Do you watch travel programs on TV? If you do you’re not alone. Many watch to research possible trips or vicariously see places they may never visit. With my broken ankle I’ve been doing that since I won’t be traveling anywhere soon. I’m running away from my couch-bound life and winter’s dreary days. A pilgrimage of sorts. In the middle […]
My final day in Philadelphia with farewells and a trip analysis. You also find links to the other tour days.
The tour looks at the Founding Father and the Constitution and later attends a concert by the Philadelphia Orchestra.
A different view of Philadelphia's Old City and a little free time.
This is the third day's post about my Road Scholar Signature City Philadelphia adventure. It featured a walk up South Broad Street - Avenue of the Arts - toward Philadelphia's gigantic City Hall, the Masonic Temple and Reading Terminal Market for lunch. Later we had a bus tour of Philly.
This day in Philadelphia my Road Scholar tour mostly spent the day in the Independence National Historic Park. And for dinner we ate a delicious period "recreated meal" at the City Tavern.
I enjoyed my February Road Scholar trip so much I took another to historic, beautiful Philadelphia. This is the first of several photo heavy posts about my tour.
I thought you’d like to have all my St. Augustine tales in one place and wrap this up. Day 1. Road Scholar Trip to St. Augustine – Photos Day 2. Road Scholar Trip to St. Augustine Continued Day 3. Road Scholar Trip Part 3 Day 4. Road Scholar Trip – Flagler Day After breakfast the last morning Eddie-Joyce Geyer – […]
Day 4, January 17th, 2019 After breakfast and Ruth’s usual announcements the morning speaker was Mary Harkness Flagler – known today as Margaret Kaler. Margret is a “Tale Teller of St. Augustine” and as the first Mary Flagler, she told us colorful stories about the life and times of her dear departed husband Henry Flagler. I know this era is way past the […]
Day 3: Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 After breakfast, this day began with Dr. Ann Masters interpreting the voices and people of old St. Augustine by her poetry and her talk “Floridanos, Minorcans and Cattle Whip Crackers”. She described each group and how they lived lives in such close proximity that they knew each other and their ways. She revealed and then dispelled their cultural myths […]
Day 2: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 After breakfast at our hotel the guest speaker, Ken Barrett, helped us learn about fort Castillo de San Marcos and the eras it served. After boarding a tour bus he then led the group around the fort’s outside. I opted out because we couldn’t go inside the fort due to the government’s continued shut-down. Instead, three of […]
I had to do it. I had to get out of Omaha’s dreary, bitterly cold winter weather. So I took a tour. It was the best thing I could have done. It banished my blues and I had fun. It was my first Road Scholar trip. My first time to St. Augustine, Florida. I picked this St. Augustine tour because this […]
In 2008 Marie and I toured the British Isles. One of my favorite cities was Bath, England. Here are photos of our few hours there. I would love to go back someday. Immediately off the bus, we toured the Roman baths. After exploring and a snack, I saw Bath Abbey. A huge vertically decorated building, styling Perpendicular English Gothic architecture. Originally a […]
Have you ever had a magic moment? An experience so sweet and serendipitous it gives you goose bumps. Time slows down and you are transported to another dimension. Many men say watching their child born was like that. Women are usually too busy at that moment to have that feeling. I’ve had some minor ones, like unexpectedly hearing a group of people sing “Non Nobis Domeni” in a large, echoing hall. Electrifying and beautiful. A magic moment, as expressed by The Drifters in the 1960s comes as a surprise and makes you feel that special something will last forever. My spectacular magic moment came about first because I saw an encaustic painting by Jasper Johns and read that encaustic was used early in history. I studied it and attempted it…unsuccessfully. St. Peter the Apostle 7th Century, Encaustic When visiting my brother Charles in Los Angeles several years ago, on a whim, we went to the Getty Museum, again. As we drove around the long entry road, huge posters blasted notice about the current exhibit. It was Holy Image, Hallowed Ground: Icons from Sinai. Virgin and Child with Saints 6th Century, Encaustic These were the oldest surviving icons from the Byzantine world from the remote Holy Monastery of Saint Catherine. These 53 objects had escaped destruction by Byzantine emperors during Iconoclasm of the 700 – 800s. The monks of Saint Catherines cared for them all these centuries – over a thousand years – and generously […]