2013 in 50 Photographs

Kris and I visited 13 foreign countries this year. In order: Spain, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Canada, England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Japan, back to Spain, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, and Hungary. … Read more

A Week of London Theatre

Matilda, The Musical RSC

Back when we were working stiffs, Kris and I still made plans to go to London every few years just to go to the theater. We both studied theater there, back in the 1970s, and it instilled a life-long love and appreciation for first rate productions.

And, since London is the home of great theater (check the listings of what’s playing in New York some time and see how much of it has transferred from England) what better place to indulge our stage fascination?

Advice for Driving in the UK and Ireland

roundabout sign

I can talk about this now, and I’ll start by saying Tom is a very good driver. And I am a very good navigator. I can read a map, have a good sense of direction, and am good at planning routes, scenic or otherwise. But things are different here in the UK and in the Republic of Ireland, and I’m not just talking about driving on the left. For both driver and passenger, I offer these true stories and tidbits of advice.

Site Blocked, and Other Little Surprises in the UK and Ireland

The message read, “This site has been blocked as potentially politically controversial. If you think this message has appeared in error, please see your network administrator,” or something like that. Had I accidentally Googled my way into a terrorist site? No, as a matter of fact, I was trying to look up UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Ireland. I was in my room at Bewley’s Hotel in the Ballsbridge neighborhood of Dublin, a fairly nice place, the nicest place I’d been in for quite a while.