Yearly Archives: 2012

Fall in Las Vegas

I've been spending the weekend with my sister in Las Vegas, keeping her company while her husband (as usual) is at the Reno Air Races.  At least this year nobody up there died. One of the things I do while … Continue reading

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Touring Cologne

On July 17 we docked in Cologne, around 10 AM.  Before I begin on our day in Cologne, I'd like to describe this as a fairly typical day on the cruise.  Early risers could get breakfast in the lounge as … Continue reading

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Kinderdijk

Monday the 17th was the first full day of the cruise and the first shore excursion.  We docked around 8 AM, and right after breakfast we went ashore at Kinderdijk, a small village of 19 traditional Dutch windmills, dating from … Continue reading

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Hungarian Horse Show, Part 2

So here we are back at the Lázár Equestrian Park.  For background, see my previous post, Hungarian Horse Show. I left out the ox wagon.  Oxen aren't anything like as beautiful (or fast) as horses.  But I don't think I've … Continue reading

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Hungarian Horse Show

I wasn't sure about this.  It was on the afternoon of the last day of the cruise; the alternative was exploring Budapest.  But my sister likes horses, and I thought, at least I can get her some photos.  So I … Continue reading

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Amsterdam – Day 2

Actually, day one-and-a-half, because this was the day we moved onto the Viking Embla, our floating home for the next two weeks.  But we began the morning with a ride on a canal boat.  (After I went and got the … Continue reading

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Amsterdam – Day One

We bought a cruise "extension" and spent 2 days exploring Amsterdam before the cruise sailed.  I loved Amsterdam:  the history, the tall narrow houses (a guide said they used to have to pay tax on the width of the street … Continue reading

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Flying to Amsterdam

This post won't include any photos; I rarely take pictures of airplane or airport interiors (even if TSA would let me).  But our trip to Amsterdam to begin our European vacation had its moments. The first moment began when departure … Continue reading

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Fireworks and Sousa

One of my favorite annual events, if I'm in town, is the concert the Oakland East Bay Symphony puts on every July 3 at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, California.  There's nothing quite like watching a fireworks display (Richmond does … Continue reading

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Transit of Venus

I didn't see the whole thing but yes – I did see the Transit this time around and I got photos!  I got the photos, without a heavy-duty sun filter, from a handy little device called a SunSpotter: The amusing … Continue reading

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