh on the onions and garlic caramelized in chicken fat, and sour cream that I had to get more of. My grandparents on my mother's side cam...
'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
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
Nationale-Nederlanden, The Dancing House. Frank Gehry originally called it Fred and Ginger but decided to forgo the American cultural reference. "It was designed by Croatian-Czech architect Vlado Miluniæ in co-operation with renowned Canadian-American ...
'12 Sep: Prague, Czech Republic
To the left of the clock and on the right of this photo is a building 'sgraffito-covered' and once home to Franz Kafka. So I had to look up sgraffito, and indeed it is from the same root as graffiti, but it's a pottery glazing technique.
'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
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
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
With the church to the right, there was a political assembly gathering in support of a candidate running for senate from the Prague district. There was a band playing and wow-eee. They reminded me of a ROCKIN' Bar Band playing excellent covers of all y...
'12 Sep: Prague, Czech Republic
Above the happy bride and groom is a most grand tourist attraction, the astronomical clock first installed in 1410. Here are a bride and groom who have been enjoying a long photo-op...
'12 Sep: Prague, Czech Republic
My new window! I finished Stefan Zweig's The World of Yesterday set mostly in Vienna and now that I'm in Prague, I'm on to Madeleine Albright's Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948. The Zweig book was so excellent that Pr...
'12 Sep: Prague, Czech Republic
Capuchin Monastery and Vault (Klaster kapucinu) where they have a crypt with mummies, not the Egyptian kind but the kind that just dry out. You'll see cafes often in these pictures. Along with the churches they are the most prominent feature of the his...
'12 Sep: Prague, Czech Republic
There were a lot of interesting exhibits in the castle. They had all the text translated into English in notebooks that you could carry around. And I was, as far as I could tell at the time, the only tourist there.
'12 Sep: Prague, Czech Republic
Artists live and work here, and it seems like it should be very cool but I'm seemingly too old for cool now. The guy who lives behind this wall was in his garden working on a project by whacking away with a huge metal hammer on big pieces of thick metal...
'12 Sep: Prague, Czech Republic
And then I walked through the town again to a side I hadn't previously visited to eat dinner in Avia, a restaurant I wanted to patronize because it is completely non-smoking. The food was good, these guys were funny, and then...
'12 Sep: Prague, Czech Republic
Right now it is the morning of September 19th here in the Czech Republic. I was learning a new word (I can say 'Thank you' quite well now (or so they tell me (and have forgotten all my Hungarian words already but not my few bits of German since I've known...
'12 Sep: Prague, Czech Republic
...the next day I found this picture at the Spilberk Castle. Here's what the sign for this painting says: "Obelisk Consecration Ceremony at Frantiskov. To commemorate the victorious ending of the Napoleonic Wars, a monument was built in Brno between 1...
'12 Sep: Prague, Czech Republic
...I drank a beer, got some dinner, got a map, and went to my room.
'12 Sep: Vienna, Austria
This is called The Keys of Remembrance and in German, Schlüssel gegen das Vergessen with the names of Jewish merchants who were expelled from their businesses and later killed during WWII.
'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
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
September 11 The entrance (and it was dark in there as you can tell by the blurred photo) to the Spanish Riding School, named oh so many years ago because the original horses were Spanish...
'12 Sep: Vienna, Austria
And more Klimt. It's all Klimt all the time around here being the 150th anniversary of his birth. Every venue is featuring whatever of his that they've got. Gustav, his brother Ernst, and Frantz Matsch did the ceiling murals above the two grand stairc...
'12 Sep: Vienna, Austria
One end of one of the Grand Staircases.
'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 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
Sopron is really a quiet, lovely town. As in Budapest, the restaurants all have the nicest outdoor dining options enveloped in a cloud of smoke (not as bad here, probably because of the lower population density) and steamy hot seating indoors.
'12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
This is Ms Wiki's aerial view, the town center being what you can see surrounded by the larger road. My place is in there - I think I can see it in the lower right but I'm not 100% sure on that. Sopron has a long history, beginning from the time of the...
'12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
...but the door was open and this kind gentleman walked me around the whole place telling the stories in English because the signs were not translated. They had a great collection of iron works from Central Europe.
'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
I was walking around, checking out streets I hadn't been on yet, and walked past this restaurant, Lado, advertising Air Conditioning on the door. Oh yeah. The food was pretty good too.
'12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
September 1 My room at the Corvin Point Hostel which costs about $60 per night. Not 'almost free' but I'm pleased. There's plenty of room in the big cupboard, a large desk, a fridge, a tv, a decent bathroom. The second bed does always end up as a 'so...
'12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
The grandgirls have been such excellent email correspondents. They write regularly and it's So Much FUN!
'12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
This is a quiet Saturday morning and cooled off because of the rain. From about 4pm on places like this crowd the streets full of folks chain smoking cigarettes and drinking beer. A few are connected to the hundreds of Middle Eastern restaurants that a...
'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
So I went out on the rainy morning when it was cooler to eat inside a restaurant. The breakfast was very nice - eggs with lots of onions, cheese, and spicy sausage piled on top of tasty French fries. But the best part was the coffee. I hadn't had coffe...
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
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
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
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 ...
'12 Aug: Budapest, Hungary
I used public transportation getting into town - a bus out of the airport that drops you right at the subway that then comes within two blocks of where I'm staying. It was totally easy, cost just a few dollars, and took about an hour. My hostel in Buda...
'99 Sep: Bali, Yogyakarta, & Lombok
Depart for an inspection of the lovely Pita Maha Resort and Spa in Ubud, then transfer to the beach resort of Nusa Dua. Check in to the Nusa Dua Beach Hotel in Denpasar, with the afternoon free to enjoy the ocean and the incredible spa. Farewell to t...
'99 Sep: Bali, Yogyakarta, & Lombok
Transfer to Begawan Giri, a private estate perched high above the Ayung River, with the late afternoon free to roam the estate.
'12 July and August
August 17 The entrance to Merlyn and Hilda's house. I usually just take a picture of the view (a panovistic view of the San Fernando Valley) so this time I thought to go for a change of pace.
'99 Sep: Bali, Yogyakarta, & Lombok
Arrive in Taipei this morning with immediate connection to Bali. Transfer to The Oberoi, a magnificent property on Legian Beach.
'99 Sep: Bali, Yogyakarta, & Lombok
Tour the sea temple of Ulu Watu, perched high above the Indian Ocean, followed by lunch hosted by The Four Seasons Resort in Jimbaran. Afternoon free to treasure hunt amid the intriguing shops of Kuta.
'99 Sep: Bali, Yogyakarta, & Lombok
Today's transfer to Yogyakarta (pronounced Jogjakarta). Welcome on arrival in 'Yogya' and directly transfer to the partially reconstructed Prambanan Temple complex, an ensemble of breathtaking shrines dedicated to the pantheon of Hindu gods.
'99 Sep: Bali, Yogyakarta, & Lombok
Late in the afternoon we transfer to the fabulous Amanjiwo resort, an unforgettable destination in itself. This evening we are guests of the hotel for dinner and classical Javanese dances.
'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.
'12 July and August
We had lunch in The Restaurant at the Getty, the restaurant with the table cloths and the reservations. Muriel, JoAnn, Nancy, me, David.
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
Cynthia on her wedding day, with her wonderful husband Mike and his adorable son Kieran. June 2012
'12 July and August
August 10 Sharon is leaving on the August 12th to be back on September 3rd and I'm leaving August 26 to be back October 17 so we're not going to see each other for almost t.e.n weeks. Nancy and I are wishing Sharon Bon Voyage. And by the time I get ...
'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...
self-portrait '12 July and August
Neither Susie nor I had been to the Getty recently so we thought to see what's happening up here. It turned out that the big shows were all set in Vienna during the time of the book I am reading 'The World of Yesterday', Stefan Zweig's autobiography, th...
'12 July and August
August 5 I had a nice early dinner sushi outing with Celina, Steve, and Ronald. We went to Hide Sushi on Sawtelle and frankly, it was the least delicious sushi I ever ate there but nevertheless we enjoyed ourselves entirely.
'12 July and August
August 1 Parteee! I invited the Monday Nighters to come out west with as many grandbabies they could rustle up for some fun at the pier. We played with toys, ate, rode the carousel, messed around in the sand at the dragon sculpture, rode the carousel ...
'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
Coming home, at the entrance gate to the house.
'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
These guys are the more recent arrivals: May May, Gracie, Mia, Franklin.
'12 Jul: Salt Lake UT to Steamboat Springs CO
A Park Ranger always at the ready to answer all your questions.
'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
July 11 We left Jackson and doubled back to the Grand Tetons to do a little sightseeing.
'12 Jul: Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
There they are again, the Grand Tetons. Basically you just drive along the foot of the mountain range, go up a little to the lakes and forests, and admire the scenery.
'12 Jul: Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
Next stop a buzz through Menors Ferry Historic District and the Chapel of the Transfiguration...
'12 Jul: Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
...the white table cloth restaurant in the Park. It was very nice, and then the rain came. And then Sharon did a little shopping and we spent a lazy evening at our hotel getting ready for the next phase of our trip - Salt Lake City.
'12 Jul: Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
July 10 afternoon/evening Welcome to Grand Tetons National Park and the view from Jackson Lake Lodge.
'12 Jul: Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
The Ranger Station at Jenny Lake.
'12 Jul: Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
This is a view of the Snow King ski runs from our balcony at the Ranch Inn fitted out with a table and comfy chairs to enjoy the sweet mountain air.
'12 Jul: Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
We continued through the park to our accommodation in the western town of Jackson in an area called Jackson Hole, a distinction I had not previously made. Our place, The Ranch Inn, is actually right in town, easy strolling to all that is Jackson includi...
'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
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
A first view of the Grand Tetons from out the car window. More of the Grand Tetons coming up next.
'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
...and the Park Rangers ready in various strategic spots to give talks and answer questions.
'12 Jul: Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
We decided to have a little trail walk and there was a Park Ranger checking out a badger den to report back to the office. Of course he was happy to tell us all about it.
'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
A few miles in from the entrance is Mammoth Hot Springs. That's the community down there including the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and Cabins, where we stayed for the night. They have all the National Park necessities and they even have gas, also a Visit...
'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
This might be what we're in for the next week as we travel from Bozeman through Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.
'12 Jul: Seattle
At the end of the Sculpture Garden looking back to the entrance and the SAM identification. sp.
self-portrait '12 Jul: Seattle
July 3 It was cold today and crazy windy so we only ventured out to eat. My old friend Jimmy (rather my long-time friend .. not old, no not old) picked us up and took us to Toulouse, a well regarded New Orleans influenced restaurant in Queen Anne, Be...
'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
June 24 Mozza! with Celina! This fellow is a waiter at Celina's restaurant and he works at Mozza too. It's a small world out there in the universe of upscale dining. We sat at the counter and shared dish after dish after dish of deliciou$ness.
'12 June
And then they brought us a complimentary dessert but that's not why this picture is here. That's Nancy Silverton in the background. She was working the counter the whole time we were there and it was especially entertaining to share a meal with a certi...
'12 June
We had lunch at Darryl's work in El Segundo, in the beautifully landscaped patio in the perfect weather that is about guaranteed around these parts. ak.
Lilly '12 June
June 19 Granny! Granny! BEEEEEEE!! (btw-Lilly never misses on agapanthus, bougainvillea, roses, and jasmine. Today we practiced pansies. Too Fun!)
'12 June Wedded Bliss!
Yes to all my dear friends who helped me go shopping. Where, you ask, is my gorgeous perfect and totally comfortable brand new never worn Eileen Fisher blouse?! I forGOT it back at C&M's house and there was no time for the 90 minute round-trip return j...
'12 June Wedded Bliss!
Mike and Cynthia HOLDEN! Cynthia, Mike, Kieran ak.
'12 June Wedded Bliss!
May 29 Leaving The Ranch Bob and Desda dropped me off at the SF Airport where I spent the night waiting for the morning flight to Minneapolis. Roger and Sandy met me for dinner and it so great to see them. Thank you for coming out!
The Ranch 2009-2013
Henry! As you scroll through these visits to The Ranch you'll see him grow from a baby chick in Barbara's hand in 2009 to this splendid peacock today.
The Ranch 2009-2013
Then the tornado that surrounds dinner. From the front: chicken and duck from Chinatown in San Francisco, all the delicious succulent salmon you can eat, boiled potatoes in the skin, layered stirfry with baby bok choy on top, broiled tomatoes with Par...
The Ranch 2009-2013
May 26 The 10 of the now 25 visitors at The Ranch who decided to make an outing to Pinnacles National Monument.
The Ranch 2009-2013
May 25-28, 2012 I drove with Ben and Bonnie today up to The Ranch. They decided to take the 5 and save the extra hour from taking the 101. The 101 drive is usually gorgeous and the 5 is usually a stinky blinding dust storm ... but not today! Today th...
The Ranch 2009-2013
We ate lunch at Harris Ranch and from there went west to make our way to the Hollister area, the town nearest The Ranch.
The Ranch 2009-2013
You know you're at The Ranch when you find yourself surrounded by peacocks...
The Ranch 2009-2013
...and olive groves. They grow the olives commercially and produce organic extra virgin olive oil as well as other products under the brand name Oils of Paicines.
'12 May
May 13 Some Mother's Day FUN at the Japanese Garden/Sewage Reclamation Plant in Balboa Park. Angela, her mom Liz, and the grandgirls Kaitlin and Lilly...
Kaitlin Lilly '12 May
...and out for a walk where we ran into some other neighborhood kids also out for a walk. Joshua, Lilly, Nico, Kaitlin, Joey
'12 Apr: Kauai
April 29 It's our last day...oh noooo. So let's have a nice picture of the house. We went across the river to the Wailua Restaurant for lunch and a photo-op.
'12 Apr: Kauai
Here it is, built in the mid-1800s by Japanese immigrants on an old Hawaiian heiau ... "who sought to replicate an ancient 900 mile pilgrimage in Shikoku, Japan. It’s rumored that a handful of dirt from each of the 88 Shikoku shrines lay in the foundation ...
Visits to Honolulu with the fam
We ate a huge and scrumptious brunch at the New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel and Hau Tree Lanai. We ate and then camped out at their restaurant making it (and their bathroom) home base for our snorkel outing at Waikiki. Janice (Beth's mom), Trevor, Caleb,...
Visits to Honolulu with the fam
It was a total 100% blast AND there were great showers just outside the restaurant. sp.
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
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
Looks to me like the same vantage point in the cozy Ranger Station at the top of Haleakala as the shot above but at sunrise that I snagged off the internet. We did not get there at sunrise. We got there at, oh, 11. (internet)
'12 Apr: Maui
April 20 It's our last morning to kick around Maui until our afternoon flight to Honolulu. We took our time packing up, took our time choosing a place for lunch and ended up at a great restaurant, Flatbread, in the charming town of Paia.
'12 Apr: Maui
Once there the first thing you see at the Ranger Station is this sign which asks "Why is it so cold and why can't I breathe."
'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: Kauai
April 14-15-16 Randomly... a clear morning and Mount Wai'ale'ale makes herself known. This was the first day we could see back there and it could be the last as she is mostly hidden by the clouds dropping rain on her wet self. See that paddle board...
'12 Apr: Kauai
April 13 The Pride of America! We always know when she comes in and disgorges her load by the tour buses that range across the island looking for Aloha.
'12 Apr: Kauai
...and then enjoyed an afternoon at the Beach House Restaurant with Sharon and Bob. (the waiter)
'12 Apr: Kauai
...it took them 8 hours to hike in. This map doesn't show the entire 11 miles but you can get the idea. There were no misshaps along the way. Fortunately they had arranged for all their gear to be delivered to/from the campsite by boat so they didn't ...
'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
...it started raining and didn't really let up so we ate lunch at the Grand Hyatt, did a little shopping, and went home to cook some of the food we bought at the Farmers Market, and enjoy a gin and tonic on the lanai.
'12 Apr: Kauai
Today we enjoyed a delightful tour of the Kauai Kunana Goat Farm. They make organic goat cheeses and grow a lot of organic fruits and vegetables for the local restaurants and farmers markets. The farm is also in the North Shore area, a bit inland and s...
'12 Apr: Kauai
We got to hold the chickens too. These are plain old farm (free range organic vegetarian) chickens not the Splendid Red Jungle Fowl that roam the island. 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
April 4 ALOHA and Welcome to Kauai, from the entrance to The House. Everything here is as aloha as ever. Such a charming welcome man and I adore the rain chain.
'12 March
March 30 Other people's Grandboys. Grandgirls are all sweet and pink and American Girl Doll, not like grandboys at all. Ollie and Max; Alex and Ben; Charlie, Henry, and Milton (from the Grandmas)
'12 March
And while we're at it, here's Bill and Cheryl and their god-grandgirl. Sweet and pink and a real American Girl Doll. (??)
'12 March
March 25 At LACMA today with Sharon, Nancy, and Nancy's friend Brenda, we watched 2 hours of the 24 hour extravaganza by Christian Marclay called 'The Clock'. It was quite splendid. Thanks to Nancy for arranging the outing. Playing at the Bing Thea...
'12 March
March 24 Windy stopped by this morning and we did my two exercise routines. Or, as Lilly would say, 'Granny, let's do eX-er-sigh-ses'. I can see this paper from every seat in my house and when I look at it I am inspired to do my food journal and do ...
'12 March
March 17 Brigitte and Knut are back in town for a couple of weeks to finish up the formalities with the IRS, US Immigration, Portuguese Customs, doctors appointments, and etc. so Ingalill and Tony had a neighborhood party...Party Hearty! The guy who ...
'12 March
...and here she is! In LACMA's back yard, waiting for her final positioning and grand opening coming-soon. I have developed a deep affection for all the 'but is it art' on offer these days especially when it involves a spectacle. I am excited to stand...
The Los Angeles River
There's a large park here, the Grant Rea Memorial Park with ball fields, picnic spots, and a little zoo of domesticated animals, fun for the children.
'12 March
There's a large park here, the Grant Rea Memorial Park with ball fields, picnic spots, and a little zoo of domesticated animals, fun for the children.
Kaitlin Lilly '12 March
Then I went over to D&A's to load up some software on my (yesss) new computer, and to admire my FABulous grandgirls.
'12 March
Top: Camille Carter (Peter’s partner), Mickie Peitzer (my mom), Bonnie Pastor (Ben's wife), Rita Leader (Lew’s mom), Rosalie Wayne, Sandy Leader (Lew’s wife) Bottom: Michael Hittleman, Gina Blumenfeld, Ben Pomerantz, Art Angel, Laurie Greenstadt.
'93 Jun: A Taste of Europe
Next morning we boarded the Hovercraft to speed our way past the White Cliffs of Dover and across the channel to France. Day 4 Hotel Pulman, Bruges
'93 Jun: A Taste of Europe
...where we would admire the ornate Baroque guild halls of Grand Place...
'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
For our last day we took public transportation out to Versailles...
'93 Jun: A Taste of Europe
...and it was grand.
'93 Jun: A Taste of Europe
Cynthia LOVED the food in France...
'12 February
February 28 Out for our walk we passed a gardner who was trimming a bougainvillea plant and he cleaned the thorns off these branches for the girls. Thank you Mr Gardner, we enjoyed them!
'12 February
February 23 Tomorrow is Cynthia's birthday (Happy HAPPY Birthday sweetie) and here is a picture Mike took last week of Kieran, on the far left, having just earned his green sash in Kung Fu. You go Kieran! and you go Cynthia and Mike! mh.
'12 February
February 16 What I've been doing the last couple of days (more like the last six weeks...)...going to restaurants, and trying to eat less. Less is not more. Less is not enough. (internet pix)
'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.
Santa Barbara 2005-2012
It's nice in here with an especially appealing bar and lounge and the restaurant gets good reviews.
Santa Barbara 2005-2012
Me and Nancy strolling around her fabulous new neighborhood in Hope Ranch.
Santa Barbara 2005-2012
The Presidio and some details from their website: 'Founded April 21, 1782, the Santa Barbara Royal Presidio was the last in a chain of four military fortresses built by the Spanish along the coast of Alta California, then a wilderness frontier. Others had ...
'12 January
January 27 Big day with the kids today while D&A were out. Our most exciting adventure was a long and lively walk to the Galleria where we admired the fountains, hopped along on the colored tiles, and ate ice cream. Then we made our way back stoppin...
Lilly '12 January
Our walk today took us to learn about welding, like a giant glue gun shooting out a hot shower of sparks and blinding light. We, among other things, found piles of red leaves, talked to neighbors and dogs, and hopped over cracks in the sidewalk. We also ...
'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...
The Los Angeles River
Crossing at the Sunnynook Footbridge. Watching concrete go wild. I should say twice we ran into unexpected fences blocking our way but overall, a lovely place to walk.
The Los Angeles River
...leading to entrances to this walk/run/bike path.
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...
'11 December
Crossing at the Sunnynook Footbridge. Watching concrete go wild. I should say twice we ran into unexpected fences blocking our way but overall, an entertaining place to walk.
'11 December
Rosie and Len held their wedding at the historic Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes also known as The Glass Church (not to be confused with The Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove). These are all pictures from the internet, and what Ms Wiki has to ...
'11 December
Sandy and Roger were passing through town from Christmas in Palm Springs back to San Francisco. We met up at Julie's place where they were having a feast of left-overs - all this food and a kitchen full of bubbling pots and cooling pans. from the left:...
'11 December
December 24 and 25 Marija and Brian's Annual Christmas Eve festivity and the first for their new grandbaby Ben, brother of Alex. I got good turns to play with sweet snuggle bear Baby Ben. AWWW!
'11 December
And the kids hauled in another load from this crowd. The adults drew names for a gift exchange (thank goodness) and a grand time was had by all. Starting in back: James, Robin, Liz, Darryl, Kent, Gary, Angela, Kaitlin, Dev, Lilly (ps D&A - THANK YOU...
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
December 13 The Story of Our Walk. Kaitlin had a play date today so Lilly and I went for a walk just we two and we saw so many interesting things. Here is Lilly's story: "We saw a big tall palm tree and It's Lilly! and HI, that's a lemon tree and t...
'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
December 4 Rosie's getting married! and Anna arranged a bachelorette party at Hamburger Mary's, a drag club on Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood. Football is on the tv.
'11 November
We ate breakfast at this restaurant, not here by the toilet of course, but out on the welcoming patio. Then we strolled along the beach. Ahh.
'11 November
...made a few forrays to the beach. This is the Malibu Pier taken from the patio of a pretty nice restaurant at the beach end where I went with Sharon after we made 2 miles at the Pepperdine track.
'11 Nov: The Wedding Weekend
Awwww. Check them out in 2007. Bigger crowd these days. (Too bad Kieran couldn't come...but Next Time!) Lilly, Christa, Kaitlin, Charis, Cali, Anya, Xander, Caleb, Jack tpro.
'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...
'11 November
November 1 Here come a pack of too fun pictures I've got from others since I returned from Africa. Marija's new grandbaby Ben with big brother Alex who just got a haircut. ??
'11 November
Chris and Dave's adorable grandboys Max and Ollie. Chris and Dave are Sharon's relations whose company I got to enjoy in Hawaii. cs.
'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...
'07-'14 BOO! in the Valley
Fred and Charloette, Kieran and Danika. Ours.
'11 October
October 29, morning I wanted to see the MOCA contribution to Pacific Standard Time and got Ben and Bonnie to go with me. I told them to go to the MOCA on Grand...this place. But no...
'11 October
October 28 Ken and I had a fun time at the Promenade today checking out the restaurants. We ate in three of them.
'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...
'11 October
October 16 Steven, Celina, and Gideon came out for a dinner at the Ethiopian restaurant Industry Café & Jazz.
'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...
Kaitlin Lilly '11 October
Then it was date night for the mom and dad and Fun Times for Granny and the grandgirls!
'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 5 I had dinner at Merlyn and Hilda's tonight and enjoyed the pictures of their recent trip to Paris. Ooow La La! Joining us was Hilda's cousin Harry, a pilot with SkyWest, partners with Delta and United. Pilots get a Lot of time off which...
'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
The Bells of San Juan Capistrano. We had a nice day and then rode the speedy Car Pool lane home.
'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 Aug: South Africa, mostly Cape Town
August 29 My last full day in Africa, and a beauty it was. The weather was perfect for a Red Bus City Tour that included transport to Table Mountain. Another view of Camps Bay and the Twelve Apostles.
'11 Aug: South Africa, mostly Cape Town
The scenes off the road were quite gorgeous with handsome (read rich) holiday towns, picturesque beaches, and fabulous topography. This is the luxury community of Camps Bay backed by the 12 Apostles mountain range.
'11 Aug: South Africa, mostly Cape Town
From the group, these three are living in Dubai for the last few years, originally from India... from Gujarat... from Rupa and Anil's exact town! They were SO surprised to hear I had been there. We also had a business man from Pakistan and an engineer ...
'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
...and woke to a rainy day. I did showers in the plural, laundry, pictures, email, read some news and since breakfast is included at the hostel I really didn't have to go out until hunger drove me from my room. Just around the corner is this restaurant...
'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
But before we get to the chimpanzees let's meet Billy, the pet hippopotamus and Sheila Siddel, there she is in the window of her sitting room. Wildlife rangers brought Billy here as a baby and Sheila and her husband let him live in the house until he wa...
'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
On the third day all the participants worked on their building projects and today, the fourth day, volunteers and The Cruiser went out to the local orphanage to ask a few of the women who work there if they would come over, look at some of the projects and...
'11 Aug: Zambia
At this conference there are speakers of five different primary languages so there's a lot of translating going on often in multiple languages.
'11 Aug: Zambia
While we were out with The Cruiser it was a two minute detour to drop me off at the Royal Solwezi Hotel, the fanciest hotel in town. I hung around as I like to do but I will say that the fanciest hotel in Solwezi didn't have any newspapers or magazines ...
'11 Aug: Zambia
At Kapiri, which is a gas station, a place to buy greasy road food, and a plant of some sort, we began our hitch. We walked down the road until we were separate from all the local hitchhikers. Public transportation is non-existent on some routes, like ...
'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
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
After breakfast we walked back to the school to meet a taxi we had arranged for from Serenje, to take us to Kundalila Falls.
'11 Aug: Zambia
Another Peace Corps volunteer hired transport to bring all these folks to the falls and then...
'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
August 6-8 Serenje We left Lusaka in a Cruiser with these folks here, to drop off the new volunteers for their first Site Visit before formal training begins. As in almost all of the Peace Corps volunteer sites in Zambia this place has no electricity...
'11 Aug: Zambia
In the Peace Corps compound there's the big house with kitchen, living/dining room, tv room, two bathrooms, and four bedrooms with enough beds to sleep maybe 20 people, and more if you put two people in the double beds. There are also many other separat...
'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
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
...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 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
On our way out of Moremi on the way to Chobe we stopped at the park entrance to load up with water and eat our fruit and use the bathroom. In the literal blink of an eye this monkey had leapt from a tree onto the trailer and stolen an apple. In the bli...
'11 Jul: Botswana
...I didn't see that guy on the right that jumped into the truck, OPENED my blue net bag and pulled out a small package of nuts and raisins and ran up that tree. The other guy is eating something he didn't steal but I'll bet he's not enjoying it as much...
'11 Jul: Botswana
We ate lunch somewhere else. Here we are again so I'll copy the introductions: Lynda French-living in Switzerland-accountant for a Spanish speaking company-with Alaoa Santiago Spanish-living in Spain-teaches English-with Brigitta Brigitta German-livi...
'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: 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
Warthogs. They do have wart-like protuberances and according to the guide they taste like delicious hogs. Two wiki-facts: a group of warthogs is called a sounder; the warthog is the only pig species that has adapted to grazing.
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
July 6 Here are some views of the Rosewood Corner B&B in Clarnes. At breakfast there was cold cereals out as well as toast, preserves, orange marmalade (yum) freshly cut fruit and a passion fruit yogurt that was so good I had to eat it twice. Then o...
'11 Jul: South Africa, mostly KwaZulu-Natal
You can see from the signs that the town focuses on galleries, B&Bs, and restaurants and cafes.
'11 Jul: South Africa, mostly KwaZulu-Natal
Tonight’s accommodation: Dalmore Guest Farm outside the town of Bergville and 6 kilometers down a dirt road. What an excellent choice I made randomly off the internet! They have a lot of rondavels on this property for all kinds of uses which reminds m...
'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
July 2 My 'refrigerator door'. When I get back I'm going to pack it up and start over, like I do. Yikes, Lilly is almost two now. .I'm not keeping up! From tomorrow morning I'm in-transit for 25 hours (!) arriving in Johannesburg South Africa at 9:...
'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...
'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
And speaking of camel carts. This is a brand new road, not even finished yet, meant, actually, to be a highway, but you know, the camel Is the king of the road.
'02 Oct: India with the Majmudars
Our hotel had this small park-like setting separating it from the mass of life on the road and the hotel, although modest, was actually wonderful. The room was perfectly clean, cool (you pay, like, double, for the Air-Con), the bed was comfortable, the bat...
'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
I got these pictures off Cynthia's and Mike's facebook and put them together because they are so CUTE! Cynthia-Kieran-Kieran-Mike cc/mh
Darryl Angela Kaitlin Lilly self-portrait '11 June
June 19 It's my birthday AND it's Father's Day which happens pretty regularly, and I got to celebrate with the father of my grandchildren and his fabulous family. Oh lucky me.
Nancy self-portrait '11 June
I took a quick trip to Santa Barbara to have a visit with my SB pals Nancy and Michi. .here I am on a walk with Nancy around Hope Ranch, her home for the last year and a half and her home for at least the next year and a half and where I enjoyed spending t...
'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 mosque of Aurangzeb's Tomb (I think...).
'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
We only saw selective caves because the area is quite large, taking literally hours to walk and according to the guide there is a lot of duplication. It was indeed fabulous. The man in the foreground above, with the orange cloth over his head, (did I m...
'02 Oct: India with the Majmudars
There is a man and woman down there waving. I waved at them hoping they would wave back so I could take this picture. It turns out they were with a large family and we ran into each other several times during the walk, with much waving and bowing and smi...
'02 Oct: India with the Majmudars
That afternoon we flew to Aurangabad, spent the night and then the next morning took an all day tour. I thought we were going only to the justly world famous Ellora Caves but the tour turned out to be a much more elaborate affair and a total blast. The...
'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
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...
Lilly '11 June
June 13-14 Maxine made us Princesses on the birthday celebration FesTIVO for me and Ann. She cooked, decorated, gifted, and generally made us all welcome and delighted. You go Max! And then I got to share my Princess bounty with the grand-girls (Li...
'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
The pet of the peacocks and with many thanks to Barbara and Jerry, a fitting farewell to another great stay at The Ranch.
The Ranch 2009-2013
May 28-30, 2011 Back at The Ranch last visited by me in Fall 2009, home to 50 or so peacocks and any number of other creatures.
'11 May
Flashlights, in search of grunion. Were there grunion? We didn't see any even though the internet said they should be there. Could the internet be wrong? Do grunion even exist? There's a Frank Zappa song called 'Grunion Run'. I could find a purp...
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
The next day Sandy and I came back to enjoy the hotel while the others were shopping. While we were swimming it started to rain big warm blops so we settled on these cushions, under this wonderful cupola, and luxuriated like the Maharani we were meant to ...
'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
It was National Tourist Day and the equivalent of the Chamber of Commerce was putting on a show up at the fort. We felt lucky to have happened upon this celebration but it brought in sharp, and in a way uncomfortable, focus how the virtual disappearance o...
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
Our last evening in Agra, the entrance to the Amarvilas.
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
The entrance gate.
'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 Taj Mahal is very popular with local people too. There is a steep two tiered system for entrance fees to all the major attactions, Indian nationals and others, which can be as variant as 100 to 1. There are also often hefty camera fees. In some ...
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
Here's the big romantic clincher to the whole Taj story. So old Shah Jahan is so heartbroken over the loss of his favorite wife he conceives of and orders constructed what guidebooks like to call 'the most beautiful monument to love ever made'. Then,...
'11 May
May 13 Wow, Thanks Muriel. .So FUN - A right-out-of-the-book Dinner Party, the book being Nobu Matsuhisa's. Gorgeous, delicious, ahhhh. We are now sending Mazel Tovs to Santa Barbara Nancy in honor of the arrival of her third grandchild. Hurray! ...
'11 May
May 10 Grandbaby Day! Lilly in honor of the Royal Wedding.
'11 May
This is a delightful mother-daughter team from the restaurant. The mother offered to take our picture and then Lona got into an exteeended conversation with her that went ooooon and ooooon and. I was sitting there at the table totally cracking up i...
'11 Apr: Kauai
April 31 Egrets! We did another two new things today. First we had lunch in the new Organic-Local-Gourmet restaurant at Gaylord's and then we took the train ride around the property...
'11 Apr: Kauai
We checked out a new shopping center in Poipu just to see what they had which, what they had was a more than half empty shopping center. We'll not be going back there for a long time. Then we enjoyed the Grand Hyatt, a perennial favorite for it's gorge...
'11 Apr: Kauai
Two of the Parrots of Grand Hyatt Poipu.
'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
At the entrance.
'11 Apr: The Big Island
What you can see of the valley from the viewpoint. There is a long and complicated mythology about this place, as are all mythologies I guess, long and complicated. I read somewhere that some Hawaiians are returning to the religion of their ancestors...
'11 Apr: The Big Island
April 11 Here we are, ready for our outing to The Big Island, Chris and Dave both having managed their entire 12 nights with carry-on bags. Chris agreed most reluctantly to accept this challenge but she will, WILL she states firmly, be checking a bag...
'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
Following puka dogs we stopped by the Grand Hyatt...
'11 Apr: Kauai
April 6 Sharon and Dave picked me up at the airport and took me home to a party. You know I love a party! This is most of the Kauai gang, Camas being late as she was taking a class but we got her son Koa from the beginning. There's Dave at the edge...
'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...
'11 April
...and visit the on-campus Weisman Museum of Art. Yet another Weisman! That guy, and his foundation gets around. The truly fabulous Weisman House Tour. The Frank Gerhy designed Weisman at the University of Minnesota. There are also large collect...
'11 March
March 30 In anticipation of being away for 5 weeks, and because Angela changed her school day to accommodate another parent, I was with the kids again today. Angela sent these two pictures from the classroom. OMG. Kaitlin was doing her daily journa...
self-portrait Kaitlin Lilly '11 March
March 29 It's Granny and her Grand Girls, in the mirror of Kaitlin's room.
'11 March
March 24 There is a whole pigeon pack that hangs out under the Santa Monica Yacht Harbor archway, entrance to the pier.
Kaitlin '11 March
What FUN for Granny...
Lilly '11 March
March 22 It's Grandbaby Day!
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
Getty Center architecture tram entrance The (Magnificent!) Getty Center
These bowls are filled with aromatics and face down into the tram area. When the tram doors open you are immediately met with the unique combination of sights and smells, transported really, such that you are not in daily life anymore but are at The Getty...
'11 March
And a Getty picnic. .Good job Angela! Lilly, Darryl, Kaitlin, Angela, Cynthia, Courtney, Mike, Kieran. Courtney took the inset.
'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 19 Ahh, the fragrance bowls that meet the tram at the entrance to the Getty.
'11 March
March 18 I spent the day shuffling around the house in my jammie's, coughing, blowing my nose, moaning, while Cynthia, Mike, and Kieran enjoyed Joshua Tree National Park. They are doing a fantastic tour for their short time here put together by My Da...
'11 March
March 15 I met Cynthia, Mike, and face-painted Kieran for a stroll along the Promenade, a walk down to the beach...
'11 March
...and dinner at the pier, for Mike and Kieran's first Pacific Ocean sunset. I'm having so much fun having them here!
'11 March
...and treating all these people to a Happy Birthday luncheon buffet at Shanghai Reds. What excellent fun! Where did the 7 go in the picture? I don't know! The guy who I got to take the shot probably didn't know there was supposed to be a 7. front: ...
'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 10 Welcome to the world Yosef Shalom Pomerantz! Happy daddy Jonathan holding his beautiful son. Ben and Bonnie are going to Israel in May to meet Yosef, their first born GRANDBABY. jp.
'11 March
...and are they as cute as EVER?! Kaitlin won that medal for running a MARATHON! She did the last quarter mile at UCLA. Her school had the kids running about a quarter mile every day at school until they made their total. SO cool. Lilly loooves to...
'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 Feb: St Paul, MN, and Ely
Then we went to the Grand Ely Lodge where we could get a shot of the lake we were fishing on yesterday.
'11 Feb: St Paul, MN, and Ely
Right off the highway in the small town of Cloquet we find The R.W. Lindholm Service Station, the only gas station built from a Frank Lloyd Wright design. "Built in 1956, its design is derived from the Broadacre Standardized Overhead Service Station whi...
'11 Feb: St Paul, MN, and Ely
The rest of the 7x11 foot room from my chair. There's a fishing hole in each of the four corners. Mike is updating his facebook with pictures as the day transpires. Cynthia is fishing by watching her bobber across the room for any sign of action. Jim...
'11 Feb: St Paul, MN, and Ely
A guy is bringing another fish house to the lake. He unhooked the truck and just cranked the house down, then drilled his holes from inside with a power auger, and his group was fishing.
'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
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
Next Kieran and I went to the nearby Target to get party supplies like hats for example. It's going to be a birthday party and we need Hats! Cynthia's birthday is Thursday and Saeed's birthday is Tuesday so we decided to make it a double festivity, par...
'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
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 Feb: St Paul, MN, and Ely
Mike and Cynthia, Kieran in the middle. Then we came home, they tidied up, got Kieran to bed, made up my guest room which is a palace, and now we're sitting on the couches in the living room each with our laptops on our laps, computing away. Oh goodi...
'11 Feb: St Paul, MN, and Ely
Kieran, enjoying himself completely sparring with the teacher.
'11 February
Carl, Lynn, and Bob came out to a Santa Monica restaurant for dinner and I walked down to join them. Lucky me!
'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
...leading to entrances to the walk/run/bike path along the LA River.
'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
And out the window of the restaurant, hold on, wait just a minute here, what's going on?! Nooo, the LA Times is disappearing right before my EYES!
Darryl Angela Kaitlin Lilly '11 February
Here's the new meal-time seating arrangement. Big Girl Lilly gets a seat at the table!
KH Upper 2Bedroom
Following are details of the two bedroom apartment for rent in Westchester. Call 310.821.7853 for questions and to make an appointment to see the apartment. Your private side entrance and your private back stairs...
'11 January
January 24 Click on this link for details of my two-nighter up to San Francisco with Nancy in honor of Henry's third birthday. Happy Birthday Henry!
LA/SF/LA 2005-2013
January 21, 2011 I drove up to Santa Barbara this afternoon to meet up with Michi for dinner and to sleep over at Nancy's. Our plan, Nancy's and mine, was to get up with the dawn and be on the road to San Francisco by 6am.
LA/SF/LA 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.
LA/SF/LA 2005-2013
Then over to see her grandbabies Charlie and Henry, third grandbaby in utero. Awww.
'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
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
January 12 The orange tree is doing the same thing. I've got to get these babies picked and given away! Nancy and I saw Another Year this evening. I liked it a Lot. As usual you can read the Roger Ebert review that expresses my feelings rather pre...
'11 January
Then I went with Ken and Bill to see True Grit and eat dinner at The Odyssey. The waiter took this picture on the veranda - I had the flash set at 'fill' which produced a very entertaining result.
'11 January
January 8 Happy Birthday Elizabeth! What a fiesta Les and Elizabeth hosted at The Restaurant at the Getty.
'11 January
...and it was Free Thursday at MOCA which is always a delight. At the moment a room is devoted to Franz Kline's work (a MOCA favorite of mine) and wow, a guy here who so clearly belongs. We had dinner at Philippe's. Oh yeah. Elizabeth was particularl...
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
more. Various Islamic rulers controlled all of this area from 1192 until 1719, the Mughal dynasties taking control from the Sultanates in 1526. For this reason I think, the Islamic architectural style dominates the grand, historic buildings but because...
'02 Sep: India at the Oberois
A very common sight, being family transportation. You can fit five, six even if everyone is small.
'10 December
And after a grand Christmas Day at D&A's I joined up with Nancy to drive to Joshua Tree where we are to meet Roger and Sandy for a couple days of desert fun. Shots out the car window.
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 24 Marija and Brian's Christmas Eve Extravaganza! Hundreds of guests showed up this year with plenty of food and drink and good cheer for all, and the sing-along was particularly lively this year. Brian, son Andrew, Marija, son-in-law Steve...
'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 11 Knut and Brigitte's Annual Holiday Slipper Party! Tony Hana Adolfo and Miriam Rana Toni
'10 December
December 12 Look where Cynthia is now, oh yeah, Minneapolis/St Paul. .the Twin Cities: Snow Storm Central! That's Kieran sledding, Mike shoveling, Cynthia photographing. cc.
Mike Kieran '10 December
It looks as if they were having a kick of a time with all that snow! Then the three of them made a graham cracker Holiday Village. What holiday FUN, and talk about a White Christmas! Wow-eee. cc.
'10 December
December 10 Happy Birthday Sharon! We are at a birthday festivity arranged by Sharon's son who, being out of town, couldn't go himself...
'10 November
November 29 Nancy and I had a last chance outing with Sandy before her return to San Francisco. Ahh, the sea...
'10 November
November 27 Welcome to town Sandy! We went with Nancy to a movie and a lingering chat-filled afternoon at the Persian restaurant. Then Nancy took Sandy back to her house and they will be having a slumber party for the next couple nights. What fun! ...
'10 November
November 21 I went with Hana today to my new favorite local restaurant. It's The Dining Room at the newly remodeled Shangri-La hotel on Ocean near Wilshire - tasty food, comfy decor, and a great location.
Brigitte Buytaert '10 November
I met Brigitte at the LA Louver and then we enjoyed a nice cuppa tea and a chin wag at James Beach Restaurant across the street. Lovely.
'10 Nov: Washington DC
November 7 This is my metro station in Takoma Park. It's an outside station and when the wind kicks in you can really feel the cold. How great that you always know when the next train will be there. You can watch those minutes ticking off and it does...
'10 Nov: Washington DC
Really grand...
'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'.
'10 Nov: Washington DC
This is where Francis Scott Key saw the rocket's red glare and the bombs bursting in air and behind where I am standing is where he could tell that the flag was still there.
'10 Nov: Washington DC
Nice windows. It was fun to travel in the wake of a politician doing his thing. We even got stopped in a restaurant - 'I voted for you' - which elicited greetings, hand shakes, the proffering of a name card. .'call me if you need anything at all'. ...
'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
"The architects designed the crypt chapels in Norman, Romanesque, and Transitional styles predating the Gothic, as though the cathedral had been built as a successor to earlier churches, a common occurrence in European cathedrals."
'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
I went out to dinner with Kyle at a great local restaurant and then came back to visit with some sweet guests from Korea who left the next morning, and an enjoyable evening it was!
'10 Nov: Washington DC
A street view in Georgetown. I wasn't expecting big streets like this. There were two main crossing commercial avenues that we ran into...
'10 Nov: Washington DC
It's very charming day and night. Ms Wiki: "Old Town, in the eastern and southeastern areas of Alexandria and on the Potomac River, is the oldest section of the city (of Washington DC), originally laid out in 1749, and is... chiefly known for its histor...
'10 Oct: Colonial Virginia
This restored home was a restaurant where we ate a surprisingly delicious lunch.
'10 Oct: Colonial Virginia
Nepenthe is a 35.5 foot sailing boat and A&C have arranged their lives in a way that makes me gaga in their level of paring down and living small and at the same time living very large.
'10 Oct: Florida
Marilyn arranged everything - found Mount Dora as a meeting place, got the hotel, researched restaurants, brought several cocktail hours worth of snacks and beverage. This is the view from the parking lot of the Quality Inn! I was SO surprised and deli...
'10 Oct: New Orleans
...to the trolley that goes into the French Quarter where my Couch Surfing host lives. I like to mess around with public transportation when the timing works out, which in this case was not too bad and the sightseeing along the way was interesting.
'10 Oct: New Orleans
I went out for a neighborhood dinner just two blocks from the apartment. The meal was delicious, no surprise there. The restaurant was called Ports of Call, there was a big fish tank, they had fish on the wall, and on the menu - three burgers, three stea...
'10 Oct: New Orleans
It's the next morning now. Meet my host Dennis and another guest who was there last night too. We all went together for breakfast. They both contributed very entertaining stories and ideas to a lively conversation and a grand time was had by all.
'10 Oct: New Orleans
As noted by many: The Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis King of France is the oldest Catholic cathedral in continual use in the United States. It was oddly bright inside for a cathedral and then I realized it's all painted white and there are many clear g...
'10 Oct: Florida
I walked down to restaurant row on Fort Myers Beach; this is the pier. Looking off that pier...
'10 October
October 12 Lilly and her Granny building a tall tall tower. A Taaaall Tower. That's so fun to say. Here I am with Kaitlin! building a Tall Tower!
'10 October
October 10 My mother would have had such a great day today. She would have written cards and letters for no other reason than the joy of using 10-10-10. She would have talked about it non-stop. Oh yeah, she would'a loved it. Out on a walk with Sha...
Tom van Valkenburg '10 October
October 9 Kitteh loooves his daddy. Tom cannot sit down without the instant appearance of Simon demanding his perch. Thanks for the perfect dinner guys.
'10 October
October 7 Oh goodie. .a tour in the US of A! I've been working on my arrangements, kicking off in one short week: to Fort Myers (for a wedding) then New Orleans (haven’t been since Katrina and waiting for the next weekend) then Mt Dora (to see an ...
'10 September
Kaitlin got to choose her favorite restaurant for her birthday dinner. She rode her big girl birthday bike over there. Happy Birthday sweetie!
'10 Sep: Seattle & Vancouver Island
October 1 If you are ever deciding where to stay in Seattle let me recommend Belltown. That's The Condo's neighborhood and there is everything right here. Sooo many restaurants, cafés, and clubs, Pike Place, the waterfront, Pioneer Square, the Quest...
'10 Sep: Seattle & Vancouver Island
Then we enjoyed Pioneer Park and the surrounding neighborhood. More more down here, and fabulous old bank-insurance-housing-manufacturing buildings repurposed into a trendy 'hood.
'10 Sep: Seattle & Vancouver Island
Then we enjoyed a visit to Fisherman's Village in Victoria and lunch at a nearby restaurant...
'10 Sep: Seattle & Vancouver Island
When we saw this from a distance we thought oh look, a waterfall. But no, it's a dancing waters fountain. Some more wiki-facts: In 1939, the Butcharts gave the Gardens to their grandson Ian Ross (1918–1997) on his 21st birthday. Ross was involved in th...
'10 Sep: Seattle & Vancouver Island
More from the Empress. They had the big front entrance closed off. The front room is where they were serving High Tea, their signature offering, so everyone used this side door to get in.
'10 Sep: Seattle & Vancouver Island
Yes, reflect-o. That's me and Sharon and Betsy and Strangers.
'10 Sep: Seattle & Vancouver Island
I made a study of available happy hour menus within two blocks of The Condo and there were several. The first very highly rated place we tried was so loud with the Boom!Boom! interrupting my heartbeat 'music' I made us move on. The next choice was this...
'10 September
I did make some origami cranes for a little decoration, pink ones Of Course.
my Valley Girls '10 August
This was a BIG day of news and festivo. From the top left: Happy Birthday Becky!, Marsha is going to be a Grandma!, Ann's son is off to Afghanistan with all our love, one part of Alicia's extended family are totally feuding, Maxine is feeling great aft...
'10 August
Burt and Charlene are raising their grandboys John and Bradley, and here they are in their brand newly painted and reorganized bedrooms, painted and reorganized by Burt and Charlene themselves, ready for the new school year. So Awesome. You go you guys. ...
Kaitlin Lilly '10 August
August 20 Let's go to Granny's house!
Santa Monica life '10 August
August 19 Sharon and I went to check out the newly re-opened Santa Monica Place - it's the mall at the south end of the Promenade. This is a view from one of the patios on the Dining Deck. The whole top floor is open with a ton of outdoor lounging opp...
Santa Monica life '10 August
One of the out-of-the-way corners at the new mall. It's good. Jonathan Gold, on the other hand, is cranky. . and complaining. I understand. It's a mall. But for that, at least in summer, it's going to be packed.
Getty Center architecture tram entrance The (Magnificent!) Getty Center
From the plaza at the tram station. The statue came many years after the opening and is an excellent addition. With her arrival came a guard who now patrols the area. She's Aristide Maillol's Air.
'10 August
Here's a picture of Cynthia's boyfriend Mike's son Kieran in Cynthia's back yard in Wisconsin. It's the midwest in summer, it's hot and it's green, and it's Fun. cc.
'10 July
On our way out of the Omni to the Water Court to see a Grand Performance. . we find these guys. Whooo, what's going Here?! They are off to a costume ball: "An Amazing Weekend of Elaborate Costumes and Entertainment The Labyrinth of Jareth 2010 - The ...
'10 July
Here's the promotional pitch for the group we saw. We liked them! "Parisian sensation Caravan Palace is one of the few groups that the phrase “unique sound” truly epitomizes. 1920’s flapper swing, Django Reinhardt-style Gypsy/jazz arrangements and gen...
'10 July
July 11 Date night! I stayed with the grandkids while the kids had a chance to go play. I snagged these pix from Darryl. dj/ak.
'10 July
July 9 Here's what I've been doing eleven days out of the last fourteen. That's right. Exercise. And not just exercise. This is Gyrotonics and I LOVE it. LoveLoveLove it. The owner is amazing and fantastic, and I feel taller and more flexible al...
'10 July
July 3 I got to spend this night with Nancy at her marvelous (and giGANtic) rented home in Hope Ranch.
'10 July
Just as a for example, here is all the furniture that used to fill her living room in Cheviot Hills and this place leaves room for a grand piano considering all the space behind me.
'10 June
June 20 I got to help Marsha with the last stage of cleaning out her garage which was the last stage of Moving In. It was SO satisfying. (Except for the 10,000 framed pictures still about, but no one can help her with that. (This is an internet garag...
'10 Jun: Rome, Italy
...kosher restaurants...
'10 Jun: Rome, Italy
June 1 and 2 I took a little electric tram up to the Villa Borghese today, the only public transportation vehicle that can make it through the smallest streets. It goes slowly and stops a lot so I got some pictures out the window. This is the back o...
'10 Jun: Rome, Italy
Looking down from Pincio to the Piazza del Popolo. Now I am going to walk down there! The Piazza lies inside the northern gate in the Aurelian Walls, once the Porta Flaminia of ancient Rome, the starting point of the Via Flaminia, the road to Ariminum ...
'10 Jun: Rome, Italy
A view along the way. The scaffolded side is probably a match. Through these gates is one of the entrances to the Villa Borghese.
'10 Jun: Rome, Italy
In the Piazza del Popolo across from the entrance gate from the Via Flaminia. It was through that gate that Martin Luther arrived in Rome and first came face to face with these two churches. Two churches. He was so appalled by the extravagance that ...
'10 Jun: Rome, Italy
It's June 2 now and I'm meeting up with Shira! Wow! Today is Republic Day in Italy, "the day commemorates the institutional referendum held by universal suffrage in 1946, in which the Italian people were called to the polls to decide on the form of gov...
'10 Jun: Rome, Italy
The Bone Church! Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini. Those poeple are waiting to get into the crypt. "The pope's brother, Cardinal Antonio Barberini, who was of the Capuchin order, in 1631 ordered the remains of thousands of Capuchin friars e...
'10 Jun: Rome, Italy
May 31 Today's destination: Trastevere and Janiculum. He's waiting there by the entrance to the neighborhood considered both blue-collar and trendy-hip, what usually happens as the first step to gentrification.
'10 Jun: Rome, Italy
After my audience with The Pope I struck out for the Pantheon. Soon after leaving Saint Peter’s I ran into a modern art exhibit that was being held in a restored medieval hospital.
'10 Jun: Rome, Italy
Passing by a generic Bar/Restorante of which there are 10,000.
'10 Jun: Rome, Italy
We completely enjoyed three hours in our marvelous destination of Modena that we three MP&P all loved, and six hours in transit for a trip that, were one to make the drive without hesitation, would have taken three hours MAX. How did we spend those extr...
'10 Jun: Rome, Italy
More of the Plaza Grande with the cathedral behind me.
'10 Jun: Rome, Italy
The Arch of Constantine, erected to commemorate Constantine I's victory over Maxentius at the Battle of Milvian Bridge on October 28, 312. Dedicated in 315. Works modeled on, or inspired by The Arch of Constintine: Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, Paris, F...
'10 Jun: Rome, Italy
Isn't she grand...monumental even. She's at the end of the bridge on one side with a similar but different mate on the other. At the moment I am resting and focusing all my energy to stave off this sore throat that began making himself known to me yest...
'10 Jun: Rome, Italy
...the Piazza Navona. This very long oval was originally the Stadium of Domitian, built in the first century AD, and the surrounding structures were built in the Baroque period on the ruins of the grandstands. The playing of this four piece combo, sax-...
'10 May: Jerusalem, Israel
May 24 My last day in Israel, then tomorrow - Roma! I had an adventure in Public Transportation today, getting to this place, The Wohl Rose Park of Jerusalem, and Bird Watching station, and in the end it was entirely worth it. The local buses are no...
'10 May: Jerusalem, Israel
Here it is, direct from France.
'10 May: Jerusalem, Israel
And what a lovely glow it cast throughout the church. And in the spirit of There Is No Free Lunch I did hear allll about it. This is a slightly strange transition to my next adventure...
'10 May: Jerusalem, Israel
...this synagogue, also in the Old City and probably no more than two-three blocks away as the crow flies, but a world away here. ((ooops, fix the corner...) Jonathan is a bit of a celebrity here having been in the first group of seven to come to the ...
'10 May: Jerusalem, Israel
St George Cathedral. It's Saturday and I'm wandering in East Jerusalem again because things are open. I seem to find myself in the Arab areas a lot because they tend to be 1) historically older, 2) cheaper, and 3) open. In the 12 days I've been in I...
'10 May: Jerusalem, Israel
A group was getting a private organ concert, or semi-private since I went in. It's not a very grand church but it is the seat of the Bishop of Jerusalem of the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East so it gets to be a cathedral.
'10 May: Up North, Israel
Posters around town. Don't miss the Vopli Vidopliassova, the Ukranian Rock Band.
'10 May: Up North, Israel
One of the myriad entrances to the Carmel Market that runs along the edge of the Yemenite Quarter. You know I'm not going in there!
'10 May: Up North, Israel
I walked through the German Colony, and this is the view to the Baha’i Garden from there. The German Colony is a street of refurbished buildings from the era when Germans populated the area. It's now a hot club, restaurant, shops, and hotel scene. N...
'10 May: Up North, Israel
So much of the foliage is familiar. Oleander, bougainvillea, geraniums, palm trees, it's all very Southern Cal.
'10 May: Up North, Israel
I walked on the tour along with this charming young fellow from France. At one point early on we were taking pictures and I asked if he wanted me to take one of him with his camera. No, he said, I have plenty of pictures of myself. Hey, that's what I ...
'10 May: Up North, Israel
Back at the waterfront, the first station of the Carmelit, an underground funicular railway and the only subway in Israel. This is the drama of the entrance...
'10 May: Up North, Israel
May 15 Caesarea! A huge complex of ruins from five or six different cities, each predecessor ruined by the ravages of war and more ruinously by the ravages of earthquakes. Varda dropped me off here this morning so I could walk around for a couple ho...
'10 May: Up North, Israel
A visit with Varda's daughter and son-in-law and grandbaby. Aren't grandbabies just The Thing?!
'10 May: Jerusalem, Israel
Of course there was a shopping stop, this one at the Ahava cosmetics company where they make all their products from elements found at the Dead Sea. There were several of these tree/bush plants growning around there...I wonder what it is? Hilla repli...
'10 May: Jerusalem, Israel
So by 66AD when the Jewish rebels fled to Masada much of what had once been grand was abandonded and had suffered from earthquake damage. See that black line...below the line are original walls and above are the more modern restorations.
'10 May: Jerusalem, Israel
You can see the earthen ramp that the Romans built to bring their battering rams up to the walls of Masada. The guide's last remarks were regarding the meaning of the Masada story to Jewish people today. In the early years of the modern Jewish state th...
'10 May: Jerusalem, Israel
...I am actually staying in East Jerusalem, 15 minutes walking to the Old City and an entirely Palestinian community. I'm very happy here at this hotel. The people have been great, the room, the breakfast, the location, are all great, and the price is ri...
'10 May: Jerusalem, Israel
I got a passer-by to take this one. No, I'm not trying to strangle her, she's just so darn cute.
'10 May: Cappadocia, Turkey
Some of its decorations. Here's what I read about the faces of the paintings, and you can see many more examples in the Open Air Museum pictures. There are two main reasons for the faces to be scratched out of these paintings. First, during the Icon...
'10 May: Cappadocia, Turkey
May 8 I went on a long all day tour today and will not have time to tell the story - I have to go to sleep soon. This picture totally cracks-me-up. I had not at all noticed that my hand was in the shot. I was trying to herd this crowd (1 Japanese, ...
'10 May: Cappadocia, Turkey
There were several of this kind of place that we passed, this one being quite magnificent. I bought a little bag of random treats and ate them all.
'10 May: Cappadocia, Turkey
Then, back in Goreme, after another little rest... I joined Tina and her parents for dinner at this entirely entertaining restaurant. What they say about themselves: "Dibek Restaurant’s building is 475 years old. The ground floor was originally used as...
'10 May: Cappadocia, Turkey
Tina, on a sabbatical from work, and her parents here on a two week tour around Turkey, in the stables of the restaurant, in our soo comfortable private dining room.
'10 May: Cappadocia, Turkey
The accommodations of note in this area are the cave hotels offering rooms actually cut into the rock. I was hesitant as I'm not so much for dark places so I booked an 'open air' hostel for the first two nights thinking I'd check out the cave rooms for th...
'10 May: Cappadocia, Turkey
These places are in fact carved into the rock and these are the original paintings without any benefit of restoration. I definately never learned the history of this region. Here's just an example: "The Cappadocians, supported by Rome against Mithridat...
'10 May: Cappadocia, Turkey
Walking on, at the entrance to the Open Air Museum in Goreme, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1984 and the rest of Cappadocia a World Heritage Site since 1985. What I read: the rocks here are volcanic, called tufa, (certainly different from the black...
'10 Apr: Istanbul, Turkey
May 4 Ahmet and Eser found me on the internet and invited me out. They gave up their whole day to drive me places it's not so easy to visit by public transportation and ohh yeah, I had Such a time!
'10 Apr: Istanbul, Turkey
And THEN Ahmet invited me to join them for an evening dinner and cruise on the Bosporus. Yes! It was a business thing, put on by folks in the insurance business for whom Ahmet does some work. I haven't attended a good business party in Forever and thi...
'10 Apr: Istanbul, Turkey
...including every side street chock-o-block with restaurants, snack shops, stores of every description, clubs, and even the occasional sign pointing upstairs for 'artistic tattoos'.
'10 Apr: Istanbul, Turkey
Here's the entrance to the real Rustem Pasa Mosque. Good thing I'm not afraid to ask! Carry a map and clearly write the name of the place you want to go and anyone will help you. (Another good thing is I knew the Rustem Pasa Mosque was in the Spice Mark...
'10 Apr: Istanbul, Turkey
...this. "The Rüstem Pasha Mosque was designed by Ottoman imperial architect Mimar Sinan for Grand Vizier Damat Rüstem Pasha (husband of one of the daughters of Suleiman the Magnificent, Princess Mihrimah). Its building took place from 1561 to 1563."
'10 Apr: Istanbul, Turkey
A little way beyond the mosque complex and past many mausoleums and grave yards is the funicular that will take you up the hill to the Pierre Loti Café where it is required that you enjoy the view and a Turkish coffee. Not changing the subject, I will c...
KH Upper 2Bedroom
Crown molding. That's a nice upscale touch! Don't forget your own private back entrance with a porch that leads into the kitchen service area that you can see in the pictures of the kitchen. Call 310.821.7853 for questions and to make an appointment...
'10 Apr: Istanbul, Turkey
From the entrance hall looking into the grand space.
'10 Apr: Istanbul, Turkey
A picture from the lobby of the Aya Sofya, a representation of what the building looked like before they added the minarets to turn it into a mosque, and before they added the buttresses to hold up the massive structure, neither of which improved the appea...
'10 Apr: Istanbul, Turkey
The grand entrance gate.
'10 Apr: Istanbul, Turkey
...and tiles. PhDs have been granted...Careers have been made!
'10 Apr: Istanbul, Turkey
...The BEANS. Do not miss the beans. There are a number of restaurants across the street from the Mosque. They have several things to choose from but everyone, it was crazy, EVERYONE was eating these beans so of Course I HAD to have me some of those bea...
'10 Apr: Istanbul, Turkey
My first breakfast on the roof garden. It was cold and gray and the picture didn't do justice to the view so that'll be for another time. On the plate with the cheese, olives, orange, butter-jam-honey-chocolate hazelnut butter, tomato and cucumber, the...
'10 Apr: Istanbul, Turkey
An entrance gate to the courtyard of The Blue Mosque (Mosque of Sultan Ahmet I (Sultan Ahmet Camii)). You can see a bit of the mosque itself through the archway.
'10 Apr: Istanbul, Turkey
It's a gasper alright, when you first walk into this amazing space. You can see some of the blue tiles that give the mosque its name. The lighting is interesting too, all those bulbs hung from individual strings throughout the mosque. From wiki (ok, I...
'10 Apr: Istanbul, Turkey
April 26 I'm settled snug in my itty bitty room with a nice window and a view which is amazing at this price, at the Metropolis Hostel in Istanbul, Turkey. It's been days since I got up this morning, but all the cramped sitting and agonized standing an...
'10 March and April
Here we are, Ladies Who Lunch. Nancy D has moved to Santa Barbara, Sandy has moved to San Francisco, Nancy A moved to NYNY but has returned(!) and we all gathered for Lunch. It's very noticeable when your good friends move away, by empty calendar squar...
'10 March and April
April 19 AirFrance, due to be back in the air tomorrow. Should give them plenty of time to catch up before my departure on Sunday. Oh yea!
'10 March and April
April 2 Kaitlin's playgroup and Kaitlin and Angela's 3nd Annual Easter Egg Extravaganza...lunch, egg coloring, dessert, Easter egg hunting. What a Party! What Fun! Lucky Me! (grrr...I took this picture while Angela and Kaitlin were putting Lilly d...
'10 Mar: Kauai
Many groups then came forward to place their lei on the memorial, sing a song (they all sang a song!), and one member of each group would say a few words. It was very cool. Who are these ladies dressed entirely in black muumuus with the yellow/orange l...
'10 Mar: Kauai
I did a little side excursion to stand on the bridge that crosses the Wailua River. It's a bit dangerous because there has been a huge construction project on this (actually rather small) bridge for as long as I can remember. One of the guidebooks says i...
'10 Mar: Kauai
March 25 From yesterday's trip to the farmer's market. I don't remember the names of the odd ones and to be Perfectly Frank, only the papaya was particularly tasty, and it was actually overripe. Then we went to the local Safeway where all the fruit ...
'10 Mar: Kauai
Here we are at the entrance to the old Ahukini Pier at the southern end of Hanamaʻulu Bay, just south of the Lihu'e airport. You can see the harbor beacon at the end of the jetty.
'10 Mar: Kauai w/The Girls
Kicking off another big day, we swung by the Wailua Falls. And mighty grand they are.
'10 Mar: Kauai w/The Girls
Here we board the Holo Holo catamaran for our dinner and sunset cruise and what was to be a tour of the Na Pali coast but turned out to be a whale watching adventure since the Na Pali side was, according to the boat folks, too rough to visit.
'10 Mar: Kauai w/The Girls
...and some great fire action at the end. It was a real hit and packed a lot of wow for this relatively modest show's grand finale.
'10 Mar: Kauai
A formation that you can see from most places on this quadrant of the island. We had originally identified this guy as Sleeping Giant but not so. Sleeping Giant actually rests right up the road from the house!
'10 Mar: Kauai
March 11 We decided to just head out today and flip a coin as to turning left or right. This 'method' took us in the direction of Poipu and one of our favorite stops, the Grand Hyatt.
'10 Mar: Kauai
A stroll through the fabulous landscaping of the Grand Hyatt...
'10 Mar: Kauai
...not. Rain rain rain. We haven’t had one consecutive hour without rain. It’s random reinforcement. We keep thinking AH-HA, now it has stopped, which it has, and the skies clear and the sun shines and we put on our shoes to go walking and BAM, like ...
'10 Mar: Kauai
Looking out from the entrance gates. Inside the gates is a vestibule where you can admire the stone carvings and change your shoes before entering the house.
Sandy Chaves Nancy Artz '10 March and April
March 4 Let's go to the Beach! Sandy's down from SF for some visiting in LA and a grand time was had by all. Sandy, Nancy
Lilly '10 March and April
"Yes Granny? I'm a little tied up here watering my Farmville..."
'10 February
February 26 I spent the Whole Day watching Olympics on my computer (really, I’m even watching hockey right now) and getting my trip to Europe etc. started. It took HOURS to finally get an air itinerary because none of the online services would ‘confirm...
'10 February
Lilly says "Look Granny, a red one!"
'10 February
February 22 Kaitlin made us a tent to play in, and she prepared a lovely tea party with pomegranate tea, a slice of cheese, and a french fry. I didn't last tooo long in there but it was fun while I could. Angela took these. ak.
'10 February
February 21 Renoir in the 20th Century at LACMA. You have to pay an extra twenty bucks to see this giant compilation - room after room of paintings, and within each room an almost overpowering sameness. Of course I'm very glad to have seen it, but I d...
'10 February
On the drive down from my last adventure in San Francisco, here's the sweet little motel I enjoyed on my last night, just doing nothing, watching tv and messing with my pictures.
'10 February
February 10 DONE! I'm home now looking through my brand new eyelens, Clear! Bright! 'They' told me a couple times that my eye will take a few days to 'settle in' from cataract surgery so the crosseyed puffy feeling will surely go away. So far so v...
'10 February
February 5 Sharon, Nancy A, and I met for lunch to bid Bon Voyage to Nancy D who is taking a year's sabbatical, renting a huge and fabulous home in Hope Ranch in Santa Barbara. Oh goodie! A new place to visit!!
Burton Weinstein Charlene Weinstein '10 January
And speaking of Burt, here's a picture he did of his grandsons. The boys are living with Burt and Charlene and have for years now. It is a marvel what they do. bw.
Susan Sarno '10 January
...and an entertaining and instructive tour focusing on the life and times of Phineas Banning who "was a visionary ...who played a pivotal role in the development of one of this country's great cities. Banning was instrumental in building the Port of Los A...
Lilly '10 January
January 26 Kaitlin took these pictures with her own camera and we made the collage together. She wrote a note to her Aunt Cynthia: "I took these pictures today and it’s my collage. I want you to see it. The flowers are geraniums and daisies. And m...
'10 January
January 22 More movies. (Here's a link to the last set. Inglourios Bastards: First, it's a Quentin Tarantino flic and it is what it is. Second, Brad Pitt is a stone cold riot. (500) Days of Summer: A romatic comedy that tries to be more but, for...
Kaitlin Lilly '10 January
January 18-19 Two great days of Grandbabies! HuRRay! First our Tuesday and an afternoon playdate with Claudia and Sarah. ALL the girls want to hold Lilly. 'Where's baby Lilly? Where's baby Lilly?' is always the first question.
Lilly '10 January
Ann, mother of Claudia and Sarah, brought a couple treasures for Baby Lilly including this grand entertainment center. Lilly Looved it, and after just a few minutes she was moving herself around and happily whacking away at all the attachments.
'10 January
Then we went to see the Frances Gearhart retrospective at the Pasadena Museum of California Art and it was well worth the detour. And finishing up the day - dinner with Nancy. Nancy was in NYNY last week for a short visit with her daughter and she Stil...
Ben Pomerantz Bonnie Pastor '10 January
January 17 Ben and Bonnie have the Golden membership at the Huntington with guest passes and a very early entering time, which we did today and it was gorgeous. (My collection of favorite Huntington photos.
LA/SF/LA 2005-2013
The lake! It's Lake Merced and right there in the city of San Francisco. This is the smallest section and an easy stroll from the Park Merced towers where R&S live.
LA/SF/LA 2005-2013
Roger and his mom. Mom lives in the next door tower and is one of the reasons they made this move to San Fran, so Roger could keep an eye on her, do her shopping, take her to the doctor, see that she's safe, while she can still live on her own.
San Francisco Bay Bridge LA/SF/LA 2005-2013
We visited Bruce and Claudia at their new place, a lovely home in the hills of Point Richmond, and enjoyed lunch and an afternoon stroll not in their town but we took a drive into San Rafael. This is the view from in front of their house, if you walk a ...
LA/SF/LA 2005-2013
January 9, 2010 Here we are arrived at the classy and stylin' two bedroom-bathroom-livingroom-kitchen accommodation in the Noe Valley neighborhood in San Francisco where Nancy has invited me to join her for the celebration weekend of her oldest grandson...
LA/SF/LA 2005-2013
We spent the evening with Josh (Nancy's son) and Kelly, Charlie, and Henry. They live in the Bernal Heights neighborhood in San Francisco. San Francisco is defined in many small neighborhoods some only a few blocks in size but if you want to live in one ...
Roger Eaton Sandy Chaves LA/SF/LA 2005-2013
And here come Roger and Sandy recently relocated to San Francisco. We're going to see their place tomorrow. I am pleased to report they are doing very well.
'10 January
January 9 I'm in San Francisco now, the weather is lovely, and hope to get some pictures done tonight. Ahh, the Golden City by the Bay. You can click here to go to the chapter on San Francisco.
'10 January
I'm just so SO excited to report I have a date for my liberation. YEA! I can hardly WAIT to go under the knife and SEE again. I can Hardly Wait. The ophthamologist did say that without spending a few thousand more dollars not covered by insurance she...
'09 Nov: Wisconsin
December 5 Big Day Today! First we drove through the countryside to the Chippewa Moraine State Recreation Area Visitor's Center located along the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. It is that Scenic Trail for which the Park is most well known and upon w...
'09 Nov: Wisconsin
...it's time for the Chippewa Falls Annual Christmas Parade! We left Irvine Park five minutes before the parade was to start, drove to the main street, parked one block away, and were in place right on time for the start of the parade. It's crazy. Here ...
'09 Nov: Wisconsin
Pretty grand isn't it. There are a lot of pines and other types of evergreens around, but predominately we've got the deciduous trees which make such a dramatic presence in winter photos.
'09 Nov: Wisconsin
2) Inga-Lill from her Mediterranean cruise. She had a FABulous time and took plenty of pictures for me to enjoy. Good job Lill! ??
'09 Nov: Wisconsin
November 26 Yes, we did! We did it!! Yum-eeeee. You can just add a yum-eeeee after every item: turkey and dressing, yam and onion skillet, an indigenous dish know as Cheezy Potatoes made with frozen hash browns and cream of mushroom soup, green b...
'09 November
November 22-23 This is a photo from the catalog of a show about tea at the Fowler Museum. Nancy, Sharon, and I had a great afternoon there at UCLA, but first things first, we ate very delicious food at Flame, a Persian restaurant in Westwood. The la...
'09 November
November 19 I went to the optometrist today to find out if the insurance company would say my cataract was bad enough for surgery and to confirm that I didn't have a brain tumor. Yes she said, you can get that cataract out any time and no she said, y...
'09 November
November 14 Welcome back Nancy! Here we are in her new Park La Brea home having a Bon Voyage dinner for Roger and Sandy who are moving to San Francisco at the end of the month. We are in the midst of comings and goings aren't we?! When people leave...
'09 Nov: Cambria/San Simeon
What follows are my two favorite rooms - the grand living room in La Casa Grande, the big house...
'09 Nov: Cambria/San Simeon
October 1 (before arriving in Cambria...) On the way from Death Valley to Cambria, rather than doing an 8-9 hour drive, we stopped for the night in Bakersfield. That is correct. Bakersfield. Because I wanted to go there. For what seems like foreve...
'09 Oct: Death Valley
At Furnace Creek Ranch they have a museum and a lot of the implements of the mining days. (If you don't know what's going on in this picture you probably need to stay in school...)
'09 Oct: Death Valley
...and enjoyed a beautiful sunset on their patio. We're off tomorrow morning. It's been grand. A few comments about food and accommodations in Death Valley. You don't have a lot of choices. There is camping in giant RV lots, some smaller spots, and ...
'09 Oct: Death Valley
We swung through Stovepipe Wells for a snack before a quick stop by the dunes. This is it, except for the gas station and general store behind me, this, the motel-restaurant combo is it for Stovepipe Wells. I thought I remembered random buildings scatt...
'09 Oct: Death Valley
October 29 Our entrance to Death Valley - we came in from Las Vegas on the 190 (click on the link for a view of our time in Las Vegas), State Line Road, and a wowzer entrance it was.
'09 Oct: Death Valley
We are staying at the entirely delightful Furnace Creek Ranch (about 3/4 downmarket from the Furnace Creek Inn) and this is the view from our back patio.
'09 Oct: Death Valley
An interesting note from Ms Wiki "This point is only 76 miles east of Mount Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous United States with an elevation of 14,505 feet." It's the rain shadow of both the Pacific Coast Range and the Sierra Nevada Range that...
'09 Oct: Death Valley
Then we continued on to the Artist's Palette which was fairly named as so many surfaces were a-glow in beautiful pastels of pink, blue, orange, and green. But the pictures, I just can't get them to work. So here's this one from the top of a long walk.
'09 Oct: Death Valley
And the long shadows of evening sent us home for a nice dinner at the Furnace Creek Ranch Cafe, and a good solid sleep.
Viva! Las Vegas 2004-2011
Too bad I wasn't ready for this sudden and momentary appearance right in my face and the picture is too blurry but I'm using it anyway.
Viva! Las Vegas 2004-2011
...really, AWEsome. Then we walked on. I should say that it was first thing in the morning and I was already waaay done with the smoke. My eyes itched and my throat hurt. But I did make it pretty much ok for 2 days. There's no smoking now in the res...
Viva! Las Vegas 2004-2011
We came back to rest for a while before out Big Night Out. Sharon's son got us front-and-center tickets to the Cirque du Soleil show KA at the MGM Grand. There were no photos allowed (of course) but before the show started I grabbed this shot of the th...
Viva! Las Vegas 2004-2011
We decided to explore the casino-hotels on our corner. It took four hours to make the rounds. These places are BIG. First, Mandalay Bay at the farthest south end of the strip and best known for its 'beach' with a huge wave pool, a huge river you can f...
WW #9
The living room windows across from the kitchen. Wow, your own large and lovely veranda and a dining area to the side of the kitchen.
'09 October
October 22 I've been powering my way through all the Mad Men on dvd. I should be done with season 2 before I leave on Sunday. It's a hit and will probably go on the list with Surprisingly Good TV (Deadwood, The Sopranos, The Wire, Six Feet Under)......
LACMA '09 October
The old entrance. It seems they're trying to funnel everyone to enter through the lamp posts and I have no idea why.
Sandy Chaves '09 October
October 11 Happy Birthday Dear Sandy, Happy Birthday to YOUUU! me, Nancy A, Charlie, Nancy D, Roger, Sandy, Randy, Leko.
Viva! Las Vegas 2004-2011
December 8-9, 2006 Here was a quick one nighter to catch up with some old pals from work. Test your Las Vegas savvy...North to South, *=East side of the street: Stratosphere, Circus Circus # *Sahara*Riviera Stardust, New Frontier # *Wynn Las Vega...
'09 October
October 1 Look at the review Darryl got for his recording label, from MetalJazz.com. Excellent! Congratulations D!! "...This record arrives via an interesting download-only internet label, Redline Park. Darryl Kanouse and friends have carefully cur...
'09 October
Marija's. Of course of course there are more grandbabies but these are the most recent that people have sent me. Lovin' those grandbaby pictures!
'09 October
Here come some photos I received recently of other women's grandbabies. They are really cute too. Nancy D's.
Kaitlin Lilly '09 September
September 28-30 Lots of Grandbaby Time these last few days oh lucky lucky me. While we were on Lilly's very first trip to Target I missed taking a shot but she was basically like this - asleep. Kaitlin had money and was out for some important additi...
Viva! Las Vegas 2004-2011
After a bit of rest and a swim we hit the strip. The MGM Grand Hotel.
Kaitlin '09 September
September 21 It's Actual Birthday Day for Kaitlin and we got to go to her favorite restaurant...Welcome to Mel's!
Kaitlin '09 September
September 20 It's the Ladybug Birthday! Happy Happy Fourth Birthday KAITLIN! (I've got a few more pictures for later...and a Grand time was had by all including baby Lilly and her mother Angela, a few days out of the hospital from a second c-section...
Kaitlin '09 September
This evening after dinner Kaitlin went outside and within a few minutes had created her own little living room complete with lounge and flower arrangement and bubble blowing opportunities.
Lilly '09 September
September 14 Meet my new grandbaby LILLY GRACE Kanouse!
Angela Kaitlin Lilly '09 September
September 8-9 I got back from Cambria, Big Sur, and The Ranch late on the 7th. Fun! This is the last Tuesday before Baby Time! We are all just so dang excited.
The Ranch 2009-2013
The guys out for a walk. Lew-Ben-Carl-Bob. Jerry was off engaged in some one of the innumerable chores around The Ranch or else he was off plotting a new prank.
The Ranch 2009-2013
It IS The Ranch.
The Ranch 2009-2013
There is a large flock of peacocks living on The Ranch (too bad this is my best shot) and their feathers make up a lively decor in many a room.
The Ranch 2009-2013
September 5-7 2009 Nestled in the middle of the far right edge are most of the residences of The Ranch. Ahhh.
Jonathon Pomerantz, Michael Pomerantz '09 August
August 7 Look who's home! Jonathon from Israel and Michael from Berkeley. Michael agreed to this photo because he loves his mother. I visited Jonathon in Korea a few years ago and now I am hoping to be able to visit him in Israel. Now there's a re...
Bonnie Pastor, Ben Pomerantz, Jonathon Pomerantz, Michael Pomerantz '09 August
Mom, and Dad, and The Boys!
Angela Kanouse '09 August
August 1 A Baby Sprinkle for Angela, a Ladies Tea Party at the Tudor House, and a grand time was had by all!
'09 July
July 26 I went with Nancy D on one of her new favorite walks on a great trail, steep I might add, along a crest of Mulholland Drive. But it was H.O.T. and we turned back before getting the full benefit. Then we ate at a vegan restaurant in Santa Mon...
Kaitlin '09 July
Here we are practicing looking through one eye. I was taking these pictures with hardly any idea what I was seeing because the ^%#$@*!^ cataract in my right eye is getting seriously b.a.d. and driving me seriously N.U.T.S. But still it's not bad enough...
'09 Jul: The GRAND Canyon, Flagstaff, Sedona
"Build a structure that provides the widest possible view of Grand Canyon yet harmonizes with its setting: this was architect Mary Colter's goal when the Fred Harvey Company hired her in 1930 to design a gift shop and rest area at Desert View. Colter's ans...
'09 Jul: The GRAND Canyon, Flagstaff, Sedona
Then we went to our favorite internet cafe at a most grand used book store. It was huge and fabulous, Bookmans Entertainment Exchange. And then Farewell Flagstaff! Thanks, it was Great!!
'09 Jul: The GRAND Canyon, Flagstaff, Sedona
July 6 Bon Voyage...We're off to see The GRAND Canyon!
'09 Jul: The GRAND Canyon, Flagstaff, Sedona
...and here, looking out from the top of that structure. We loved this place. There is a much larger community by the Visitor's Center with a fairly well preserved housing complex, a natural amphitheater, and a ball court. This few hours side trip, ...
'09 Jul: The GRAND Canyon, Flagstaff, Sedona
Here come five pictures from the Grand Canyon. Many, yes, but there could be soo many more... The story of the Grand Canyon begins almost 2 billion years ago with some big-time tectonic plate action…
'09 Jul: The GRAND Canyon, Flagstaff, Sedona
3. …five or six million years ago the Colorado River began its creation of The GRAND Canyon.
'09 Jul: The GRAND Canyon, Flagstaff, Sedona
5. pheww, you made it. Some recent dates: 1540 Hopis guide Spanish explorers to the South Rim. 1869 John Wesley Powell leads an expedition through the Grand Canyon. 1901 the railroad arrives at the South Rim, greatly boosting tourism. 1919 Grand C...
'09 July
July 6 We're off to the GRAND Canyon! And there's no internet at the cabin (whoo, yikes.). But there's a Starbucks down the road a couple miles, so photos will be forthcoming, I just don't know when. KIT! July 10 We're BAAACK...check it Out, The ...
Kaitlin '09 July
July 2 I took Kaitlin to her playgroup today at her friend's club where they have a big pool and a cool restaurant (thanks to Emily and Zoe, and Heidi and Syndey!). The place is up up up Resdea Blvd. with great high views looking toward the valley, and...
The Huntington Library and Garden
Entrance to the Japanese Garden.
Huntington Japanese Garden '09 July
We pretty much stuck to Asia on this visit. We even ate lunch at a Chinese restaurant.
'09 June
June 25 Happy Birthday Roger! We ate a feast, drank delicious wine, and generally had a jolly good time. Seated from the left: Charlie, Sandy, r&s's trainer, r&s's neighbor. Standing from the left: Fred, Fred's brother, Roger, Fred's sister, Nancy....
Kaitlin, self-portrait '09 June
June 24 Kaitlin! I got to go for a school pick-up and when Kaitlin caught sight of me she cried out 'oh Granny Granny!' and ran for a hug. How excellent is That?!?! Pictures of us and one of her teachers in the mirror long enjoyed by rooms full of ...
'09 Jun: Wisconsin
Stillwater is also well-known for its bookstores including a specialty in antiquarian volumes and maps. There's a Frank Lloyd Wright too, but it is at the moment privately occupied. This picture is out of whack...I'm going to fix it tonight!
'09 Jun: Wisconsin
Crossing into Minnesota we are taken aback by the view of the Franconia Sculpture Park. We've got to stop here! See that house? A cadre of artists, 10-14 "emerging and mid-career artists", live there for various lengths of time while working on huge s...
Mark '09 Jun: Wisconsin
Last stop of the day - find Dad for a Father's Day greeting. He was at GGs with another flock of relatives I got to meet. What a couple 'a cuties! Then Dick came over to C&M's place for dinner where we ate pizza and watched the nascar races. And a ...
'09 Jun: Wisconsin
June 18 On Thursday I dropped Cynth off at work and drove out to where Mark's mom is taking care of her mom during the week. The youngest sibling was there too as was her daughter who is getting married in a few weeks. Peggy made a most delicious, a...
'09 Jun: Wisconsin
From 1986, The FAM. The siblings are numbered 1-9 and the spouses are listed with their sibling-mate. Dick and Peggy are Mark's parents. I'm going to underline the names of the ones I've met! Standing on the floor from the left: Jim(+Karen), Karen #9...
'09 Jun: Wisconsin
The attached garage with an electric garage door opener is a real luxury for the winter. I knew, but hadn't fully absorbed what it means to have a warm, tidy, clean, full basement. The basement is the size of the full house! This doesn't even show it ...
'09 Jun: Wisconsin
I spent some time in the Goldsmith Memorial Chapel, prominent in the early 1800s. In comparison I really wasn't feeling it for downtown Eau Claire, which is strange because I thought I was going to like that place especially. There are many lovely old ...
'09 Jun: Wisconsin
Then I drove to a very small town where they have a restaurant touted by the guide books, the Norske Nook. It was ok but I can't give a fair review because when I got there the car started acting up. In the end it was No Problem. The car is Just Fine. ...
self-portrait '09 Jun: Wisconsin
After the river ride we headed north-east, touring along the edge of Lake Superior heading into Bayfield, kicking off point to the Apostle Islands. At the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Visitors Center, our only National Park Service opportunity to ...
'09 Jun: Wisconsin
Mark is working in Minneapolis and won't be back until Friday so we've got some girls-night-out ahead. The restaurant, Pokegama Inn, settled here as it is on the banks of Pokegama Lake.
Nancy Artz '09 June
June 8 NA Nancy has made a mess of her finger and she's been going around like this for some time now. We haven't given it a name...that's odd. Here's what Nancy said in a recent email: “Today has been a great stay at home day though.. E-mail and c...
'09 June
Then on the way back I did some research into the camping opportunities along PCH. After talking to rangers, scouring the internet, and remembering from past trips, I can say that those right-by-the-sand places are RV compatible but risky in tents. The s...
'09 June
Mighty grand. We met the people who live in the house one time and they cut a flower for Kaitlin to take home! A couple times a year we get these blooms. They reseed the patch with what they collect from the previous crop and then it just grows since ...
Independent Budget-minded Travel
August and September 2013 I expected it to be good, but it was AWEsome: the Republic of Ireland ... Northern Ireland ... Scotland and Wales ...and London and the English countryside including an omg visit to Stonehenge. June and July 2013 Another gre...
'09 May
May 31 It's time for Kaitlin's dance recital! That's her teacher Miss Meghan gathering her group. One of her groups actually as she has many. I will say that they ran this huge HUGE recital (with something like 80 performances broken into four 'set...
'09 May
May 29 First I'm going to Wisconsin (YEA!) and then a quick visit to the Grand Canyon (Oh FUN), and then it's going to be BABY TIME (HURRAY!)! and after that...what's next? I've never been to Rome and I reallly want to go. I've never been to Greece ...
'09 May
Then we walked down to the Casa del Mar for a glass of wine and a visit around the most excellent windows in their gorgeous lounge. What a great evening. I just realized while writting this - the ferris wheel is not early for July 4th, it's doing its V...
'09 May
May 22 Wow! It's Marija and Brian's grandbaby Alexander! Congratulations Marija and Brian! He is a Prince among babies, we can tell that already. Marija has so happily spent the last several weeks up there on her very own Cloud 9 named Alexander. Y...
'09 May
May 15 Wow, look what's happening in my neighborhood. This is the jacaranda block. The palm tree block is next. And there's another block of that tree I don't know the name of. It's nice to be home and out for a nice walk.
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Schlepping your stuff. Do everything just exactly as this guy, Mr Onebag, tells you to do. He is a packing genius. His packing checklist is a stunning work of art that should be framed and prominently displayed at the Getty Center. One thing though...
Ben Pomerantz Bonnie Pastor '09 May
May 9 Home from the land of Aloha just in time to enjoy Bonnie and Ben's gorgeous newly landscaped garden and farm. That's right. Not only is it a most luxurious and delightful garden...
Ben Pomerantz Bonnie Pastor '09 May
...it's a farm. Those raised beds are incredibly perfect. You can sit on a nicely padded stool and moving around the beds easily reach every part of the growing surface. It is wonderful! What a perfect way to settle into the decade of our sixties. H...
'09 Apr: Honolulu
And here are the first place winners. They were great - we could see them solving the puzzles, and they got the anagram without even having to go to the location. Here is the note I wrote the the staff who were so helpful: "Good morning gang, and THANK...
'09 Apr: Honolulu
Swim! Bike! RUN!! (bad Granty bad...this is not Charis in the swimming seqment. I'm really sorry Charis!)
'09 Apr: Honolulu
On the 30th Sharon come to town from Kauai. We rented a car and set out for adventure. But first we got her settled into the Moana Surfrider hotel, the Grand Dame on Waikiki Beach first opened in 1901. That's me reflected in her patio door.
'09 Apr: Honolulu
...and this is Christa and Catherine when they learned they were the First Prize WINNERS of the debate. There are many categories in a speech tournament such as Extemporaneous Commentary and Humorous Interpretation but the debate is SO Much More WORK. ...
'09 Apr: Kauai
One of our favorite spots there is the Grand Hyatt Hotel with the cool birds...
'09 Apr: Kauai
April 17 First, a few pictures from previous days that I haven't got to yet. Remember the Spirit House from visits past? Now he's sitting out there feeling all strange and displaced. Where is my home? asks the Spirit House. Just hang on, it'll be ...
'09 Apr: Kauai
The kitchen counters are all made of this granite with a soft matte finish and amazingly fabulous fossils. Wow.
'09 April
April 10 Is this not the coolest group of playgroup of moms. I am SO happy I get to play too! They've all got kids Kaitlin's age... ...and we're well along with the second flight, siblings of Kaitlin's pals, two of whom are in the picture, two more...
'09 April
April 8 I had a lovely dinner with Roger and Sandy last night with all soft food because of my &^@$# tooth. It was delicious none the less. This is Sandy's Grandbaby Lucas's baby brother Everett! Hi Everett! China sent this picture from Atlanta wher...
'09 April
April 3 Here's the picture on the wall of the last restaurant I ate in in Guatemala.
'09 Mar: Flores & TIKAL, Guatemala
All the restaurants have their patios facing the lake and are lovely places to lounge. It's a good thing too because I think this was true in every place I bought food in Guatemala, including truck stops, there is no prep. If your salad has a cut tomat...
'09 Mar: Flores & TIKAL, Guatemala
Here is what turned out to be my favorite restaurant. I went here many times and only abandoned them to try out some others for comparison. By my third visit they brought everything just the way I like it without asking. A whole fresh fish from the la...
'09 Mar: Flores & TIKAL, Guatemala
The National Tree, a ceiba, and mighty grand it is.
'09 Mar: Flores & TIKAL, Guatemala
One of my tour mates. The Maya started building here in the 4th century BC, built one thing on top of another, had a golden age (200-900 AD), and then abandoned the area around 1,000 AD. Our guide gave a long story about why they left, for lack of wa...
'09 Mar: Flores & TIKAL, Guatemala
And speaking of wildlife...there were spots where we were amazing at how quiet it was and places that looked like this. Whenever we ran into crowds our guide led us...
'09 Mar: Flores & TIKAL, Guatemala
...and another. Not so much to do here but escape the heat during the day and then hang out in the restaurants hoping to catch a breeze.
'09 Mar: Copán Ruinas, Honduras
An outside shot of the school - I hadn't put this in yet. It is one of the grander buildings in the neighborhood.
'09 Mar: Copán Ruinas, Honduras
I’ve been talking about all the activities of this week which will culminate Friday in the celebration of this town’s main saint, San Jose I think…I forgot to ask about that one important point! Tonight is the coronation of the queen. I walked down wit...
'09 Mar: Copán Ruinas, Honduras
This is a long telephoto of the place. It is a Rodeo! And not just any rodeo but a Gran Rodeo, like the Gran Jugada de Gallos. Turns out it is this town's biggest holiday weekend. Now I have to go down there. Walk walk walk.
'09 Mar: Copán Ruinas, Honduras
So I'm on a very side-side street looking for food and I hear Music...Ranchero music. Down there very small you can see where a fiesta has formed.
'09 Mar: Copán Ruinas, Honduras
Hey Kaitlin...Look! It's Granny's giant shadow.
'09 Mar: Copán Ruinas, Honduras
There was a colony, probably at least 50 of these birds living in the trees above the entrance to the Copán ruins. Keep their colors in mind because they are the colors of the once grand city. It's final now. Bummer. Cuba's off. My living-on-the-b...
'09 Mar: Copán Ruinas, Honduras
You can see the outline of the once grand step-pyramid broken down by the trees, earthquakes, and time. What I read was that the whole city was lost, lost in that it was completely taken over by rainforest. It's hard to picture now with the mostly open...
'09 Mar: Copán Ruinas, Honduras
These are ruins of a residential area that I did not go any further into. It was tropical hot out there today. HOT! Humid!! I must be getting more tolerant of heat in my old age because previously I would not have been able to last at all. However a...
'09 Mar: Copán Ruinas, Honduras
They're not having just a little illegal cockfighting behind the barn. They are having a Gran Jugada de Gallos with betting booths and concession stands. Gosh, I could go both days if I wanted. I've had the chance to go before too and I'm going to kee...
'09 Mar: Lago Atitlán, Guatemala
First, the church. There were two big cans really pouring out the smoke of incense and people would stand or kneel at the entrance swinging the cans on ropes that created even more smoke. And don’t miss the detail of the woman’s outfit and the kids hat.
'09 Mar: Lago Atitlán, Guatemala
It all seemed a pretty casual affair, except for the collecting money part. There were a couple other guys as well as the three you can see just sitting around shooting the breeze and reminding the tourists to pay. Which reminds me! None of these guys...
'09 Mar: Lago Atitlán, Guatemala
The other face of San Marcos is the New Age Western part consisting of a meditation center or two, a couple of massage places, and a few restaurants and guesthouses. This is the most well-know spot in this part of the village. You can even stay in a py...
'09 Mar: Lago Atitlán, Guatemala
This is a restaurant facing the lake.
'09 Feb: Antigua, Guatemala
This is in the ruined part of San Francisco, My church on My street.
'09 Feb: Antigua, Guatemala
It's Sunday morning. This is the church where I turn the corner to go to school every day. The jacarandas around town are all a-bloom.
'09 Feb: Antigua, Guatemala
It's Sunday when your homestay family gets the day off from you and it is also the day of a street food Bonanza. Check it out - black corn tortillas. I said to the woman patting out the tortillas, (en español...I'm getting pretty much good enough to ha...
'09 Feb: Antigua, Guatemala
Antigua is known for its tranquility. Tranquilidad is one of the favorite words I hear when talking to local people about Antigua. Here is one of the many little neighborhood parks, this one a few blocks from my house. Muy tranquilidad. And then...
'09 Feb: Antigua, Guatemala
Me in the fading light, sending greetings to my granddaughter.
'09 Feb: Antigua, Guatemala
Every day I get to eat the most fabulous yogurt made by the Madre in mi casa. These are the steps. The problem is getting the starter. I'm going to take these pictures around to Central American markets and restaurants when I get home and see what they ...
'09 Feb: Antigua, Guatemala
Y mi familia! It's grandma, her daughter, and her grandson. Her brother lives there too and I'll have to get his picture later. They have been completely delightful hosts and patiently wait while I look up words in the dictionary. The schools tell th...
'09 Feb: Antigua, Guatemala
Here's a shot of the school and the study facilities. I saw many, but just a very small percentage of the dozens of schools that operate in Antigua. They are all the same in that all the lessons are one-on-one. Students and teachers are situated face-...
'09 Feb: Antigua, Guatemala
This is my across-the-street neighbor! I'll get more pictures of my homestay but this is what sold me on the place. Between the church, San Francisco, that is still in use and all the associated ruins, it takes up two blocks surrounded by old walls and b...
'09 Feb: Antigua, Guatemala
I went to The two most oft recommended hot spots for foreign students. Of course I went around 4pm when it was nice and quiet... This is one, Café Sky, also called Sky Bar. The other is Café No Sé. I'm going to talk about them later because I got an ...
Alexander King Windy '09 February
It's my little sister Windy and her grandson, the Birthday Boy, Xander. I got to have SO much fun with the King family of Lucas, Betsy, Xander, and Anya in Dusseldorf and in Barcelona.
Windy Wilhelm '09 February
...and here is her back entrance that opens onto the huge deck and looks down onto the creek. Birds and frogs, and wind in the trees, and the gurggling creek mask the sounds of the nearby Topanga Canyon Blvd. Rustic...bucolic...idyllic even.
Windy Wilhelm '09 February
February 8 Walking up to my little sister's new home in Topanga Canyon. That's her entrance along the side by the white bench. She's renting a studio apartment from the guy who owns all what you're seeing now and more...
Kaitlin '09 February
February 3 Kaitlin and I were out for our walk and this woman was walking toward us on the sidewalk. Kaitlin stopped in her tracks, her wide, googly eyes following the approaching woman. 'HI!' Kaitlin called out. 'HI!' the woman replied. As we p...
Lona Windy self-portrait '09 January
January 31 A little-strange auto-shot with bright sun pouring into windows on both sides of the room. Windy is moving! She's leaving Venice-Venice Beach-Venice Canals and moving to Topanga Canyon. Now there's a change of pace. Here's the sister-si...
Kaitlin '09 January
January 24 Happy Birthday Angela! Angela chose, for her birthday outing, to go to the Noah's Ark display at the Skirball Center. It's a cool layout, huge really, with giant animals made of unexpected materials, surprising 'hey kids let's make a dr...
'09 January
What they say about this one, by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, The Triumph of Virtue and Nobility Over Ignorance, c. 1740-50: "Virtue is dressed in white and a sun symbol on her breast. Beside her, Nobility holds a statuette of Minerva and a spear. To th...
'09 January
January 17 Ken and I met for our regular dinner and our regular dance extravaganza at the Granada Pavillion where we danced every dance. What a luxury for me! That's Ken with the woman who runs the dance. She Loves Ken. Movie update! I saw 'Mil...
'09 January
This is such an entertaining display. It's called Urban Light. Here's some text I copied from the LA Times online: "The experience of looking carefully at 'Urban Light' as a work of art, exploring the details of the individual objects, has the added b...
Becky Brand Jack Brand '08 December
Jack Jack Jack...3 of 10...next time when your wife wants a picture you could consider to just cooperate and it'll all be over ever so much sooner...for all of us...
'08 December
December 28 Hurray! some of Mark's People. Photos from Cynthia at Christmas in Wisconsin. 1) Grandma and Mom. 2) Big sister Michelle and her husband Woody, and their three kids - Tyler who is 12, Brooke who is 18 and Nicole who is 17. 3) Grandma and...
'08 December
Becky and her fam, but no Jack...but yes grandbaby, and hey, the rest are all just decoration anyway.
Joshua Tree National Park 2008-2010
I copied this quote from the internet...here And in the stroy from March. "According to legend, Mormon pioneers considered the limbs of the Joshua trees to resemble the upstretched arms of Joshua leading them to the promised land. Others were not as vis...
'08 December
December 20 Ken and I are enjoying the Granada Pavillion during the break when they gave away a table full of raffle prizes. I know, it looks like a high school gym in there. But they've got a real band and they play every ballroom style and Ken kno...
'08 December
The welcoming rotunda, highlighting the wonderful refurbisments of the original building...and you can not even tell from the classic views all the great additions. This is public service at its best. Right up there with Park Rangers.
'08 December
Brigitte and Knut's Seventh(!) Annual Holiday Slipper Party. Whoo, they cooked All Day Long and we ate All Night Long! So many delicious treats. More guests came after this shot but ya know, you can only boss the folks around so many times... fro...
Independent Budget-minded Travel
Where to stay. Wing-it or rezzies? What kind of traveler are you? Even if you want to take the wing-it approach I think the peace of mind that comes of having a plan for your arrival in a new place makes it well worth doing, espeically since I put a...
Independent Budget-minded Travel
Getting the logistics right. You've got your ideas for a basic itinerary so it's time to have those guidebooks on hand that suit your itinerary best. Guidebooks I think are a total pleasure for independent budget-minded travelers, packed as they are wi...
Santa Barbara 2005-2012
From a neighborhood All Saints by the Sea Episcopal church. Over the entrance to the church it says 'Bide a Wee and Pray'. Exactly that.
Independent Budget-minded Travel
My two best suggestions. First: mostly stay in hostels. A few words in praise of 'youth' hostels, and home-stays are just as good. If you are a senior, a seriously independent budget-minded traveler and you have plenty of time to enjoy an extended tri...
'08 December
December 3 I went with ND Nancy to Bergamot and then we walked over for a nice stroll around a place I thought was called The Water Court, but that's unconfirmed. What it is is a Santa Monica complex of bulky office buildings arranged around a large ...
Darryl Bala Lucas Michael '08 November
The traditional Speaking of the Presidents and their Thanksgiving Day proclamations. L&H have been doing this little playlet for yeears now. Then between extended passes at the buffet we had: Readings and a song from the Sanos family. Audience part...
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Xander King Anya King '08 November
Windy's hats got quite a work-out. EVeryone wanted their picture made in the Pilgrim hats. I wonder now...I'm wondering if L&H have now so raised the bar that expectations will need to be met (say I in the passive voice having contributed a whole lot o...
The Huntington Library and Garden
Approaching the above from the entrance.
The Huntington Library and Garden
A passageway and a serene view of the lake. "Plants and flowers, too, serve a symbolic purpose in a Chinese garden, as well as a decorative one. Certain plants may represent the seasons (peach blossoms for spring, pine for winter), while others stand fo...
Kaitlin '08 November
November 18 All of a sudden, out of the blue, some strange combination of sun, machinery, and reflections caused this shadow to appear on Kaitlin's ceiling. 'Kaitlin Kaitlin quick let's take a picture!' and so we did. Her enthusiasm for taking this ...
'08 November
November 9 Sunday morning and time for a Cynthia day down south. We had breakfast at our now regular breakfast palace and then hit the road. First stop, the Orange County Great Park hoping we could use our 'wind check' flight coupon from last year...
Marsha Van Valkenburg '08 November
November 8 It was Marsha's mom's funeral today down in San Diego. She leaves four daughters and a son, a multitude of grandchildren and great-grandchildren and a church full of friends.
Kaitlin Zoe Nora '08 November
November 4 Yes We Can!! A couple of the guests at Darryl and Angela's Election Night Party, and a Grand time was had by all!
'07-'14 BOO! in the Valley
We're getting so many babies in this group! Brandon (Susie's son, Ellie's brother)
Santa Monica Life '08 October
A few blocks from my house. Usually I take a picture of the street just before this one with the long march of 5 story tall palm trees. That's Big Blue down there crossing Santa Monica Blvd., part of the excellent public transportation system in Santa ...
'08 October
Twenty bucks a unit for all comers to learn Music. What a gift...literaly, from me, since I am going to vote for a Santa Monica College bond measure that will increase my taxes. I had a wonderful chat with the guitar teacher who filled me in on the sto...
Santa Monica College '08 October
I was walking down to the beach and heard strange and intersting sounds coming from those open windows. Walking to the front door...whoo, it's the Santa Monica College music school recently opened and full of students.
'08 October
...the new SMC Broad Stage theater built with a ten million dollar grant from the very same Broads who took back their gift to LACMA which I was not so happy about, but then the guitar teacher reminded me that without the Broads 'they' might not have got D...
Kaitlin '08 October
October 25 Kaitlin! D&A went out for date night and we got to play! Here we are doing a little hula since Kaitlin got this sweet dress from a neighbor who was visiting Hawaii. Then we created The Backward Dance. The final section is where Kaitli...
Nancy Donald '08 October
From Nancy Donald - it's her grandboys Charlie and Henry. Isn't it just way too much fun, all these adorable children. ??
'08 Oct: Seattle & the North Cascades
...and this. It's so remote they didn't even have an entrance gate so I didn't get to use my National Parks pass. Maybe they collect fees in the summer? The park is a big chunk of mountains, lakes, rivers, and trees, and one road through this wilderne...
'08 Oct: Seattle & the North Cascades
And clouds that we could have done without since there are ranges of mountains beyond this. Lovin' the National Park offering all its great opportunities for me to learn something interesting and keep it in my brain for at least a few minutes before it'...
'08 Oct: Seattle & the North Cascades
Here's the Ranger Station...
'08 Oct: Seattle & the North Cascades
And if we thought Chelam was touristified, they can't shake a stick at Winthrop. It's a boardwalk along three blocks of these buildings with shops, restaurants, pubs, and hotels...
'08 Oct: Seattle & the North Cascades
Next, moving on to our overnight stay in the Bavarian Village of Leavenworth. Here's something from ms wiki: "The city (formed in 1906) struggled (from the 1920s) until 1962, when the Project LIFE (Leavenworth Improvement For Everyone) Committee was for...
'08 Oct: Minneapolis-St Paul
My new neighborhood is small scale and residential, and about a 30-45 minute walk from downtown. There are a number of commercial streets around including several blocks almost entirely occupied by Vietnamese restaurants, markets, and services. It was ...
'08 Oct: Minneapolis-St Paul
In the restaurant, like the nail shops in LA.
'08 Oct: Minneapolis-St Paul
Here are a couple shots from around the neighborhood. The hostel is one of the grander, meaning bigger, ones in scale but of the same era.
'08 Oct: Minneapolis-St Paul
One theme for the day was Art and our first stop was the Minnesota Institute of Art, a very nicely done municipal art museum. Leigh noticed first and it was true throughout, that the permanent collection seemed to have displayed one piece from many well...
'08 Oct: Minneapolis-St Paul
Here's what wiki says are the possible origins of the name Dinkytown: ..The streetcars, called Dinkys, that used to provide transit throughout the area. ..Similarly, the tenders at the nearby railyard were called Dinkys ..The theatre in Dinkytown had ...
'08 Oct: Minneapolis-St Paul
Included on campus since 1934 is The Weisman Art Museum currently housed in this 1993 building designed by Frank Gehry. The bigger picture is the 'blend with the campus' side. The inset is from across the river and I nabbed it off the internet.
'08 Oct: Minneapolis-St Paul
October 4 We got out pretty early this morning as a long, fun-filled day lay ahead. There are many instances of older buildings being incorporated into new construction and here we have the 1942 Farmers and Mechanics Savings Bank, now home to a Westi...
'08 Oct: Minneapolis-St Paul
Entering campus, College Kids announcing Al Gore's presence. I should mention we passed by innumerable Fraternity and Sorority houses, and it was l.o.u.d. at 10AM, probably because the football game was starting. Because otherwise they would have been ...
'08 Oct: Minneapolis-St Paul
Our bus ride to St Paul was a public transport pleasure and left us off right at our destination, the Minnesota Capital Building (built in 1905 in the Italian Renaissance-Beaux-Arts' style...(I'm lovin' this 'in the style of' from ms wiki because I can Nev...
self-portrait '08 Oct: Minneapolis-St Paul
Hi Kaitlin! It's Granny here in St Paul Minnesota!! Check out that yelling horse. He's calling out Hi Kaitlin! too!
'08 Oct: Minneapolis-St Paul
We stopped for lunch at this place, the oldest restaurant on the far side of the river. We loved the building and the setting and...
'08 Oct: Minneapolis-St Paul
Next stop, the Warehouse District now about one third occupied with nightclubs, shops, restaurants, and loft apartments. The buildings were actually fantastic and this doesn't do them justice. I'll try for better. It's going to be a hot ticket some da...
Kaitlin's Neighborhood
Tarantula.
'08 September
September 28 Hurray, a day with my own sweet Cynthia! We met in Long Beach at the Museum of Latin American Art and we were both very pleased. It was good in there - good work, nicely shown, and a wide ranging and interesting selection.
'08 September
Remember a few days ago when Richard was down for his dad's 90th birthday? Here's a shot from outside the restaurant. rs.
'08 September
Go go go girl! AND she (...almost) always stops at the driveways just as instructed by her Granny. See all the leaves on the ground and the big plants along the hedge. Kaitlin calls the front of this house 'the jungle' and we always enjoy taking note ...
'08 September
September 3 Today I didn't do much of anything (except make a little lunch for my little sister)...but last week I had a great lunch and visit with Boban. Instead of a picture of him at the restaurant, here's a picture of the women in his life. Hi g...
carl leiberman lynn rosenfield '08 August
Great inauguration party! Thanks to all for your entertaining, smart, sweet, and kindly selves. I enjoyed myself entirely especially with the arrival of The New People. You are lovely and most welcome, and we will no longer refer to you as 'Who are Th...
'08 August
And then we went to visit the Frank Gehry designed Cabrillo Marine Aquarium also in San Pedro. It's another down-home kind of place, donations for admission, with what seemed like intense community participation. There were volunteers everywhere, kids ...
'08 August
What we saw first though, was this guy, Gordon Peteran's stuff and we were charmed. First he was a cabinet maker and then turned his constructions into art projects. Very cool. Next, lunch! We sailed over the Vincent Thomas Bridge into San Pedro and ...
Frank Gehry designed Cabrillo Marine Aquarium '08 August
Nice!
'08 Aug: San Diego
The Gaslamp Quarter is basically an area two blocks wide and eight blocks long of shops, restaurants, lofts, and some professional services in slick restored building mostly from the late 1800s.
'08 August
August 18 A story, something about Hanoi, was on the radio. I don't remember anything about the story, because I immediately began re-living my few days in Hanoi and wanting to recommend to all - it's a great city. Like Lonely Planet says "The capit...
22nd street '08 August
Leslie (red skirt, tank top), who lives in the teeny-tiny cottage, had herself a birthday party in the yard. Everyone was having a grand time and when I got home around 9pm the place was quiet and cleaned-up. Good party Leslie.
leonard slatkin hollywood bowl '08 August
And by total coincidence since Nancy did get these tickets from her company, assigned randomly I think, and then invited me, the coincidence being I happen to have known this conductor back when I was a teenager and he just a few years older. Hi Lenny! ...
leonard slatkin hollywood bowl '08 August
...and here taking the final ovations. Between The Star Spangled Banner and the ovations we got to listen to some killer Philip Glass and an Edward Elgar piece. What a grand evening!
Nethercutt Museum
There are actually two buildings, the new single story building they are calling The Museum, and the original five story building called The Collection where the tour takes place. This is a section of the tour group reflected in a giant mirror in the Gr...
Nethercutt Museum
Up here on the fourth floor are unexpected and quite marvelous musical extravaganzas. They've got all kinds of 'automated mechanical instruments' along the lines of a player piano but this thing will make you gasp. It's called an Orchestian which are a...
Nethercutt Museum
They kept the doors open only very briefly and there was a crowd jostling to see the bits that could produce such fantastic sounds. Here you can see the accordion where the bellows moved, the buttons pressed. It was a wowzer. Brigitte remembers from E...
darryl '08 August
...Entertainment FORCE, being Jed (of Katie, Jed, and Nora) and Jed's writing partner Scott, who rent this room in the suite. Behind where I am standing, instead of a couch they've got a giant flat panel tv which they decided they Had to have since after ...
'08 August
August 5 It's Bon Voyage Hilda who is going to Iran without me. Bummer. For a US passport holder it's just such a pain to get in. US passport holders do go all the time though. You can go with an authorized group (you can just sign up for the big ...
'08 July
...The Hollyhock House. Built in the 1920s, it is the first Frank Lloyd Wright commission in Los Angeles. Those are hollyhocks along that wall. You can't tell from this picture but you can imagine - it's a Frank Lloyd Wright house after-all and it is ...
Kaitlin's Neighborhood
Geranium.
'08 July
Kaitlin was in a particularly chipper mood today with a lot of dancing around and clapping and exclaiming 'oh Granny, we are having so much Fun!' You are so right my sweet! Today we added geraniums to Kaitlin's flower repertoire and I showed her how to...
'08 July
Then in the afternoon Terry and Arlene brought their nephew Mike from Pittsburg, PA, out to the beach. We walked to Venice, stopped off at Casa del Mar, ate dinner at the end of the pier, and generally had a grand ol' time.
'08 July
Then, since I was half-way there already, I went downtown to see the free music show at the California Plaza Watercourt on Grand Avenue. During summer there are shows here most Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. You can click here for the Grand Performan...
dan morhaim, ben pomerantz, lynn rosesnfield, carl liberman, shelly morhaim, bonnie pastor '08 July
July 6 Dan and Shelly are in from Maryland, Ben and Bonnie hosted a festive get-together, Carl and Lynn came too, and I had a great time! And that's Louie the dog. (And if your brain didn't just insist 'Aye-yi-yi-yi, I said Louie Louie, ohhh baby Me...
'08 July
July 3 French Onion Soup, pix from the internet. Dark and rich and chewy and tangy and sweet. Today I took Brigitte to a restaurant where we both had French Onion Soup. Sadly, it was nothing At All like this but rather it was pale and thin and wate...
Sequoia National Park 2004-2014
This is the view walking from the tent cabins in Grant Grove to the Visitors Center.
Sequoia National Park 2004-2014
At the Visitors Center, always something good from the rangers.
self-portrait Nancy Sharon Sandy '08 June
June 22 We were going to the Theatricum Botanicum to see As You Like It at 3pm but the very thought of being outside in the baker's oven that is our recent weather drove us instead into a movie theater where we saw Mongol, a blood and guts bio-pic, firs...
'08 June
June 20 I'm home, and the trip was Grand. You can click here for the big view of Sequoia-Sacramento-Yosemite. Check out the story and you can see why this picture is so exciting!
'08 Jun: to Sacramento via The Parks
We did the easy walk to see General Grant and then hit the road.
'08 Jun: to Sacramento via The Parks
Then we drove the 25 miles to Grant Grove in Kings Canyon and got ice cream for a necessary pick-me-up. I love this stand: The Sorority Sister.
'08 Jun: to Sacramento via The Parks
The restaurant at the Gateway is especially well situated hanging out as it does over one of the full, fast flowing rivers.
'08 June
June 8 I went on a long sweaty walk with ND today and since I took no pictures I've got a photo of her grandbabies sent by the fam up north. Hi Charlie! Hi Henry! kd.
'08 June
It's like the refrigerator door. Every now and then you've just got to clean off the refrigerator door and start over. But it's so hard to say goodbye! D&A's wedding, Kaitlin!, a perfect flying pig card from ND, pictures from DC, my mother's funeral r...
The Huntington Library and Garden
"Inspired by the centuries-old Chinese tradition of private gardens designed for scholarly pursuits, Liu Fang Yuan, or the Garden of Flowing Fragrance, combines the scenic beauty of nature with the expressiveness of literature to give deeper meaning to the...
'08 May
May 29 This is an internet photo of Tehran. I visited with Hilda tonight and we talked again about going to Iran. This time she is more sure than ever that she'll be going in August. So I checked on what it would take for me to get a visa. It woul...
Aunt Jean '08 May
Great Aunt Jean and her Red Hat Ladies. Here's the motto of the Red Hat Ladies: "WARNING When I am an old woman I shall wear purple With a red hat which doesn't go and doesn't suit me. And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves And sa...
The (Magnificent!) Getty Center
You can get yourself some good eats at the Getty. The premium restaurant (The Restaurant) is right up there with LA fine dining establishments including Cal-Trendy yet well prepared food and a well respected wine list. The self service cafe is mo...
Sandy Chaves Lucas '08 May
May 23 Brigitte and I had plans to go to the Huntington but it was wet and cold and windy so we nixed it and went to the movies instead. We picked up Rosie for the movie and then stopped off at Sandy's for a how-dee-do with grandson Lucas. Lucas of ...
'08 Apr: to EUROPE
Granada, Spain Click the above link to see the Whole Story. April 9-13, 2008
'08 May
Inside. We had maybe 20 minutes to ourselves before the nuns came in to do the service (bells rung, objects raised and lowered, and a lot of singing). About meditation, I remember best (and with deep affection) what we used to do after my Tai Chi class...
Kaitlin Liz '08 May
Kaitlin and her Grammy. (I'm Granny and Kaitlin is totally clear on who's Grammy and who's Granny. It's so amazing, the flexibility of a child, so just pick the name you like!)
Ben Pomerantz Bonnie Pasotr '08 May
May 15 Ben was happy enough to go...and Bonnie agreed without too much reluctance... Let's have a walk to dinner at Pink's! Yum-EEE. That one in the corner is mine: chili dog with mustard and pickles. This should do it for a year or two. (This mo...
Lona Brown '08 May
That's Lona with her MD flowers from her son and family living in Hawaii. All we 60-ish ladies are trying that chin-up method in hopes of smoothing out our neck folds. We just don't want to scare the children. We planned to have a nice festivity at ...
Kaitlin '08 May
'Granny, let's play stroller.' 'Granny, I need help with this.' 'Granny, can I have snack.' 'Granny, I've got poo.' When she wakes up from her nap she sings 'Graaa-nny GrannyGrannyGranny.' OMG, that's all I can say about that.
'08 Apr: Évora, Portugal
...where at each we met some people and drank an aperitif. It was 11 o'clock in the morning.
'08 Apr: Évora, Portugal
Aldegice designed this house with an architect about 28-30 years ago when electricity was not yet in the area and there were no other houses around. Past the tree is the entrance she uses when Alberto is staying.
'08 Apr: Évora, Portugal
April 26 Another view of the house, and an entrance to the largest of the three kitchens.
'08 Apr: Évora, Portugal
Next stop: a friend's home. This is a clip from their garden, where we visited for a while and drank red champagne.
'08 Apr: Évora, Portugal
Alberto had to watch a soccer game at his favorite football tavern... I decided to go for a little look-around so I got dropped off at the walls of the city and I wandered about for a couple hours. My ‘wandering about’ hours exactly coincided with the s...
'08 Apr: Lisbon, Portugal
Check out these details. Under the creature the door surrounds are a coral forest embeded with sealife of all description. No pictures allowed inside but 'the kitsch, extravagant interior is equally extraordinary.' The rooms have been arranged much ...
'08 Apr: Lisbon, Portugal
This is one of the many sights in the Parque da Pena that surrounds the Palacio. It's a huge park and entirely up hill. Also the map was so bad, everywhere I wandered I ran into tourists just standing, staring at that map, turning it around in their ha...
'08 Apr: Lisbon, Portugal
These yellow trams are the signature tourist image from here and are painted, drawn, etched, modeled, on every kind of surface with every kind of material and the uniformity of the look is frankly weird.
'08 Apr: Lisbon, Portugal
April 22 Oh YES, the Might Euro! And I've got a fist full of 'em. I had made that mad bee-line to Lisbon (which took 3 days due to 'the worst storm in 25 years') because there was an American Express office there and help in times of trouble is thei...
'08 Apr: Lisbon, Portugal
April 20 I´m writing this mid-morning of the 21st and I have five minutes before I have to race to the bus that will take me to Lisbon where I will arrive at 9pm. What a Transfer this has been! A guy at the port said it was the worst storm around he...
'08 Apr: Lisbon, Portugal
BUT, first all transport to Tarife was cancelled due to bad weather and second I couldn't even get to Algeciras because all credit card connections at the port were 'no good'. No cash, no boat. Good thing I like Tangier! So I spent a couple hours find...
'08 Apr: FEZ, Morocco
April 15 A transfer day: Up at 6am; 7:15 train Granada-Algeciras (one of the most lovely train rides I can remember); ferry Algeciras-Tangier (this is the beach at Tangier, a city that I really took a liking to); train Tangier-Fez. About 19 hours in t...
'08 Apr: FEZ, Morocco
The adorable mother-daughter team staying at the guest house had made plans for an all day tour with this guide who they had used two days before and really liked. But they both came down with 'that thing' and couldn't move from their beds. So I though...
'08 Apr: FEZ, Morocco
This is the Blue Gate during the day - you will have seen the night shot yesterday. This is the area of a whole long street of food stalls and my favorite restaurant is in that group on the left. What I've bought: a small plate of the local sweets tha...
'08 Apr: FEZ, Morocco
...it looks like this. Behind this door was The Most amazing thing. A real local hammam, not that spa-ish experience of Granada At All. The wife of the guy who cooks and cleans at the guest house took me in and set it up with the proprietress. It c...
'08 Apr: FEZ, Morocco
Facing down the alley (just turn around from the above picture), and you're looking at the snail man's stall. That big cauldron is full of snails bubbling away in a savory broth. You get a nice scoop of them ladled into one of those red plastic bowls a...
'08 Apr: Granada, Spain
Then I took a very long walk over to see this Monastery, and a long walk home, and then...Oh No!...the hostel man asks me 'weren't you going to leave today?'. Oh NO! I forgot to leave! So I left the next day and did the whole transit without stopping ...
'08 Apr: FEZ, Morocco
We popped in here for a little tea break. It looked exactly like a Moroccan restaurant in LA. They were even playing the same music and I was waiting for the belly dancer to appear and waiters to sing Happy Birthday (birthdays being the general occasio...
'08 Apr: FEZ, Morocco
Doesn't this look crazy familiar...from the Alhambra if you read the Granada chapter. According to Louis, patriarch of the guest house, the families of the artisans that worked on the Alhambra all moved to Fez after the 'Reconquesta'.
'08 Apr: Granada, Spain
The Indian woman here and I were line-mates and hence had a nice hour to chat. We visited the Palace together and she was letting me listen to her audio tour in every room. Cynthia, get this, the audio tour was some guy reading from Washington Irving's...
'08 Apr: Granada, Spain
April 13 Here is the entrance salon to the fabulous Palacio Nazaries, the main attraction in a tour of the Alhambra. The inset is a blowup of the designs around the ceiling. ‘The Alhambra, from the Arabic al-gala’at al-hamra (red castle) was a fortr...
'08 Apr: Granada, Spain
What's This?! Oh No?! Where Are The Lions?? And Where Is the Fountain?! Bummer. The postcard picture and it's gone, under renovation. Oh well. This is the ‘Patio de los Leones, with its marble fountains channeling water through the mouths of 12 ma...
'08 Apr: Granada, Spain
There are also places where the alleyways come together in a plaza for a church or restaurants and shops. Let's sit outside and eat paella!
'08 Apr: Barcelona, Spain
April 8 From our last afternoon, Adios! Muchas Gracias Familia!! I spent the rest of the day In Transit and arrived in Granada after dark in the rain, but all went very easily and I spent a comfortable night in my little cozy room at the hostel.
'08 Apr: Granada, Spain
"Juan Ciudad Duarte, later canonized as San Juan de Dios, came to Granada as an itinerant bookseller in 1536 after spending time as a shepherd and soldier. After reading holy works he decided on a religious and humanitarian vocation. He rented a house with...
'08 Apr: Granada, Spain
They are these - still blooming and with ripened fruit too. The fragrance is amazing.
'08 Apr: Granada, Spain
I searched out a bookstore for the requisite map and found myself here on the Gran Via de Colon with more buildings not in my guidebook and more designer lamp posts.
'08 Apr: Granada, Spain
But mostly the graffiti seemed random...
'08 Apr: Barcelona, Spain
Leaving Barri Gotic we came to the grand Placa de Catalunya, gateway to La Rambla. Note this building - Burger King on one side and MacDonalds on the other. On the whole though, it seems the chain food plague is kept to a minimum.
'08 Apr: Barcelona, Spain
...you can go inside. I was here in 1991-1992 for work and made a quick walkwalkwalk no time to stop buzz-through of La Sagrada Familia and what I remember is soo different. I saw some pictures from the status of construction in the 1940s and that lo...
'08 Apr: Barcelona, Spain
April 4 We're at the subway stop waiting for Lucas to run back to the flat for a missing item. Time for Photos! Anya is being a butterfly. She was sometimes Tinkerbell and sometimes a Princess. Butterfly-Tinkerbell-Princess is her basic repertoire...
'08 Apr: Barcelona, Spain
April 3 I'm out for another walking day while the kids go to the aquarium. From tomorrow we have many activities we plan to do together! I'm not sure about this church. One time I asked the Lonely Planet Thorntree forum to identify a building I was...
'08 Apr: Barcelona, Spain
Here's what you want to see. It is Very rare and when you see it you want to go in there and give them money. It is an oasis, a refuge, a retreat from the cloud of smoke that hangs over the city since every person virtually everywhere, except in these re...
'08 Apr: Barcelona, Spain
All the grand boulevards in this part of town are shaped like this one - with the corners cut off creating a giant octagon (hey Kaitlin! It's an Octagon!)... I should mention that all these corners are controlled by signals. Pedestrians pay attention ...
'08 Apr: Barcelona, Spain
I've combined pictures from two days: And here we are at La Sagrada Familia (Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia) and wow it is. Since the sun was just behind the spires I'm not getting much detail in the facade so I pulled out a little example. Th...
'08 Apr: Barcelona, Spain
Further on, this is the grand intersection of the Placa D'Espanya leading into Montjuic with all the historic museums, parkland and gardens, and grand it is. In the distance is the Museu Nacional D'Art de Catalunya.
'08 Mar: Düsseldorf, Germany
March 31 Today is my last day in Düsseldorf - tomorrow we're all off to spend a week in Barcelona after which the Kings come back to complete their move and I travel on myself to Granada and destinations south. Here we are doing a last grocery shoppi...
'08 Mar: Düsseldorf, Germany
Mostly I was driven to take this outing since I wanted to have a nice local home-made beer before leaving Germany. Lucas and Betsy had mentioned how the smoke is so thick in restaurants and pubs you can hardly breathe, making it simply not enjoyable t...
'08 Mar: Düsseldorf, Germany
...and most famously the three Frank Gehry office buildings in the center of this picture. (The middle reflective one is almost hidden between the white and red ones that surround it.)
'08 Mar: Düsseldorf, Germany
Lucas, closing out the day trying to figure the final travel arrangements for our journey to Barcelona. Looks like it's gon'na take All Day!
'08 Mar: Düsseldorf, Germany
March 30 We decided to have a little break and take advantage of the temporary appearance of the sun, to enjoy a quick picnic lunch out in the park. I'd been hoping to visit this Clock Forest ever since driving by on the first day.
'08 Mar: Düsseldorf, Germany
And this is the view looking through the tram stop enclosure. It's SO easy to get around the town but not so much into the suburbs. Also, it's not cheap. I don't know if there's any income based subsidy for the high cost of transportation.
'08 Mar: Düsseldorf, Germany
This is one style of the electric trams that criss-cross the city. There are many types of varying eras which is entertaining for me, the tourista. One thing we Angelenos can remember when we beat ourselves up about getting rid of our electric system, ...
'08 Mar: Düsseldorf, Germany
...all the moms got everybody bundled-up like little South Park Kids. That's the birthday girl in orange.
'08 Mar: Düsseldorf, Germany
Here's a pano at an intersection in the historic downtown, bearing in mind that most of the city was destroyed in WWII and hence most of these buildings are post-war. Note the pedestrians only streets which was very nice. There are big underground park...
'08 Mar: Düsseldorf, Germany
These are open air cafes along the Rhine. It was cold and windy so not surprising that few were hanging out here but Lucas says Düsseldorf-ians have a huge tolerance for bad weather and fill up the places on weekends. In the distance is the Rhine Tower...
'08 Mar: Düsseldorf, Germany
We had a pretty long list of outside chores to do today so I got to catch a few shots of downtown Düsseldorf. I went along to drive because L&B don't have valid drivers licenses and have been using public transportation for months(!). I like those trees.
'08 Mar: Düsseldorf, Germany
March 25 The original plan. Let's see how close we get, shall we?! Düsseldorf and Barcelona with the Kings; them I'm off on my own to Granada; Algeciras/Gibraltar; Fez; Tangiers; Seville; Tavira; Evore; Lisbon/Sintra. Next posting...from Düsseldo...
Joshua Tree National Park 2008-2010
At this level in the desert the wild flowers are soo small and nestle themselves against some protection. The Rangers told us to take the long drive down to Cottonwood Springs to see more, and we'll be doing that tomorrow.
Santa Monica Life '08 March
...and so salty and sweet and fragrant, like a totally satisfying lunch. (Flowers on the bluff and that's the bike path and the beach out there.)
'08 March
March 7 It happened! I bought an air ticket. Looking for pictures on the internet to 'use' of Fez, a UNESCO World Heritage city in Morocco...I think there are pictures to be had there! Here is what I'm thinking now: Dusseldorf (help pack up the ki...
Angela Kaitlin '08 March
March 6 Look! It's Angela, my daughter-in-law, the mother of my grandbaies, with our In-Utero on his/her way(!) and Kaitlin(!). Lucky lucky ME!!
Kaitlin '08 March
'Hey Granny, look, I put them on myself!' Then we sang These Boots Are Made For Walkin' about 138 times.
Lynn Rosenfield Ben Pomerantz Bonnie Pastor Bob Ginsburg '08 February
Lynn, Ben, Bonnie, Les, Bob, Frank Perelman, Renee Engel, and Harvey Myman
'08 Feb: Ken 'N Pen 'R SIXTY
My grandbaby Kaitlin and her other grandma, Liz.
Travis Black Jack Weston Black '08 February
February 10 It's my own nephew Texas Travis Black and his own brand new Baby Jack Weston, takin' a snooze. Aren't your eyes getting all scratchy and red and aren't you suppressing a yawn? lb
'08 February
February 3 I went with Ken to the Granada Hills Pavilion Saturday Night Dance where we tried to raise from the dead the West Coast Swing we learned together about 8 years ago and hadn't done since. It was Mighty big fun. Live music, and a huge floor...
Hana Saito '08 January
Hana and I meant to go to Schatzi for lunch as a bon voyage for Hana's trip to Austria and Germany. But nein! It's not there any more! So we ate in the new restaurant that is so new they didn't even have the dining room open yet. We ate on the patio co...
Gran '08 January
January 22 Today is/would have been our mother's 90th birthday and it's her first birthday not here. She was a birthday FREAK. Really. Oh the energy she would pour into all our birthdays. But as much as that, she loved her own birthday. She thoug...
Lona Brown Windy Wilhelm self-portrait '08 January
Two out of 8 great-grandchildren born on Great-Grandma's birthday. What are the odds of that?! (Hey d...what Are the odds of that?) Happy Birthday Mom! We should have been wearing crowns, or matching outfits, or leis, and singing or skipping rope bec...
Nancy Donald Josh Donald Henry Donald '08 January
January 17 Look-y look-y - it's Nancy's new Grandbaby! Welcome baby Henry!! Mazel Tov Nancy, and Josh and Kelly and big brother Charlie too. He's our first in the next flight of new babies. We've got at least three more on the way including Kaitli...
carl liberman ben pomerantz '07 December
December 29 There was a house full of people in celebration of Carl and Lynn's Big Six OH, most of whom I see a couple times a year at their place, and here are a few of them. Everyone's having fun. I would go so far as to propose that we folks circ...
ken wagner bill roberts self-portrait '07 December
...holiday dinner with the boys. We ate at this same restaurant last year (it's Il Fornaio on Ocean) and it's a winner. We made some serious Merry. Ken, me, Bill
'07 Dec: Kaitlin's Play Group
Kayla and Kaitlin and Granny's feet. What in the world?!
'07 December
December 17 Look who's here! Hana and Tai's GRANDBaby Nagi!! And their son and daughter-in-law too but mostly NAGI!
'07 December
This is one hot Christmas Tree. All the fabulously jewelled and be-ribboned balls have the names of Alicia's grandchildren scripted in gold. Santa's gonna be spending plenty of time here just staring at this tree!
Ben Pomerantz Bonnie Pastor '07 November
November 11 In the afternoon Ben took Bonnie and me to a new and secret walking spot. Wow! That's downtown down there. It was a beautiful stroll. Too bad I couldn't find it again and he's been sworn to silence by his source.
Santa Barbara Royal Presidio '07 November
Next we came back to town and wandered around the Presidio, and then we ate Lunch with Michi, my friend from Mexico. More pictures to follow! Some details from the Presidio website: 'Founded April 21, 1782, the Santa Barbara Royal Presidio was the last...
Day of the Dead Elegant Lady '07 November
A particularly popular DotD figure. I don't know her story but she is always one of the main characters along with the bride and groom. Here's one explanation from a children's website: '...the star is the Elegant Lady, whom you can always recognize...
'07-'14 BOO! in the Valley
Kayla's Grandma made her an Indian dress! Beth, Kayla
Kaitlin '07 October
We went for brunch at the place down the street and then stopped off at the local pumpkin patch. Here's Kaitlin noticing my camera...GrannyGranny Graaaany. Special thanks to Angela for keeping me in Kaitlin's world even while I was gone. Thank you!
'07 Oct: a Second Week in Pátzcuaro
As a matter of fact even in this tiny town they have a ‘gringo gulch’ and the ladies meet for girls-night-out on Thursdays at Sandra’s restaurant. I’m hoping to stop by for a bit. It’ll be my last night in Mexico.
'07 Oct: a Second Week in Pátzcuaro
This is a wide-ish shot of the Plaza Grande. It is exactly like the town square of every small-town movie you have ever seen…
'07 Oct: a Second Week in Pátzcuaro
This is a traditional dance and I’m sure more than one group participates because on the weekend someone is always performing. The scene in the Plaza Grande is amazingly low key. No one bugs you about anything. Nice!
'07 Oct: PÁTZCUARO in Michoacán, México
You can buy pomegranate already removed from the husk! And check out the colors on that corn. I also don't want to forget the shaved coconut haystacks that were DeeeLicious.
'07 Oct: PÁTZCUARO in Michoacán, México
Here is the restaurant where Sandra works and the basis for the Michi connection, who knows the owners and had recommended my coming here to Pátzcuaro. I stopped by around 3 to wait with the kids for Jose to get off work. Everyone walks. It's right up...
'07 Oct: PÁTZCUARO in Michoacán, México
This is a view from the top of some spiral stairs that lead to a tiny viewing station in the back patio of the restaurant. I haven’t mentioned the weather enough because it’s been perfect. I would not have believed it either. This is going into my fou...
'07 Oct: PÁTZCUARO in Michoacán, México
Jose and the kids. In both my home-stay families the dads have been strikingly involved in the life of the household. They both have outside jobs and also work a lot around the house. Both of them did their fair share of kitchen chores too, and have g...
'07 Oct: PÁTZCUARO in Michoacán, México
They are waiting in line to join the procession. I count 12. I had to flash the shot to get into the back. btw Here's one place in the world where American cars are still popular but VDubs and Japanese cars are making a strong appearance.
'07 Oct: PÁTZCUARO in Michoacán, México
There was a fantastic turn out in the public transportation sector - buses, these combios/colectivos, taxis, which makes me think that must be a job available to the indigenous people. There is a very obvious class structure once you get used to noticing ...
'07 Oct: PÁTZCUARO in Michoacán, México
I had been standing on this corner taking pictures of the procession and chatting a little with this family (‘how are you’ ‘how pretty’ ‘what’s your name’) so when I decided to move on I asked if I could take their picture and they did seem pleased, relyin...
'07 Oct: PÁTZCUARO in Michoacán, México
Then I went to 'dance' class. One of the guys at the school arranged a dance teacher who works out of this place. I’ve gone a few times and it’s been fine. I just wouldn't call it Dancing.
'07 Oct: PÁTZCUARO in Michoacán, México
Two blocks down the road and here we are at the Plaza Grande.
'07 Oct: PÁTZCUARO in Michoacán, México
A view from the inside. "Strictly speaking, the basilica is a parallelogram with the width of the building being neither greater than one-half nor less than one-third the length. At one end was the entrance with a portico and at the other end was the ap...
'07 Oct: PÁTZCUARO in Michoacán, México
Maybe a restaurant did this? I'm not sure.
'07 Oct: PÁTZCUARO in Michoacán, México
There are two plazas in town, the Grand Plaza that I've been enjoying for several days, and two blocks away is this, the Plaza Chica. I think they call it Plaza Chica because there is a stature in the middle of a girl who is, I think at this point anyway,...
'07 Oct: PÁTZCUARO in Michoacán, México
I think it's a grandfather who was doing a promenade with this kid who never stopped laughing at everything he passed, including me, and he passed me twice. What fun!
'07 Oct: PÁTZCUARO in Michoacán, México
Here's my home-stay mama Sandra and the dog who has captured the life of the family. Everyone is Nuts for this dog. He's only six months old so he hasn't been around that long and he is awfully cute and lovable. Sandra works at a restaurant from 1-10 ...
'07 Oct: PÁTZCUARO in Michoacán, México
...and I had no idea what was going on. These are all here so you can get a little feeling of what the Plaza Grande in Pitzcuaro is like. Look past the kids and you'll see the colonnaded buildings which surround the square. There are really delightful...
'07 Oct: PÁTZCUARO in Michoacán, México
I wandered for two hours through street after street, this being one of the tidier examples. I was having a hard time feeling it for Morelia and then, on a street much like all the others, I was propelled through a door with no sign which led to a garden ...
'07 Oct: PÁTZCUARO in Michoacán, México
It was the best meal I've had in Mexico so far this trip. One reason was these tortillas. At the time I didn't know there were three ladies working full time to keep the restaurant in tortillas (I got these photos when looking around after the meal).
'07 Oct: PÁTZCUARO in Michoacán, México
It's true what someone in Guanajuato told me on the first day - you're not here for the food. Maybe that's why the street food there was so appealing and really good whereas the street food here in the Big City Morelia did not look appealing but this rand...
'07 Sep: a Second Week in Guanajuato
October 4-5 This shot is from the the night of the 4th as I was walking home after dance class. Hey! This is on my corner next to my church and on my street! Those who know me can just imagine what I'm thinking now. Then, that night, when I was ha...
'07 Sep: a Second Week in Guanajuato
I decided to try a restaurant that came highly recommended by many of the teachers and students and it was a great thing to do (and not because the food was particularly delicious). For example, here are the chairs!
'07 Sep: a Second Week in Guanajuato
One of those reflecto shots of which I am so fond. That rooster in the back is the name-sake of the restaurant.
'07 Sep: a Second Week in Guanajuato
As I was leaving down this very long and very steep multiple sets of stairs I passed by at least five of the restaurant people coming up with bags of provissions. This last guy was my waiter. At the school they are doing a lot of construction and becau...
'07 Sep: GUANAJUATO, México
I miss seeing you and I think about you Every Day. When I am back home in October we are going to have some good fun again! I hope you are feeling well and enjoying all your birthday presents! Doesn't my hair look funny in the wind?! This is looking ...
'07 Sep: GUANAJUATO, México
The next two are for KAITLIN! Hola Kaitlin! It's Granny here sending you Love and Kisses and Big Hugs from Mexico! I am standing in front of my school here.
'07 Sep: GUANAJUATO, México
The girl with the flag is from a different picture but isn't she gorgeous? I hope she has wonderful dreams and high aspirations. "By 1809 Hidalgo's sense of discontent was turning openly to revolutionary politics, and the possibility of a rising agains...
'07 Sep: GUANAJUATO, México
September 28 It's that big celebration I mentioned yesterday, and What a Parade. You can come and go from one spot, as I did, for more than 3 hours and still the river of parade would be passing by. All the material in quotes I lifted straight from ...
'07 Sep: GUANAJUATO, México
En mi casa! Yes, these children come here for the main meal around 3pm. Most of then are grandchildren but I haven't figured out exactly who is who. Missing is Pepe who is around a lot too. He's a cute-as-pie teenager who helps me with my homework.
'07 Sep: GUANAJUATO, México
The central plaza, El Jardin, is in a triangle shape with a bandstand and benches inside the triangle and restaurants, shops, and benchs on the outside. It is lovely! I haven't mentioned yet the peaceful walking since I have been only 2 or 3 times appr...
'07 Sep: GUANAJUATO, México
September 24 What we have here are the toilets at My School. That's right, there is one door to a room that contains two stalls, one stall marked with a boy shape and one marked with a girl shape. You can tell which is which by the location of the toi...
'07 Sep: GUANAJUATO, México
This is the dome in one of the seemingly thousands of churches, one per block, here in Guanajuato. The school director reinforced how Guanajuato is a very conservative city and that is why there are no international restaurants and the food in general i...
'07 Sep: GUANAJUATO, México
I arrived at my home-stay only an hour or so late. Dinner was ready for me and we, I and the madre and the padre, sat out and enjoyed a lovely get acquainted time. A home-stay with people who really speak very very little English (or so they want me to b...
'07 Sep: the Big Six OHHhhh
We really really enjoyed our dining experience here at Mayacamas Ranch.
'07 Sep: the Big Six OHHhhh
And Then! Our Grand Finale, the last item on the program, our string trio, we were out on blankets, in the middle of the meadow, under the stars. So very very cool.
'07 Sep: the Big Six OHHhhh
The owner, who bought the place about a year ago, dropped by to say hello and to tell us of his vision for Mayacamas Ranch. The emphasis seemed to be on two parallel ideas - healing and philanthropy including a group called The GeneroCity Institute. ...
'07 Sep: the Big Six OHHhhh
And now over the top and into the San Joaquin Valley, breadbasket of America. There are buildings and trees and powerlines back there but you can't see them. From The Wiki: 'Hemmed in by mountains and lacking any prevailing winds to disperse smog, the ...
Bio-Pix
I made my daughter Cynthia One Thousand Cranes for her 29th birthday. Wow, it was like a meditation and really really fun. That's Kaitlin she's holding. February 2007
Bio-Pix
Not so different I'd say - you can tell who's who for sure, having arrived from Hawaii, Sherman Oaks, Orange County, Germany, and Texas (which is why it's so rare to find them all in one place!) April 2007
Bio-Pix
Mom just back from India with all her grandbabies around. Wow, the next time they were all together was at her funeral! That's Darryl and Cynthia on the right side. March 1993
Kaitlin '07 September
September 5 'Hey Granny, check me out! I'm sitting in My Baby's stroller!'
'07 September
From outside the chapel. What are these? They are always so grand. From Brigitte: "They are called CANNA and here is the explanation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canna_(plant) It can be beautiful, when the flowers are flowering, but look a litt...
'07 August
"But even he would hesitate to claim authorship of the overall scheme. That credit goes to his clients, the husband-and-wife team of Frederick and Laurie Samitaur-Smith. "In the mid-1980s the Smiths began searching for an architect who could understand ...
'07 Aug: Santa Maria and Sandy's Show
And the main church. "The church was originally constructed in 1804, and although several major earthquakes hit, it survived them. The mission church was badly damaged during the 1812 earthquake, but repairs were made. With multiple restoration efforts,...
'07 Aug: Santa Maria and Sandy's Show
...selecting a local Mexican restaurant for lunch.
Orange County Great Park '07 August
It's really worth the visit though, for a good before/after perspective. We were called out of the tent to get in line under the umbrellas. One more group and it would be our turn! But NOOoo the wind kicked in and they grounded the balloon for maybe 2...
Orange County Great Park '07 August
And the plan: "The Orange County Great Park Corporation took action today that will create the largest interconnected open space system in the country. The Board approved a $13,460,854 increase in this year’s budget to move forward the design and construc...
Orange County Great Park balloon ride '07 August
At the old El Toro Marine Base the Orange County Great Park has a free balloon ride! We went out there and got in line. Here's a bit off their website: "The Department of the Navy sold the property on February 16, 2005 to the winning bidder, Lennar ...
Tai Saito Hana Saito '07 July
Hana and Tai have been waiting and patiently tapping their toes and sighing quietly about when oh When will one of those three handsome grown-up married sons have a grandbaby come along...and Here She IS! Welcome to the world sweet baby girl! This son ...
Kaitlin '07 July
'Ok, baby's asleep, what shall we do now Granny?'
Kaitlin '07 July
July 19 Kaitlin really really likes her new rocking chair. It's not really new though. Angela's grandfather made it for Angela when she was one!
Rusty '07 July
This is the ceiling of Rusty's Surf Ranch on the pier where we met and ate a modest yet very tasty dinner because...
Universal Studios City Walk highland band gorilla '07 July
They also have chosen, for your shopping pleasure, various entertainments. There are also dozens of big, well known restaurants and plenty of night life. Maybe it gets wilder then but during the day it's very family friendly - assuming your family likes ...
'07 July
July 5 I did a Japanese lesson today and experienced my normal frantic pace of manic-depressive cycles, maybe 18 in 2 hours? 'OH WOW I Remembered how to say something! AW NOOOo I'll Never remember how to say ANYTHING.' Like that. Then chores for L...
Ken Wagner '07 July
July 3 Dinner and a show with Ken - cool. We saw the new Die Hard and if you enjoy Action then you'll like this one. Near the end there's a collapsing-freeway chase scene with Bruce Willis driving an extra-gigantic semi-truck pursued by what looked li...
Nancy Artz and her favorite movies '10 Lovin' The Movies:)
Nancy! This is my daughter Molly and I at Kings Road Restaurant Summer '06. I included her in the photo because as I was trying to come up with the "list" I realized a good measure of what I thought of a movie was whether or not I said to myself "Molly ...
'07 June
June 27 Cynthia had a chore to do in town so she was able to make it to Darryl and Angela's for lunch. Lucky me! Kaitlin was having a grand 'ol time with her auntie too.
Sequoia Grant '07 Jun: a little hit of Sequoia
Here are a couple shots of the tent cabins; I did go for the more flattering angles.
Sequoia Grant '07 Jun: a little hit of Sequoia
The entire park was sold out - all the camp sites, these cabins, the hotels, everything. And yet it did not feel crowded at all. The trails were free of crowds and at least here it was calm and quiet the entire time. I didn't see anyone using the cabi...
'07 Jun: a little hit of Sequoia
June 19 Today, in the parking lot at the Visitor's Center in Grant's Grove, King's Canyon/Sequoia National Park, there was a vw bus exactly like the one on this album cover, all the windows and doors open, Dylan's Masters of War pouring out. The bu...
Sequoia '07 June
June 19 Today, in the parking lot at the Visitor's Center in Grant's Grove, King's Canyon/Sequoia National Park, there was a vw bus exactly like the one on this album cover, all the windows and doors open, Dylan's Masters of War pouring out. The bu...
Sequoia Grant '07 Jun: a little hit of Sequoia
June 18 This is the view out my back window and there is a similar scene out the front door. The cabin, one of those tent jobbies is like my shed out back, made from plywood, fabricated and constructed in the 20s, and unlike my shed, this building was ...
'07 Jun: a little hit of Sequoia
This morning I took a hike up the Buena Vista trail. It's the same hike I took with Sandy and Nancy in Sequoia late last year. The map says it's one mile one way with a 600 foot increase in elevation and it did feel pretty much up up up the whole way. ...
Sequoia Grant '07 Jun: a little hit of Sequoia
In the afternoon I went to a ranger talk, one of the special joys of Our National Parks. This guy was demonstrating being a cactus. The kid in the corner is his son thinking his dad is pretty funny alrighty. (Very Bad dodging on the kid. Bad photosho...
Sequoia Grant '07 Jun: a little hit of Sequoia
June 17 I'm in Sequoia National Park for just a couple days. I have to leave this internet site now because it is getting dark and since I'm staying in one rustic tent cabin with no electricity I better get settled in before I can't see a dang thing. ...
Sequoia Grant '07 Jun: a little hit of Sequoia
This place is on the path between my cabin and the restaurant. Pretty dang gorgeous.
Kaitlin '07 June
Kaitlin is doing one of the Sunday Projects for Children offered at LACMA. She is a member now too! I was pretty far away at the other side of the pavilion and when she caught sight of me with the camera her cutie-pie little finger automatically form...
Cali May Black Gran '07 June
June 7 Cali May! Travis and Lainee sent these pictures (I 'collaged' them) of Cali and the tree they planted in Mom's honor. Isn't that Great?! It's a Granny Smith(!!). How dang cool is That?! tb.
Kaitlin '07 June
'Hey Granny, check it out, I am pretty busy right now, I have a lot of work to do here...'
'07 June
June 3 Up at the Pacific Palisades Sunday Farmer's Market DA&K met up with Kaitlin's friend Nora and Nora's family - Mommy Katie, Daddy Jed, and Grandma Anna. I made then stand there because that wall of the restaurant we were waaaiting in demanded...
'07 May: Kansas City
I though the Jazz Museum was particularly well done with great interactive opportunities to get a feel for the components of the various styles of Jazz. They could make an interactive DVD out of this stuff and you could get college credit. Here's a link ...
'07 May: Kansas City
You can also tour the first floor of the Truman's home. This is a National Park Service site so you get Rangers for tour guides and that's always a pleasure.
'07 May: Kansas City
...we ended up under the cover high in the bleachers due to the periodic appearance of Rain.
Kansas City Nelson-Atkins Museum Bloch Building Addition '07 May: Kansas City
I took this off the architect's website showing how the outer walls of the addition are made of a translucent material that brings light in during the day and glows at night. I'm so curious to see how the gallery spaces will work out.
'07 May: Kansas City
We had dinner at a Meat Place, called Jack Stack's in Overland Park, that was so deeelish. They still smoke in restaurants here. That'll take you a-back!
'07 May: Kansas City
Union Station opened in 1914 and was restored in 1999. It is the second largest train station in the US (only NY's Grand Central is larger) and it's true that the interior spaces are enormous both in height, width, and solidity.
'07 May: Kansas City
Ken and Cheryl posing for a photo-op at Fritz's Railroad Restaurant where a little train overhead brings your food to a rack beside your table that then lowers for your dining convenience.
'07 May: Kansas City
May 23 Yikes. I have been talkin' Wrong-gah-dee Wrong Wrong which is among my least favorite things. It appears, from closer inspection of an actual map (acquired from the internet so no guarantees there...) that KC, KS and KC, MO are NOT bisected b...
Kaitlin speech therapy Stefanie '07 May
...like Shooooes (her absolute favorite), Buuuubblllles, FloWer, Boy In Bus, aWayyy (when we put our toys aWayyy), Hi Granny! (my favorite of course).
Kaitlin '07 May
May 20 'Ah! Granny's got her camera out! Uhh Ohhh, dropped the lid to my grape tureen...' Kaitlin especially enjoys eating snacks from her new full-service tea set. Note the total change in grocery cart requirements in just three days. Now Dora (...
UCLA '07 May
May 19 This afternoon I enjoyed a lovely Ladies Lunch at the Hamlet Garden in Westwood. We were me, Nancy A, Nancy D, Sharon, and Sandy. This place offers the quintessential Ladies Lunch - tastefully stylish decor, great bread, many expensive salads, ...
'07 May
May 18 What I've been up to. Walking, and messing about with websites. I also worked on Japanese and had a class, went out socializing, filed all the papers for the NZ insurance (and to the airlines and car company), did an ad for l&h, fished around i...
Kaitlin Angela '07 May
May 16 'Hey Granny, I see you, but I'm playing with my Mommy now.'
Mother '07 May
'But I got a fabulous new Grocery Cart from my Grammy and Grandpa Gary and I'm Happy. Oh! Look up everyone, look at Granny, she's got her camera out!' What a Feast.
Lona Kaitlin self-portrait '07 May
A few tunes, and a grand time was had by all. I should mention that for me and my sisters it was our first Mother's Day without our mother. The march of time, the circle of life, and all that. ak.
'07 Apr: the Glaciers-Oamaru
It was today that I talked to my sisters and realized I'd better be heading home. I needed to start making arrangements and they had no internet at all here and the only place they could suggest was a cafe in town where you could catch the wireless from...
Gran '07 May
May 5 This is a poster Windy made up for the funeral, with my encouragement and contribution being 'More, more, we need More Stuff!' It's going to be Mother's Day next week and Darryl and Angela have invited us all over. Isn't that the sweetest thing.
Kaitlin '07 May
'Hi Granny. Mighty cute thing-ies on your backpack.'
Kaitlin '07 May
'Hey Granny! You've got your camera out!'
Kaitlin '07 May
'Gotta hurry gotta hurry...I just looove Granny's camera!'
'07 April
Amit (aka by my mother - Amito...Mom's firstborn Indian grandchild) and his mom Bharati. Mom would have loved that Amit made it here from Canada to be one of her pall bearers. Too bad he couldn't stay for the days of festivities that followed but we got ...
Gran'ma's Photos
I think this would be some time in the '80s since I was already at Princess Cruises - Mom took Grandma Rose through the Panama Canal and they had f.u.n.
'07 April
My little sister Windy, her two grown boys Lucas and Travis, her dearly loved, gorgeous, and kind daughters-in-law Betsy and Lainee...and Grandbabies! Xander, Anya, and Cali May.
'07 April
This is going to be entirely random until the end of the month. That's what I decided since I've got all sorts of pictures. And I've never finished the story and pictures from New Zealand, which I want to finish by the end of the month. Also Angela took...
'07 April
All my mother's blood-born grandchildren (although there are legions who call her Gran'ma) here for her funeral, gathered from: Hawaii-Trevor, Lona's son Sherman Oaks-Darryl, my son The OC-Cynthia, my daughter Germany-Lucas, Windy's son Texas-Travis...