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Trip: The Gnome goes West to the East

There are [21] stories from my trip: The Gnome goes West to the East


Culinary and museum tours

TURKEY | Monday, 6 Apr 2015 | Views [314]

The food of Istanbul is as varied as the sites: friendly pastry chefs with piles of sweets on a tray, spices in colorful display, coffee strongly brewed over charcoal on the street, dried fruits by the 100grams, Easter egg displays in the candy shop ... Read more >

Tags: assyrian, coffee, hittite, museum


Photos: The kaleidoscope turns

TURKEY | Monday, 6 Apr 2015 | Photo Gallery

Markets and people
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Photos: Colors of Istanbul

TURKEY | Monday, 6 Apr 2015 | Photo Gallery

Ayasofya, bazaar, Topkapi palace and harem, Chora/Kariye church, carpet cooperative
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Miklagard

USA | Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | Views [187]

The Great City Miklagard to Vikings, but whether called Miklagard, Byzantium, Constantinople, Stamboul, or Istanbul, the city of 17 million is a mind-numbing kaleidoscope of colors, history, architecture, religion, flowers, products, salesmen, buses, ... Read more >

Tags: bazaar, blue mosque, carpets, chora, colors, hagia sophia, mosaics


Photos: More marvels of Kyoto

USA | Saturday, 28 Mar 2015 | Photo Gallery

Castles and temples
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Photos: Hanami

USA | Saturday, 28 Mar 2015 | Photo Gallery

Cherry trees begin to bloom on a glorious day
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Hanami

USA | Saturday, 28 Mar 2015 | Views [300]

All the world seems to be arriving to celebrate hana mimas, or blossoms we watch, hanami, speaking every language. the plums have been out most of the week and an occasional early blooming cherry, but today they started to pop, along with sunshine and ... Read more >

Tags: cherry blossoms, hanami, kyoto


Far more than medieval Imperial Japan

JAPAN | Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | Views [343]

Culture shift from Hawaii beyond the mere time zone, we got up at 6 to Kyoto dawn to see the peaks of temples and pagodas out the window. At 7 nothing is open . At 8 the 7-11 ATM and coffee machine is open, and corn dogs and donuts for the starving to ... Read more >

Tags: buddhism, okonomiyaki, shinto, temple, water


Photos: The wonders of Imperial Japan

JAPAN | Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | Photo Gallery

Garden, palace
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Tags: garden, imperial, palace


Photos: Kyoto

JAPAN | Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | Photo Gallery

The first two days
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Tags: coffee, temple


Photos: Paradise lost

USA | Friday, 20 Mar 2015 | Photo Gallery

Vog rolls in with tranquil seas
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Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained

USA | Friday, 20 Mar 2015 | Views [524]

Alas, gnomes are wild creatures that do not tolerate poor air quality, and for that reason are seldom seen in cities. Hawaii may lose its last gnome because of vog. When trade winds faded and south wind blew in from Hawaii Island, in came the vog a day ... Read more >

Tags: blue seas, gnome, paradise, sunrise


It must be Hawaii

USA | Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | Views [363]

In Texas we put the Alamo on shopping bags at HEB grocery store. Here, where they make musubi, a marvelous Spam sushi roll, the picture and instructions go on the grocery bag. My wife is not so fond of musubi, but I admit to,liking the Spam version. ... Read more >

Tags: musubi, pali lookout, temple


Photos: A new day

USA | Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | Photo Gallery

Canoes, a temple, and morning dew
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Kailua gets better

USA | Monday, 16 Mar 2015 | Views [317]

After the wind kicked up, it seemed apropos to head to the North Shore- exceeds expectations with turquoise waves as high as houses. No surfing lessons for this old gnome, but the coastal drive was marvelous. The shriveled waterfall and botanical garden ... Read more >

Tags: north shore, poi, polynesian culture center, waves


Photos: Sunrise, sunset

USA | Monday, 16 Mar 2015 | Photo Gallery


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Photos: Kailua

USA | Monday, 16 Mar 2015 | Photo Gallery


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Photos: Polynesian Cultural Center

USA | Monday, 16 Mar 2015 | Photo Gallery


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Photos: North Shore

USA | Monday, 16 Mar 2015 | Photo Gallery

A windy but beautiful day on the North Shore
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First 24 hours in Paradise

USA | Thursday, 12 Mar 2015 | Views [161]

With a daytime high of 75, a curve of inviting silvery blue bay backed by steep green mountains, and "no worries" residents, Kailua is really close to a vision of Paradise. At least until a trip to buy groceries, where a Seattleite would blush at many ... Read more >

Tags: helpful service, mountains, perfect beaches


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