Posts Tagged ‘travel’

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What am I eating?

June 7, 2017

I used to read and enjoy a blog that reviewed service station food offerings.  There have been no postings there for a while, but on our recent road trip, I found some interesting snacks such as the Oreo candy bar above (what else would you do with broken Oreos?) and these:

And to wash it all down:

Nope, we did not try any of them, but if you have seen any interesting nibbles like these, I would be interesting in hearing about them.

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What am I looking at?

May 25, 2017

We recently traveled west and on the way home we visited Mt. Rushmore.

I had no idea you could also see it from the Canadian side.

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Where am I traveling?

February 6, 2017

 

I am packed – let’s go.

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What am I celebrating?

January 31, 2017

nauru-peopleJanuary 31 is celebrated as Nauru Independence Day. Nauru is the smallest state in the South Pacific and third smallest state by area in the world, with 10,084 residents in a 21-square-kilometre (8.1 sq mi) area, it is behind only Vatican City and Monaco in size.

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Settled by native peoples from Micronesia and Polynesia, Nauru was annexed and claimed as a colony by the German Empire in the late 19th century. After World War I, Nauru became a League of Nations mandate administered by Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. During World War II, Nauru was occupied by Japanese troops, who were bypassed by the Allied advance across the Pacific. After the war ended, the country entered into UN trusteeship. Nauru gained its independence in 1968.

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Photo credit: Hadi Zaher

Nauru enjoyed a thriving economy through the 1970s due to the abundance of phosphate on the island which was easily accessed by strip-mining.  Unfortunately, depletion of the phosphate reserves has led to a down turn in the Nauru’s economy.

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Text from Wikipedia

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What am I weaving?

January 24, 2017

tweedClick on the photo for a charming video about the making of Harris tweed in the Outer Hebrides.

Credit:  The Atlantic

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Why am I dancing?

January 11, 2017

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This wonderful cement mixer-disco ball is the creation of artist, Benedetto Bufalino.  This installation appeared in December in Lyon, France.  Bufalino’s creativity is not limited to construction machinery.  See more of his work here.  I think all cement mixers should look like this.

Ref.: Colossal

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Who did we say goodbye to today?

September 30, 2016

 

This morning, Sept. 30, 2016, just after 10:39 UTC (6:39 a.m. EDT) ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft ended its mission with an impact onto the surface of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The descent, begun with a final burn of its thrusters about 14 hours earlier, was slow, stately, and deliberate, but even at a relative walking pace Rosetta was not designed to be a lander like its parter Philae and thus ceased operation upon contact with the comet.

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Rosetta will now remain on the surface of 67P not far from the location of Philae, which landed in November 2014 and was just recently identified in an OSIRIS image after nearly two years of speculation about its final landing place.

All in all, an amazing job by Rosetta, Philae, ESA, and all of  the flight, instrument, and science teams that made the mission an incredible success.  Thanks to their hard work and dedication over the years we now know more about our Solar System and comets especially than we ever did before, and the data Rosetta and Philae have provided us will be used for decades to come.

Rest well, little travelers.

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What am I bakery blogging?

June 15, 2016

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You know that Pie Fixes Everything.  We were recently on the coast in the vicinity of San Francisco and met up with some friends.  Light Words and husband, and HMS Defiant and I had a lovely visit and PIE at Fat Apple’s Restaurant and Bakery in El Cerrito (I think).  There we enjoyed chocolate cream . . .

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olalliberry . . .

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and olalliberry a la mode . . .

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Did you know that, “The olallieberry (pronounced oh-la-leh, sometimes spelled ollalieberry, olallaberry, olalliberry, ollalaberry or ollaliberry) is the marketing name for the ‘Olallie’ blackberry that was a selection from a cross between the ‘Black Logan’ (syn. ‘Mammoth’), developed by Judge James Logan in California, and the youngberry, developed by Byrnes M. Young in Louisiana. According to Logan, ‘Black Logan’ was from a cross between the eastern blackberry ‘Crandall’ and the western dewberry ‘Aughinbaugh’. ‘Youngberry’ was from a cross of ‘Phenomenal’ x ‘Austin Mayes’. ‘Phenomenal’ in turn is a cross of the ‘Aughinbaugh’ western dewberry and ‘Cuthbert’ red raspberry and so has a very similar background to Logan’s ‘Loganberry’ and shares a parent with his ‘Black Logan’.” (Wikipedia)

I didn’t either.  Anyway, the pie was delicious!

More from Fat Apple’s . . .

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As you can see from the shelves, it was getting near the end of the day. Yet it was very much worth the trip.

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What am I Lego-loving?

June 13, 2016

 

1280px-Château_de_Himeji01Himeji Castle (photo by Bernard Gagnon)

The real castle above and the Lego-wonder:

The creator says no fasteners or adhesives were used – only Legos.

I am amazed.

 

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How am I finding my way?

May 25, 2016

I have posted about interesting manhole covers before and I am always on the lookout for them. Here is another brilliant one from Seattle.
manhole seattle“For several years, whenever I traveled to Seattle, one of the joys of touring the city was the unique way-finding system within, or rather on top of, the manhole covers around the city. The map, designed by Anne Knight in 1977, has a “you are here” polished bead indicating where you are on the relief map of the city. In addition, key landmarks of Seattle are also indicated on the map. An interesting, functional system for a great walking city. One of its flaws is that it has no compass rose for orientation.” Kit Hinrichs at Create