September 2, 2017

I went to Iceland

I went to Iceland last month with a great tour company, Sights and Soul Travel.  They specialize in small group tours for women only.  I hadn't heard of them and gambled by booking, and I won.  It was a great trip with a great company.

I love Iceland!  And Icelanders love Americans, it was a win-win situation.

Things I learned and love about Iceland:
  • Icelanders have a great sense of humor.

  • They bake their delicious bread overnight in holes in the lava fields!
  • They grow their fruit and vegetables, and coffee, in huge greenhouses.  The green houses are kept warm year round using the natural geothermal energy.
  • They speak and read English.  English is taught as a 2nd language in their schools starting in 3rd grade.
  • Most of their income comes from tourism.  
  • When the Vikings discovered Iceland in the 9th century, there were no native people or animals. The Vikings raided Scotland and Ireland for slaves and women and brought them back to establish settlements in Iceland.  Icelandic male DNA is 90% Norse, and Icelandic female DNA is 50% Norse and 50% Scot/Irish!

  • Icelanders take great pride in their Icelandic language, it's remained closer to "pure" Nordic than any other Nordic language.
  • Icelandic horses are called horses, never ponies!

  • They do not allow animals to be imported.  If an Icelandic animal leaves the country, it can not return.  The reason is to prevent a disease from entering the country.
  • The have no snakes.
  • They have earthquakes every day, many earthquakes.
  • They have a place called Hell.

  • Some of the streams flow with hot/warm water, and some with cold water.  

  • Iceland rest on two Teutonic plates, it's half on the North American plate and half on the Eurasian plate.  Iceland is slowly, about 1 meter a year dividing.

In this photo, North America is on the left,
in the photo below Eurasia is on the left!

  • They credit Americans for getting them out of the mud houses.
Before America entered WW2, we went to Iceland to support the British who had a base of operations there.  The British built the Reykjavik domestic airport and the Americans built their International airport.  They credit us with developing housing with modern conveniences like indoor plumbing and electricity.

There was only one thing I didn't love about Iceland, in the restaurants, there may be horse, whale, and puffin listed on the menu.  This is in traditional Icelandic cafes.

Sue, myself, Vera and Mary

I traveled with my sister, and there was another set of sisters on the tour, too.  We all had a great time.
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June 28, 2017

Strolling around Atlanta, Inman Park Food Tour

I just got back from another Baseball Tour.  I went to Atlanta a day early in order to see a bit of the city.  Atlanta is a huge place, geographically, and I didn't have a car, so I settled on a walking food tour.  I used a car service to get to Inman Park for the walking tour.

This is the 3rd walking food tour I've done, this one is called Atlanta's Inman Park Food Tour.  I honestly didn't realize that I didn't take photos of the food we tasted!  What a dork.  I will tell you that we had 6 tastings during our 3.5-hour walk, and they were delicious and LARGE!

What I did take photos of were the scenery and architecture.  Inman Park was Atlanta's first suburb, and our guide covered the start, rise, decline and renewal of the area.  I really recommend this tour, if you have some time during your next visit to Atlanta.

Loved this tiny garden between buildings.  Do you see the rabbit?

The tour goes on "rain or shine", we had more rain and no shine.

This is the Iron Maiden; it is a 2 person jail utilized by the Police Department in the 1800's!  Boy, Bob would have liked to see this.

I hope you enjoyed seeing some to the wonderful homes in Inman Park.

These are two examples of the "tiny doors" that populate Inman park.

This piece of art is on the Atlanta Beltline.  It's made from found items and it was wonderful.  Below is a different perspective.

The area is full of art.

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June 12, 2017

New York City 2017, Part Two

On Wednesday afternoon, I had my first Book Expo event, so I made the most of the morning.  First I wandered around the Upper East Side.  When I came out of the subway I spotted this wonderful building.

The reason I came uptown was to seek out this "vest-pocket" park that I read about in the NYTimes.

Everyone knows about Central Park, but NYC is full of small pocket parks.  This is the most sophisticated one I've come across.  The sound of the waterfall was so wonderful, I didn't want to leave.

I don't know the address of this building on East 52nd, but I'd sure like an apartment there.

Greenacre Park, seek it out next time you're in NYC.

I still had some time and I hadn't visited Alexander Hamilton's grave.  I usually visit his grave on every trip to NYC.  So back on the subway to downtown, to Trinity Church.

His wife's grave is next to his.  I don't know the meaning of the coins left on her marker, but I guess it's a sign of respect.  I know that leaving coins on veteran's headstones is a military tradition.

After visiting Hamilton I wondered around the Little Italy and SoHo neighborhoods and stumbled upon another wonderful small park the Elizabeth Street Garden.  What a wonderful jumble of "stuff"!

The sign says "Please do not lean back".

For the next two and a half days, I was busy at the Javitz Convention Center for Book Expo.  On Saturday, my last day in town, I had a relaxing morning and in the afternoon I went to another B'way show, Cats!

The musical was wonderful and fast paced.  The darnest thing happened at intermission, the audience wandered onto the stage!  This is the first time I've ever see that happen.

New York is a wonderful town, there is so much to see, it's remarkable.
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