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June 21, 2019

Italy: Aquileia and Ravenna, the Mosaic Tour

A mosaic ceiling in Ravenna Italy

Mosaics, it turned out, became an unplanned theme of the Northern Italian segment of our 2018 road trip. (more…)

August 7, 2012

Turkey: Istanbul, Şehzade Mosque and the Valens Aqueduct

Şehzade Mosque’s courtyard

Two interesting yet less visited sights in Istanbul are located near each other.  The 16th Century Şehzade Mosque and the 4th Century Valens Aqueduct are a few hundred feet and 1,180 years of history apart.


May 5, 2012

Bangkok: The Temples

Wat Arun Rajwararam (“Temple of Dawn”)

Finding temples in Bangkok is not hard.  Situated on the  Chao Phraya River’s flat flood plain, Bangkok’s horizon line is mostly defined by its buildings.  Modern steel and glass structures identify the modern (more…)

April 22, 2012

United Kingdom: Manchester

Street Art in Manchester

“What brings you to Manchester?” our waitress asked.


December 23, 2011

France: Montpellier

Filed under: Canal boating, Canal des Deux Mers, France, Photography, Space Invader, The List, Travel — Tags: — anotherheader @ 11:51 pm

Arc de triomphe, Montpellier France (HDR)

Sometimes the places we visit are a revelation.  And so it was with Montpellier France .  Situated not far from the Mediterranean, Montpellier is surprisingly pleasant.  It is better than advertised by the guidebooks.


France: Lyon

Filed under: France, Photography, Space Invader, The List, Travel, UNESCO World Heritage — anotherheader @ 7:48 pm

Why did we visit Lyon France?  Sad but true, we visited Lyon because it was for us conveniently located.  Situated along a main north-south auto route, Lyon was for us a perfect stopover on our (more…)

January 26, 2011

China: Hong Kong Island

Filed under: China, Food, Hong Kong, Space Invader, The List, Travel — anotherheader @ 7:22 pm

Fixed Window: Inside the Star Ferry

Weather related flight delays put us into Hong Kong late in the evening.  After 26 hours of traveling, sleep in our comfortable room at Lanson Place Hotel was easy.  The (more…)

December 11, 2010

Space Invaders: San Diego

Filed under: San Diego, Space Invader, The List, Travel, United States — anotherheader @ 2:40 am

Space Invader SD_19 finds a location on an abandoned building in downtown San Diego

San Diego has been invaded.  The news was shocking.


June 9, 2010

The Loire Valley

Filed under: Europe 2010, France, Space Invader, The List, Travel, UNESCO World Heritage — anotherheader @ 7:47 am

Blois' 18th Century stone bridge crosses the Loire River

Air Canada 880 landed at Charles de Gaulle airport only slightly behind schedule.  We were fortunate that the winds had been blowing the ash cloud from Eyjafjallajökull, the volcano in Iceland with a name best pronounced with a mouth full of marbles, away from our route.


February 2, 2010

The List

Filed under: Food, MTB Travel, Space Invader, The List, Travel, UNESCO World Heritage, Volcano tourism — anotherheader @ 11:48 pm

See the world

It could be argued that retiring before my 45th birthday has left me purposeless.  Is it true?  Who knows?  Retirement is better for me than going to work each day.  Working until retirement, when you don’t have to is for those who need someone else to define (more…)

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