London

Here’s our getting-to-London story: On January 22, Laurel carried her guitar, suitcase, and backpack down the six-story winding staircase of our Paris apartment while I carried Charlie’s and my suitcases and my backpack.  (I had to make two trips on the suitcases.)  We walked 1/2 mile with our luggage to the subway station and arrived…

A few more of Paris

The first photos are of New Year’s Eve when the kids walked to the Champs-Élysées to see if there was anything going on.  I wasn’t feeling well and stayed home.  The street was closed to vehicles, and there were hundreds of thousands of people packed like sardines from the Arc de Triomphe to the Place…

And yet more from Lisbon

It was difficult finding the entrance to Lisbon’s tile museum.  When I asked an old man who was walking down the street, he walked with us all the way there – around a large block – which we thought was very kind of him. Laurel loves paintings and sculptures of babies that look like ugly,…

Whoops! Forgot a few more from Rome…

If you zoom in on the second photo, you’ll see the gate numbers (in Roman numerals, of course) above the arches. The last two are of the Spanish Steps which, like so many other monuments, is undergoing major maintenance.  This one is paid by Bulgari, thus the huge advertisement.  

Rome photos

We’ve been in London for a week, but I was having some software problems on my laptop.  I scheduled an appointment with Apple’s Genius Bar for Friday afternoon but finally resolved the two software problems today.  Yay!  I cancelled the Apple appointment and can now blog again. Below are more Rome photos. First are pictures of and…

More Lisbon

Today after brunch and an adventure in purchasing mass transit cards, we had to use the restroom and just happened to be by “The World’s Sexiest WC.” After paying one Euro apiece, we (Laurel & I) selected from many colors of toilet paper and used the toilets and then the giant yellow sink. There are…

Barcelona

We didn’t learn much Catalan in Barcelona, but everyone speaks Spanish and most speak English, so it worked out. We stayed in the newer area that was built in the last century, but the Gothic area has a wall and churches and some homes that date to the 1300’s. Antoni Gaudí and Salvador Dali are…