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North America » United States » California » San Diego » La Jolla August 3rd 2019

Let's see how much San Diego has changed since 2012. From 2012: The eighth largest city in the US is San Diego. It is also the site of a three game series between our San Francisco Giants, and the San Diego Padres at Petco Park in downtown San Diego. I have attended games at the old Jack Murphy Stadium, now called Qualcomm Stadium over in Mission Valley. The climate is mild, the city/suburban area is close to Mexico, and the Navy has a presence, which began back in 1901. Lately, biotech and golf club manufacturers have taken over the areas north of San Diego. One of my favorite golf venues, Torrey Pines is located up the road in La Jolla. It is always rated in the top ten public golf courses in the country. I had ... read more
My Giants won 2 of 3!!!
I Love Petco
A sushi burrito, only in San Diego

Most everyone knows about the famous nude beach here in San Diego. Black's Beach is a legend of sorts. Besides it notoriety as a nude beach, it also sits near famous Torrey Pines Golf Course. But there might be more to this famous beach than meets the naked eye. First, Black's Beach is named after the thoroughbred horse breeding Black family. But the land was later sold, subdivided, and became La Jolla Farms. Black's Beach did not become a mecca for surfing until the Sixties. There are multiple routes to the beach, none very easy. Most require rock scrambling and a steep descent or climb. I would assume then, that getting there might best be accomplished while fully clothed, and wearing good shoes. The trail, as I mentioned is rather treacherous. So, leave it to the ... read more
Nice legs
Don't get a sunburn!

When we were kids, we thought San Diego might as well have been in another state. It sounded far, far away, like Hawaii or Alaska. We just never realized it was just down the road from one of our favorite childhood places, Disneyland in Anaheim. If only we looked at a map back then! Through the years, we spent many vacations in the San Diego area. We even thought about relocating there when I retired. During my working career, I had an office and company apartment in San Diego, and often flew down twice a month. Alas, we decided to stick closer to home. But I soon learned one thing, that perhaps saved or at least has prolonged my life. I found out that drinking and eating a big meal, even on a liberal expense account, ... read more
Little Italy food hall
Tin Fish in Gaslamp, near Petco

In order to beat the Valley heat, we are once again driving over to Pismo Beach on the central coast of California. So, not only do we love the cooler weather, our little Labradoodle, Lexi loves it too. And we get to eat at some of our favorite places, like Ember in Arroyo Grande, since they have an outdoor patio dining area where Lexi is welcome!!! The mostly boring drive of about three hours is tolerable. But summer lodging rates on the beach are somewhat inflated, though not as bad as the Monterey Peninsula or further south in Santa Barbara. I guess we should not complain! And most all of them charge extra for having even a small dog in the room. But once we get here, we enjoy ourselves immensely. While the cooler weather draws ... read more
A quartet from Firestone Walker Brewery
Laetitia Vineyards in Arroyo Grande
Lexi digging on the beach

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle » Bell Town July 14th 2019

Now, this is just astounding: Every man, woman, and child in the nation eats an average of 23 pounds of pizza annually -- that translates to around 46 slices -- adding up to a total of about 3 billion pies. To break the pie chart down another way, about 350 slices get consumed every second of the day. So, assuming I can eat three slices of pizza at one sitting, this means that we order a pizza at least 15 times a year, or better than once a month. For us, that is probably a little high. We probably order a pizza for delivery once a month, and have one pizza at Serious Pie in Seattle on our annual June trek. I think the stats might be somewhat skewed by events like Super Bowl Sunday, and ... read more
Pizza eating contest
They must be crazy???

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London July 8th 2019

From my trip to Wimbledon in 2009. Today is day one of the tournament. It might be a little too warm for me there, right now! I had a very refreshing and intoxicating drink at Wimbledon last week, and again today. Here is more about it. I may start drinking it when I get back home. With Wimbledon kicking off this week it seems like the whole world has tennis fever. Even if you don't know your backhands from your forehands, the tournament is a good reason to sample one of Britain's tastiest exports: the Pimm's Cup. Traditionally made from Pimm's Cup No. 1, lemon juice, a soda like ginger ale or 7-Up (or sometimes lemonade and soda) and garnished with a cucumber, the cocktail first made its mark in the mid-19th century as a British ... read more
American teen sensation, Amanda Anisimova
Me at Wimbledon!

North America » United States » California » Clovis July 7th 2019

As we begin a new year, I want to focus a little more on reflection than solely on travel. To broaden the quotes is to broaden one's horizons, so to speak. So, any quote is open for saving, discussing, or discarding. Trying something new is always a great adventure, right? This might be a great way to start the new year. And there is always room for some good lyrics: Simply, "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" by Aretha Franklin “Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing at all” – Helen Keller “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”--- Martin Luther King, Jr. “Life is meant for good friends and great adventures” – Anonymous (I like this one) ... read more
UC Berkeley is the best!!!!
Groucho knows!

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Brasov July 6th 2019

Is there such a thing? With a little effort, even you can be invited back for another visit. From the great great granddaughter, Lizzie Post of Emily Post: Having a free place to stay is the ultimate money-saving dream scenario for travelers, whether it’s a pied-à-terre in Paris, a house in the Hamptons, or a tiny flat in Tokyo. How do you handle yourself in the wonderful scenarios when no money changes hands? Here is a good rule: leave the house in as good or better condition than you found it. Also, do not snoop around, and don't go in rooms that you do not need. Closing off rooms and leaving them untouched is a great idea. Make sure you ask about interne... read more
Don't be him or her!

North America » United States » California » Monterey July 5th 2019

I often wondered how much food Americans eat on this greatest of American holidays. I know the Super Bowl probably means we eat more total food. But the 4th tends to focus on the regular meats and sides that are so very American and traditional. According to one recent survey, pizza is our favorite thing to eat, followed by steak. Be that as it may, the definitive American foods – those that virtually define our national cuisine, and that are indelibly associated with summer – are hot dogs and hamburgers. (Both, incidentally, are among the url= foods you probably didn’t know were named after places – at least if we give dogs t... read more
Add some beer and wine
July 4 cake
More bbq

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