| Our Photo Album - By Date
(and More Preparation) - Fixing the House,
Packing the House, and Packing and Packing and Packing the House.
Closer - Boxes, more boxes, and good-byes.
the End and Approaching the Beginning - Vaccinations,
good-byes, and cleaning.
Set, Go! - Pack, Say Good-bye, Get In The Car!
Friends, and Barbed Wire - (not to mention
the great Corn Maze).
County Fair (Sandwich, Illinois) - A swell
day of homemade pie, chickens, huge vegetables, horses, and pigs.
DeKalb - The first plane flight and good-bye
to Grandma & Grandpa Hughes.
First Communion - Maggie wears a dress!.
Party and Slideshow - Heard at the traditional
Avis Family slideshow: "What was Becca doing in the beer cooler?","Mom,
who was that man who is hugging you?","Timmy, what's that on your lip?",
"Is that Drew Carey?".
Day At The Jersey Shore - with Grandpa, Aunt
Jo, Ellie, Baby Mary Jo, Great Aunt Alida, and Uncle Greg.
and Family - Visiting with Peace Corps friends
Off! - From Newark to London (and platform
9 3/4 Kings Cross Station).
Scotland - The Castle, our hostel, the Royal
Mile, and a hike.
Highland Way - Balmaha to Rowardennan to Inversnaid
to Inverarnan to Crainlarich.
to Bridge of Orchy and Achallader - A rest
day then thirteen miles to a tiny town with a wonderful pub and a B&B
with its own castle.
Last Segments of the West Highland Way from Bridge of Orchy to Kinlochleven
and on to Fort William - The Devil's Staircase,
beautiful Kinlochleven, and the finish in Fort William.
Ft. William to Killarney, Ireland - Trains,
buses, and boats land us with Grandma and Granpa Avis, Uncle Danny,
and Uncle Dave in a house in Beaufort, Ireland.
Ireland - Meeting the family and hiking over
the big hill to Katie Kearney's Pub.
Carrauntuohill, and Dave's Dinner - A scary
hike, a very good dinner, and a very, very windy day.
Ireland - An incredibly beautiful place at
the very end of Europe.
Ireland - Wonderful place to hang out and think
about things (maybe next time).
- British Museum, London Sights, and a Visit with
London - Sightseeing and dinner with Kevin
and on to Calais - London bus, Tower Bridge,
Globe, Tate Modern, and a rough crossing.
Day in Paris - The Rue Cler Market, Champs
du Mar, the Eiffel Tower, and games in the hotel.
and Notre Dame - Moving into our apartment,
dejeuner at home, Notre Dame, and painting along the Seine.
The Market, Les Invalides, and Rodin - Incredible
variety at the market and incredible sculpture at the Rodin Museum.
Cluny and Musee D'Orsay - Deciphering tapestries
and what may be the very best museum on the planet.
Dame, Sacre Coeur, and the Seine - A tour,
a trip, and a traipse.
Arch, Sparrows, & Fleas - The Arc de Triumph
and the world's biggest flea market.
The Louvre - The sublime and the silly (that's
a good description of us and the Louvre).
Musee d'Orsay and The Eiffel Tower - Cool museum,
cool buskers, cool tower.
& St. Chapelle - Incredible gardens and fountains
(as if we needed more water), Marie Antoinette's hamlet, and Louis IX's
home for the crown of thorns and couple other bits.
des Buttes Chaumont - A very fun (and strange)
park in Paris.
to Madrid - Last trip to the Eiffel Tower,
dinner at Bistro de Papa, train to Madrid, and the Prado.
to Tangiers - early morning train, afternoon
ferry, late "Thanksgiving" dinner.
to Chefchauen - Taking a bus (and its replacement)
to a town in the Rif Mountains.
Morocco - Town, market, and the kasbah.
Chefchaouen - Shopping for robes, pictures
of the town, and on to Fes.
- The medina and a rainy day for elegant studying.
to Asilah - Train to Morocco's Atlantic coast
and playing on the beach.
- At a seaside town during Ramadan.
to Sevilla - Back on the ferry, orange trees,
the cathedral, the bull ring, and strolling.
- Maria Louisa Park, Plaza Del Salvador, the Cathedral,
Place De Espana.
Sevilla - Around town, the Alcazar, and flamenco.
in Cazorla - Hike up to a monastery and the
ruins of a Moorish tower.
Cazorla - Hanging out and hiking.
Sketching - Drawing from a hill above town.
Piles (By Way of Benidorm) - It took four bus
rides, and a night at an undeclared British colony, to get us to a beautiful
beach and a great hostel.
and Barcelona - A walk around Valencia and
an introduction to Gaudi.
Barcelona - The bird market and more Spanish
Sagrada Familia In Barcelona - Under construction,
modernist cathedral (following an essentially gothic pattern) was the
coolest and most thought-provoking church we've seen. .
to Monaco - More Gaudi and a warm welcome to
- Visiting the palace and the Oceanographic Museum.
Monaco - Japanese garden, party at Uncle Marc's,
to Venice - A good train ride and then . .
wow! . . we're on another planet.
- San Marco and some of what we have seen wandering
about the place.
Love Venice! - We find a great apartment, visit
the Doge's Palace, take a run in the rain to Piazza San Marco, and then
- The regatta of the witches, a walk around town,
and a flood.
Flood In Venice - Seeing St. Mark's with no
in the Rain - Down the Grand Canal by vaporetto.
Flood and Saxophone - During the second flood
we waded around and listened to a saxophone player playing amidst the
and the Fish Market - Walking around Venice
and buying seafood.
to Murano - St. Donato, who slew a dragon,
and a long vaporetto ride.
Drawing, Eating, and Visiting - Drawing at
the piazzetta, eating eel, the top and bottom of St. Mark's, and eating
fish and ray.
- Youth Hostel and Piazza della Signoria.
the Tourist Thing in Florence - Piazza del
Duomo and Santa Maria del Fiore.
around Florence - We really like "the dome"
and the statues.
Kids Visit the Great Dome - And take pictures
to tell about it.
to Casacastalda - Heading for a stay at a house
in a small town in Umbria.
around Casacastalda - Out for a long stroll
on the little roads around town.
Picnic - Short stroll out of town for a picnic.
Around Casacastalda - Heading over to Castello
di Giomici and the big town of Collemincio.
Days in Casacastalda - A hike on a grey day
turns into a white hike (to the delight of the kids!).
- Traipsing around a very old city.
Hughes is Here! - Picking her up at the airport,
a tour of Florence, and then fun in Casacastalda.
Cards, and Heading for Rome - The Assisi cathedrals
were fascinating, Grandma taught us a few things about cards, and then
we headed to Perugia to catch the early train, return our car, and catch
the early train to Rome.
- We caught the early train from Perugia and, when
we arrived in Rome, it was sunny!.
Hill Ruins - The ruins of the palaces of Roman
emperors and a great place for a picnic.
Peter's - Visiting the basilica and the Pope.
Forum - Touring and picnicking in the Roman
About Rome - Imperial Forum, Vitorio Emmanuel
Monument, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Campo De Firori, and Home Again.
Part I - The kids go to Naples and Pompeii.
Part 2 - The kids visit Pompeii.
Blessing and More Walking Around - The Pope,
Mouth of Truth, a pretty church, and the Tiber.
Vatican (again) - The Vatican Museum and a
climb up St. Peter's Dome.
Colosseo - Maggie's favorite place.
to Athens - Good-byes, a subway ride, a train,
a ferry, a bus, a city
bus, and then Athens.
Acropolis - A beautiful place (and a beautiful
place for a picnic).
- Changing of the guard and folk dancing.
to Siphnos - Ferry to a little island in the
- Climbing to St. Andreas (and a Mycenaean town)
and around our "house.".
To Profit Elias Monastery - The place is now
deserted but clean and curiously homey. (Profit Elias is Prophet Elijah,
to Kamares - A short hike to the island's port.
"Worst" Day On Siphnos - The coldest and windiest
day we spent on Siphnos, a day on which people apologized for the weather,
was a spectacular day for hiking along one of the coasts.
Siphnos - We have yet to find a place that
wasn't fun to get to and wonderful to be at.
at the Chrisopigi Monastery and Farewells - We
had fun jumping in the water (and racing out); we were sorry to say
good-bye to our friends.
and Athens Museums - War Museum, Music Museum,
and National Archeological Museum.
Day in Cairo - Walking and sailing around.
Museum - Even the museum is ancient (and cool).
Pyramids at Giza - Pyramids and Pizza Hut.
- The Market,
Mosque, and Mataba - Visiting Cairo places,
including the world's oldest surviving university.
Temple, Part 1 - The enormous temple of the
state god, Amon-Re.
Temple, Part 2
of the Kings - The Theban necropolis on the
west bank of the Nile in a wonderful, hot, parched desert.
and Luxor Temple - Walking around Luxor Temple
Koom - A marvelous day at a West Bank village
with a friend, Rageb Ahmed Sallam.
Luxor Museum - Beautiful things dramatically
in Cairo; Back at the Museum - Egyptian takeout
food; the mummies and the museum; the market (and Fishawi's) at night.
Cairo - Several churches and a synagogue tucked
away behind walls in an area called Babylon.
of the Dead - The living have took up residence
in the mausolems and now there's utilities, shops, and apartments.
Dancing - A boat ride and then the dervishes.
- On our last day in Cairo we visited part of the
necropolis of the ancient city of Memphis and to our delight found a
place reminiscent of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
now known officially as Mumbai - A much more
interesting and easy city than we expected.
- Boating around a lake and the "backwaters" in
Kerala, a state in southwestern India. (The backwaters are a network
of lagoons, lakes, rivers, and canals fringing the coast of Kerala.).
Dancing - A form of classical Indian dance-drama
indigenous to Kerala.
- A "hill station" surrounded by tea plantations
and spectacular views.
Ride to Thekkady - Another great bus ride.
This time from Munnar to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.
Wildlife Sanctuary By Boat - A boat from which
we watched wildlife and a swimming pool from which we watched monkeys.
Temple Festival - Each year there's a festival
for each temple, and this was one for a small temple just inside the
gate of Periyar.
in Periyar - More wild boars, monkeys, elephant
poop, and, our favorite, leeches.
and Its Sri Meenakshi Temple - A town filled
with pilgrims and rickshaws .
(Kodai) - A pretty little hill station town
awash in Indian tourists.
(Madras) - The Government Museum and a festival
to commemorate the birthday of Thiagaraja (a venerated composer, but
you knew that!).
- A most extraodinary day, walking with the pilgrims
to view Lord Ventkateshwara.
to New Delhi - We end up in the suburbs of
New Delhi but manage to catch an incredible dance concert.
Red Fort and Old Delhi - We are back in a real
city after three days in sterile New Delhi .
Masjid - Old Delhi's great mosque is India's
largest and Shah Jahan's last great building project.
Around Old Delhi - The living, breathing, full-blooded
part of Delhi.
New Delhi - Around Delhi and India Gate and
More of New Delhi - The Bah'i Temple and President's
Taj Mahal Part 1 - Dreamlike.
Mahal 2 - Unbelievable. .
Khajuraho - On the bus and around this tiny
town famous for its temples.
Jain Temples - The Jain Temples (and the Southern
Temples) are free and very peaceful. We wandered around, discussed temple
architecture and sculpture styles, and watched kids swim in the river.
West Temples - Now surrounded by a park, these
temples were lovely - probably more peaceful today than when they were
being used. .
West Temple Group Continued - Though known
for some sexually explicit sculptures that have shocked and titillated
generations of tourists, the setting and other sculptures are wonderful.
the Train to Varanasi - One of the things we
enjoy most is just looking out the windows of the bus or train. No monuments
or temples or historic sites but perhaps a more representative view
Holy City on a Sacred River - Rest, math, journals,
and a walk to the sacred Ganges River.
The Banks Of The Ganges - Shrines, fiery worship,
laundry, cremations, tea stands, ritual bathing, death, and swimming
all in the same spot.
Old City - Disposable dishes, cremation accessories,
Varanasi; Hello Nepal - A walk around Old Varanasi
and a car trip into Nepal.
Our Trek - Five interesting hours by bus from
Pokhara to Beni and then a short walk to Galeswor.
to Tatopani - Mule trains, bridges, and green
Out In Tatopani - We spent a day in Tatopani
goofing around by the river, sleeping, and celebrating a birthday.
to Ghasa - Up the Kali Gandaki gorge on a path
barely hanging (and occasionally falling off) the cliff face.
to Lete - Some photos of what a nice guest
house looks like. Ghasa is the first Thakali village we come to - prayer
wheels and Buddhism - and we stop for lunch in Lete.
to Kalopani - A tiny inn surrounded by huge
to Marpha - We wade the river, stop for lunch
in Tukuche, and watch as the landscape becomes harsher. We also see
many more Buddhist shrines.
- A cool Buddhist village.
Marpha - Up the hill behind the town and back
to the monastery.
to Kagbeni - Up the river to a medieval-looking
Day in Kagbeni - Playing in the river, walking
around town, watching the wheat harvest, and a visit to the monastery.
to Multinath - Up the pilgrimage route to a
sacred place for Buddhists and Hindus.
- Muktinath is a pilgrimage center for Buddhists
and Hindus. We've seen sadhus headed here for the last few days. Beautiful
views and lots of prayer wheels.
to Jomson to Pokhara - A quick walk down to
Jomson and then a flight to Pokhara.
to Kathmandu - Nice ride through green hills,
past the site of a fatal accident, and into the city.
- Tourist shops, wood carvings, temples, and toothache
to Swayambhunath - Monks, monkeys, and monuments.
2 - More monks, monkeys, and monuments, this
time with music.
Square - A walk around Kathmandu's main square.
Part 1 - Founded in 865, the town that was
for 200 years the most important settlement in the Kathmandu valley.
Part 2 - .
To Tibet - Waiting at the Friendship Bridge
and then an incredible truck ride to Nyalaam.
to Tingri - Through Nyalam Pass (3800 m) and
Lalung-La Pass (5050 m) to our first taste of tsampa.
to Lhatse - Tibetan lunch and a barren landscape.
to Shigatse - Beautiful stark landscapes, barren
places, and yaks.
Monastery - The Panchen Lama's monastery and
full of chanting monks.
Gyantse and Pelkor Chode Monastery - Founded
in 1418, Pelkor Chode has an amazing number of books and is home to
the Gyantse Kumbum.
Kumbum - A grand chorten at Pelkor Chode Monastery.
to Lhasa - Glaciers and swimming in Turquoise
Lake with the Himalayas as a backdrop.
Palace - The White Palace once served as the
seat of the Tibetan government and the main residence of the Dalai Lama;
the Red Palace houses several chapels, sacred statues, and the tombs
of eight Dalai Lamas..
Jokhang Temple - In the center of old Lhasa,
considered the holiest temple in Tibet, the Jokhang was temporarily
converted into a guesthouse by the Chinese after 1951..
Monastery - Once the largest monastery in the
world, it's now home to abou 600 cheerful monks.
Norbulingka - Summer palace of Dalai Lamas.
Kora - A traditional sacred circumambulation
of Lhasa. Tote helps paint Buddhas.
Lhasa and a Visit to Sera Monastery - Prayer
wheel repairmen and debating monks.
- Interesting, comfortable, modern city that reminds
some of us of Denver -- it has about the same population.
Shan Part 1 - A bus ride that was an act of
faith and then, in the words of one of our party "the stairway to hell.".
Shan Part 2 - From the lovely (and, shall we
say, "rustic") Elephant Washing Pool Monastery to the Golden
to Xian to Beijing - After we failed to get
train tickets, we flew to Xian where we resumed the quest for train
tickets. While tracking down tickets, we went to a water park (we were
so surprised to find one in China that we had to try it, though we've
never been to one in the U.S.!) and paid a visit to the famous terra-cotta
of Heaven Park - A pretty but relatively incomprehensible
set of buildings used by the emperors to propitiate or worship or get
favors from heaven.
Yonghe Gong, Kong Miao, and Guozijian - (Or,
in other words, Lama Temple, Confucian Temple, & Imperial College).
Nights - Dinners (one of Peking Duck) and a
night at the Opera.
City - Where emperors once roamed, and as the
less than interesting signs repeatedly informed us, "attended to state
business and received officials," or sometimes vice versa.
Summer Palace - We were smuggled into one of
the most beautiful places we have visited. Unfortunately, by the time
we struck had negotiated the metro, the bus, and the smugglers' van,
it was evening..
Great Wall - One of the most fantastic places
we have ever seen and one of the most frightening hikes we have ever
to Hong Kong - Twenty eight hours on a wonderful
Kong - Big, expensive, and it comes with dried
Kong to Kuala Lumpur - We spend a day walking
and busing around Hong Kong. We have no problem with the typhoon and
our flight to Malaysia was marvelous - so is Kuala Lumpur!.
Lumpur to Manila - A relaxed, easy city and
another great plane ride.
- A nice hotel and wonderful "jeepneys".
in the USA - Grandma's, dirt track racing,
the Ten Acres, and a county fair. - Greetings,
reunions, and life slips back to normal