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
April afternoon between rainshowers in Milano.
Chiesa di San Gottardo in Corte
Piazza del Duomo
il vecchio Theremin
Vibrant new year at the Palace of Fine Arts and California Academy of Sciences.
Balmy family Christmas in New Haven, Connecticut.
Trinity on the Green