Tag Archives: travel

Lemur Art

By | July 15, 2019

Carole and I spent Memorial Day weekend down in Durham, NC, where we lived in the mid-1990s. (I lived there from the fall of 1993 to the spring of 1998; Carole was there from early 1996 to the spring of 1998.) Though we’d been back for a few weddings in the late 1990s, we hadn’t been back just… Read More »

Stonewall 50

By | July 3, 2019

We missed the official anniversary of the Stonewall Riots by five days, but better late than never. I’d like to keep this short and simple and just say two things: As far as I’m concerned, you can love whoever the hell you want. Anyone who says the battle for LGBTQ rights is all over and “won”, hasn’t been… Read More »

Photo Follies

By | January 18, 2019

I travel a lot for work. I have a smartphone. It has a camera. I’m often pretty bored. The end result of all that is that I take and upload a lot of photos from my travels to the Google Maps photo repository. Google then uses them in location listings. No one has to upload their vacation snaps and… Read More »

What We Did On Our Summer Vacation, Day 14 (Homeward Bound)

By | December 27, 2018

The 14th and final day of our Baltic Sea vacation was Tuesday, August 28. We had breakfast at the Axel Guldsmeden hotel, packed up, and took a taxi back to the Copenhagen airport. I was still not feeling super-awesome, but better than I had the prior day… but even so, I didn’t want to have to drag all… Read More »

What We Did On Our Summer Vacation, Day 13 (Back in Copenhagen)

By | December 27, 2018

We returned to Copenhagen, Denmark at the end of our nine-day Baltic Sea cruise on Monday, August 26. Debarkation from the ship was quick and painless. We’d paid for transfer from the port back to the central rail station in downtown Copenhagen and that was painless as well. The train station was two blocks from the Axel Guldsmeden… Read More »

What We Did On Our Summer Vacation, Day 12 (At Sea Again)

By | December 26, 2018

Sunday, August 26 — Day 12 of our Baltic vacation and Day 8 of our nine-day Baltic cruise — saw us back at sea, heading generally southwest toward Denmark and Copenhagen. And I think by this point of the cruise, we were about worn out. I know I was. Toward the end of the day on Saturday I’d… Read More »

What We Did On Our Summer Vacation, Day 11 (Stockholm)

By | December 26, 2018

Saturday, August 25 was our last port stop on our 9-day Baltic Sea cruise, not counting our final stop at the end back in Copenhagen. We docked in Nynäshamn, a port some 40 miles outside Stockholm, for the simple reason that Stockholm doesn’t have the capacity to dock every cruise ship that wants to pay a port call.… Read More »

What We Did On Our Summer Vacation, Day 10 (Helsinki, Finland)

By | December 25, 2018

Friday, August 24 brought us to Helsinki, Finland. We had no issues whatsoever getting off the ship, unlike the Grand Guignol folly back in St Petersburg. Our Finland “exclusive tour” was another bus tour to see the sights… both in Helsinki, proper, and in the quaint little town of Porvoo a half hour away to the east. Oh,… Read More »

What We Did On Our Summer Vacation, Day 9 (St Petersburg)

By | December 25, 2018

Thursday, August 23 saw us still in St Petersburg — Day 9 of our vacation and day 5 of our cruise. We spent the day back onshore, dragging around St Petersburg and environs looking at gilt. The Russians of the Russian Empire period never saw anything they didn’t want to cover in gold leaf. We spent the morning at a… Read More »

What We Did On Our Summer Vacation, Day 8 (St Petersburg)

By | December 24, 2018

On Wednesday, August 22, the Furrs sailed into the grips of what had once been known as the Evil Empire: Russia. St Petersburg, Russia, to be exact. And I remember the first words I uttered as opened the stateroom curtains and looked blankly toward the shore: “That’s one tall building.” The Russian need to overcompensate for perceived inferiority… Read More »