Andrew Lisowski


Andrew Lisowski

"I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list." I've traveled for a long time and have many memories of places and people. I enjoy travel, especially to new places I haven't seen before. Every journey, whether brief or extended, provides the opportunity for a new experience or a different way to see things. I like travel photography, too, and always have my camera with me.

Member of the TravBuddy travel blogging community from 2007 until its demise in 2018.

North America » United States » Virginia » Middleburg July 14th 2019

We visited Aldie Mill in Loudoun County for a weekend daytrip. It's located in Aldie, a village on US Highway 50 in Loudoun County, Virginia, near Middleburg. The mill on the Little River was built in 1807 and continued in operation to 1971. I recalled seeing it in the 1980s when it was closed and falling into disrepair. Now restored as a park with demonstrations of 19th century grain milling, we decided to make a visit. The restored mill is open on Saturdays and Sundays when volunteers give tour and milling demonstrations Aldie mill is unique among gristmills in Virginia in that it has two water wheels. I learned there were actually two mills on the site. One was the commercial mill that ground corn and wheat for sale while the other was the country or ... read more
Water Wheel

North America » United States » Virginia » Fairfax June 15th 2019

We decided to make a visit to a nearby historic house today and went to see the Civil War Interpretive Center at Historic Blenheim. The site is operated by the City of Fairfax. It centers around Blenheim, a plantation house built in 1859 by the Albert Willcoxon family. Union troops occupied Fairfax City (then known as Fairfax Court House) in March 1862. Soldiers bivouacked on the grounds and the house was used a shelter and as a temporary hospital. The significance of the site today is the myriad graffiti left behind by the solders over a two year period. The inscriptions of more than 125 individual soldiers, left from the main floor to the attic, have been identified. Twelve acres of the original 367 acre farm have been preserved. This is in itself significant, for the ... read more
Blenheim (1859)
Spencer Colton
Observation Balloon

The Huntington, or the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens to give its full name, was our destination Sunday afternoon. The Huntington is a very popular weekend attraction for Southern California residents. Families and people of all ages enjoy coming out to stroll the beautiful and varied gardens. (This despite an entrance fee of $29 per person.) The Huntington Library is in San Marino, just across the city line (street) from Pasadena. The Huntington comprises a rare book library, a botanical garden and an art collection. Our goal this afternoon was to visit the library and see a bit of the gardens. Railroad entrepreneur and businessman Henry E. Huntington (1850–1927) acquired Rancho San Marino, near Pasadena, in 1905. He and his wife, Arabella, redeveloped the working ranch and farm into a botanical display of 18 ... read more
Fountain in the Huntington Library Entrance Plaza
Gutenberg Bible, ca. 1455
Americae, Pars I, 1590

On Friday, our first full day in Southern California on this trip, we drove down from Anaheim to San Diego County to see Mission San Luis Rey. Mission San Luis Rey de Francia was founded on June 13, 1798 as the 18th of the California missions. It is known as The King of the Missions". The May Gray morning coastal fog was present most of the drive along the San Diego Freeway (I-5). I turned off at the freeway at Las Flores View Point scenic overlook for a view of the Pacific coastline. It afforded a nice view up the coast as far as San Onofre. A colony of squirrels, apparently a famous one, lives here. They and the seagulls are quite used to people. Then some excitement! The surrounding land and beachfront is part of ... read more
Mission Church and Bell Tower
Baptismal Font
Mission Church Nave

Arriving in Fort Lauderdale the day before our Panama Canal cruise was to sail, we had decided to make a visit to the Bonnet House. The Bonnet House, listed on the National Register of historic Places, was the home of Frederic Clay and Helen Bartlett. It was designed by him in his interpretation of the Caribbean Plantation style and built in 1920-1921. When Bonnet House was built, the surrounding land consisted of nothing but dunes, scrub and marshes and was reachable only by boat. Today, it is considered an oasis in the middle of the Fort Lauderdale beachfront. Frederic Clay Bartlett (1873-1953) was a successful American artist from Chicago. He worked in many media, including painting, faux stained glass, marbling, sculpture and decorative arts. The land was a wedding present to him and his second wife ... read more
Cowfish Sculpture
Evelyn and Frederic Clay Barlett
Bonnet House Courtyard

North America » United States » Florida » Keys » Key West October 24th 2018

In our cabin mailbox arrived a warning notice: our port call at Key West would be during the annual Fantasy Fest. Passengers were cautioned they might see some outrageous things ashore! Carnival Paradise docked at the Key West Naval Pier. It is the pier of the former Key West Naval Station and still remains on Naval property. In the basin, special operations forces were swimming in full combat gear getting ready for their 24-hour endurance swim. Shuttle busses were required to transport passengers from the ship through the Naval installation and to downtown Key West. There are a number of attractions at key West. Of course, I wanted to see the Southernmost Point marker. But there are also the Truman White House and Ernest Hemingway house. The bus left us off at Mallory Square. There we ... read more
Arriving at Key West
Sponge Man
Mallory Square

North America » United States » Florida » Tampa » Ybor City October 21st 2018

Ybor City is the old cigar making neighborhood of Tampa. In recent years Ybor City has undergone a revitalization and is a destination to enjoy the cuisines of the immigrants who worked here and roam the old buildings that made it a community. People from Cuba, Italy and Spain came here to find work in the cigar factories. Our exploration of Ybor City began with dinner on Sunday evening at the Columbia Restaurant. The restaurant, a fixture in Ybor City, was founded it in 1905 as a corner bar and coffee shop and expanded by the 1930s into the present-day establishment. The distinctive exterior of Columbia Restaurant is covered in colorful tiles. It features Cuban cuisine, and so our introduction to Cuba began. I enjoyed the Boliche Criollo (roasted beef stuffed with chorizo). Monday morning we ... read more
Ybor Factory Complex
Entrance to the Ybor Factory Complex
Ybor Factory Complex

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Isle of Skye August 12th 2017

Between Greenock and Inverness was a day at sea in which we would sail though the Hebrides archipelago, past the Isle of Sky and around the northern tip of mainland Scotland. Both the Inner and Outer Hebrides could be seen in the distance as Caribbean Princess navigated the Sea of the Hebrides and The Minch. (The Minch is the body of water between the Outer Hebrides and the Scottish mainland.) South Uist in the Outer Hebrides was clearly visible, but distant. We did pass very close to the Isle of Skye in the early afternoon and were afforded an excellent view of its wild, rockbound and mountainous landscape. Neist Point and its lighthouse, Loch Pooltie and the Duirinish Peninsula could be seen. As the afternoon progressed, islets in the Outer Hebrides appeared as well as the ... read more
South Uist
South Uist

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin August 8th 2017

Returning to Dublin the Wicklow Mountains and Glendalough, we drove up the left bank of the Liffey, admiring the many bridges. Because of the delayed arrival of Caribbean Princess at Dublin that morning, the tour was about two hours behind schedule. The motorcoach let us off at Trinity College for some planned free time to explore. We made a dash for Trinity College Library to see the Book of Kells exhibit before it closed at 5:00 p.m. The Book of Kells is an elaborately illuminated manuscript book of the Gospels ca. 800, a must-see in Dublin. We made it in time to see it and its companions on display, as well as the Long Room, the original reading room of the library, now a museum. Afterwards, there was time to see the main campus area and ... read more
Irish Museum of Modern Art
Rory O'More Bridge
Church of the Immaculate Conception

Europe » Ireland » County Wicklow » Glendalough August 8th 2017

Our shore excursion from Dublin was again by Paddywagon Tours. The motorcoach tour would take us to the Wicklow Mountains and the Glendalough monastic site, then return to Dublin for a city tour. The Wicklow Mountains range south of Dublin. The mountain peaks lie mostly inside Wicklow National Park, but there is a considerable amount of private farming and dairy cattle and sheep raising going on in the valleys. It's a very scenic area, and in August the heather was in bloom. Our driver/guide said he regretted that few Dubliners visit this natural area so close to the city. We took the scenic drive up to Glendalough on the Eastern side of the park. Glendalough (Gleann Dá Locha or Valley of the Two Lakes) is the central attraction in the park. The two lakes are referred ... read more
Wicklow Mountains National Park.
Wicklow Mountains National Park.
Glendalough Visitor Centre

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