Warsaw, Day 5 – Jewish Heritage Tour and more Old Town

Wednesday morning was the Jewish Heritage Tour. I think it could have been really awesome, but it ended up not really being so much. Our tour guide wasn’t very good. She had a tendency to talk A LOT but not take us very many places. Also, her English… it was fine, but she literally said “um” or “uh” between every … Continue Reading →


Warsaw, Day 4 – Royal Palace and Old Town

The day started out once more at the Polytechnika: From which a bus took us over to the Royal Palace in Old Town. Here is the inner courtyard of the palace, which you can’t see from the outside.


Warsaw, Day 3 – all around town

Late Monday morning I went on a “Warsaw Orientation” tour. We drove around Warsaw in a bus and then walked around Old Town. It was indeed a useful over of Warsaw, so mostly it seemed like I was taking pictures of buildings I would never remember later. But after a week of seeing the same buildings, I think I now … Continue Reading →


Warsaw, Day 2 – Palace of Culture, Łazienki Park

Sunday was Doug’s free day so we did some wandering around Warsaw. We went to the observation deck at the Palace of Culture and Science and then to Łazienki Park (pronounced closer to Washinski). As further proof that they take their Chopin seriously in Warsaw, here’s the “zebra crossing” or crosswalk right across from the Palace of Culture. How cool … Continue Reading →


Warsaw, Day 1

I just got back from a trip to Poland – Doug attended a conference and I went along to do tourist stuff. The conference actually arranges for tours, though I had plenty of time to explore on my own. (It’s was same conference that took us to Beijing two years ago). I didn’t have any sort of preconceptions about Poland, … Continue Reading →


Beach pics

I just got my hands on some pics from Florida, wherein we buried my nephew in sand. It was fun. :-) The beer cans are a nice touch, no? :-)


The Eastern State Penitentiary

The Bastille Day event we went to on the 14th was held at the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia – a few of us did wander around it and I took a bunch of photos that I didn’t post with the costume ones. It’s quite run down and spooky. It’s no longer used, but when it was, the prisoners was … Continue Reading →


A few more Bastille Day pics

Here are a few of the photos Gloria’s husband Mike took!


Bastille Day

I had a great time on Saturday the 14th “storming the Bastille” at the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia.    We had a big group and lots of chemise dresses and big hats, and we had an awesome time!  They had some sort of staged event with stuff also going on up on the roof.  5 of us were up there, … Continue Reading →


Another photo post (Angry Birds [the game, not the real bird], 4th of July redux, BNL concert & more)

Two photo posts in one day! I guess I’m still playing catchup! The 4th of July fireworks in the local town of Laurel were held on the 7th. My officemate lives 100 yds practically from where they were doing them, so we did our usual dinner/fireworks/game night at his place. Steve and Mindy’s kids are getting so big and they’re … Continue Reading →


What I’ve been up to (more Angry Birds, guitar, Ringo, etc)

Yet still more Angry Birds. Nothing we’ve done has dissuaded our poor demented cardinal (we named him Rusty) from continuing to attack our Window. I think it’s reflecty enough that he can’t see anything we’ve put on the inside. People don’t scare him. Shapes in the window don’t scare him, etc. And it’s 2 stories up so there’s not much … Continue Reading →


That was quite a storm!

As lots of you probably know, we had a huge storm on Friday June 29th that moved east very quickly from the mid-west – and then hit the wall of hot humid air we had sitting over us. I think the result was even worse than the hurricane damage last year. :-( (At least for the hurricane, they knew it … Continue Reading →