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Three Days of Travel along the Coast of Northern Spain

[Show picture list] Text by Judy J. Pinegar, Pictures by John J. O’Dell After leaving Bilbao  we spent three days getting to A Coruna. Our first stop was Cuervas de Monte Castillo, a site with several caves with prehistoric wall paintings by humans since 150,000 years ago. We had a 45 minute guided tour of […]

Vernazza – the History, the Disaster and the Recovery Part 3

The Recovery Vernazza’s First Farmacia and Restaurant and Re-Open: On January 21, 2012 Vernazza’s Farmacia (Pharmacy) reopened. By Italian law, a pharmacy is allowed no more than 90 days closure before the proprietor loses his/her license. Therefore, the work to restore the pharmacy was rushed to completion. The walls were empty and there was only […]

Monterosso and Pisa, Italy

Getting ready to leave Monterosso and Buranco Agriturismo on Tuesday, May 18, 2010, we were greatly aided when the owner’s wife, Loredana offered to drive us to La Spezia, (where we were going to end up after an expensive taxi ride or an impossible walk with our packs and a train ride through the first […]

Monterosso al Mare, Corniglia and Vernazza, Italy

Finally, an internet connection to blog with! May 16, 2010 Monterosso al Mare, Italy… arriving by train, we knew that the Agrotouristico Baranca was uphill about 10 minutes away, so we called to have our luggage carried uphill for us to our place that we were staying at for two nights. The train arrives in […]

Florence, Italy

Early in the morning, May 4, 2010 the alarm rings and our day starts, a drive to Sacramento where it takes a map and a phone call to find the address of the person storing the car and driving us to the airport.  Not a good start for a 6 week trip to Europe. But […]

On the California Delta

Why a trip to the California Delta? Well last summer Judy and I were at “the Taste of the Delta”, food, wine and vendors all together in a one day festival. At the conclusion of the event there was a raffle, and we actually won! It was a two night stay at the Delta’s Dockside […]

A Journey to Locke, California

We took a trip to the Delta and on the way, we passed the little town of Locke, a town rich in the heritage of the early 20th century Chinese settlers who moved there to work on the farms. In 1913, the Chinatown of nearby Walnut Grove was destroyed and burned after an accidental fire, […]

The Historic Holbrooke Hotel, Grass Valley, CA

A gem in the beautiful City of Grass Valley is the Holbrooke Hotel. Perhaps better said, the Holbrooke Hotel is a nugget of gold, since Grass Valley is a City born of the gold rush of the 1800’s. The history of the building of the Holbrooke Hotel started with Stephen and Clara Smith being among […]

Buenos Aires, March, Friday the Thirteen

 I decided to go to the Museo de la Polica Federal on Friday the 13th .  My trustee handbook of Buenos Aires (three years old) said that the museum was open Tuesday through Friday. Therefore, of course, it was closed. Do not carry a three year old guide book with you, spend the money and […]

Trip to a Museum & Bits & Pieces in Buenos Aires

Friday I went to the Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo or National Museum of Decorative Art. First an update of what’s happening here. The peso was propped up Thursday by the Central Bank and state run banks as they heavily intervened in the market to stop the peso from further weakening. The US gained two […]