at the beach: I
wrote about it and even then it was only in the form of a sketch of
I remember the air
shows, fireworks, and my brother visiting from Norway.
We rode the waves
and stood in awe as jets thundered overhead. The blue angels
were in town, and as a preliminary to their main show, some of them
participated in a Friday night show that lit up the sky. For
me the greatest part was walking across the parking area as the
jets were landing. I doubt that I will ever again be able
to stand in the approach path as jets scream only a hundred feet
At the end of the week
we drove north to my parents home in Traverse City, and celebrated
my 50th birthday on their deck.
Most days I still feel
21, but my body at times does not.
The trip started out as one of those company things that you earn
if you sell a bazillion dollars worth of their goods. However,
because of the suggestion of another diarist ~karin we found a discount
airline that services Europe from England. When plans to visit
my brother in Norway did not work out, Salzburg Austria came to the
fore of our travel plans.
A fabulous internet
"special" allowed us to stay at a hotel on the mountain
overlooking Salzburg. It truly deserves it's place among the
Luxury Hotels of the World." The first image is the
view from our balcony, the second from our first night's candle
light dinner. The Hotel Kobenzl
was truly a five star experience. Mrs, the inveterate traveler,
suggested that I would like Salzburg, and found the "stress
relief" special at the hotel.
For several days we toured
the countryside and visited the city of Altstat (churches below),
walked through Salzburg at night, and wandered through the halls
of the Eagle's Nest, that you can read about here.
We spent 4 days in Austria
and then five more in England before heading home. During that
time my digital camera did all that I thought it would, saving image
after image, without a single penny spent on film. All in all
I took over 600 photographs, which did necessitate lugging along the
laptop so that I could download images as I filled up the storage
of the other things that I was able to discover during this trip was
how well the camera performed in low light, or almost no light conditions.
For whatever reason, I seemed
to see an abundance of signs that said "no photography,"
and perhaps you can imagine how pleased I was to get a good shot
of the Crown
Jewels, along with the cast of the Lion King, below.
Legend has it that the monarchy
will continue only if there are ravens at the Tower of London.
Several are kept there, their wings clipped to insure that they stay
about the royal grounds.
Company trips really can be done
right, and this one was no exception. We ate in the dining hall
of Henry the Eighth, toured Stonehenge, shopped at Harrods, did the
Windsor Castle thing, rode the tube (Underground) and visited
the ancient Roman city of Bath.
All in all, a truly great time
was had by the two of us, which was our first trip sans kids in about
This was my second trip to England,
and although I thought the palatial digs in Austria were far better
than the London Hilton, I'd like to go back, only this time to wander
the countryside and tour Scotland and Ireland as well.
To be Continued