Travel – Foreign

September 16th, 2017 by electricbob

The Ufici

This day we had a 2P ticket to the Ufici, which means office in Italian. We got an incredibly slow start – my throat is still sore and Aviva didn’t sleep well. So we ended up rushing out at about 1:30, grabbed a fast lunch at Move On, a combination record store and pub. The […]

September 15th, 2017 by electricbob

Shopping in Florence

We got a late start – my throat is sore and scratchy and neither of us slept especially well. We decided to do some shopping, so we went to some stores Aviva identified, ending at Aviva’s favorite jewelry store and I at the Florence Apple Store. Aviva found all kinds of neat things including a […]

September 14th, 2017 by electricbob

Finally made it to Firenze

We set off on Sunday Sep. 10 – and made it as far as LAX. Alitalia moved our flight to the next day. And they did it very badly – we spent all day at the airport to learn that we should have just gone home and returned. They had no staff that knew anything […]

La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

July 7th, 2017 by alephnaught

La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

I’ve lived in Los Angeles for over eight years and hadn’t been here. Nathan and Ashley wanted to go so it seemed like a good opportunity. And it was fun! We had lunch at the LACMA cafe (its a short walk from the Tar Pits across a park along the Tar Pits Lake) and then […]

Anime Expo 2017

July 5th, 2017 by alephnaught

Anime Expo 2017

My son Nathan and his spouse Ashley came in to visit, and we spent two days at Anime Expo. It’s always fun – there are cool sessions and autograph opportunities along with an artist alley and exhibit hall full of people selling everything. This year was bigger than last year – on Saturday it was […]

Tokyo

October 15th, 2016 by alephnaught

Tokyo

Tokyo is like New York City on steroids. If you’re going to go to Japan, get a personal wi-fi device; we used it in the hotel rooms, it worked much better than the hotel wi-fis. The company we used, globaladvancedcomm.com, was recommended by a friend and the unit worked well for us, supporting up to […]

Kyoto

October 14th, 2016 by alephnaught

Kyoto

We left for Kyoto Monday October 10. Getting to Kyoto took some help from people in the train stations – hopefully we’ll do better on the way back. If you stop and even look like a tourist that’s lost people will come up to you and demand to help you, even if they don’t speak […]

Pics from Universal Studios

September 19th, 2016 by alephnaught

Pics from Universal Studios

Nathan, Ashley and I spent the day at Universal Studios – we didn’t do any rides (well, Ashley did the Minions ride). We did spend time walking the whole park and taking part in the new Walking Dead ‘ride’. Translate

Photos from Del Toro show at LACMA

September 18th, 2016 by alephnaught

Photos from Del Toro show at LACMA

My son Nathan and his partner Ashley visited us. Luckily the show of Guillermo del Toro’s materials was up at LACMA so we all went. Here are some pics I took. Save Translate

The Getty Villa (again)

July 18th, 2015 by alephnaught

The Getty Villa (again)

I took Nathan and Ashley to the Getty Villa while they were in town – Ashley likes ancient things and I studied ancient history for over 3 years in college (6 credits of ancient Latin shy of a degree). The gardens are based on the gardens from Hadrian’s villa and they are beautiful – I […]