Wednesday, April 15, 2015
My Alphabe-Thursday (5th), the letter "V" — Some places I've been starting with "V"
Vatican City State -- Some may have visited St. Peter's square and thought they were in Rome. Actually St. Peter's Square is a part of the Territory of the Vatican City. We went into the Sistine Chapel in 1992--Michelangelo is the painter of the ceiling and some other art works in the Chapel.
- The unique economy of Vatican City is supported financially by the sale of postage stamps and tourist mementos, fees for admission to museums, and the sale of publications. For more you can go to this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vatican_City
There are three "V" countries, Vanuatu, Vietnam and I have hopes of someday visiting Venezuela
- States: There is just one, Vermont and I have visited Vermont quite a few times as I lived in New Hampshire from July 1961 to May 1964.
- The publisher of the ham radio 73 Magazine, Wayne Green, moved the magazine headquarters, presses, and offices from NYC to Peterborough, Vermont while I was there.
- The last time we went to Vermont was the first time that I had visited Burlington, the capital city (?). I swear all the hippies in the whole country that didn't move to Colorado or Arkansas now live in Burlington. Lots of them.
- Cities: (U.S, over 100,000 population)
Vancouver, Washington - Coming home from our Alaska cruise
Ventura, California - While we visited Disney and other places while waiting to watch Rose Parade in Pasadena (Mema came with us. We had grandstand tickets)
- Cities: (Foreign, over 100,000 population)
Venice, Italy (our Summer 2013 holiday link)
Volos, Greece (our Summer 2013 holiday link)
- and then there is
Little Venice, (Google Search link) is a canal area in in Maida Vale, part of the City of Westminster, in central London. We love to go there to walk around, seeing the assortment of canal boats and watching people.
Once we visited the Little Venus Canal Boat Show which is held annually. This is a 'London Fun Thing to Do.'
Following is a collection of my favorite Canal Boat Pictures and my daily National Poem Writing Month prose poem for today: (the first two pictures were taken in Little Venice.)
Wednesday, April 08, 2015
My Alphabe-Thursday (5th), the letter "U" — Some places I've been starting with "U"
The United Kingdom (UK) comprises four countries: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
I can't count the number of times I've been to England, the first was 1995 when our great-nephew, Marty, was born. Marty was born in the U.S. Hospital at the Lakenheath Royal Air Force Base. The Lakenheath RAF Base hosts U.S. Air Force units. You can learn more about this air base at Wikipedia (link).
The reason I can't count the number of times we've been to England is because for the last five years our daughter has been working there for a British company and we averaged at least two times a year to visit her and her family, KP (link) and Bill. Before that we were there three other times. One more time for sure is in our plans. That could make it 14.
We've not been to Northern Ireland, but we have been to Scotland three times and Wales once (last spring, link). Wales will be my letter "W" place/country.
We visited the Ukraine in August 2003 as last stops in our Venice to Istanbul to the Black Sea to Athens, Greece. It was a pretty country with very friendly people. A day each was spent in the Ukraine cities of Odessa and Yalta. Yalta might be my "Y" city here.
- States - There is only one state (I've been to all 50) that begins with the letter "U" and that is Utah. For me Utah has only been a passing through and one day tourist state. Mrs. Jim did attend a Family Promise National Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah. She enjoyed her three day stay.
The Mormon Church has it headquarters there and they have become still more famous for their Mormon Tabernacle which hosts the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. My dad liked them a lot, once while traveling with my parents we stayed overnight so that we could attend one of their concerts. I have been to Salt Lake City only two times. Both times we visited the Tabernacle.
- Cities - (over 100,000 population) Ulm, Germany, is on the Romantic Road from to Frankfurt. We stayed a couple of nights at a B&B on the Romantic Road at the old city of Rothenburg ob der Tauber (Tauber River). It was a lovely old walled city, one of the few larger walled cities in Germany still having their walls intact.
Ulm, Germany, was also on the Romatic Road coming north, about 129 km before we reached Rothernburg. We turned in our car at Frankfurt and joined a Cosmos (link) bus tour of Eastern Europe, ending in Oberammergau, Germany, where they had our ticket to the Oberammergau Passion Play (link). Cosmos is owned by the same company that owns Globus, which we earlier had traveled from London to Rome and back up to London. That was the time we visited our nephew and in family in Lakenheath.
That Oberammergau Passion Play is only is performed on years divisible by ten, so we went in 2000. I was worried that either Mrs. Jim or I would not physically be able to withstand all that travel by 2010. Little did we know then how much we have travelled in the ensuing 15 years.
Google gave me these pictures for Ulm, Germany:
- Cities - (city under 100,000) Another "U" city which have driven through is New Ulm, Texas (Wikipedia link). New Ulm is an older German settler town. It is very small with a population of only about 650. And we have only passed through New Ulm on the way to other places.
I had a picture or two that I took driving through New Ulm but I have lost track of it. Could be on this blog but New Ulm doesn't show up with my "This Blog Search".
- Jenny is now on her tenth series of Alphabe Thursday. With 52 weeks in a year and 26 letters in the alphabet she is now in her fifth year. I am linked to her blog, GO HERE for more participants and their offerings.
Wednesday, April 01, 2015
My Alphabe-Thursday (5th), the letter "T" — Some places I've be,en starting with "T"
- States (I've been to all fifty states)
Tennessee -- My brother-in-law and his wife live in Jackson, Tennessee, but we don't get to visit them very often.
Texas -- I live in Texas, 50 miles north of the Houston P.O. Where the hills begin.
- United States: (larger to smaller)
|Tampa, Florida -- |
Tacoma, Washington --
Tallahassee, Florida --
Topeka, Kansas --
Tekamah, Nebraska, with only 1736 population (Google Search link)
Towcester, U.K, with a population of 9,252 (Wikipedia Link)
We couldn't decide which was the best, their wonderful hospitality, all of the sights they showed us, or all of the good British foods they made or led us to.
We averaged 40 plus miles per gallon w/ a Ford Focus 1.4 liter SUV diesel.[The one we rented in Milan, Italy, on April 2, 2006. This is it, parked beside the 2006 Winter Olympic Stadium in Turin, Italy. Click on pictures to enlarge them.]
During the first day we worked on the float and the second day was Friday, July 4, for our parade.
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Four dozen plus two golf balls given us by our cousin, John, of Tekamah. John walks a lot and when his walk is at the cemetery beside the golf course, he finds many 'out of bound' balls.
Thank you, John. And Cliff, you might identify one of these (golf rule number one, identify your ball).
At any rate is 'finders keeper' rule for our family and John graciously gave us these balls that he had found.
Now, Mrs. Jim and I will play 'one for me, one for you' with the NIKE and Callaway balls. Then Mrs. Jim will take what she wants and I can have those she doesn't want.
We worked hard to make this poster (aren't my home drawn stars beautiful!) and similar mate, then left both of them in Cliff's truck. We aren't sure whether or not he will save it for us or give them to a cousin. We would liked to have had them to show Adi. Maybe she has looked at the blog. I hope so. Adi died in 2013 (Adi retiring)
From left to right (click a blog title link to view that blog):
Janell of One Square Mile
Cliff of Cliff Morrow's Blog
Ralph of Homespun Headlines
Desiree of Believe,Live Well,Laugh Often & Love Much
LZ Blogger (a.k.a. Jerry) of LAZY Blogger
Jerry of Back Home Again
Rachel of Sliding through life
Jamie Dawn of Jamie Dawn's Mindless Blather
Nora of chez pez
Jim of JIM'S LITTLE BLOG, JIM'S LITTLE PHOTO PLACE (has Wordless Wednesday posts), and Ask Dr. Jim (blog)
Not in the picture:
Driving the float, Dan of Dan's Everyday Observations
Coming in the afternoon
John of The Changelog
Terrah of Forest of the Plains
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
My Alphabe-Thursday (5th), the letter "S" — Some places I've be,en starting with "S"
- Countries I visited:
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- United States: (larger to smaller)
|San Jose, California --|
|Sioux Falls, South Dakota --|
- Foreign: (listed in alphabetical order)
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
My Alphabe-Thursday (5th), the letter "R" — Some places I've be,en starting with "R"
Russia -- been there twice
- States: (I've been to all 50)
Rhode Island -- such an interesting state. I like Providence and the seeing of the first Baptist Church in America. It and a new religion were founded by Roger Williams. We studied that and him in our high school history class.
- Large Cities over 100,000 population I've liked:
- United States: (larger to smaller)
Riverside, California -- where Chuck Swindoll the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California hung out until he moved to Colorado.
Rochester, New York -- went in passing on the way when moving to New Hampshire.
Rouen, France -- There we visited the Church of St. Joan of Arc. It was also on our way driving from Paris other times, to Etratat, to Mt. St. Michael, to Normandy, to Honfleur, and to Bruges, Belguim.
So, I'll pick Russia. The first of the two times we were there was when we took a Viking River Cruise from Moscow to St. Petersburg. The second time we stopped at St. Petersburg for a day trip while on a Princess Baltic Sea cruise.
To get to Russia on the river cruise we needed a Russian Visa. That was easy to get but it cost each of us over $100. This was necessary because, unlike some tours, we were free to wander around without a guide. Most stops along the waterway we did this as well as in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
We had a nice three days in Moscow, mostly on different tours although we did take advantage of one day's free time where we visited the Kremlin, Department Store, and other touristy places. Each night we returned to the ship which meant a nice breakfast and evening meal. Also we only had to unpack our suitcase once, at the ship.