Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Unesco World Heritage Sites

Unesco in their own words is " UNESCO works to create the conditions for dialogue among civilizations, cultures and peoples, based upon respect for commonly shared values. It is through this dialogue that the world can achieve global visions of sustainable development encompassing observance of human rights, mutual respect and the alleviation of poverty, all of which are at the heart of UNESCO’S mission and activities.
The broad goals and concrete objectives of the international community – as set out in the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – underpin all UNESCO’s strategies and activities. Thus UNESCO’s unique competencies in education, the sciences, culture and communication and information contribute towards the realization of those goals.
UNESCO’s mission is to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information. The Organization focuses, in particular, on two global priorities:
Unesco World Heritage sites

I will note in this blog when I've visited an UnescoHeritage site. An informative blog to visit with great photography and information about the sites visited.  The blog everything-everywhere   http://everything-everywhere.com/unesco-world-heritage-sites/

San Francisco and Lake Tahoe Memorial Day Weekend 2017

We flew out of Cincinnati on a nonstop flight. Frontier has a lot of delays so I'd be hesitant to use them for a connecting flight as we had a 1 hour delay but Stella kept us entertained:

 Overall a smooth flight....but I felt like someone was watching me....

It was great to see William after 5 months! His twin missed him most... I think.
Will treated us to dinner at a great Japanese restaurant -http://kemuri-baru.com/

William gave us a tour of Facebook. They take great care of their employees! He couldn't remember if he was allowed to bring us in the arcade so he didn't enjoy it as much as we did.
 The cafeteria gives him 2 meals a day. We got to join him for french toast Friday!

 The pop up libraries were cool
 Here is a parking lot, and they have a bike repair shop on site,too.
 Food trucks pull up everyday for variety
 And they have an ice cream shop
 The maps in the gift shop showing where the visitors are from was fun.

The street art as we drove around downtown was also cool.

 We enjoyed the visit to the California Academy of Sciences. http://www.calacademy.org/  William wanted to check it out and it did not disappoint. The earthquake re-enactment was pretty cool along with some great animal viewing.
Butterfly house in the rain forest-
 Why do the meanest eels look like the friendliest?
 Cool sea horse

After we stayed a night in downtown San Fransisco we headed west towards the ocean a bit. Wes really wanted to see the ocean, but it was cold. Beautiful. Highway 1 had some closures due to the landslides, but it was a gorgeous drive:

Because of the music festival (3 hours to get in and 3 to get out?!) We skipped the Napa tours . This is as close as we got to a vineyard:
We relaxed for 2 nights at this great little hotel:Courtyard San Fransisco Larkspur 
 It had a market across the road with a brewery, a Starbucks, a farmer's market and great little eateries. This photo is in : Marin Brewing
Remember the Donner party? Donner Party  We didn't stop there for lunch!

We couldn't believe how blue the water was-

Wes thought it was funnier to take his picture than ours....

A beaver seemed to enjoy this tree:

The Lake was gorgeous and there was still snow on the mountain. The next weekend they had a rare late snow storm and people even had to break out the chains to drive...in June!

Jim & William really wanted to experience Lake Tahoe and they did! Pants were soaked and we had to buy American flag themed swim trunks at a Rite Aid.

It was a 3 hour drive from Lake Tahoe to San Francisco- Wes slept well. We did get to see Reno Nevada too!

We did find a great Italian restaurant in Vacaville though called Pietros No. 2

We originally planned to spend the night in Vacaville after visiting Sonoma and Napa Valley, but there was a big music festival so we just drank their wine from a distance....next time Napa...next time!

We drove over the Golden Gate bridge a few times. I am all for toll roads if they are well maintained, and they were!

We ended our trip by visiting a great Peruvian restaurant in the Mission district called "Limon" We highly recommend it! http://www.limonrotisserie.com/

We flew a red eye back to Cincinnati on Frontier and the stewardesses were incredibly loud for the entire flight. Wes asked them if they could be quiet and he was told "Well, like we have to talk to stay awake so , like, um....no!" Very underwhelmed with Frontier for a red eye (hint: Sit in the middle not near the staff!) .

It was  a great trip and I cannot wait to get back there!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

French Quarter Festival & New Orleans , Lousiana

April 7-9 2017 French Quarter Festival

Our trip was messed up because there were storms in Atlanta, Delta's hub. On 4/5 we sat in Dayton Ohio airport for 14 hours only to have our flight cancelled. We returned to Cincinnati Ohio airport the next day and the delays continued. #Delta really ruined this vacation for us. We proceeded to have a second day in an airport , 1 aborted landing, driving X2 and an overnight flight. Pretty hard on our parents who are in their late 70s. Delta gave us $200 back or 20,000 skymiles but that was not enough compensation. I am very disappointed in their company at this time.
Here is a picture of my Dad at midnight thinking we were finally getting to New Orleans....But after we decided for 45 minutes the crew timed out and we had to return to the gate to change crews.

We finally arrived at New Orleans at 5:30 a.m. 2 days later and naturally had to grab some sleep. My parents slept for 6 hours, but because Jim's parents had already been there a day without us and were leaving Saturday, we only grabbed 2 hours of sleep and went to breakfast with them to celebrate their 25 the wedding anniversary!
 I tried the beans and mufellata. Jim had alligator sausage and eggs.
We took the trolley up to the Garden District and enjoyed our time with the Barnes.

We returned to the city and met up with my parents and the Blairs finally arrived as they had similar delays with Delta.😏
We headed to the festival! Time for vacation!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Opera House Tour & Royal Botanic Gardens- Sydney Day 2

We completed a day in Hunter valley & another day in the Blue Mountains. This was our final full day in Sydney. Last night The Blairs went to an opera at the Opera House-Barber of Seville. Today we are going to tour the Opera house. Later the Blairs are climbing the bridge. We climbed last time so we are just going to meander around the city.
The Barnhills stayed at the same hotel. They are heading out to the Blu Mountains (this was actually taken on the day we went to Hunter Valley)

Aw, poor monkey boy. No climbing in the Royal Botanic Gardens

The trees were massive

Finally we caged them

The art was angry in contrast to the pretty park

See- bones?

Romantic spot

Flocks of white cockatoos

Eating magnolia buds

And berries

The ladies in teal are gearing up for a 50 mile walk for charity
A plover

It was the 200th anniversary of the Royal Gardens

I think this wedding couple was my favorite-

A Blair sighting

Onto the Opera house tour. The Opera house is an Unesco World heritage site.

I think my favorite picture of Ken

Diana Krall is coming to town

So is Simply Red

Someone had a late night

Jim is ordering our food. We got a thing called tour & tasting plate. We weren't sure what to expect but it was quite nice....and a lot of food!

Food arrived

1 per couple

Gulls were very annoying, but Dan fed them wasabi as behavior modification

Tomorrow starts Chinese New year

Blairs went to climb the bridge & we went for more city tours

A barrister

Sunscreen man!

Back to Bondi because we can!

Loved the green space created on this high rise

Monkey boy outside our hotel
Monkey boy is being watched by bridge climbers

Off to meet the Blairs for dinner

No we didn't eat any but what art!

I didn't realize Capt. Cook was a Nurse! (Joke)

We stole the Osters table!
Cool place in the Rocks where we grilled our own food

Or you ate what they cooked- Pork w/ cracklin

Vacation is over (sad face)

Monkey boy doesn't want to make the 30 hour journey home.....