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 Home on the range with Sarah and Skyelark

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 The Ring of Brodgar is a Neolithic henge and stone circle about 6 miles north-east of Stromness on Mainland, the largest island in Orkney, Scotland.

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 Happy 247th Birthday America. Your birthday suit might need a little ironing,  but you are still fabulous!

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 Literary Napalm  The "Google" of Yeats, Swift, Beckett, Stoker and Wilde and inspiration for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.The library scenes in the Harry Potter films were shot in "The Long Room".

Trinity College is a mental institution-of the best and brightest,  and steep in Episcopalian tradition.With 90% of the population Catholic,  glad they opened it up to them as well.Yeats,, Beckett, Swift, Oscar Wilde, James Joyce, as I walked the library, I could smell the illuminated manuscripts,  and passed The Book of Kells, and Brian's Harp, the oldest in Ireland. A great morning

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Sailed around the world 6 times, been there, done that, got the shirts- from A Afghanastan to Z Zambia...and the second most viewed photo from Google Maps. is  Dyer Chevrolet in  South Florida!
Who would have guessed...


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A Gathering of Reif's---and Reif-Moscots'

In 2021 at our Mom's Service , St Patrick's Cathedral, NYC and today at Sharon Reif's service, Heisler Park, Laguna Beach, California.

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Iconic Fairmont Miramar Fig tree

The story of how the tree came to be in such an unlikely place begins with Nevada Senator John P. Jones, the founder of Santa Monica, and his wife,
 Georgina Jones who built the original Miramar as a family mansion in the late 1800s.

Some slight variations in the cheeky tale exist, but Argueta swears by Jones’ grandson’s retelling: After Jones died, his wife and son converted the Miramar mansion into a hotel and bar. One of the regular bar patrons was an Australian sailor, who one day couldn’t pay for his drink — instead, he asked to settle his tab with a fig tree he had in his boat at the Santa Monica Pier. With the permission of Jones’ wife, the bartender agreed and found a spot for it on the property.

“And that’s where it is today, thanks to the sailor, the bartender, and of course, Senator Jones’ wife, Georgina” says Argueta. (Not to mention a man named W.H. Lee, the Jones’ family gardener who is said to have actually planted it.) “That’s how we have the most beautiful tree in the world.”

More than 143 years have passed since then, and the tree has grown to be the second largest of its kind in California. Known for years as the Jones Family Tree, past owners of the hotel have been careful to preserve the tree’s historical roots (literally and figuratively).

The tree was declared a historic landmark in 1976 by the Santa Monica Landmark’s Commission, and under the care of the Fairmont Miramar, it will continue to thrive for years to come. “I speak to the gardeners and the people that maintain the tree all the time, and they say the tree is in great health,” says Argueta. Our tree has become internationally recognized and receives many guests, including some very famous ones such as Britney Spears and many more.

To this day, figs still grow on the tree, though they’re ornamental (so you won’t find them on the menu at FIG, the Fairmont Miramar’s signature restaurant). The figs begin to fall to the ground around April, says Argueta, and they grow back early in the fall.

And with every fig that drops and guest that enters under its canopy, the tree’s legacy will continue to grow — they can live for hundreds of years, if not more, says Argueta. “So many generations will see this beautiful tree."

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 Sharks! I Chews You

The southern hemisphere is a hot January
 Summer's day here in the Westetn Cape of South Africa.

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These rocks look like wrinkles in time, and sit quite majestically along the pristine stretches of white sand. What a privilege to be in the Southern Hemisphere, where Sumemer is now, and the cold winter of England is far away this week. Beautiful scenery,  as far as the eye can see..

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Four years ago today, and we are back in Cape Town, South Africa


2011- We sailed round the world with a 3 day stopover in Cape Town
Los Angeles/San Pedro, California, USA to SOTON, South Hampton, United Kingdom
Irresistible, is a good way to describe it. @3,500 ft above sea level, it is the oldest mountain on Earth, 6x older than The Himalayas. The rocks at the summit reminded me of Honningsvåg Norway and the Arctic Circle glacier stones-truely amazing. Happy to duplicate ,Christ the Redeemer Art Deco statue pose  of Jesus Christ in Rio.

Hope lies on Table Mountain-the exact vista that Nelson Mandela looked out from his prison on Robben Island that kept him going.It is an important piece of SA culture I will take back with me and share the legacy.
Our "ocean" view
@The Table Bay Hotel

Here in Northe Cape, in the Arctic Circle, looks to me a lot like Table Mountain 

The first time we were  in Cape Town, was a three day port of call on our 2011 World Cruise:

Headed To Oz


  Are We Clear-Crystal!

Fly a Russian MiG-29 at Mach 2  or Take A World Cruise in Zero Gravity- I'll take things that I know for $60,000 Alex.

Ports of Call:
  • Mooréa, Society Islands
  • Bora Bora, Society Islands
  • Nuku'Alofa, Tonga
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Napier, New Zealand
  • Christchurch/Lyttleton, New Zealand
  • Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • Brisbane, Australia
  • Darwin, Australia
  • Bali/Pedang Bay, Indonesia
  • Kuala Lumpur/Port Kelang, Malaysia
  • Yangon/Rangoon, Myanmar
  • Cochin, India
  • Marmagao, India
  • Mauritius/Port Louis, Republic of Mauritius
  • Durban, South Africa
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Bom Bom Island, Principe
  • Takoradi, Ghana
  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • Oahu/Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
  • Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands
  • Rarotonga, Cook Islands
  • Lautoka, Fiji
  • Tauranga, New Zealand
  • Wellington, New Zealand
  • Picton, New Zealand
  • Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Cairns, Australia
  • Komodo Island, Indonesia
  • Singapore
  • Phuket, Thailand
  • Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Mumbai (Bombay), India
  • Malé, Republic of Maldives
  • St-Denis, Réunion, France
  • Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • Walvis Bay, Namibia
  • Lomé, Togo
  • Dakar, Senegal
  • London/Dover, England

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