Ah yes, The Sound of Music, for many of us it’s our first introduction to Austria….or your first Arnie movie, depending on your preference. I’d go somewhere in the middle….An Arnie musical James?…..Yes….yes one of those. So Austria then, the second leg of our Austro-German holiday trip in the absolutely delightful town of Pertisau on … More I wonder what grass tastes like: Pertisau, Austria.
Just back from a wonderful week in Germany and Austria with our friends from Ireland. We enjoyed a city break in Munich before heading off to Pertisau in Austria to relax and unwind. It was a great trip and I think I might have a new favourite city in Munich. I’ve never been to Germany … More Magnificent Munich
I think it’s only appropriate to begin this post with a giant American flag, because….you know…..Murica! Right now we’ve got that out of the way, let’s continue the tour shall we? The tour I speak of is the USS Hornet CV-12, CVA-12 and ermm CVS-12, don’t worry from now on I’ll just call it the … More In the shadow of astronauts
It’s a strange place to visit, old Alcatraz. Given what it was, it really shouldn’t be a tourist destination. And yet, millions of people go there every year to ooh and aah at the former homes of murderers, rapists and hardcore criminals. Hell, if you’re “lucky”, you can even have a chat with a former … More Welcome to the Rock
We of course all know Alcatraz as that island on which Nicholas Cage and Sean Connery saved us all from the evil Ed Harris. The Rock as it’s commonly known in both the movies and real life sits proudly in the middle of the San Francisco Bay. Initially home to flocks of birds, it was first … More Around Alcatraz Island
You don’t come to San Francisco and not cross or at least visit the Golden Gate Bridge. I’ve now crossed it FOUR times, twice on foot and twice by bicycle. I was just as giddy crossing it the fourth time as I was the first. When we first arrived in San Francisco and were getting … More A Golden Opportunity
I finally got up into the Berkeley hills the other weekend after having promised myself to get up there at some stage. Hopping aboard the 65 bus from downtown Berkeley it made its way up through the winding roads of the Berkeley Hills, past houses with no doubt whopping price tags and stunning bay views. … More Walk to the hiiiiiiilllls, run foooooorrr your liiiiiiiife.
This past weekend I decided I’d go to the seaside on my adventure day as who doesn’t love a day at the beach? We had come fairly close….ish on an earlier visit to Golden Gate Park (more on that wonderful place later) but stayed around the Eastern areas of the park, not venturing towards the … More Yeah Ocean, Beach!
The SS Jeremiah O’Brien is one of just two Liberty ships of its kind left in the world and sits proudly beside the USS Pampanito at pier 45 in San Francisco. It served during the Normandy landings in World War II and remains unaltered and historically accurate. The most impressive element of this graceful old lady … More SS Jeremiah O’Brien: Rare as they come
I knew there’d be some damn cool stuff to see in San Francisco, but I didn’t think a World War 2 submarine would be one of those things! Coming from Ireland, our navy is somewhat lacking in bad-ass military equipment. I remember many years ago over one St. Patrick’s weekend we were able to go … More Down Periscope: USS Pampanito (SS-383)