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Better late than never party

Monday, August 27, 2012      18 comments

Olya and I eloped in January of 2011. The wedding took all of 15 minutes and was performed by an 86 year old justice of the peace in the lobby of the Keene City Hall. Now a year and a half later we had a party to celebrate the marriage and how... Read more

Last photos from the Peterhof (3 of 3)

Friday, August 24, 2012      12 comments

The gardens go on and on. Endless fountains, countless statues. Here are a few more photos I took that day. Read more

Photos from the Peterhof (2 of 3)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012      12 comments

Here are some photos of the lower gardens at the Peterhof. Please see my earlier blogs for other photos of our Russian trip. One Spark related comment: this is a great place to walk. My wife and I walked over 12 miles this day. Read more

Photos from the Peterhof (1 of 3)

Monday, August 20, 2012      17 comments

Thanks to all who have expressed appreciation at seeing our Russian vacation photos. In response to a previous blog, I was asked if I saw the Amber Room. It turns out that the Amber Room wasn't in one of the palaces I saw (these Tsars had more... Read more

Photos of the Hermitage (Part 2 of 2)

Sunday, August 19, 2012      13 comments

Let's make today a good day, SparkFriends. Here's some more photos from the recent trip to Russia: ... Read more

Photos from the Hermitage (Part 1 of 2)

Saturday, August 18, 2012      15 comments

It is hard to capture the scale of the Hermitage. There are over 300 (THREE HUNDRED!) rooms, the ceilings are 40 to 50 feet high, the stuff that looks like gold really is gold, and all the floors and doors are inlaid wood of amazing craftsmansh... Read more

Today's photo from the Russian Trip

Friday, August 17, 2012      11 comments

I loved this statue. (Inside the Hermitage) Keep on Sparkin' friends.... Read more

I always wanted to be in Gryffindor

Wednesday, August 15, 2012      10 comments

(Griffin Statutes on Bank Bridge over the Griboedov Canal in St. Petersburg) Let's make today a good day, SparkFriends; Let's track our eating and our exercise; Let's... Read more

Two reasons why Saint Petersburg is the most beautiful city in the world

Tuesday, August 14, 2012      19 comments

My lovely SparkFriend CLAIREINPARIS takes lovely photographs of her lovely city. She takes these on her frequent hikes and then posts them on her blog. She really is a very talented photographer and if you haven't seen her blogs, you should ta... Read more

Flying on the ground

Monday, August 13, 2012      11 comments

The following paragraph is from Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Great_American_Streetcar_S
candal): "During the period from 1936 to 1950, National City Lines and Pacific City Linesówith investment from GM, Firestone Tire, Sta... Read more

Taking off my wedding ring

Sunday, August 12, 2012      13 comments

I did something today that I haven't done in over 15 years: played tennis. I'm left handed and, at one point, I noticed that my ring - rubbing against the racquet - was starting to irritate my finger. I didn't want to get a blister, so I switc... Read more

Moscow: Tsaritsyno (w/ pics)

Saturday, August 11, 2012      8 comments

When you see how the tsars lived while the workers struggled simply to exist, you can understand why there was a revolution. Early on in our trip to Russia, we visited Tsaritsyno, a huge palace and an even bigger estate in Moscow that was once ... Read more

Bet you didn't know you could read Russian (w/ pics)

Friday, August 10, 2012      13 comments

Try this: See? Or how about this: Wow, you're good at this. Try another one: Read more

Please help these dogs

Thursday, August 09, 2012      15 comments

... because clearly they have a problem. I took this photo on the outskirts of Saint Petersburg. Russian dogs sleep it off after a hard night of partying. ... Read more

Lessons from India: how to wash clothes in a bucket

Sunday, August 05, 2012      13 comments

On a school field trip into Bangalore the other day we went first to the planetarium and then to the water board. At the water board, there were a number of exhibits on how to conserve water including one on why you should buy one of the newer ... Read more


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