Saturday, June 23, 2012

thanks blocke, for the ship name

Betty knew the ship!   Snoopy Dance!   I had posted a photo of the ship a few posts down.   We had seen it docked in La Spezia, on our boat trip to the Cinque Terre.
Thanks Betty, and what an interesting article.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Sea Lion Rookery

We stopped at an overlook and checked out the sea lions.  The bulls are HUGE!  The "brown rocks" in the first picture are actually male sea lions.

Guess I may have figured this one out.


More vacation pictures

We just returned from a couple of weeks in central Oregon and the Oregon coast.  Saw the Spruce Goose at the Evergreen Air Museum.  That plane is HUGE, with a wingspan larger than a 747. 

We added four lighthouses to our list and have now seen all of the Oregon lights.  I have patterns to make a quilt using each of the lights as a block.  This one is the Umpqua Lighthouse.

Somehow I'm going to have to learn how this new system certainly doesn't work for me.  The last picture is taken south of Bandon OR.  I have some other pictures, but couldn't figure out how to get them where I wanted them.


Thursday, June 21, 2012

more pics

I snapped this pic in front of a souvenier shop in San Gimignano.  The dogs are stuffed "plush" toys but they looked so real that I had to capture the moment.   The CKCS looks a lot like our Sophie.    ;-)

Below, we have a snap of one of the food shops.   Wild boar is a popular meat in the San Gimignano area, as they roam, well, wild.   Using a stuffed boar was a clever and eye-catching way to advertise the wares in this shop.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Thanks for all the great vacation pictures!

Gosh, what fun to see the pictures!  The boat was amazing.  All the Italy pictures were very, very enjoyable.  Thanks for sharing!
Mary in Oregon

who remembers "The Bernina Boy" story?

From several years ago, one of our BB'ers 'met' The Bernina boy.     If you remember that,   you'll enjoy this ad for Bernina ironing system.    LOL
Bernina ironing system

Sunday, June 17, 2012

That's some ship!

OK Doris, I'm dying to know the name of the ship, and is it owned by a Saudi prince?  It's as big as a cruise ship.  Many years ago, while living in So. Fla. DH and I went to dinner in Ft. Lauderdale at the 17th St. Causway, at a Marriott.  There was several large yachts there, but the biggest one was flying a Saudi flag.  It kind-a gave me chills.  This was way before 9-11, or any recent troubles in the middle east.
And-I'd love to have a few slabs of that marble.
Gearing up to fight with the gov. over their crazy records.  Evidently they sent a form letter to my Mom c/o the nursing home about more information they needed, which of course she never received, or would know what to do with.  Thankfully the hospice worker found a copy and E mailed it to me, on Friday afternoon.  The deadline for the "more information" was supposed to be June 11th.  Proof that her savings account is closed, proof that the paid funeral arrangement cannot be revolked.  Good grief.  The woman is 94 can hardly see, like she is going to do that.
I'm glad to see picture of other places.  More from others please!  Even if it is your hometown, it is a virtual vacation for us.
Sara in Fla.

for our boating fans . . .

While we were traveling by boat from La Spezia up to the Cinque Terre,   we saw this gorgeous sailboat anchored in La Spezia.    I cannot imagine how much something like this would cost, but it would buy a lot of fabric (and our retirement).

We returned from Monterosso in the Cinque Terre to LaSpezia by train.    The La Spezia train station has a ..... ta ... daaaaa.... Micky D's!    Some things don't change, even abroad . . .

  we travelers are often privileged  to see the local flavor at the same time.     ;-)

more pics

Here are the Maritime Alps in northern Italy.   The white stuff you see is not snow.  It is the famous Italian Marble that is quarried and shipped all over the world.

 The second picture was taken a few miles down the highway.  There are many of these marble companies in the area, with the marble waiting to be shipped from the port in nearby La Spezia.