031819 Us right before lunch… Youngest son is now on summer break so it’s going to be happy chaos around the house from here on. His assigned chore is to sweep the floors daily, and be my gopher for other errands. As added activity, his Pa and I gave him the go to attend soccer practice too. Hehe… anything to wean him from gadgets… https://ift.tt/2Cs5vl0 via Tumblr https://ift.tt/2W72hef
Mar 18, 2019
031819 “They are the beat of my heart, the pulse in my veins, and the energy of my soul”. They are my sons. This was in 2016 at Fushimi Inari, in Kyoto. Incredible how much they’ve matured in three years. Today, one could hardly tell who is the eldest, the middle and the youngest if one meets them for the first time. https://ift.tt/2TKRyti via Tumblr https://ift.tt/2CmKyYQ
Mar 15, 2019
031519 Good health and more travels.
The sky lanterns at Shifen Old Street are of particular note. Once used as a signaling system for those living and working in the railroad industry, visitors today paint their wishes with calligraphy before releasing the lanterns into the sky. We think Shifen Old Street is one of the best stops on the Pingxi Line, but if you have time, jump back on the train to visit some of the other stations, offering gentle mountainside strolls, sky lanterns and an up-close look at the early days of train travel and coal mining in Taiwan. Releasing a sky lantern costs TWD100~150 each. - rtaiwanr.com.
Mar 14, 2019
031419 Five hundred years before the Philippines was discovered, a Roman Catholic church was built in Budapest. It is not the oldest in Christendom, but it is historically significant as this was the site of several royal coronations and weddings since the middle ages.
The Mongols destroyed it. The Turks occupied it. And the 2nd World War badly damaged it. To actually see it standing to this day after an extensive restoration, is actually mind-blowing.
Wikipedia states: Matthias Church is a Roman Catholic church located in Budapest, Hungary, in front of the Fisherman's Bastion at the heart of Buda's Castle District. According to church tradition, it was originally built in Romanesque style in 1015, although no archaeological remains exist.
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Mar 13, 2019
Mar 12, 2019
Les Buissonnets. The house of the family of saints.
The Martin family: St. Therese, and her parents St. Louis and St. Zelie lived here.
When we planned this trip, Lisieux was a far stretch, because of the limited free days we had outside of the bus tours we booked. However, the Filipino tour operator’s offer was hard to refuse. I thought “Dear me, this is not part of our budget”. I was back and forth. “Perhaps we could squeeze this and juggle items here and there”. LOL. Shortly, Jerry and I said we’ll do it.
After all, with the second son about to land his first job, when do we (all 5 of us) get the chance to travel this way again together, right? That’s me trying to justify.
Added to our original itinerary were: Giverny, Mont Saint-Michel and Lisieux. So off we went very eager to see places for the first time.
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