Wrapping our Islay tour with an Atlantic ferry to Northern Ireland, and a stroll on the basalt hexagons of the Giant’s Causeway.
Humphrey the Camel
Finn’s Organ (credit: Wendy Nacamu)
fly with giants
Nick (credit: Wendy Nacamu)
We toasted our travels with a fitting final tasting at the quad-century Old Bushmills Distillery. Sláinte — we hope to be back someday!
RSPB walk to the American Monument on the Oa Reserve — finding no eagles, but plenty of field friends.
Break time in Brittany during a stimulating Jacques Monod Conference.
Phare de l’île de Batz
biophysics on the beach
Église Notre-Dame de Croaz Batz
phare from afar
Église de l’île de Batz
sunset on the Celtic Sea
In our continuing pursuit of regional distilleries, Osaka’s Yamazaki plant was not to be missed.
The guided tour (with audio translation) was well worth advance booking; but it was equally easy to lose oneself in the gardens, tasting room, and cavernous Whisky Library.
Post-conference afternoon on Kyoto’s Philosopher’s Walk, aka Cat Path, with fellow pharmacologist Angela and some largely uninterested furred and feathered locals.
Early-fall foliage was brilliant, from the Silver Pavilion Zen gardens —
this jokester broke the stillness with some (unsubstantiated) rake-attack threats
— to the towering gate-climb at Nanzen-ji Temple.
Naturally, for two biology enthusiasts, a favorite was animal-themed Otoyo Shrine.
We were privileged to join Oliver’s parents, Dieter and Veronica, for a sunny, historic weekend in Denmark’s capital.
Six decades back, young Dieter befriended a fellow traveller named Stanley Treanor, jointly eavesdropping a paid tour of Copenhagen City Hall. Stanley would later introduce his Dublin niece Veronica, who would wed Dieter in ’64. The couple relocated almost immediately to the States, where they raised Oliver and his siblings. This summer marked Veronica’s first Copenhagen trip of her own.
Sunday afternoon at Tivoli Gardens was an especially joyful tribute to this auspicious site in Soell family history.
City Hall again…
Top photo credit: Veronica Soell
Exploring the musical landscape of Cremona in northern Italy —
Via Domenico Bordigallo
Giardini Pubblici Papa Giovanni Paolo II
pranzo al Chocabeck
Cattedrale di Cremona
cantando nel Battistero
— with the privilege to perform Frank Martin with Akademiska Kören in the Cattedrale.
Last-row photos credit: Dan Codazzi