SAINT PATRICK’S DAY 2018

HOW AIMED FOR IRELAND AND ENDED UP IN JAPAN This morning, I headed toward downtown Phoenix intending to see the annual Saint Patrick's Day parade, and spend some time at the fair that follows. Lo and behold, instead of in Ireland, I ended up in Japan.

BACK ON MAUI 2018

TABLE OF CONTENTS Day 1, Dec 30, 2017 - FLYING BACK TO MAUI, THIS TIME AS TOURISTS - https://goo.gl/m31fdw Day 2, Dec 31, 2017 - NEW YEAR'S EVE ON MAUI BEACHES, IN WAILEA - https://goo.gl/s3BqYD Day 3, Jan 1, 2018 - NEW YEAR'S DAY 2018: ELIZABETH'S FIRST BOOGIE BOARD RIDE - ✮✮✮✮✮ (Elizabeth) - https://goo.gl/3tbDAG Day 4, Jan 2, 2018 - SUPERMOON …

TOUR OF THE ROCKIES SIERRA NEVADAS, GRAND TETONS – TOC

Our Tour of the Rockies road trip was inspired by the sizzling Arizona summer heat. Or more precisely, trying to get away from it. After 3 months of 105F to 115F weather, and barely three cooler monsoon days in between, we decided to head straight north into presumably cooler mountain areas - all the way to Canada. Alas, that was not to be. Hot weather and smokey haze generated by widespread forest fires in the western states, stayed with us all the way to Wyoming. That's where and when we decided to change our plans and do a turn-about-face. Instead of a Tour of the Rockies, our trip became a Tour of the Grand Tetons and the Sierra Nevadas.

EUROPE 2017: THE GRANDEST OF THE GRAND TRIPS

The idea about this entire trip was conceived last fall (2016) as a possible cruise down Europe’s longest river. When that did not pan out, Placido Domingo’s AIDA became the magnet that drew us to Vienna. Spending some quality time with my family there was an extra special bonus. And then when we sold my Rainbow Shower property in Maui, having worked like slaves for a month to make it happen, Elizabeth and I decided to go on this European trip and take this “cruise on 4 wheels” as our “reward” for all the hard work. We have traveled around the world many times in the last 9 years. And all of those trips were wonderful in their own way. But this month we have spent in Europe is not only the longest but also the grandest of them all.

NEW YORK, PRINCETON… BUT MOSTLY “AIDA”

The main reason for this short trip is the performance of AIDA at the Metropolitan Opera. This is something I had been planning long before we left Maui. And now it is coming to fruition. We are finally going to see the "grandest of the grand operas" performed by one of the world's top opera companies.

RETURN TO AUSTRALIA: BRISBANE, PERTH, DUNSBOROUGH, SYDNEY

RETURN TO MY FIRST YIN HOME - THE BOLT HOLE, DUNSBOROUGH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA     TABLE OF CONTENTS   Feb 8 - AUSTRALIA, HERE WE COME! Feb 11 - TOURING BRISBANE ON FOOT... TILL IT HURT! Cyclone Marcia Wreaks Havoc Nine Days Later [updated Feb 20] Feb 12-13 - CHIME & RHYME IN DOWNTOWN PERTH; BIKE RIDE AROUND SWAN RIVER ESTUARY Feb …

MOSCOW DAY 3: DAY OF REFLECTION AND CONTEMPLATION

This was the D-day of my entire trip. Its Raison D'être. It was my Serbian friend Milan VDEL company's 25th anniversary ball was got the whole ball rolling. And today, May 24, the ball stopped here, at Moscow's Volkhonka Mansion on Znamenskiy Lane, in the shadows of the magnificent Christ the Savior Cathedral.

MAGICAL MOSCOW DAY, FULL OF WONDERS, MUSIC AND DANCE, Part 1

Moscow, May 24, 2018 MOSCOW DAY 2, PART 1: RED SQUARE MIRACLE This was the D-day of my entire trip. Its Raison D'être. It was my Serbian friend Milan VDEL company's 25th anniversary ball was got the whole ball rolling. And today, May 24, the ball stopped here, at Moscow's Volkhonka Mansion on Znamenskiy Lane, in the shadows …

DAY 11, MAY 22: CONSTANTINE DIES, LAST DAY IN BELGRADE

 From Belgrade, Serbia May 22, 2018 On this day in history... EMPEROR CONSTANTINE DIES Constantine the Great Saint Constantine Constantine I Κωνσταντίνος ὁ Μέγας Marble head representing Emperor Constantine the Great, at the Capitoline Museums Emperor of the Roman Empire Reign 25 July 306 AD – 22 May 337 AD AD (Caesar) Predecessor Constantius I Successor Constantine II Constantius …

DAY 10, MAY 21: FINDING MY BOGDANOVIC GRANDPARENTS’ GRAVESITE, RESEARCHING LINE OF SUCCESSION TO IT

 From Belgrade, Serbia May 21, 2018 Visit to Belgrade cemetery and Bogdanovic family gravesite The last time I was at my Bogdanovic (maternal) grandparents' grave, I was but a youngster.  So I do not remember much. At least nothing useful by which I could find my grandparents' grave. Over the weekend, I turned to my …

DAY 9, MAY 20: VISIT TO OPLENAC, DRIVE THROUGH ŠUMADIJA

From Belgrade, Serbia May 20, 2018 Šumadija - Serbia's Tuscany - enchants with its pastoral beauty After Stasa picked me at my sister's home in Sremska Mitrovica, we drove back to Belgrade to pick up Nina, and then continued southward - destination Oplenac. St George's Church also known as Oplenac, is the mausoleum of the Serbian …

DAY 7, MAY 18: GIVING THANKS AT MY BAPTISMAL CHURCH, VISIT TO SISTER

From Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia May 18, 2018 Giving thanks at my baptismal church, visit to sister Today, Stasa and I continued to give our thanks to the Divine, before going on to Sremska Mitrovica where I am spending the weekend at my sister's house. Today's destination was Klenak, a little village across the river Sava …