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Rhodes, Greece

The island of Rhodes was just starting to buzz. Tourists will be coming in droves, soon, but we found the island ‘natural’ and sparse with visitors. A great time to holiday here! It wasn’t our first time to Greece. Prior we had visited Santorini, Athens and Delphi. Rhodes felt greener than Santorini but lacked the...Read More

Russia Revisited

One of Guidewire’s customers in Russia needed some extra help for a week. I jumped at the opportunity to go help them – and revisit Russia where I had lived several years back. The visit allowed me to travel the metro (famed for its architecture) and meet up with old friends. The city had definitely...Read More

Stockholm, Sweden

The Lund C rail platform was when we first stepped onto Swedish territory. En-route, Copenhagen to Stockholm, Lund C is where we changed from a local service to our overnight sleeper train. The sleeper train pros are obvious – cut one night of hotel costs and save daytime hours in transit. No need for airport...Read More

Copenhagen, Denmark

The 21:58 has just departed Ørestad station en-route to Lund C where we change trains to a Stockholm bound sleeper train. But let’s rewind and recap the beautiful city of Copenhagen before describing the train ride here. We adored Copenhagen. Arguably, it was the prettiest city this summer. Why? The canals are lined with colorful,...Read More

Rome, Italy

Rome was a whirlwind trip. We had just two nights and three full days to visit. But in our standard fashion, we made the best of a fantastic city and experienced the history and culture that Rome offers. The highlights– -The Roman collesium and the Forum including Palatine hill -The fountains (excluding Trevi fountain which...Read More

Athens & Delphi, Greece

Athens was beautiful yet dirty, historic yet modern, and sprawling yet you are left wanting to only explore the centre. My wife put it best when she said Athens today looked like Shanghai 20 years ago. That gives this bankrupt city some promise. Viewing the Acropolis site and especially the Parthenon has been on my...Read More

Areopagus (Mars Hill)

Partway climbing the Acropolis, Ningning asked if Athens was mentioned in scripture. We researched and saw Paul’s famous Christian sermon was given on top of Areopagus. We kept seeking the ‘big rock’ or ‘Mars rock’ until we found it on our descent! Standing on the rock was by far the highlight of the Acropolis visit....Read More

Santorini Island, Greece

We’ve now experienced the Greek Island of Santorini. Lovely days full of sun (very hot!), a luxurious Starwood property and amazing sites are recapped below. Scroll down for photos and panorama’s. Santorini was one stop along our summer of European holiday with just Ningning and myself. After Santorini, we traveled to Athens. Our resort of...Read More

Surrey vs Kent Cricket at the Kia Oval

Watched the FLt20 game between the Kent Spitfires and Surrey at the Kia Oval. The Kent Spitfires “attempted to sabotage Surrey’s bid to make the Friends Life t20 quarter-finals.” No love. Surrey won by 5 wickets although it appeared Kent might pull it off. The match went down to the last over. Video highlights are...Read More

London 360 Pano

From The Register: “British Telecom has released a world record-breaking panoramic photo of the city taken from the top of the BT Tower. The 320 gigapixel snap is made up of 48,640 individual frames shot over three days using four Canon EOS 7D cameras. According to BT, it’s the first time that an image of...Read More