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Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin October 5th 2016

What do we really know about the country of Ireland. I have been to Scotland, mostly to play golf. And numerous times to England, for general tourism, and to attend Wimbledon. But the "luck of the Irish" is something that we are all familiar with, but may not know much more. Let's see what we can learn in a few paragraphs. First, Ireland is a large island, except for Northern Ireland, which is still part of the U.K. To the east is the North Channel, the Irish Sea, and St. George's Channel. It is the second largest island on the British Isles, and the third largest in Europe. The population runs about 6.4 million, mostly smiling Irish eyes. In culture, Ireland shares the same language as Britain, along with their love of soccer, rugby, horse racing, ... read more
World Famous Templebar, touristy but fun!!!

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

North America » Mexico » Distrito Federal » Mexico City April 17th 2016

Here is a bike tour ( I signed up for: Bike through the biggest and oldest urban park of Mexico City at a soft rhythm, see the places where history meets with the modern city, museums areas and parks, go trough some of the traditional and commercial neighborhoods with cafes, book stores, and restaurants you can later visit for dinner. Learn about history, landscape and city environment. It is a four hour bike tour, starting at Cicloestacion Lomas. Sundays, the main avenue, Reforma, is closed to automobile traffic. So, peace and tranquility reign from 7am to 2pm every Sunday. I wish more cities did this. Wouldn't Las Vegas Boulevard be great on a Sunday morning in May or October? Or the Mag Mile in Chicago, 5th Avenue in NYC, the Ginza in Tokyo, or Nevsky Prospekt ... read more
repair station
Sunday bike day

North America » Mexico » Distrito Federal » Mexico City April 16th 2016

Mexico City is the new foodie haven. This is what they say now about my destination: Mexico City is having a moment. All of a sudden, it seems, the largest city in the Americas has absolutely captivated international tastemakers, and gallons of ink have been spilled in glossy magazines extolling its historic architecture, booming gastronomy, and cutting-edge cultural scene. The capital is Mexico’s undisputed center of gravity, with the country’s best and brightest being drawn to the sprawling megalopolis like the river to the sea. As a result, Mexico City’s name is now uttered in the same breath along with Paris, London, Tokyo, and New York. On top of that, it is certainly less expensive than Paris, Tokyo, and NYC. I was able to find 5 star hotels in good areas for around $200 or less! ... read more
For salsa??
I need more!!!!

North America » Mexico » Distrito Federal » Mexico City April 16th 2016

The Mexican capital won an impressive number of categories among Latin-American cities: culture, shopping, and cuisine. And while plenty of readers come here, no doubt, to visit the Zócalo, or Plaza de la Constitución (it gets about 85 million visitors per year), a few restaurants are destinations in themselves. One is Pujol, featuring chef Enrique Olvera's forward-looking takes on authentic cuisine, like a suckling-pig taco with chickpea puree, coriander, and red jalapeño. Voters commented on the city's New York City-style fast pace, but they also raved about its parks. One not to miss: the ancient, waterfall-filled Chapultepec Park, which provided a relaxing green space for the ancient Aztecs. Mercado de Medellín In Colonia Roma sits a little gem, el Mercado de Medellín. Much like other markets, all types of fruits, vegetables ... read more

North America » Mexico » Distrito Federal » Mexico City April 15th 2016

Heading south of the border today. Was there a song with that phrase in it?? I have been to Mexico several times, but only to touristy places like Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta, and Tijuana. Friends in the know say Mexico City is a hidden gem, though it is hardly small. What do we really know about it? In my case, very little. So, I embark with little expectation, but as always, great anticipation. These may or may not be some things you know or even car about in Mexico City. I certainly would not, unless I planned on visiting this huge and interesting city. 1. The World's Richest Man Carlos Slim of Telcel, Mexico's largest phone provider with 70% of the market, was the richest man in the world for four years. Bill Gates overtook him this ... read more
Botannical Garden

North America » United States » California » Fresno January 18th 2016

Well, first I do not believe in rules for my travel, I have my own set of rules. But for any of you who have set out the cross this great land of ours, I am sure you were inundated with advice. My only advice is to stop where I have enjoyed a stop, like a landmark, meal, or point of interest. What better time to go than now? While some are good, Yahoo has their own rules: 1. Never say No to a full tank of gas This is very important, but I also say, "never pass a toilet without using it" comes in very handy on some of those endless interstates and toll roads. And remember, your AAA roadside service card is useless when you don't have cell coverage! So, fill up the gas ... read more

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