Some images of Morocco

•May 25, 2015 • 1 Comment

                    

   
                 

   
  

    

Marrakech, Morocco

•May 14, 2015 • 3 Comments

Far away from Santa Fe.  Morocco is having a heat wave. The temperature in Marrakech is 106 today, but it’s cool in our riad deep in the labyrinth of the medina.  

  

  On our 15th anniversary. 

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

   
  

  

  

  

      
     

Cycling Andalusia, Spain

•May 6, 2015 • 1 Comment

 

  

  Cycling in Spain my new Touring Bike. 

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A Guided Tour: Cycling the Length of Japan

•March 9, 2015 • 2 Comments

I’ll be leading a fully supported tour, cycling the length of Japan, 11 Sept to 12 Oct, 2015.

You can learn more at: JapanBiking 

Poster REV

Signs, Menus, and Translations

•November 19, 2014 • 4 Comments

I was looking through my photos and came across these shots of English words and translations.

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Gotta love the toilet instructions.  This one has a wireless remote.  “posterior” is not a word we hear much.  Always lots of options when on the toilet. (click image to enlarge)

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OK, so how hot could it be?  Well, you could easily have brewed tea with this water. Scalding is an understatement.

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I guess hair dying is a problem in Japan hotels.

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This was in an “Italian” bar and restaurant.  Looks like the glasses were printed with a small typo.

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From a distance, this looked like a sign to say “no peeing”.

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I have NO idea…  Fuku??

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Some interesting menu items

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The sign below happened a lot, especially on menus.  The title in English, and the rest in kanji.

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Shirts with English words are everywhere.  Sometimes they make sense.

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Kyoto: Final Images Before Heading Home

•November 3, 2014 • 9 Comments

 In Kyoto, for the last 9 days in Japan…

 

 Some very stern looking marchers

 

 This group looked a bit more cheery

 

 Uji is a center for tea growing. We took a short train ride there to buy some tea. 

 

 We met up with a large group of elderly women… Alison was at least a foot taller then most of them, but every time I tried to take a photo they stopped out of my field of view – trying to be polite – not knowing they were the subject!

 

 Nighttime at Shorin-in Temple

 

 

 Sometimes the attention to detail is quite something

 

The garden pond at Ryon-ji Temple

 

 Burning trash near the temple… seems like very un-Zen sort of thing to do

 

The Arashiyamma bamboo forest 

 

The only thing worse than taking a photo with an iPad, is taking a movie with an iPad.  And even worse, is taking a selfie with an iPad.  

I’m wondering: if someone is taking a selfie, and is also being photographed doing so, and I’m photographing both of them, will I fall into some sort of fourth-dimensional photographic parallel universe? B/T/W, every time she took a selfie, he took a photo of her, and while I watched, those were the only shots he took. 

The selfie-thing is completely out of control – to the point of this bizarre, obsessive-compulsive trend. These telescoping selfie arms are far too common. I wonder: are they being used in the US?

 

 We went up to Mount Hiei: first we cycled to the train station, then we took a short train ride, then this inclined tram (the steepest I’ve ever seen), and lastly a cable car. Mt Hiei is famous for the Marathon Monks that live up here. These are some very dedicated monks.


 Nijo Castle 

 

Okayama, and cycling the Kibi Plain (max speed 5mph)

•November 1, 2014 • 1 Comment

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