Sunday, August 23, 2009

Status of Ireland photos so far

Sue and I at the cliffs of Moher

I have finished another small set of photos from Ireland. This set is from our time going to Galway and the Aaron Islands and it is now here on Facebook.

These join the other sets:

So, Westport is next. Sue and I have watched the movie Michael Collins and would recommend it! I also read the book 50 Dead Men Walking, Stephen (our tour guide) mentioned and am reading Easter 1916.

Until later,
Erin Go Bragh!

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Sunday, August 16, 2009

San Francisco SFMoMA adventure

Susie with Beatles Photo

On Saturday August 15, 2009 we went to San Francisco. At the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA) we saw exhibits featuring Georgia O'Keeffe, Ansel Adams, Richard Avedon and Robert Frank. Photos were only allowed in the Avedon photo exhibit.

Then we toured the other modern art exhibits.

After that we went to North Beach where we walked around, went to O'Reillys Irish Pub and Restaurant and finally went for a canoly at Mara's.

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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Dingle Days in Ireland

Sue and I at Sleah Head

I have finished another small set of photos. This set, from our time in and around Dingle, is now here on Facebook.

These join this small set that covers our 2 days going to and staying in Kinsale.

Here is the Facebook photo set of the photos in Dublin.

If you want to see many, many more photos, the big collection of all the photos is here in Flickr.

Galway is next. As I run each and every photo in the big collection through Photoshop it takes 6-8 hours to put these sets together. One of the photos I am most happy with was the one of the stained glass mural at the Blaskin Islands Centre. This is actually four photos joined together.

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Friday, August 14, 2009

Jeff is 31 today

Jeff comments on train

Jeff is thirty-one today
Thirty one years ago today Jeff was born near Sacramento. He is a man and an excellent husband and father and we are very proud of him. Thirty-one will be a big year for him as this is the year he is graduating from SJSU with his accounting degree. This video of him was made when he was a little older than his eldest child, daughter Madison, is now.

This Video is in Quick Time 7 format, download free viewer.

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Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Getting back in the groove of normal life

Patty on Rynolds

It is Wednesday and that means it is time for another bike ride this evening. I am looking forward to it and it is always fun to spend time with friends. I am still thinking about the vacation we recently took. It so far exceeded all my expectations. I am glad we got to do that. I wish I had been able to travel more when I was young. I am sorry my kids were not exposed to that and I hope they don't wait to long to travel more.

Besides going through the thousands of pictures from the trip, I have been riding my bike and doing yoga and spending time with Sue. Life is good. This is great riding weather.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Kinsale Ireland Adventures

Irish girl in Kinsale

On July 14 we left Dublin and went to Kinsale, Ireland. These photos are from that part of our vacation:

  • Click here to see photo set on Flickr <------ Tuesday July 14, 2009 was a day on the bus. Our Rick Steve's tour went from Dublin to Kinsale, Ireland. We went to Powerscourt Gardens where it rained buckets. Then, we went to the Rock of Cashel Castle where we had a great lunch. Finally we went that evening to Kinsale where we heard Liam O sing some great Irish Folk songs.
  • Click here to see photo set on Flickr <------ We started Wednesday July 15 with a walking tour of Kinsale led by Don Herlihy. He talked all about the town and the historic battle of Kinsale. Then we went to Charles fort for another excellent tour. Sue and I took the afternoon easy, opting to bus back to town. We went for a tour of the wine museum (lame) at Desmond castle. We then walked around Kinsale more before and after having dinner at Fishy Fishy.

These are all from the Europe 2009 photo collection I am building on Flickr.

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Return to Dublin

Dublin Christchurch Cathedral

I have organized and am posting the photos from our first two days in downtown Dublin, after returning to Dublin for our Ireland tour. I hope you enjoy these:

  • July 12, 2009: Return to Dublin <--- Click here to view! July 12, 2009 we started the day in Dublin Ireland for the second time. I got up before Sue and went for a short walk around. Then we went to breakfast. After breakfast we walked around more and ended up at the Guinness storehouse where we did the tour. We met this cute young couple from Missouri there. Then we went back to our hotel where we met the tour group for the first time. Stephen our tour leader took us for a walking tour over to O'Connell Street where we saw the old Post Office where the Easter Uprising of 1916 started the war that led to the liberation of Ireland and the creation of the Irish Republic. Then we went to the Arlington Hotel where we saw some Riverdance style dancing.

  • July 13, 2009, Dublin Day 2 <--- Click here to view! In the morning we met Cliona, our morning tour guide, who took us for a walking tour of historic Dublin. We went to Dublin Castle and to the first Parliament Building of the Irish Republic. We ended up at Trinity College where we saw the Book of Kells. Then Sue and I were on our own. We went to Grafton Street and had lunch at Duke's Pub. We then went to St. Patrick's cathedral. On the way back we passed St. Kevin's Cathedral. Dinner that night was at Luigi Malones in Temple Bar.

These are all from the Europe 2009 photo collection I am building on Flickr.