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European Trip

Celebrity ConstellationRome to Istanbul

On the Boat

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Here is the boat as we first saw it in RomeThis was our cabinHere is Jacque at dinner in the main dining roomHere is the boat in GreeceOur favorite was to sit in the stern bar and have lunchThere were lectures in this fabulous theater about our upcoming destinationsAt night the same theater had stage showsIn the morning there were stretch classes in the gym. In the afternoon there was trivia.Here it is in Istanbul


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Placa.jpgParthanon.jpgAthens, GreeceGreek statues in the Parthenon Museum

Santorini, Greece

Santorini Looking Down.jpgSantorini is one of the Greek Islands

Naples, Italy

Naples-Map.gifThey invented pizza in Naples

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Our Neighborhood in San Miguel

Our Kitchen overlooking the outdoor terrace aboveSan Miguel's amazing cathedral. It's very ornate inside too.View up one of the thoroughfares.Shopping in the Mercado for very fresh, sweet fruit, all hand picked by the vendor women.
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Our Street in San MiguelHere is the door outsideThis is our terrace living roomThe place comes complete with a dog (Boris)This is the around-the-corner restaurant, the closest place to eatIt has outside tablesThis is inside

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San Miguel during the Day of the Dead

We’re now in beautiful, colorful San Miguel!  Beautiful old doors that lead to  fascinating courtyards and restaurants.  We go up and down many cobblestone streets.  Whew!  The festivities began two days later on our Halloween.  They celebrate for three days in a row….and I mean really celebrate!  They call it The Day of the Dead,  and honor all their deceased relatives with many decorations, food and shrines to their loved ones. It’s truly a remarkable happening.

The main church in the middle of town500 year old town with cobblestone streetsLooking from a balcony typical rooftop patio

The 1st day of the Day of the Dead is devoted the children. (click on the photos)

Sometimes the whole family participatesSometimes the costumes are elaborateSometimes it looks like the parents are having more funPlease smile.....Mexican kid seeking candy being cute as an angel

The second night of Day of the Dead is for adults.

There are many costume "teams"The symbol of the Day of the Dead is the skeletonThere is hard drinkingWith mariachis is the middle of it allHuge puppets in the streetOld buddiesMore giantsGuys on stiltsMarried couplesI'm not sure what this isMusicCrazies in the streetThe call San Miguel a party townMore musicCrowds



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We’re baaaaack!   Sorry for the long break.  Unfortunately we lost our Colorado Blog.  Hope you have a great spooky Halloween.  These photos are my town of Henderson and neighboring Kilgore, Texas.  Mostly worked on my house remodeling, but did get to the East Texas Oil Museum which is a colorful virtual rendition of the oil boom in the thirties.  My house landscaping is next, ( while we are in San Miguel de allende, Mexico).  Then it’ll be up for sale, finally!  Planning a very colorful Blog from Mexico. Stay tuned……!

Henderson Texas. Population 3700. Kind of between Dallas and ShreveportBustling downtown HendersonHenderson Opera HouseTons of churchesThe "beautiful" Henderson resevoirJacque with pastaAt the Henderson Oil MuseumJacque at the Oil MueseumOld Oil Town exhibit near HendersonHenderson during the oil strike must have be a very muddy placeAnother old Oil Town exhibit near HendersonOld soda shopOld Oil Town exhibit near HendersonJacque's house in HendersonAt Friday's with Phyllis and Rockie


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On to Las Vegas

We are back on the adventure trail!  Luggage hauled on the trolley to the pier door.  We boarded our ferry with the bay bridge as a backdrop, headed across the bay to Vallejo, a one hour trip.  Our storage host, Chip, was kind enough to pick us up and take us to our car hanger to get Ayla the Audi.  All went smoothly til we were half way to Sacramento.  Discovered I’d lost my smart phone.  Called Chip and he found it.  Whew!  Back to Vallejo.  Now we both lost our phones and were able to retrieve them.  Two of a kind!  So traffic through Davis was crawling very SLOOOOOWLY.  Reached Martha’s house and had a reunion of 17 years with a dear close friend.  We went to a Thai restaurant but we were so flustered, we forgot to take pictures.  Darn!   Then we headed for Harvey’s at Lake Tahoe.  Lovely room to enjoy.  Saturday Jacque’s cousin Ben and wife Pam came to join us.  We had drinks at CaboWabo with a delightful French waiter who had comedic tendencies.  He called the restroom the “oui oui” room located in Stockton as it was so far away.  We had a great visit and then all went to the American River cafe for lunch.  Wonderful to  see them!  The next day we went South and ate dinner in the Mojave area with Bob’s partner of many years, Jerry.  He has two Spud McKenzie dogs similar to small rhinos!  But friendly.  Off to Vegas after a brief layover in L.A.  Spent two nights at the Rio and ate dinner one night at it’s Italian restaurant.  The other night we went to the tour bus drivers’ reccommendation for a fantastic BBQ dinner (See photos)  WOW!  What a great meal for $12.   Voila! for  now….

The Bay Bridge looking from the ferry terminalThe ferry to VallejoThe ferry terminal looking back from the dockInside the ferryHere is the route of the ferry to VallejoHere is the building where we stored our car in VallejsHere is the car inside the building. It had a lot of classic cars stored.Harveys in TahoeThe casino at Harvey's at South Lake TahoePam and Ben, Jacque's cousins from Sacramento who met us in Tahoe.All 4 of us, Ben, Pam, Jacque and BobEntering the High SierrasMore Sierra shotsAnd MoreHere's Jerry with Jacque.Las Vegas from the 16fl of the This place off the strip has the most outrageous BBQAll the drivers go hereOutside of the place



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Eating and getting around San Francisco

Ah! San Francisco  eateries are beckoning.  We figured out all the buslines and trolleys to travel, and went all over including Little Italy in North Beach.  However, it turned out that our favorites were close to the hotel.  The Italian intimate restaurants we frequented were L’Ottavo’s and Cesario’s and for Japanese we enjoyed Sandakus.  We also ate Thai.   But every morning we crossed the street for good ‘ol Subway flatbread creation with coffee.  Did you know that Italian sandwiches have french fries IN them!  Strange!

Here we are in one of the Italian restaurants near our hotel. This one is called Cesarios.Streetcar on Market StreetInside streetcarLooking up Nob HillBob in Japanese restaurantBob and Jacque in Japanese restaurantOur favorate Italian place just one block from the hotelJacque in Italian restaurantBob In the Italian restaurant near the hotelJacque in the same Italian restaurantBob looking happy

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San Francisco

Well we’re off and running! Bob’s friend from teen-age years, Jeff, came by to give us a city tour in his UberX cab. We went to the Golden Gate and an old garrison beneath it. We toured the Cliff House and rode all through Golden Gate Park. Then we went to China Town and had lunch at a nifty Chinese restaurant. We bought two San Francisco jackets as the coats inadvertantly left in the car! Brrrr at night, so badly needed them. Ate dinner at a Romin restaurant near the hotel.

he next day took buses and trolleys and headed for Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf. Had much sourdough bread and clam chowder for lunch on the wharf. Saw many San Francisco sights, and sounds, and some very strange personages. At evening time we found a wonderful intimate Italian restaurant near the hotel. Fantastic food and ambiance. Will return this trip! (L’Ottavo’s)

The next day we took buses to North Beach and walked back through the financial district, luckily all flat or downhill!… and were then close to the hotel again. The goal was to find and eat real Italian sandwiches in Little Italy. Mission accomplished…french fries in the sandwiches! Bob remarks “Philly style”.

We headed for Berkeley campus on the BART train which went under the bay. We walked through the campus which still has left-wing ” goings-on”. Ran into young people protesting incarcerations and police brutality. Went to a student pub for burgers. The guys were really into “soccer” on all the big screens. Coming back on the train, some young black kids got on and put on a break dancing show in our car. They twirled on the straps and were amazing and definitely double-jointed! That evening we went to another very lovely Italian restaurant called Cesario’s and had a great time!

Jeff's cab outside Chinese restaurant San Francisco ChinatownInside Chinese restaurant in Chinatown San FranciscoJacque in Chinese chair in Chinatown restaurantCliff House San FranciscoCliff House dining roomWe took the Bart train to BerkeleyThe Campanile on the Berkeley campusIn Berkeley a demonstration with someone wearing a pig maskIn Berkeley Jacque gets approached by a Communist at the Sather GateIn An Italian restaurant called CesariosBob and Jacque at Cesarios restaurant in SF


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Arrive SF

San Francisco in our sights!  We landed our Audi at the hotel and unloaded our luggage.  The Wyndham room was really beautiful, and as it’s a time share, it was $0 dollars!   Talk about a bargain!  Then back in the car and over the bay bridge to park.  We arrived in Vallejo and safely tucked our car in a covered facility for our week’s stay, saving $280 in parking fees at the hotel!  We hopped the very comfortable ferry  a few blocks away and we’re off to the San Francisco port at the bottom of Market street. Time to master the buses and streetcars…a real steal at only 75 cents for the whole day.  We soon crashed to rest up for day two.

Ferry boat from Vallejo CA to San Francisco Ferry Building about to leaveThe ferry arrived at the Ferry Building on Market StreetOur Hotel in San FranciscoLobby of our hotel in San FranciscoBedroom Wyndham hotel San FranciscoLiving Room Wyndham Hotel San FranciscoBar in room Wyndham Hotel San FranciscoGetting out on the town, Bob and Jacque at Golden Gate Bridge

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The Monterey  area of California is a gorgeous place to visit.  Our place in Pacific Grove was rustic and very close to the ocean walk.  We spent our first night in a lovely room.  In the morning we saw deer wandering through the parking area.  We drove the route by the golf course to the shore and saw the crashing waves, as a storm was tapering off. The second day we wandered the wharf and toured the maritime museum.  We had a lot of delicious clam chowder as we explored.  Then we went to a dinner party at Bob’s friend’s home in Aromas.  Sandra and David had a beautiful view of the rolling hills from huge picture windows.  We had a terrific visit!  After spending the night we returned to our motel and packed.  One more walk along the shore was outstanding!   Sigh…time to move on.  To San Francisco!



Surf near our hotelOur hotel, the Olympia Motor Lodge in MontereyCannery RowFishermans Wharf MontereyStatue on Cannery Row in MontereyInside Crabby Jims Restaurant on Fishermans Wharf in MonterreyOur friend Sandra who lives near MontereySandra, Bob and Jacque at Sandra's in Aroma CA

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