Suntory times

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.

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Philosopher’s friends

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 —

— to the towering gate-climb at Nanzen-ji Temple.

Naturally, for two biology enthusiasts, a favorite was animal-themed Otoyo Shrine.

Copenhagen origins

We were privileged to join Oliver’s parents, Dieter and Veronica, for a sunny, historic weekend in Denmark’s capital.

CPH - 3Six 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.

Top photo credit: Veronica Soell

Savoring Jämtland

July weekend on Åreskutan, 4650′ high in the Swedish ‘Alps.’

We stayed for the views, but came for the food—thanks to guest Jenny and a wait-list opening at Fäviken, Magnus Nilsson’s Michelin-starred treasure in nearby Järpen.

Accommodations at Tott Hotell Åre were an equally pleasant surprise. Would love to see this magic mount in its winter glory…

Guilford grace

Summer sun at the Soell cottage on Long Island Sound.

Tällberg traditions

Dalarna sights, some trippier than others, during downtime at the 22nd Swedish Conference on Macromolecular Structure & Function.

Summer secret

Sunny stopover at Grisslinge Beach en route to Värmdö.