Vacation Highlights
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Mira Johnson with a couple of 'friends' on the Oregon Coast Summer 2018
 
                             
 
 
 
Susan Garratt Vacation in San Diego 2018
 
 
 
                                                                
 
 
 
KEN AND VICKI STEH ON THEIR SUMMER 2018 TOUR OF NORWAY. (THEY USED BREKKE TOURS AND TRAVEL)
 
 
   
 
                                                                      
 
 
 
WE (MIKE AND KATHY DITE) VISITED KEFALONIA IN JUNE 2018. IT IS ONE OF THE GREEK IONIAN ISLANDS; LOVED THE RED SAND BEACH NEAR OUR HOTEL. WE WERE NEAR THE TOWN OF LIXOURI.
 
 
                                                             
 
 
 
 
DOUG AND CHERYL BRECHTESBAUER TRAVELING IN WESTERN COLORADO - SUMMER 2016
 
   
 
 
   
 



ANTARCTICA HIGHLIGHTS FROM MIKE AND KATHY DITE  -  NOVEMBER 2015
 
This truly was our trip of a life time, and we loved every day of the trip, 21 days, with the Poseidon Expedition company. The pictures below are just a few of our highlights. 
 
We actually set foot on the mainland area, Arctowski Peninsula:        
 
Kathy's favorite landing, on Cuverville Island, is a dark, rocky island lying in the Errera Channel between Arctowski Peninsula and the northern part of Rongé Island, off the west coast of Graham Land in Antarctica. Cuverville is an Important Bird Area (IBA) because it supports a breeding colony of about 6500 pairs of gentoo penguins, the largest for this species on the Antarctic Peninsula. Other birds nesting at the site include southern giant petrels and imperial shags. The gentoos were trying to find their former mates while we were there, running all over the place. With the glaciers offshore, the site was amazing!
 
     
 
 


 
MIKE AND KATHY DITE DRIVING THROUGH FRANCE TO GERMANY FOR THE OKTOBERFEST 2013
 
 Musee Lalique
 
We visited Bitche, a small town in France before going to the 2013 Oktoberfest. For those of you who aren't familiar with Rene Lalique and his beautiful work: 
 
The founding of the Verrerie d’Alsace: Lalique sets up business in Wingen-sur-Moder
 
Glimpsing the extraordinary potential for development open to him through the production of perfume bottles, René Lalique decided to rent the glassworks at Combs-la-Ville in the Paris region in 1909. But, very soon, it was no longer able to meet demand on its own. Therefore, in the aftermath of the Great War, taking advantage of government incentives, which were intended to make the freshly regained regions of Alsace and Moselle the showcases for France, René Lalique decided to set up business in the Northern Vosges. After approaching the factories in Meisenthal and Saint-Louis in vain, he finally decided to build his new glassworks in Wingen-sur-Moder: the Verrerie d’Alsace.
 
The establishment of this glassworks marked a new departure in rationalization and conversion to a factory structure worthy of the twentieth century. As a Humanist, Lalique developed mass production in his factories in order to limit costs and allow as many people as possible access to his creations: People are the reservoir of the art of the future; they are the ones who must be initiated, instead of force feeding them on horrors that lead them astray. We must put within their reach models that will educate their eye, we must popularize the notion of esthetics. Works of art cost too much. Let's change all that!
 
Today, after several generations, the business is still going but under new ownership. The new museum opened in 2008 is a not only filled with beautiful crystal work, but the gardens are outstanding; everything blends into the countryside around it.   Enjoy.......Kathy
 
 
 
                                                                                                            
 
Munich Oktoberfest 2013:
 
Mike and I actually met in Munich and in September we returned in time for the 2013 Oktoberfest. It was my first time in 30+ years. The overall view of the tents is very much the same, with more than a dozen beer halls, holding some 6000 people each. This year more than 6.4million people visited the fest and drank some 6.7million liters of beer. In total, some 400 million Euros were spent with a lire of beer priced around 9.80 Euro, which is nearly $ 13.50 by the way.  
 
We had a good day, with friends that we first met in 1972, the year the summer Olympics were held in Munich. 
 
Here are just a few photos, enjoy,  Kathy
 
Inside the Paulaner Tent
 Mike's first beer!
View of the Oktobest field.