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.
More Karlovy Vary James? Really? Yeah I know, enough already! I’m almost done with posting about our trip to Karlovy Vary, just one or two posts left and then I’ll move on to something else, I promise. This post i’m going to talk more about the trip itself, the good points, the bad and the … More Karlovy Vary Downtown
Time for a little break from the Czech Republic this time round. Sinéad and I recently had a most delightful trip to the beautiful city of Vancouver in Canada as part of a birthday surprise for her dad. Thankfully the surprise worked out and he was none the wiser until we turned up to say … More An evening in Steveston
I’m still pinching myself as I write this. We had travelled to the beautiful town of Znojmo for a classical music and wine festival (More on that in the future). We were heading down with two of Sinead’s friends, staying in a guest-house and visiting some of Veronika’s friends. Turns out that friend’s husband just … More Heaven grows on vines