Page 30 of golfkat Travel Blog Posts

North America » United States » California » Clovis January 2nd 2017

Here are some more, along with some of your favorites. This has been my best travel quote, which I have used often with my best travel friend, Mike, as we have traveled around the world. He is also a small town guy, from Los Banos, CA. I grew up in Kingsburg, CA, then a small mostly Swedish-American hamlet of 3,000 people. Here is the quote: "Not too bad for a couple of simple farm boys from the country......." But this is a close second, in one of my favorite songs, "The Boxer' by Paul Simon: Now the years are rolling by me They are rocking evenly And I am older than I once was And younger than I'll be But that's not unusual No, it isn't strange After changes upon changes We are more or less ... read more
Love the big hats at the kentucky Derby
Tour de France on my radar for 2017

North America » United States » California » Mojave December 23rd 2016

Manzanar War Relocation Center was one of ten camps where Japanese American citizens (like my parents) and resident Japanese aliens (like my grandparents) were interned during World War 2. In 1942, more than 120,000 men, women, and children were ordered to leave their homes and businesses, and detained in remote, military style camps in tar paper barracks. Manzanar is the closest relocation center to us, on the west side of U. S. Highway 395, almost equidistant from Reno (245 miles), and Los Angeles (226 miles). The nearest towns are Lone Pine (8 miles south), and Independence (6 miles north), both of which have food and lodging. After Pearl Harbor, hysteria and panic ruled the country, and California in particular. President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, authorizing the Secretary of War to establish Military Areas, and ... read more
Desolate desert
tar paper barracks

Europe » Germany » Berlin » Berlin October 31st 2016

I was last here in Berlin in 1971. Back then, during the Cold War, it was West Berlin (Allies), and East Berlin (the dirty Commie pinkos). Going over Checkpoint Charlie into East Berlin remains one of my most memorable and nerve wracking experiences of my life. The four photos were taken by me back in 1971. Now, after 45 years, I am going back, to a unified Germany, and more importantly, a unified Berlin. The Berlin Wall was in placed from 1961 (August 13) to 1989. I have seen two pieces of the wall in the U.S. One is located at the fabulous Newseum in Washington, DC. The other is located in the men's room at the Main Street Station casino in downtown Las Vegas. I hear there is another section in the gardens of the ... read more
Famous Brandenburg Tor
Double stones in road mark location of the Wall
My view of East Berlin in 1971

Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Amsterdam October 24th 2016

We all know about Dutch Boy Paints, and the little Dutch boy who put his finger in the Dyke. Oh, and little Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates. But there are many famous Dutch people throughout history. Here are some that I know about: Rem Koolhaas-designed the great Seattle Public Library, my favorite libraryEdo de Waart- past conductor of the San Francisco Symphony, I have seen himEddie Van Halen-famous guitarist, I have seen and heard himRembrandt van Rijn-painterVincent van Gogh-painterJan Steen-painterJohannes Vermeer-painterHenrik Ibsen-writer, who was an apothercaryAbel Tasman-discovered TasmaniaBernard Mandeville-political satiristWilliam of Orange III-King of EnglandDaniel Fahrenheit-physicist and engineerAnton van Leeuwenhoek-scientistArie Luyendyk-race car driver, winner of the Indy 500Tom Okker-tennis player, saw him play World Team TennisArd Schenk-speed skaterAnne Frank-... read more
Wannabee artists at the Rijksmuseum
The Story of Hans Brinker

Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Amsterdam October 23rd 2016

My primary purpose for visiting Amsterdam is the van Gogh Museum. I have selected a hotel nearby as well. Prior trips here did not enable a visit, since it either was being built, or being renovated (1998 and 1999). I did see some of this vast collection in a temporary building, as well as two world tours in the U.S. The Amsterdam van Gogh Museum houses the largest collection of the world's most popular artist. Each year, 1.6 million visitors come through, making it the 25th most popular museum in the world. It is the second most visited museum in The Netherlands. The permanent collection consists of more than 200 paintings and 500 drawings. Some of his contemporaries are also on display. The work is categorized into five periods, representing the periods of his life and ... read more
The new addition to the van Gogh Museum
Great electronic billboard inside the huge lobby

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin October 6th 2016

Not really, it is famous Templebar in downtown Dublin. In fact, the area is called Temple Bar, an area on the south bank of the Liffey River in central Dublin, Ireland. It is promoted as Dublin's cultural center, with a nightlife enjoyed by tourists like me. The most popular places are the Temple Bar Pub itself, along with The Palace Bar, Oliver St. John Gogarty's, and The Auld Dubliner. Originally, the area was St. Andrews Parish. Legend has it that Temple Bar Street got its name from Sir William Temple of Trinity College. His home and garden were located there in the 17th century. However, the name may also be derived from the famous district in London of the same name. Maybe they played the copy cat game instead of honoring poor Sir William. The first ... read more
I love Templebar!!
I want to try them all!!!

Europe » Russia » Far East » Vladivostok September 2nd 2016

So, I decided to add up the miles I have traveled by rail, including three trips across the U.S., and a trip across the Russia (one third of the earth's surface). The fascination with riding the rails began quite by accident. Somewhere, somebody gave me the idea that riding the passenger rails would be a great experience. They were right! My first trip cross country on Amtrak was the California Zephyr, from Chicago to Martinez, CA. Total time was close to 51 hours. The mileage was 2379 miles. It was relaxing and enjoyable, and I met many interesting people. Just for contrast, the Tour de France cycling race usually covers 2,276 miles. My second cross country trip was the Sunset Limited, from Los Angeles to New Orleans for Super Bowl 47. The total time was 48 ... read more
This is a first class berth
And a first class hallway

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle » Chinatown September 1st 2016

So, I have crossed our great country twice now on the rails. My first trip, the California Zephyr, began in Chicago, and ended in the Bay Area. My second trip, to the last Niners Super Bowl in New Orleans was the Sunset Limited, from Los Angeles to New Orleans. Today, I am departing Seattle on the Empire Builder, arriving in Chicago in three days. I will fly up to Seattle this morning, spend the day visiting friends, and board the Empire Builder at 4:40pm. The train leaves Seattle's Union Station, not far from the Sound Transit Light Rail. It ends in 46 hours at Union Station in Chicago at 4pm, September 1. And I hear the Giants are in town. And I have never been to a Giants game at Wrigley. You think I might find ... read more

North America » United States » Michigan » Detroit June 17th 2016

According to MSN, these are among the ten most dangerous cities, and should not be visited alone. 1. Oakland Well, I lived in Oakland twice in my younger days, both in the Lake Merritt area. I never had any trouble, walking, riding my bicycle, or with my car. Parts of Oakland are nice, parts are downright dangerous. But its reputation precedes itself in the eyes of many, including tourists. 2. Lima, Peru Staying on the beach, overlooking the Pacific Ocean is hardly dangerous. We stayed there on our way to Machu, and on our way back from the Amazon. Lima has quite a food scene, and walking around seemed quite safe. But on the taxi ride between the airport and the hotel was another adventure. We passed many barrios and crime ridden areas. 3. Memphis I ... read more

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 with only 200 racers. It was in 1986, the Race set a Guinness Book record with 110,000 racers, ... read more

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