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North America » United States » Texas » Amarillo October 17th 2015

Geo: 35.222, -101.831 We got up on Friday morning and drove to Los Alamos. This is where they designed and built the first atom bomb and the 2 bombs that they dropped on Japan. There is still a huge facility there doing research on all kinds of things. People were assigned to go there in the early forties and were only given an address in Santa Fe to report to. Once they reported in they were told how to get to Los Alamos. Their driver's licenses didn't have names on them, only a number. If someone was born there, their birth certificate showed a P.O. Box in Santa Fe as their birth place. People who lived around the area didn't even know that a huge facility had been built on top of the plateau. We visited ... read more
One of the caves
Stacy on the trail.

North America » United States » New Mexico » Santa Fe October 15th 2015

Geo: 35.6915, -105.937Before we left Albuquerque, we stopped at the Museum of Natural History and Science. It had a lot of info about the history of New Mexico. After that we drove over to Santa Fe. We checked into our B&B and headed over to the old part of town. We had some lunch and then toured the San Miguel Mission Church. It is considered the oldest active church in the nation. After that we visited the oldest adobe house in Santa Fe. It was originally constructed in 1200 AD. It has been added onto and reconstructed several times. But there are several parts of it that are original. We then visited the Loretto Chapel. It has a really neat staircase that goes up to the choir loft. The staircase looks like it is floating in ... read more
Part of the pueblo.
Outdoor ovens for baking breads.
More pueblo.

North America » United States » New Mexico » Albuquerque October 13th 2015

Geo: 35.0841, -106.649 Bet you thought I forgot to blog, huh? Well the place we stayed at in Sedona advertised internet service, but it was only up by the office and not down by the river where we were. Also, we didn't have any cell service there either. Double whammy. Then, the hotel in Grants, NM had internet, but I couldn't get it to work. Bummer. So, on Saturday we got up and went hiking on Soldiers Pass Trail. It was supposed to be an easy trail, but turned out to be a little more than Stacy wanted. We walked 3.4 miles. It was very scenic. There was a sink hole along the trail that was about 60 feet deep and a hundred feet across. The trail also took us to the 7 pools, which turned ... read more
The sinkhole
More red rocks

North America » United States » Arizona » Sedona October 10th 2015

Geo: 34.8408, -111.776 So we left on Thursday morning for a lesurely drive to Tonapah, Nev. We went into Yosemite and up thru Tioga Pass. It was a nice drive. Then into Nevada. What a desolate place! There is nothing out there but desert brush. no trees, no animals, nothing. We arrived in Tonapah and went to our hotel, which is the Mitzpah Hotel. It was pretty cool. It was opened in 1901. It has been restored and the rooms modernized. We liked it. The first thing we did was have a drink at the Bar Mitzpah. The next morning we got up early and headed thru the rest of Nevada and into Arizona. Its much nicer there, especially th closer you get to Sedona. We went into town for some dinner and to listen to ... read more
Red Rocks
Our Jeep
Oak Creek, behind our room.

North America » United States » California October 7th 2015

Geo: 38.6262, -121.325 We are leaving tomorrow(Thursday) morning. This is a driving trip. We are taking the Infiniti because its much more comfortable on a 4500 mile trip. We are driving to Sedona, Az. for the second night of the trip. Hopefully the pictures will begin from there. We will be visiting sites in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. The highlight of this trip will be the Formula 1 race weekend in Austin, Texas the last weekend of October. ... read more

Europe » France October 7th 2014

Geo: 48.8567, 2.35099 We got up and went over to the Citadelle. It is mostly underground. It is a series of underground rooms that were used as bunkers in WWI. They have a cool car that you ride around in that helps explain what the soldiers were going through during the war. After that, we went over to visit the Cathedral. I can't believe that every town in this country has a huge Cathedral! It must have taken thousands of people to build these things and they were building them everywhere at about the same time, the 1200's. We looked around and visited the cloisters next to the Cathedral. Then it was time to head over to Reims. We dropped off the luggage and went over to the Museum of Surrender, which is where the Germans ... read more
The Cathedral in Verdun
Statues in the cloister
Rose window

Europe » France » Lorraine October 5th 2014

Geo: 49.159, 5.384 We got up in the morning, had breakfast and headed out to see Strasbourg. This is just for Anton, the Strasbourg we are in is 15 km inside France, from the German border. We walked over to the Cathedral. We could see the tower before we even got anywhere near it. It is 550 meters high, 1800 feet. The roof is kind of flat on the main part of the church. It sticks way up above every building around it. Also, this being a Saturday, everybody and his brother was there to visit. There must have been 10 bus tours going on while we were there. Tons of people! We squeezed ourselves inside and looked around. There is an astronomical clock in there that has been running since the middle 1500's. It must ... read more
Looking up
Some of the ceiling
An altar piece

Europe » France » Alsace » Strasbourg October 3rd 2014

Geo: 48.5829, 7.74375 We got up, had breakfast and headed out of Beaune on a couple of driving tours that the Rick Steves book contained. We drove through some small villages and some nice vineyards. We stopped at one Chateau, but it was closed for the season. We took a few photos and headed on our way. On the north loop, we found another Chateau to visit. This one was quite different in that the owner had 80 jet fighters on display outside. Inside he had a collection of Abarth race cars and at least 300 old motorcycles dating back to the very early 1900's. He also had about 2,000 airplane models and another 1,000 motorcycle and car models on display. There were also several furnished rooms to see. While we were there 3 Ferraris and ... read more
The roof of the car and us
The Chateau again
Old motorcycles

Europe » France » Auvergne October 1st 2014

Geo: 45.2799, 3.81679 We got up in the morning and took the bus to the funicular. We took the other funicular this time to the Roman theatres and the museum. The museum had a lot of statues and a ton of huge stones with Roman writing on them. Also, there were many mosaics from the floors of houses used by the Romans. These floors were made in the 3rd and 4th century A.D. One of them you could actually walk on, unbelievable! After the museum, we walked around the theatres. They were built in the first century A.D. So we are walking around stones that were put up around 2,000 years ago. I love it! After looking around there, we headed into old Lyon for some lunch. Then we walked over to the River Saone for ... read more
Statue at the museum
Detail of stone carving
Me on a 2,000 year old mosaic

Europe » France September 29th 2014

Geo: 45.7673, 4.83433We left Nice and began climbing up into the mountains. It is very beautiful here. We drove for 200 kilometers to Gap. There was nothing of real value to see in Gap, just the church. But it was halfway to our next stop, which is Lyon. We drove through some beautiful scenery to get to Lyon. After we checked into our hotel we took the bus to old town and then got on the funicular to go up to the cathedral here. We have seen a lot of old churches and cathedrals. Every time we see a cathedral, we say wow, you can't top that. But then at the next cathedral, it is way nicer than the last. All I can say is that the Catholics sure had a lot of money back then, ... read more
The water in Nice
Church in Gap
More of the church

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