Headed East

Sep. 25th, 2017 02:50 pm
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In the spirit of “you can't get there from here” our flights to Europe proved to be a long one. With three hops to get to our first destination We agreed to break the trip at Vienna Austria. Our long haul flights to Europe have been on British Airways so we book that to Heathrow and on to Vienna where I booked hotel at the Airport. After some mixup at the airport hotel we found a lovely room near the airport at Das Reinisch. The next day we flew on to Lviv Ukraine on Austrian Air.

Our Friend Jeff Stoner drove us to the Airport. It was really a decent hour to ask someone for a ride. He picked us up at 3:30 Sunday Afternoon and we quickly and easily checked in to the British Airways flight to Heathrow. There was a 150 mile per hour tail wind so we arrived in London after only about 8 hours. Heathrow is a huge airport with long walks at the best of times but we didn't end up at the usual gate and were met by buses.
It was a long day with a 4 hour layover at Heathrow. We ate lunch at “The Curator” restaurant in Terminal Three. We have eaten in that space before when it was some “Other” name. They served traditional British cuisine. I had fish and chips complete with mushy peas.
It was a two our flight to Vienna where we waited for my bag to show up. The lady in Denver had coded it for transfer to Austrian Airlines. She had to ask where the Airport Code LWO was. She plainly told us that they didn't have an Interline agreement with Austrian Airlines but that didn't mean anything behind the scenes. Ron's bag was delivered to the Carousel while mine lingered in back.
We too a car service to the Das Reinisch hotel and Bed and Breakfast about 5 km away from the airport. We had a nice quiet dinner at the hotel's restaurant and recouperated from the day.

Eastern Europe

Sep. 23rd, 2017 04:46 pm
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This trip has been a long time coming. We learned about a cruise on the Emerald Belle from an email in November of 2015 and immediately signed up. Since the river cruises are less than 200 passengers they sell out quickly. The cruise was planned for October of 2016 sailing from Budapest to Bucharest on the Danube but it wasn't to be. The Belle was a brand new ship to be launched in April of 2016 and we would be sailing on it at the end of their first season. In February before the ship was completed it burned in the shipyard. A wielder's spark set the interior alight and the fire suppression systems hadn't been connected. The ship was a total loss. The ship company arranged for a different ship for the cruise but it wasn't available at the same time. The rescheduled cruise was 2 weeks later and everyone who had work commitments had canceled so the cruise was canceled.

RSVP Vacations is a travel company from Minneapolis specializing in gay travel. They started in the 1980s by leasing ocean going vessels for a Caribbean cruise. We have sailed with the company over a half dozen times. The difference between RSVP and other cruising offers is that the company leases the entire ship instead of a block of rooms.

We jumped at the offer when it came for the October 2017 sailing on the Danube. As we made plans more things came up for us to add to this trip and it ended up being a month long. Our travel agent was patient with us and the arrangements all got made.

We would be sailing out of Budapest and while researching the city Ron discovered that the Budapest bears where having a weekend even just before we sailed. We looked into apartments for the week in Budapest. Since we had an apartment with plenty of room we invited our friend Jeff to join us in Budapest. He cashed in airline miles and made his arrangement.

Years ago we had used a travel company called Mir. We have been periodically looking at their offerings. Mir specializes in Russian and Eastern Europe. The tour of Ukraine caught my eye and we added “The Essential Ukraine” on our trip. This stretched the trip to a month visiting four new countries where we have traveled.

getting ready to travel

Sep. 23rd, 2017 04:26 pm
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The bags are mostly packed. The ride to the airport is arranged. The tickets are purchased. I guess we will go. We are headed off tomorrow for London then on to Vienna for the night.

Am I ready? Well, I'm not certain. I think I will be in a better mood when we are in the air.

SO . . . Please join us for an Eastern Europe adventure.

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Sep. 23rd, 2017 12:33 am
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We are getting ready to travel again. We have a month long trip planned starting Sunday.

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Another in the Music Series.

Sep. 20th, 2017 09:32 pm
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This is how you get a Head.

You may ask

Same as it ever was!

Aye Matey!

Sep. 19th, 2017 08:23 pm
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Avast. Did Ye know September 19th is Talk Like A Pirate Day?

We Pirates are getting Old so Consult this Aye Chart to see if ye still has it!


Nature's Lace

Sep. 16th, 2017 09:02 am
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It was a cool foggy morning when I went on a photography tour of Venice. I was grateful to have someone who knew where photogenic places were and wouldn't get lot which I had earlier in the week. This photo was taken at the Church of San Francisco (Chiesa di San Francesco della Vigna).

I have been fortunate to travel many places. Some of the places have been interesting while others have been spectacular. We visited some at just the right time. Now those places are in conflict or not safe to visit. Turkey is in turmoil. Egypt is dangerous. We saw Tunis before terrorists shot up the Bardo Museum. We visited Russia at a time when the US was less at odds with Moscow.

I wish all the places were as peaceful as this cloister in Venice.

I have to agree.

Sep. 15th, 2017 02:14 pm
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ON THE MENU. Anthony Bourdain said his menu for a peace summit between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump would include hemlock.

The Sundial as a design element.

Sep. 14th, 2017 05:17 pm
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Do you remember when buildings had lots of classical elements?
The Sundial a wonderful decoration. It made blank walls have interest.

Built in 1885, Emerson is the oldest remaining elementary school building in Denver. It was designed by Colorado’s first master architect, Robert Roeschlaub, who became well known for his designs for educational institutions. It was the first Denver school to incorporate space for an in-house library and had the first PTA in the Denver district, as well as the first student council. The Emerson School served as a Denver public school for nearly 100 years, finally closing in 1979.

Source: http://www.westword.com/news/restoration-of-historic-emerson-school-nears-completion-8752869


Sep. 12th, 2017 02:45 pm
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Sometimes it just doesn't make any sense.

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