Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going. –Paul Theroux. If that’s the case everyone on the MS Amsterdam’s 2020 world cruise is a confirmed traveler. The first half of the cruise went pretty much as … Continue reading 2020 MS Amsterdam Grand World Voyage.
We had planned a longer cruise on Prinsendam in July-August 2019 but Holland America sold the ship and shifted the cruises to another ship. We loved the Prinsendam and wanted to sail her one more time so we canceled the … Continue reading 2019 Norwegian Fjords Explorer, MS Prinsendam.
The MS Prinsendam (Picture on top is Prinsendam in Skye Harbor) leaves Holland America Service on July 1, 2019. Before she left the fleet, we wanted to take one more cruise on her. We had planned to travel in July … Continue reading 2019 Celtic Explorer, MS Prinsendam.
The idea of an Easter Market seems counterintuitive. Lent is the time of penance between Carnival and Easter. The idea of a market selling food and flowers during Lent seems odd. But then there is Palm Sunday, a time to … Continue reading Easter Markets, a New Interpretation of Lent
My Grandfather always told me the place to be on St. Pat’s day was New York, or perhaps Boston or Chicago. He told me that growing up in Ireland at the end of the 19th century there wan’t much to … Continue reading St. Pat’s in Dublin!
When the song of the angel is stilled, When the star in the sky is gone, When the Kings and Princes are home, When the shepherds are back with their flocks The real work of Christmas begins. To find the lost To heal the broken To feed the hungry To release the prisoners To rebuild the nations To bring peace among brothers To make music in the heart. -An unattributed Quaker quoted by Gordon Bok Continue reading Boxing Day, The Work of Christmas Begins.
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These pictures are faded. We scanned them to put on this website. March 1997 There are fine monasteries, isolated in the mountains, and of only passing interest to the Turks, so they remain. We went to Rila. It is a four story arcaded and fortified place with fine frescos that have the faces of donors to the monastery depicted as saints, and demons. I don’t know if the placement has anything to do with the size of the donation. While we happily spent hours in the monastery on one fine Sunday, it is the mountains rising around it that … Continue reading Rila Monastery, Bulgaria, 1997
Sighnaghi, with only 2,100 people, is a mountain top architectural gem. Its name comes from the word siginak, Turkish for “shelter.” It was built in the 18th century as a fortified town on the frontiers of Moslem Azerbaijan and Dagestan. It main industries are wine making, carpet making and, now, tourism. The town is circled by about 4.5 kilometers of wall with 23 defensive towers. The wall winds around the mountain side. I walked along the top for about a half a kilometer between several of the towers with great views of vineyards running down the mountain. Continue reading Sighnaghi, Georgia
One of the great joys being home in June is just sitting by my window and watching. Ships pull into my front yard, fish start jumping and the eagles come in for the kill, fishermen make their evening set outside my window, storms roll in, as does the fog. In the morning we often hear the fog horns of a ship making for anchor. This is an active months, the Fine Arts Camp, the Music Festival, boats to ride, hikes to take, meals with friends, but I always leave enough time to sit by my window and watch. I have … Continue reading Sitting by my window, June, 2013
Today I watched as an immature bald eagle went fishing in front of my window. You can tell an immature eagle by the fact that its head is not yet white, however, this eagle seems to be ready to mature as its tail feathers are white. Continue reading Eagle Fishing, Series 2, Sitka, June, 2013
I took this sequence of pics from my living room deck. It shows two eagles in the hunt, an juvenile who does not yet have the white head and tail, and an adult. But it shows the sequence pretty well, sitting in a tree, flying up for a look, spotting something and the power dive. There is a second series of eagle fishing photos here. Continue reading Sitka, Eagles Hunting, June 2003
June 10, 2013 was a beautiful day and we treated ourselves to a flightseeing tour over our island. Continue reading Flying over Sitka, June 10, 2013
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