Monthly Archive: July 2010

Home at last… (with apologies to Steely Dan and Homer) 0

Home at last… (with apologies to Steely Dan and Homer)

So here we are again, sitting in a terminal at the end of a trip. Our passports now record trips to Europe (2006), New Zealand North Island (2007), France 2009, New Zealand South Island...

San Francisco: a stay by the Bay 0

San Francisco: a stay by the Bay

I’ve loved Northern California and San Francisco since I had four days here fifteen years ago. They were still repairing earthquake damage in 1996, but San Francisco shone above the double-dip recession this week....

Rites of passage: leaving Minnesota 0

Rites of passage: leaving Minnesota

I wouldn’t bother with a blow-by-blow account in normal circumstances, but the trip into the airport was crowned by visiting the Mall of America (aka Maw of Amerika). I have to share the disabled...

Sauk Centre stay 0

Sauk Centre stay

We’re sitting on the back deck at ‘Nepean’, enjoying the company and the peace of the Lake. We’ve had a most relaxing couple of days: from the moment we touched down in Minneapolis, it’s...

Shopping – Century 21- and the WTC 1

Shopping – Century 21- and the WTC

I’m writing this in part standing in Century 21, the massive discount clothing store opposite the huge building site that is the World Trade Centre. Notice the number of superlative adjectives in the previous...

We beat the heat 0

We beat the heat

New York is in the middle of heatwave. This is the same city that we often see with snow and skaters, yet here we are, residents and visitors, sweltering with temperatures in the high...

Banff: a great little town with too many tourists 0

Banff: a great little town with too many tourists

We love Banff in any weather, because it’s not overdeveloped and is very reminiscent of Queenstown, New Zealand, on a smaller scale. The natural setting is marvelous and so well-managed that we finally saw...