Thursday, August 23, 2018

Susie Mammel & Granddaughter
Venice--August 2018

The iconic Lion of St Mark:
St Mark is the patron saint of Venice. In the 9th century a sailor had a vision he was to be the patron saint of Venice. St Mark, according to tradition, died in Alexandria Egypt. The sailors followed the dream, advanced to Alexandria, and stole the body of Mark, packing it in pork so the Muslims wouldn’t suspect. It arrived in Venice to be re-interred in the 1st of the St Marks Basilica


We are tracking beautiful stone bridges with flowing curves and sweeping views while wandering Venice. Some have 4 pointed needles atop.  Some have ornate balustrades.  

The Pointe de Paglia is where we viewed the famous Bridge of Sighs from the waterfront. The name refers to boats filled with straw, so named when horses and donkeys passed over. There is a small shrine on this bridge called “the Madonna of the Gondoliers”.  Many of the bridges have such shrines. Another bridge we crossed was a “Storto” bridge meaning misshapen bridge. When going to the opera this was the “L shaped” bridge crossing 2 canals. Of course Venice wasn’t built on a grid!

Bridge of Sighs on right

Artist:  Gaetano Pesce:
We discovered this artist in Padua at the great medieval city hall. The original frescos were by Giotto but the building and frescos burned to be replaced/rebuilt in renaissance style. The artist, Pesce, is an architect. We loved his chair collection and especially loved it in the Pallazzo Ragione grand hall!  Enjoy and watch for the architect-artist!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Monday, April 2, 2018

March 2018
Two Families
Susie:  The trip was absolutely incredible, thank you for all your help! We loved the Legend, it was very family oriented and we met a ton of families who were a lot like us. We also thought the 4 nights was plenty, and it allowed us to explore more of Ecuador.  Mashpi was undeniable one of the neatest places we’ve experienced, truly unbelievable.
Galapagos MV Legend Cruise Ship

 Mashpi Lodge

Thursday, October 26, 2017

More Comments
China Trip

What a wonderful adventure we had together.  Kudos to you both for a well planned and executed trip.  We are so glad we were able to join the tour.

Gay and Phil

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

China Trip 2017

Comments by China Traveler, Kathy, to Gerald Hatherly, trip guide:

Greetings Gerald,
By now, I’m sure you are off on your next adventure with some lucky travelers!

I’m finally back into my Denver time and doing all the “stuff” of ordinary life.
I am still amazed at our wonderful “Silk Road” trip and your talented, intelligent, unending helpfulness and leadership all along the way!!
It will take some time of letting it all sink in and reviewing my numerous photos to actually believe it all happened!!!

Perhaps Judy has already communicated with you but I wanted to make sure you knew that our beautiful rugs you so willingly bartered for us arrived in perfect shape within 2 weeks time!!
We were thrilled at such great service and I LOVE my new rug as does Smokey the small fur ball dog!!

Thank you so very much for all of your expertise and attention on this China adventure!
I wish you and your family the best!
Safe and fun travels,

Monday, October 23, 2017

Italy - September 2017

 Judy's & Chip's grandchildren at Grand Tremezzo--Lake Como, Italy
Have you taken your grandchildren to pizza school in Italy?  
Here's how Judy's & Chip's grandchildren chose their highlight of Rome.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Art of Travel - Silk Road Trip
September, 2017

Yellow River - Binglishi Caves.
Kazakhs playing an early form of polo.
Comment:  Judy:  "Loved the ethnic experiences of the Kazakhs and horses and the drive up the Karakeram Highway. "
Yes, a Chinese Mosque in Xi'an.
Imam of the mosque was Hui Chinese.  The Hui Chinese were originally from Sogdia or Persia.
Transmissions and exchanges of musical instruments and dance from Persia to China.

Kathy at Gaochang--a cosmopolitan city on the ancient Silk Road.
Dr. Wang (left) was the Chinese archaeologist who discovered the terracotta warriors in the 1970s.
Ever eaten an entire lamb Uighur style?

The Mogao Caves in Dunhuang—the most important Buddhist site in the world
Barbara made friends everywhere!
Gerald, our Chinese specialist, getting his ears cleaned at People Park, Chengdu.
Comments:  Gerald received many "excellent" evaluations, including:
Judy:  "Absolutely amazing--Gerald MADE the trip for all of us in so many ways."
Mary Jo:  "Gerald was outstanding and really made the difference with his knowledge of the language."
Gansu Corridor Dunes in the Gobi Desert.
Panda breeding center.
Joris met a Chinese oilman from Zinjiang Provence on the train.
The one wok, one chef lunch.