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La Brea Tar Pits

May 6, 2017

I’ve always wanted to go see this  unique site.  Fascinating!  A treasure trove of bones right in downtown Los Angeles! Interesting museum. Definitely has an aroma of asphalt!  Apparently the pits actually have asphalt, not tar.  I’d recommend it for all ages!


Raddison Blu Edwardian, Grafton, London, England

September 5, 2016

Rooms are small as you would expect in an old building in a large city. I estimated the width of the room to be 8 feet and the length maybe 15 feet or a bit larger. The closet was maybe 10 inches deep. Deep tub in the bath so one needs to be very careful getting in and out of the tub/shower. Nice work desk with many options for electronic devices, including a US plug which was convenient. Our room was very clean.

We were here as part of a tour with CIE Tours. I would consider it a three star hotel, not the four star we expected. Barich, working in the lobby, was a great resource here! He went down the street and around the corner to verify if a local pub served the food we asked about. I would not hesitate to stay here as long as you are aware of what you might get for a room. Breakfast was good.

Sky Garden, London, England

September 2, 2016

The Sky Garden is located at 20 Fenchurch Street, London, England. Go on line to get tickets.

There is no charge, but you will be get a time slot for your arrival time. You have one hour’s time to visit from the time of your entry. Your ticket is good only for yourself, and you will need matching photo ID. You will go through a security screening, much like an airport. It is capacity controlled and sometimes they have to hold people downstairs until some folks leave before allowing you to take the elevator to the 35th floor.

There are two restaurants on the 36th and 37th floors. Or you can eat more reasonably at the Pod Bar on the 35th floor. That floor has a viewing deck outside overlooking the Thames River. Inside you can climb some stairs on either end of the building. Those stairways go to/though botanical type gardens. Occasional sort of alcoves are available for sitting in relative quiet amidst the trees/plants. You can also see out the opposite side of the building away from the river, but cannot go outside. We really enjoyed visiting the Sky Garden! On a clear day the views are great!

We did see some people who thought they would just walk in and go up the elevator. They were told they had to go on line to get tickets. . That made us feel rather smug!

Angels in Oberammergau, Germany

May 5, 2013

Cemeteries seem to say a lot about a community.  Today I visitImaged the cemetery at the St, Peter Paul  church in Oberammergau.  Some lovely wood carvings as well as other memorials.ImageImageImageImageImageImageImage