Archive for the ‘Travel’

  • Journey to the Lake of the Oarks
    I took a hiatus from my writing of The Black Scroll to fly/drive to the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri for Mother’s Day. The Ozarks was the home of my Dad’s mother and many of my extended family. I used to spend the summers and school holidays there, roaming the woods, fishing and hunting with my cousins. The shots you see here are from the Cole Camp and...
    by at May 21st, 2013 at 09:05 am
  • Buddhist Monk Mandala Painting in San Luis Obispo
      Buddhist monk mandala sand painting meditation San Luis Obispo August 2012 The monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery of Dharmsala, India, arrived in San Luis Obispo CA Tuesday to create a “sand painting” mandala for world peace. They set up in the SLO Art Museum for three days. Visitors were free to come and go and observe the process. Monks from...
    by at August 25th, 2012 at 10:08 am
  • Kreo’s Cove Art Gallery Opens in Shell Beach CA
    Kevin Kreowski in his new Shell Beach "Cove" gallery.  And this guy retired from Border Patrol?! Back home in Shell Beach after a border patrol career in southern California, Kevin Kreowski has livened up Shell Beach Village with the transformation of his mother’s gift shop to hip art gallery Kreo’s Cove on Shell Beach Road. Saturday July...
    by at August 2nd, 2012 at 12:08 pm
  • Paso Robles grows up to fine dining Prime Rib, cheese and Vietnamese
    It had been a long time since I was in downtown Paso Robles. I used to drive through on my way to pick up my daughter at a friend’s house. I used to think that Paso Robles was a town to drive through. I admit, I was a South County snob – but I have been forced to eat my words. For my money, Paso Robles is the best place to eat in San Luis Obispo County. It’s...
    by at June 21st, 2012 at 07:06 am
  • Moonshadows in Malibu
      Moonshadows neon on Malibu beach Moonshadaows lounge with view of Pacific through windows What’s the best way to cap off a fabulous afternoon at the Malibu Getty? Easy, hands-down answer requiring no thought at all: drinks and dinner at Moonshadows in Malibu. It starts when you walk in the door and see the Pacific Ocean just out the window. A little on the...
    by at February 14th, 2012 at 03:02 pm
  • Ancient Egyptian novels in Red Mirror Series 4 Kindle & iPad
    Red Mirror Series Isis cover for Kindle & iPad Red Mirror Series Athena Kindle & iPad  Elektra of Red Mirror Series Kindle & iPad After a several month hiatus from writing as I supported the Libyan Revolution and Arab Spring through twitter, I’ve finally gotten back to editing my ancient Egyptian novels for the Red Mirror Series in preparation for...
    by at January 10th, 2012 at 10:01 am
  • City Ramparts and Upper Barrakka Gardens Valletta Malta
      View from Upper Barrakka Gardens Vallerta Malta Upper Barrakka Gardens Barrakka arches Valletta view guard tower Upper Barrakka Gardens Valletta Buried in style in Upper Barrakka Gardens Repairing the ramparts Modern Bench on Valletta ramparts Rescue Ship Upper Barrakka Gardens Play Me piano in Upper Barrakka Gardens Saluting Battery Designer Trash can on the ramparts Jesper...
    by at October 16th, 2011 at 12:10 pm
  • Valletta Malta at the Valletta Boutique Hotel
      Arrival at Valleta 1:30 am Valletta Boutique Hotel by night Chandelier in room View from room onto St John's Cathedral Hotel Coffee Bar giving onto plaza Breakfast with delicious Italian coffee Rainy Day Valletta Malta Valletta St John's Cathedral tower Valletta St John's Cathedral balcony
    by at October 16th, 2011 at 04:10 am
  • Legalize it! Medical Marijuana in Venice Beach
    We all do know what I”m talking about, right? Medical Marijuana in Venice Beach is about as close as you can get without just legalizing it.
    by at August 9th, 2011 at 04:08 pm
  • Venice Beach Couples – All shapes and all beautiful in the Sun
    Couples in Venice Beach come is all shapes and ages. They are all beautiful in the California sun.
    by at August 9th, 2011 at 04:08 pm
  • Venice Beach Street Life – What I call Freedom
    The Land of the Free - California USA - Venice Beach I’m going to let the pictures tell a thousand words. When I watched the people in Venice Beach California, I couldn’t help but think this spot has got to be one of the most free places on the planet. I’m dividing my photos from this glorious Friday afternoon into three articles: Street Life, Legalize...
    by at August 9th, 2011 at 04:08 pm
  • First impressions of Trawangan, Gili Islands, Bali
    The Gili Island of Trawangan itself is much much different from what I was expecting. I think the good old days of relaxed backpackers, drinking mushroom shakes and hanging out on the beach in bean bags like what was described to me by Indonesian locals in Sanur is long gone. I’m not sure how often they update the Lonely Planet guide, but the one we have is from...
    by at July 31st, 2011 at 05:07 pm
  • Little Ethiopia on Fairfax south of LACMA
    Messob's on Fairfax Ave There’s a string of Ethiopian restaurants and food shops in one short block on Fairfax south of LACMA on the Miracle Mile in LA. In fact, you don’t really need the sign that says you’ve arrived in Little Ethiopia. Picking a spot to eat was strictly right-brained and we were so lucky to stumble into a lively eatery filled with...
    by at July 28th, 2011 at 09:07 pm
  • A social day at LACMA with Ray’s Stark et al
    There’s plenty of art to see, but there’s also a social life to be enjoyed at LACMA (Los Angeles County Art Museum). Ray's for lunch White sails in the noon sky Topiary in the plaza Kinetic interactive sculpture Free Afro-American-Latino Jazz concert Stark's bar with video of The Mourners Ballet   Happy Hour  
    by at July 28th, 2011 at 08:07 pm
  • LACMA permanent collection of Islamic Art is almost as impressive as Gifts of the Sultan
    Carved Ivory tusk, Moghul India with human figures from the permanent LACMA Islamic art collection (as all photos on this page.) At LACMA, we visited the Gifts of the Sultan exhibit with an impressive collection of gifts either given by various Sultans of the Ottoman Empire to other crown heads, such as the Tsar of Russia, or received by them. Photography was not allowed...
    by at July 28th, 2011 at 04:07 pm
  • 1001 Inventions at LA Science Center: Islamic Science in Golden Age plus Arabia 3D
    1001 Alchemist tents The interactive exhibit at the LA Science Center is definitely worth checking out. Geared to kids, as most of the Science Center is, there is something there for all of us children at heart. The achievements of the Islamic World during the time of the European Dark Ages are impressive. Too often we think of the Arab-speaking world as the repository...
    by at July 28th, 2011 at 03:07 pm
  • Extending my Bali visa
    Visa extention is in the works. Guy came by the dive shop yesterday and I gave him my passport and 500,000 rupiah [US$58.]  [8500 rupiah roughly to the US dollar or 9000 to the AUS Dollar]. He said it takes about a week  for everything to go through, so he’s going to send me a txt when its done. The process is underway, but I won’t have my passport for...
    by at July 15th, 2011 at 12:07 pm
  • Beer, massage and Irish pub and music in Sanur Bali
    Last night had a pretty big adventure here in Sanur. I started just kinda wandering around, trying to get a feel for the area, and somehow ended up walking in circles like 3 times. By this point, I was getting really overheated and started feeling light headed. So I popped into a bar and got an ice cold beer and sat under a fan for a while which cooled me down. At this...
    by at July 13th, 2011 at 12:07 pm
  • Strumpton Coffee Roasters in NYC serves up great brew
    Strumptown Coffee Roasters, Ace Hotel, NYC I love a good coffee shop and am always looking for the right place to get the right foam in the right atmosphere. This article was posted by Christine C Quinn who has been New York City Council Speaker since 2006. She represents the council’s 3rd district with all the great neighborhoods of Chelsea, Greenwich Village, Hell’s...
    by at July 12th, 2011 at 08:07 am
  • More @WheelerTweets pix from Libya
    James Wheeler standing in front of Roman ruins at Siffeet. Western Mtns (Nafusa). Siffeet. The damage at top of this Roman monument is all too recent. Courtesy of Gaddafi. Western Mtns (Nafusa). Drive from Yefren to Qalaa. Yefren. A view of the hospital entrance mid-day. Except for FFs, vistors outnumber town residents. Yefren Hospital entrance today. Lady on right in...
    by at June 22nd, 2011 at 04:06 pm
  • @WheelerTweets photos from Nafusa Libya
    James Wheeler at Bir Ayad on the road to Ar-ryayna Zintan Hospital in Arrusjban Jadu ruins used as lookout point by Freedom Fighters Jadu view Zintan bomb disposal. This one man personally neutralized 169 land mines! Jadu "barracks" for Freedom Fighters Arrusjban median Brazilian landmines - Khosha Arrujban girl besides Grad hole Jadu Freedom Fighters with...
    by at June 16th, 2011 at 12:06 pm
  • First hand story of Christchurch earthquake from Brutus, my real friend
    Hi, yes, I am fine, but it is getting old. We get substantial aftershocks a couple times a week, but this morning it was a sort of rolling thunder. I figure since the house hasn’t fallen down yet, then it probably won’t, but there is a sliver of doubt about what to do while you are sitting and the earth is jumping around. I tend to measure them by the amount...
    by at June 12th, 2011 at 08:06 pm
  • UCLA students extracted from Egypt
    An Egyptologist friend of mine  was in Egypt with UCLA students when the revolution in Egypt broke out. This is the story of how they got from the middle of Egypt at the Al Amarna site of the Pharaoh Akhnaten overland to Cairo and finally home. http://today.ucla.edu/portal/ut/coordinated-efforts-bring-bruins-191803.aspx
    by at February 4th, 2011 at 08:02 am
  • Seaside Wine Tasting
    It doesn’t get better than this.  Beautiful blue skies reflected onto calm blue Pacific, the cliff’s edge just yards away with pelicans cruising the coast – and glasses of smooth merlot, tangy pinot noir and crisp Chardonnay from local San Luis Obispo wineries. All this and tasty little slices of gourmet pizza are served up with live acoustic guitar...
    by at November 2nd, 2009 at 06:11 pm
  • Incline Village and King’s Beach on North Lake Tahoe
    Two villages lie almost side by side on the shores of North Lake Tahoe, King’s Beach on the California side of the border and Incline Village a couple of miles into Nevada. Although not as seismically disorientating as crossing the Rio Grande, the difference between the two communities is quite marked. Both are surrounded with the best that nature has to offer in...
    by at August 21st, 2009 at 03:08 pm
  • California Farmers Market – SLO style
    There is nothing as beautiful as a ripe organic tomato.  Unless it’s the bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip.  I mean, truly, it is a really difficult choice.  Luckily, in my life, I don’t have to choose.  Right now while Vegas is blistering hot – and few places can blister like Vegas – I’ll take my cool days and chilly nights...
    by at July 28th, 2009 at 01:07 pm
  • Avila Valley Central Coast California
    It doesn’t get any better than the micro-climate of Avila Valley in San Luis Obispo County California.  Surrounded by lush green hills which protect it from the coastal fog, the valley boasts orchards, inns, hot springs and markets teeming with fresh produce and home-baked pies. The Bob Jones Bike Trail connects San Luis Obispo (the city) to the coast at Avila...
    by at July 11th, 2009 at 09:07 pm
  • All you can eat Crab in Central Coast California
    If you hankering for succulent crab, sweet and plentiful, go on Tuesdays to either Ciao Bella in Morro Bay or Spyglass Restaurant in Shell Beach (northern Pismo Beach).  Both Central Coast California restaurants have superior water and sunset views: Ciao Bella located on the Morro Bay Embarcadero looks onto Morro Rock, sail and fishing boats. Spyglass is perched...
    by at July 9th, 2009 at 12:07 pm
  • 4th of July Central Coast California
    San Luis Obispo County California – a little piece of paradise As you can tell by the photos, this ain’t Vegas.  Back on the Central Coast for July, we celebrated this little piece of paradise on the planet with a Bar-B-Q on the patio in San Luis Obipso (known to natives as SLO) and followed with fireworks on the beach by the Pismo Pier. A perfect day...
    by at July 7th, 2009 at 01:07 pm
  • Mt Charleston – Vegas Summer & Winter Retreat
    The sun is beating down and the heat is unrelentingly over 110 day after day. That’s Las Vegas in summer and the only escape is the air conditioned halls of hotel-casinos, movie theaters or hibernating in your own living room. But you can jump in the car, head up 95 to the Mt. Charleston turnoff on Rte 157, speed through the high desert, and climb steadily and...
    by at September 21st, 2007 at 01:09 pm