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Europe 2014 - Pantheon, Palace And Art

Europe 2014 – Pantheon, Palace And Art

Paris, Saturday July 12 The main objective today was to visit the Palace of Versailles – a day trip outside of Paris. The RER C would carry us out to the town of Versailles, southwest of Paris. From there, we would walk to the palace. On the way to the metro station we took a...
Europe 2014 – A Walk from Notre Dame to the Arc

Europe 2014 – A Walk from Notre Dame to the Arc

Paris, Friday July 11 Given the 6 hour time difference, we didn’t wake up until late. The Mouffetard market was already bustling with shoppers as we went in search of breakfast…pastries and coffee being the easiest to ask for. Our best efforts at pronouncing other items in French were often met with the same quizzical...
Europe 2014 - Paris via Reykjavik

Europe 2014 – Paris via Reykjavik

Wednesday July 9 Icelandair Flight FI 644 was initially reported as delayed but boarded and departed on time. By 2058 the Boeing 757-200 turned north on the way to Reykjavik. It was lights-out for me. I intended to sleep as much as possible until we arrived. Thursday July 10 Having slept off and on for...
Prague 2014 Part III

Prague 2014 Part III

Karlin-Prague, February 28 – Melanie arrived on Friday managing to get checked-in and to find a bank where she could exchange some money. That day, work ended around 1730 so everyone could say their goodbyes. Steve prepared to leave for Germany, while John prepared for the flight back to the U.S. Meanwhile, Melanie and I...
Prague – 2014 Part II

Prague – 2014 Part II

Prague, Czech Republic – Prior to leaving for Prague, I’d already compiled a list of things to see. After looking around on the first day, my list was little more than an introduction. Prague has more than a thousand years of history. Far more art, architecture and medieval streets than can be explored in just...
Prague - 2014 Part I

Prague – 2014 Part I

Prague has been described as the favorite European city by most of those I know who have visited. So when a business trip afforded a chance to go there I intended to be thoroughly prepared, even adding an extra weekend so Melanie could join me later. Washington Dulles Airport (IAD), February 21 – Check-in and security...
Mount Vernon - 2011

Mount Vernon – 2011

George Washington’s Mount Vernon is an interesting destination, no matter how you get there. For a bit of variety, we decided to bike to the historic residence, along the Mount Vernon Trail from Olde Town Alexandria.
Montpelier

Montpelier

While in Charlottesville to pick up my son Chris, we decided to visit Montpelier, the one-time home of James & Dolly Madison. James Madison was, of course, the fourth President of the United States and Father of the U.S. Constitution. His wife, Dolly Madison, was the first First Lady. Their house, Montpelier, is described variously...
SAN JUAN ISLANDS - 2010 Part III

SAN JUAN ISLANDS – 2010 Part III

We finished our exploration of Rosario on Orcas Island, and made our way to a quiet seaside village called Roche Harbor, on the far side of San Juan Island.
SAN JUAN ISLANDS - 2010 Part II

SAN JUAN ISLANDS – 2010 Part II

After leaving Anacortes, our seaborne excursion carried us to Friday Harbor and a most interesting private estate called Rosario.
SAN JUAN ISLANDS - 2010 Part I

SAN JUAN ISLANDS – 2010 Part I

Melanie’s aunt and uncle, Robin and Ken, invited us to join them on a cruise to the San Juan Islands during the week around Independence Day. Wow! For the next several days, we berthed in a cozy cabin on a large yacht called the Sea Ya, with it’s gleaming teak woodwork and polished brass fixtures....
SAINT MARTIN - 2007 Part II

SAINT MARTIN – 2007 Part II

The southern half of this tropical island, called Sint Maarten, is part of the Netherlands Antilles. The northern half is part of the French West Indies and is called Saint Martin. It is the smallest island to be divided between two nations. The Arawak indians who originally inhabited the  island called it Sualouiga, meaning Land of...