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North America » United States » Arizona » Sedona January 12th 2011

The normal, post Christmas holiday trip to Scottsdale, and often times Sedona, was originally scheduled for Tucson. But with the recent shootings, I would rather comfortably return to Sedona, before a few days in Scottsdale. I need a few days away from the greater Phoenix area, mostly to avoid the crazy crowds attending the National Championship Bowl Game (Oregon and Auburn) in Phoenix this eve. Sedona is a great place to visit anytime of year. This is my third trip here, and the town never seems to get boring. There are still many things to see, and a few places to eat that need our attention. Most of the highly recommended places are packed with locals and tourists. So, if Sedona allows some harmonic convergence (1987) or a simple alcohol induced stupor, this should be a ... read more
Lucy and Snoopy
Love the Red Rocks
Sedona Sunrise

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle » Chinatown July 5th 2010

Phase Two of my railway training for the Trans Siberian Railway is a rail trip from Seattle to Martinez on the Coast Starlight on Tuesday, June 29 and 30. I flew to Seattle on Monday from SFO on a really cheap ticket, since United gave me a $150 credit for some previous mishap on my way to Indy last month. I snagged a free hotel room, since they previously gave us a room with a step up bathroom. Needless to say, very dangerous for nocturnal urination. So here are the basics for the trip. Amtrak #11 leaves Union Station in Seattle at 9:15am, PDT on Tuesday. Here are the stops, with a few of the times: Tacoma Olympia (give me some beer) Centralia Kelso (wasn't he on "That 70's Show?" Vancouver (which one?) Portland (1:50pm, welcome ... read more
Seattle Ferry
Seattle corn vendor
Amtrak Antics

Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon February 2nd 2010

Tsim Sha Tsui, pronounced "jim-saa-jeui" means Sharp, Sandy Point, is the tourist ghetto of Hong Kong. Obviously, this is probably where we will spend our time. It is full of hotels, inexpensive and seedy guesthouses, drinking and dining options, and is also a shopping destination. Clothing and shoes tend to dominate, followed by restaurants, camera and electronic stores, and a nightlife area around Knutsford Tee and Minden Avenue. Tsimsy as the locals call it, lies at the very southern tip of the Kowloon Peninsula, south of Austin Road. The best things to do here are: Star Ferry, Avenue of the Stars evening lightshow, High Tea at the Peninsula Hotel, the East Promenade, and the Hong Kong Museum of Art. I would add to that list: dim sun almost anywhere, a cold beer, and a half day ... read more
Lunar New Year
The famous Peninsula Hotel lobby
Ladies Market

North America » United States » Nevada » Las Vegas July 15th 2009

They don't call it the Strip for nothing. And nothing gets more hits on this web site than nudity, topless or otherwise. Vegas has three high end casinos that offer topless bathing. The Mirage, Caesar's Palace and Mandalay Bay now offer "adult" bathing. Their rather dubious explanation is that the casinos want to recreate the atmosphere of European beaches, where topless bathing is almost a requirement. The downside to these "free" peep shows is a "cover" charge of as much as $30 for women, and $50 for men. Some even required two women for each man at entry. I don't know about you, but if I knew two women that would go to a topless pool with me, I certainly would not BE at the topless pool. Optional services include private cabanas (who knows what goes ... read more
Heaven or Just Crazy?

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Wiltshire » Stonehenge July 4th 2009

I am taking a break from Wimbledon tennis, and the big City with a short, but long 2 hour bus tour down to see ancient Stonehenge, near (two miles west) the city of Amesbury, in Wiltshire, South England. Noted historians tell us that Stonehenge was built in three phases over a period of 1400 years. it is the most outstanding prehistoric monument in the British Isles (I say after St. Andrews, haha), and is a World Heritage Site. Phase 1 (2950-2900 BC) is the earliest portion of the complex, consisting of a circular bank, ditch, and counterscrap bank of about 330 feet in diameter. Just inside the earth bank is a circle of the 56 Aubrey holes that held wooden posts. Phase 1 is attributed to the Windmill people. Phase 2 (2900-2400 BC) indicate timber settings ... read more
U.S. Version

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Wimbledon July 4th 2009

Gangway 210, Row J, Seat 352. That my dear friends, is my seat in Centre Court, Wimbledon, Friday, June 26, 2009. I got to see Novak Djokovich take apart an American named Mardy Fish. It was almost embarrassing rooting for a guy named Mardy,and a last name Fish. But the crowds were clearly rooting for him, as they hate Djok. He is known as a poor sportsman, and uses every bit of the rules to his advantage. This would be frequent potty breaks and "injury" timeouts. I arrived a little later than normal, but it still takes over three hours to do the queue. I met the nicest family from Dallas, the Korineks, and four of their five children. One son, Alex is an aspiring junior player, who may make this show one day. We split ... read more
Another Queue for Centre Court

Back in my running and jogging days, I ran in several editions of the Bay to Breakers Footrace in San Francisco. Back then, the race often experienced record numbers of entrants, and lived up to its name as the world's largest footrace. It begins at the foot of San Francisco Bay, then winds through the streets of the City, through Golden Gate Park, and finally onto the Great Highway and the Pacific Ocean (ie the breakers). The first race, known as the Cross City Race, began in 1912, as a precursor to the world class events planned for the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition. The race was won by Robert Jackson Vlught with a time of 44:10, and only 200 racers. It was in 1986, the Race set a Guinness Book record with 110,000 racers, me ... read more

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle » Bell Town April 26th 2009

Seattle is our favorite American city, and among our favorite in the world. Seattle has it all, great shopping, outstanding food, very walkable, interesting music venues, and some liquid sunshine in between bright, sunny days. It is a town where you can wear most anything in your wardrobe, at one time or another. But bring good walking shoes and a cheap umbrella. We always stay in Belltown, since it is close to our favorite restaurants and downtown shopping. Our current favorite is Hotel Andra at 4th and Virginia. Others on our list include: Inn at the Market, Pensione Nichols, and Inn at Harbor Steps, a fabulous urban bed and breakfast, all on First Avenue. We always take a car from the Seattle airport, from Elias Car Service, the best in town, and quite affordable. Elais is ... read more
New Stadiums

Asia » Japan » Kyoto » Kyoto March 21st 2009

We took a taxi after breakfast to Morika Tofu Shop on the very outskirts of Kyoto. Our cab driver did not know how to get there. He had to call in to his station to get the coordinates for his modified GPS. Even, then, he said he had never been there. But he did agree that it was the best tofu, in that Morika-san is widely regarded by everybody as the champion tofu maker in all of Japan. So, we engaged in quite a discussion with our taxi cab driver, his broken English, my broken Japanese. And many hand gestures, voice inflections, smiles and laughs. We drove and we drove, ringing up a huge taxi toll as we went along. We moved from dense inner city, to semi suburbia, to almost country. We turned down a ... read more
In Front of Morika Tofu
An Ancient Art

Asia » Japan » Kyoto » Kyoto March 20th 2009

We signed up for a Friday morning tour of Kyoto, since we have not gone on a bus tour yet on this trip. There are 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kyoto. All are open for public viewing, including the famous Nijo Castle. More than 30 million tourists a year visit Kyoto. Nijo Castle was built in 1603 by Tokugawa. It has very thick outer walls and a moat to defend it. Within the walls, the main buildings are decorated with paintings by Kano Tanyu. Every building contains hidden rooms. The corridors were constructed with nightingale floors, that squeak when walked upon to warn of anyone approaching. Like Manhattan, Kyoto is laid out in a grid pattern, and easy to navigate. The JR Kyoto Station is the main station, and located in the south of the ... read more
The Golden Temple
Beautiful Artwork

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