ADVANCED INDIA, QUTUB MINAR

The good thing about having a guide who has 3 or 4 degrees and is acquiring more is that if you are academically inquisitive, you will get answers. Still on our first day in India (a busy first day) we … Continue reading

VIETNAM: A REFLECTION

After our tour of Siem Reap, Cambodia we headed to Ho Chi Minh city. I have always wanted to visit Vietnam and this was our first time. I think this shot best describes the city. A large city with roughly … Continue reading

LOOKING DOWN THE BARREL OF A 200MM GUN, PELELIU

Or specifically, the barrel of a Japanese 200mm cannon on Peleliu. The World War II cannon was dug into the rocks and virtually unreachable with sniper holes guarding the entrance. The problem? As it was so deeply dug into the … Continue reading

DINNER WITH A GEISHA (Maiko) Part 2

Using the concierge at the Westin we booked Yoshikawa in Kyoto with a room overlooking the garden. Attached to a Japanese Inn that has played host to the rich and famous, it was a beautiful traditional restaurant and amazing staff … Continue reading

SACRED MONKEY FOREST PT II, BALI

The Sacred Monkey Forest in Bali is a truly amazing place, one of the most interesting that we have ever been at: The Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal is owned by the village of Padangtegal. Village members serve on the … Continue reading

JURA SAYS “SYSTEM FILLING” ERROR

  I make this post as a public service, from one person who could not find answers to the “System Filling” error on a Jura super-automatic. Weeks ago my Jura C9 displayed the message “Change filter”, prompting me to put … Continue reading

NORMANDY DAY 2: CLOSING OMAHA – THE MUSEUM

As we left the beach, we decided on one final stop, the Omaha Beach Memorial Museum (Le musée Mémorial d’Omaha Beach). It is what you would expect, although everything is a bit better protected as it did not have the … Continue reading

I SEE DEAD PEOPLE – PARIS DAY 2

We decided to stay in the heart of the city, at the Hyatt which made it easy to get to the subway and move around Paris (public transit is fantastic). Walking out of the hotel we received our first big … Continue reading

ASCOT LADIES DAY

Yesterday we had the good fortune to head out to one of the big UK cultural events, Ascot Ladies day at Royal Ascot raceway: The centrepiece of Ascot’s year, Royal Ascot is the world’s most famous race meeting, steeped in … Continue reading

EGYPT PART II: THE PYRAMIDS

Our first 2 days in Egypt were in Cairo. It is a mad city – 27M people, crazy traffic, people hanging off buses, 20 year old cars belching out smoke. People often call Cairo dirty, I found it fascinating. Everywhere … Continue reading