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A visit to Longwood Gardens, PA

12 September 2017

Madeleine came to visit 8th of September to escape Hurricane Irma.  Took the opportunity to take a day trip to see DuPont’s old estate, Longwood Gardens, in Pennsylvania near the border of Delaware.

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A weekend in Rehobeth Beach, Delaware

22 – 24 September 2017

I had two free Marriott Stays I needed to use up.  So I took my walking buddy, Regina, for a weekend in Rehobeth Beach.  Rehobeth Beach is on the eastern shore, north of Ocean City.  It was hosting a Garlic Festival for the first time and we thought it might be fun to check it out.

FRIDAY:

I picked up Regina from her home at 2 pm. We arrived at the Salisbury Marriott Courthouse by 5 pm. We had dinner at the “Irish Grill and Pub”. Shared a seafood bothy (scallops, shrimp, fish, carrot, onion, potato pancake), crab dip and pretzel.

SATURDAY:

Up at 8. We had strawberries and milk that I bought downstairs with our breakfast coffee. The Rehoboth Beach garlic festival started at 11 am.  When we got there we had to call the organizer to find out where to pick up our VIP tickets and voting cards.

Only 125 people participated. There were seven restaurants showing off their culinary skills.

  • Garlic bread
  • Chipotle aiole corn soup
  • Chicken wings
  • Roasted garlic and camembert, brie, (Voted best use of garlic by the participants)
  • 3 soups,
  • Pasta sausage comfort food,
  • Wild mushrooms on chiappata, (I loved this one.  Regina didn’t like mushrooms)
  • Shrimp wontons,
  • Breaded fried egg smoked garlic, cheese (really nice presentation)

 

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First Place – Roasted Garlic (Photo credit: Regina)
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Second Place – 3 Soups (Photo credit: Regina)

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Third Place – Fried Egg  (Photo credit: Regina)

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We shared a margarita at “Papa Grande”. Regina stopped and bought some caramel popcorn.She had a glass of white wine while I had a root beer at “The Pond” while we waited for the winners to be announced at 4:45 pm.  We also ate more chicken wings!

Afterwards we walked the boardwalk to get our 10,000 steps.

Drove back to Salisbury at 7:30 pm . Stopped a DQ and had small ice cream cone for dinner.   Our hotel for the night was at the Marriott Residence Inn which gave a free breakfast. Hooray! There was also microwave popcorn in room.

SUNDAY:

We decided to just go to the beach rather than driving out of the way towards Assateague and Ocean City.

Regina rented us an umbrella and chairs at the beach for $24. It was a very civilized way to enjoy the beach.

After 3 pm we went for a bite at “Cooter Johns” where we had the fried egg appetizer the day before. We shared some smokey chicken wings and a Frito concoction that was similar to an enchilada with a salad that had blue cheese peaches and nuts.

We listened to 70’s music on Spotify during the drive back. I dropped Regina home by 8 p.m. Thus ended a fun trip!

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Had to go to Denver on business but had a chance to finally visit Rocky Mountain National Park.  Took two hikes, one 3 mile (near Bear Lake) and one 4 mile (Wild Basin).  It was lovely as the trees are starting to change color.

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Locust Point, Fells Point – Baltimore

A Monday hiking group had decided to have a walk from the Korean War Memorial today.  I took the Metro and bus to the starting point. Paul gave a brief talk about the memorial and then the group hopped on the harbor commuter and we went to Locust Point where the UnderArmour Headquarters is located. We checked out the immigration memorial and then took another boat ride to Fells Point.  We began our two mile walk along the harbor, followed by lunch.  Here’s a few photos from today’s excursion. I didn’t bother to take any photos of the mother Canadian goose with her two goslings, sorry.

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Free boat rides

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A view from the boat

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Kayaks or Canoes?

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Immigrants used to hop on a train station from the harbor and head west without ever stopping in Baltimore

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Some famous Oriole?

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Homes along Fells Point

Denver for business…

Well, I had to go to Denver for a convention but did manage to get a couple of hikes in…

Glimpse of the Rockies from Cherry Creek State Park

Glimpse of the Rockies from Cherry Creek State Park

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By Cherry Creek which is famous for flooding a third of Denver in 1950. They dammed the creek and made it a state park with a lake reservoir.

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A hike out to an overlook at Boulder, Colorado. Six miles total; a long trail but not too steep.

 

Rugby/London

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Rugby, by the school. I think this is the music hall.

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With friends in front of the Rubert Brooke statue. Rubert Brooke was an up and coming poet who’s life got cut short by WWI. Yeats liked his poetry.

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Statute of the founder of the game of Rugby.

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Finches in the yard of my friend in London.

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Flying over Greenland.

Sofia/Serdica, Bulgaria

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St. George Rotunda Church is the most ancient Christian Temple in Sofia located in the City Centre and constructed during the 4th Century by Romans.

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Ancient Serdica uncovered during building of Metro underground in Sofia

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Serdica ruins

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Serdica ruins.

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Serdica ruins

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Roman latrine

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Roman plumbing

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Synagogue, a block away from Mosque and Church.

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Mosque near marketplace, bath house and synagogue and church.

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Bath house in Sofia now a Museum covering the history of Sofia.

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Tsar Ferdinand’s carriage

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Upstairs in the “bath house”

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Mineral springs. The reason Sofia was settled by the Thracians and Romans.

Bansko, Bulgaria

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At the oldest pine tree in Bulgaria — Baikushev white fir. Approximate age of about 1,300 years, Baikushev’s pine is one of the oldest trees in the world and is a contemporary of Bulgaria’s founder, Khan Asparukh. It has a height of 26 m, is 2.2 m in diameter and 7.8m in circumference.

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Oven put on the outside of the home.

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At the second tallest mountain in the region. 1972 meter point.

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Sign of Spring – Storks are back.

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View outside my apartment in Bansko

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Outside St. Teodor of Dobarsko. No photos allowed inside. Famous for an icon which folks that have imagination say “Christ is riding a rocket ship”.

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Saturday at Midnight for Orthodox Easter. Lighting candles. Folks greet each other with “Christ has risen” and walk around the church 3 times.

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Eleshnitza, Bulgaria

My friends took me to see the colorful traditions in Eleshnitza, Bulgaria for 1st of May. Most of these photos were taken by my friend who is over 6 ft tall and therefore can take photos over the heads of the crowds. This place was located about two hours south of Sofia near Bansko Ski Resort and the Pirin Mountains. Notice the hairy Kukeri with the 4 foot tall hats.  Kukeri are costumes to scare away the evil spirits.  Other costumes usually involve priests, demons, and an old man for comic relief. For the festivities there is also folk dancing and songs. kukeri14 kukeri13 kukeri12 kukeri11 kukeri10 kukeri09 kukeri08 kukeri07 kukeri06 Kukeri05 Kukeri04 Kukeri03 kukeri01