Trip to Rome

I ran into this terrific video touting the sweet life in Rome (you should definitely watch it!) and it reminded me of our trip to Rome in 2013. What a city! The morning after arriving the first place we went was the Vatican. May I say “wow!”??? After seeing this place on TV and in the movies so often it was hard to believe we were actually there. Here are a few photos from when we were just stepping into St Peter’s plaza.

Pearl Harbor memorials

Thinking of Pearl Harbor a bit since yesterday, I find myself reading again the names of the sailors and marines killed on December 7, 1942. When we visited last June I just stood there inside the Arizona Memorial wondering about these men. I eventually took a photo so I’d have a reminder of them and their sacrifice. Did any of you have friends or relatives killed at Pearl Harbor that fateful day?

Remembering Paris

Paris is often on my mind. The Lady of Ladybird Lane and I spent a wonderful Christmas and New Years there … 12 years ago, already. It seems like yesterday. I’ll always remember the evening we walked under the Eiffel Tower just after sunset, the sky clear, an iridescent blue, and The Tower glowing and flickering with this golden light. It was amazing.

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A tourist’s map of Sconnieland

It’s the first home game for the Packers today, the first home game for the Badgers was yesterday (quite a party) and we’d sure hate for first time visitors to Sconnieland to get lost. It has pretty much all you need to know :-)

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The second best reason to visit Hawaii

The 100% Kona coffee! At Foodland it was affordable. At Whole Check Foods it was outrageously priced, I think, $14 for a 7 ounce bag. I think I paid $10.50 at Foodland and it is just as delicious! I just didn’t get to carry around the Whole Check Foods bag. Here in Madison you can’t even find the 100% Kona. Such is the sad state of the People’s Paradise on the Shores of Mendota. ;-)

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Down the street, round the corner and there it was

We had a chance to get away for a little vacation last week. We got up bright and early Friday and headed to the airport (which has to be one of the nicest small airports in the country) for our jaunt across the country and a little bit more. We started off with a 30 minute flight to Minneapolis, an hour to change planes, a three and a half hour flight to San Francisco and a two and a half hour layover there and finally five and a half hours to Honolulu and forty minutes to get to our hotel. It was dark by the time we got there and we were beat. But the next morning we got up bright and early. We headed out, down the street, round the corner to the marina and there it was, ol’ Diamond Head just waiting for us. We quickly forgot about that long trip from Madison.

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MySpace founder travels the world taking amazing photographs

Remember MySpace? At one time it was the most popular social network on the internet. It was the first “facebook”. One of the founders of MySpace, Tom Anderson (he was my first MySpace friend (yours, too?) and he made a lot of money), has chosen to wander the world taking photographs and some of them are really amazing. BusinessInsider has the article.

I spent three and a half years in the Philippines as a Peace Corps Volunteer and flew in and out of Manila a handful of times but it always seemed to be cloudy or I was in the aisle seat so I never got to see much of the city from the air. But, Anderson has a photo that is very cool. And there are lots of others in the article.

Manila, Philippines: A river runs through it, the Pasig.

Interesting windows

I’d never much paid attention to windows when visiting Transylvania in the past. The Vulture┼čti blog caught my attention some time ago with its interesting photographs and features one of these windows in the header. Anyway, when we visited Romania this past Summer we took a side trip to see the Fortress Church at Codlea. Across the street from the church was a building that had one of these windows and it actually had glass in it. Wow! These seem like pretty unique windows.

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Trabbies in Bucharest

Looking through pics from Romania I found these three photos of Trabants (1, 2) in Bucharest. The red one with its sporty white racing stripe kind of reminds me of a Mini Cooper before they became popular. The green Trabbi’s brakes seem to concern the owner. And, a white Trabbi for the workin’ man.

One thing you’ll notice the instant you get to Bucharest is that people love cars. I think there are more cars in the town than there are people. And, there are certainly not enough parking spaces. People park everywhere including on the sidewalks. Old abandoned cars used to sit on the streets all over town for years at a time. Most of these, fortunately, have gradually been removed. Of course, nothing happens overnight. This Summer I saw a small billboard informing people that the government would help people get their abandoned cars off of the street. Things take a little longer to get done there. Slowly, though, things are improving.

The Square, Monroe, Wisconsin

We drove down to Monroe, Wisconsin again a of couple weeks ago and whenever we go there I have to visit the town square to take a few pictures. At the center of the square is the Green County courthouse and around the square you find some nice shops and places to eat. One of the shops’ windows offered a nice reflection of the courthouse so I snapped it. People in Green County are very proud of their Swiss immigrant heritage and their cheesemaking. In fact, this coming weekend, Sept 19-21 is the 100th Cheese Days festival. If you’re feeling a little hungry I definitely recommend┬áBaumgartner’s (if you’re not planning to kiss anyone the rest of the day go for the Limburger with a thick slice of red onion on rye) and Pancho and Leftys (don’t pass up the nachos with smoked pulled pork).

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