Now without getting soppy, I’m not sure what I would have done without this lovely lady the past four years – she’s one of my best friends and has been there through thick and thin – and the fact you’re in Jersey is just an excuse for a holiday as far as I’m concerned! … [Read more...] about Exeter University Graduation Ball 2015
Graduation day photos
With three years living on the road, Aidan Klimenko is what you might call a “ramblin’ man”. His adventure starts in Bozeman Montana, where he got a degree in both film and photo, and where he truly fell in love with the outdoors. Since graduating, Aidan has spent his time jumping from one adventure to the next while documenting the whole thing, starting it all off with a yearlong drive down to South America in an old VW van (which doubles as his home/office). Since then, he’s explored the national parks with Backpacker Magazine and Subaru, blown a few engines, filled a few hard drives and has become fully hooked on the perpetual motion of life on the road. … [Read more...] about 100 Days Outdoors With Aidan Klimenko: Meet the Author
He’d never encountered such a thing before. He rotated the plate in his hand: It had to be more than half a foot tall and wide. How anyone would even create that kind of negative, he couldn’t guess. But when he held it up, he saw a familiar sight. “Wow, that’s Yosemite Falls,” he said to himself. “That’s pretty cool.” He pulled out another and again recognized an image of Yosemite National Park, the treasure full of lush meadows, roiling waterfalls, and soaring granite peaks only a few hours north of Fresno. The paper sleeves holding the envelopes were numbered—the digits were in the 8,000 range—as if part of a collection. He pulled a few more out, and there were more scenes that looked interesting and excited the part of him that is drawn to artifacts. So he asked Irving Schwartz, the elderly gentleman running the garage sale, how much? … [Read more...] about Ansel Adams’s Lost Photos?
Had dinner at Vinci Restaurant — and this was the only disaster of the trip to Poland. The restaurant seemed pleasant, with outdoor tables & nice place settings. We sat outside & asked for house wine, which they said they didn’t have, but brought us 3 glasses of a red wine. Smelled odd. Husband Jim had a swig & I took a sip, and it was awful! Daughter Cate said it smelled like nail polish remover, which was a surprisingly accurate analysis. We told the waitress about it and when she returned from inside, she said the chef said it was supposed to smell like that! Seriously! A nice-looking restaurant serving horribly rotten wine — and making excuses for it instead of quickly apologizing! We complained and got another glass of a real wine. When our meals arrived, 2 of us were served first, then 2 others, and the fifth, my youngest cousin, wasn’t served until much later. When the dish finally arrived, she started eating and was searching for the mussels … [Read more...] about 5 Days, 5 Nights: Warsaw, Torun, Bydgoszcz, Poland
The sail in to Venice with Andrea Bocelli playing on the loudspeakers was breathtaking. We again split up with some going to Murano for glass blowing, a gondola ride and a visit to San Giorgio church to see the last supper. My son and I visited the campanile and ponte de vecchio, but chose not to wait in the long lines for the Doge’s palace. The water taxi ride was an experience in itself. … [Read more...] about 19 Days of Sun and Fun