Day 4 in Helsinki

Well, there had to be one late blog entry, or y’all would think this site had been hacked. Anyway, last Friday was my last day in Helsinki. I decided a visit to the Amos Anderson museum was in order. When I arrived, just before opening, the line was well down the block. OK. There must…

Day 3 in Helsinki

Today I met two new (to me) cousins. I believe we’re related through my paternal grandfather’s maternal grandparents. Distant though we might be, Päivi kindly made time to come to Helsinki and spend the morning with me, and her sister Jaana joined us for lunch. (Lunch was a yummy chicken soup at Kappeli, a 150…

Day 2 in Helsinki

Today was shrouded in mystery. Okay, it was shrouded in fog. Which makes an unknown city darned mysterious looking. I had planned to go to the island Suomenlinna in the morning and spend the afternoon at the Ateneum. But I decided to switch it up in the hope that the fog would burn off by…

Helsinki!

Today I touristed the heck out of Helsinki. A friend came here for a conference and brought me along. She was free to join me in exploring today, but it’s back to the pixel mines for her tomorrow. Our first start was Marimekko, a shop with an iconic design sensibility. Which naturally led to us…

Photos from 2012

Photos from 2012 Here are the photos from my 2012 trip to Traverse City, MI.

Photos!

Oops. I’ll be traveling domestically next month and came here to blow the dust off my travel blog, only to find that I totally forgot to link up the photos from my trip to France. Here ya go: From August 4-14 I’ll be in the Traverse City, MI, area. No idea what kind of connectivity…

So far behind!

I’ve been far too busy enjoying my vacation to effectively blog about it. To sum up: Sunday, Olargues; Monday, Beziers; Tuesday, Carcassone; Wednesday, St. Pons and Rochbrun; Thursday, Narbonne; today, Marsellian. Photos and details to come.

Misc.

Thing the First: Vincent, you were so right about the bread. Oh my god. Thing the Second: I saw a sign today in St. Pons, of a house in town advertising itself as a rustic gite (farm house). Rustic? Dude, this is rustic. (Note: video shows the 8 minutes of rural wandering it takes to…

Carcassonne!

Carcassonne is a huge affaire–the third most visited place in France, according to Lonely Planet. We joined the throngs on Tuesday. Carcassonne is a large, fortified medieval city (surrounded by the modern version) with bits and pieces dating back to the Romans. It once guarded the border between France and Spain. But eventually the border…

The rest of the Hillcrest Four have joined me.

I’m an early riser, even on vacation. But the more sensible members of the group are now about. The morning sun warms up the social side of the house very nicely. And the Hillcrest Four are enjoying that today.