Monday, December 31, 2018
Monday, December 24, 2018
JOYOUS NEW YEAR!
Monday, December 17, 2018
|Ireland. Irish musicians play in bars and restaurants everywhere!|
The Cliffs of Moher in County Clare on the southwest coast of Ireland are beautiful, but incredibly windy and cold. They were a long day’s drive from Galway, where we were staying.
|Susan and Tom at the Cliffs of Moher on the Southwest Coast of Ireland|
|Shop in Roundstone, Ireland, with Irish music, crafts, blankets and wool weaving.|
|Beer, books, eggs, marble, wool, for sale!|
|With Charlie Chaplin statue|
|Some Famous Irish Writers|
|Beautiful Irish textiles|
Monday, December 10, 2018
|Dublin, Ireland. The Guinness Storehouse|
The Guinness brewery tour at the old Guinness Storehouse is a must in Dublin. Yes, we got samples of Guinness (not Susan’s favorite though) but then there were options of sodas, light beer and a beautiful panoramic view at the end of the tour from the top floor.
|Susan tastes some Guinness|
|The Obamas enjoy a pint of Guinness ale on a visit to Ireland in May 2011.|
|Dublin. Trinity College Library|
|Oscar Wilde Sparkling Water|
|Belfast. Mural depicting Northern Ireland Troubles|
|Irish Famine Memorial. The Famine statues, in Custom House Quay in the Dublin Docklands, were presented to the City of Dublin in 1997.|
Monday, December 3, 2018
|Tom and Susan Weisner at Edinburgh Castle, Scotland|
Edinburgh Castle is the historic anchor at one end of the “royal mile” road in Edinburgh, Scotland. There are beautiful views of the city from the top. And of COURSE there is an historic dog cemetery near the top of the castle!
|View of Edinburgh and Firth of Forth from Castle|
|Susan at the Glenfiddich whiskey distillery|
|Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness|
|Interior of the Cathedral, Glasgow|
|Mural of Scottish animals near Merchants Row in Glasgow|
|"Send Back the Money" plaque on Merchants Row in Glasgow|
Monday, November 26, 2018
|On the South Kaibob Trail of the Grand Canyon in Arizona|
|View of the Grand Canyon from the South Kaibob Trail|
|View at sunrise from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon|
|Looking down the South Kaibob Trail|
We walked for about two miles into the canyon to a rest stop, where we found a sheltered place behind some rocks and ate our picnic lunch.
|Tom at a great view spot on the South Kaibob|
|Red rocks of Sedona, Arizona|
Go the Grand Canyon National Park website for more information about visiting the Grand Canyon.
In the winter of 2014, Tom went another trip to the Grand Canyon, that time with a friend who hiked down the South Kaibob Trail and back up to the rim on the Bright Angel Trail (more than 20 miles round trip!) For Tom's Intrepid Tourist report of that trip, click HERE.
Monday, November 19, 2018
|Bridge to Zushi Temple, Sanxia, Taiwan|
|Gymnast ceramic sculpture, Yingge Ceramics Museum|
|Master potter Chan Kao Hsiang; demonstration at Yingge Ceramics Museum|
|Breathing life into a clay fish|
|Ceramic roof tiles|
|Gate to the Zushi Temple|
|Bell tower of the Zushi Temple with modern apartment building in the background.|
|Incense sticks are guarded by two stone dragons.|
|The drum tower and a few of the 126 hand-carved stone pillars that adorn the temple.|
|Flowers and other offerings adorn the rooms inside the temple.|
Then it was time to cross the bridge again to meet our taxi driver for the trip back to Taipei.
|Realistically carved kingfisher holding its prey on a wooden screen along the temple corridor.|
Monday, November 12, 2018
|Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles, CA|
|City view from the Promenade Walkway of the Observatory|
|Jennifer and me, in front of the Observatory. The Griffith Observatory opened to the public on May 14, 1935|
|Astronomer's Monument and Sun Dial on plaza in front of the Observatory|
The 240-pound brass ball moves back and forth on a 40-foot steel cable suspended from the dome. At Los Angeles' latitude, it takes 42 hours for the pendulum to complete a circle as the earth beneath it rotates. The movement is visually represented by small wooden dowels that are knocked over one at a time by a pointer on the bottom of the ball.
During our visit we looked at dozens of other exhibits as well, learning about the sun, moon, planets and things astronomical. We ended our stay with a live show in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium, settling into the comfortable reclining seats for the show. (Tickets for the shows can only be purchased at the Observatory on the day of the show.)
It was a great family outing and opportunity for our grandchildren to see where their mother had worked when she was just a little older than they are now.
Admission to the Griffith Observatory and Grounds is FREE. For more information click HERE.
|North Doors of the Observatory|