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Mostar – Don’t Forget 93   Leave a comment

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I traveled for about 2 weeks in Croatia and Bosnia. I will, probably, make other postings about this interesting experience.  Staying in Mostar (Bosnia) it is hard not to notice signs with “Don’t forget 93” or more elaborate “Don’t forget but forgive forever”.  I am not going to argue how meaningful this sentiment in general and in Islamic culture particular but more interesting question is – what is audience? I should say that we did not have much problem with English in Bosnia (knowing Russian helps somewhat) but English is not native language there. So the audience is Americans and may be tourists in general.  They should not forget blood poured in Bosnian land.  Insinuation is that Bosnians are not participated in this bloodshed and purely innocent victims of outside power.

Bosnians should not forget this.  Bosnians should remember that they have as much blood on their hands as Croats and Serbs have.

Marijuana and Chess in Denver   Leave a comment

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It is easy to see how people of Denver enjoying marijuana legalization in Colorado.  Sometimes I feel getting high just by smell on streets.

The most interesting is popularity of playing chess on street. I had to notice it because chess was major part of my childhood and any former chessaholics would understand irresistible attraction of this game.

Are there relation between weed and chess?  It sounds interesting but somewhat crazy.  Cloudy good feeling on one side is against intense work of calculation and intuition on another. Is it even strange question to ask? I google  (“weed chess”) and was surprised to find very rich subject.

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Nashville – Robert’s Western World   Leave a comment

We decided to spend our weekend in Nashville. It  is my first time in home of country music.  I know nothing about country music but having enough whiskey how bad can it be?  After bar crawl we end up two evenings (going to the nights) in Robert’s Western World. They have really the best music and crowd for me. Had several photo and bourbon (Wild Turkey) shots. By some reason I’ve got some rather intense portraits.  This is kind of strange because we all had great fun.

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This guy is, probably, very famous.  Almost all knew him. We, obviously, had no idea. If you know him, please, reply in this blog. I am just very curious.

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This is part of Nashville bar strip. Robert’s is the middle.

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Italian Vacation. Pavia, Cremona, Cinque Terre, Portofino and Genoa   Leave a comment

My wife, Natalie, wanted to see small Italian region, Cinque Terre. We love to travel and I believe that it is always pleasure being in Italy. Other places we chose to fill the rest of our vacation are Pavia, Cremona and Genoa.

The first stop we made in Pegli. Just to rest after our flight. Pegli is “former” great resort that had seen better days.  We had surprisingly great dinner in small restaurant Il Porticciuolo. I am sucker for good fish soup and I had it. The dinner was so good that we were afraid that raising our expectations so high on the first evening we could spoil dinners for the rest of our trip. This concern had merit.

Certosa di Pavia

Our next stop was in Pavia. Pavia is very nice town. Unfortunately, I had not made many pictures. Probably, you need to have time to get in the mood to see something interesting. Great lunch (even romantic) at Certosa di Pavia (Locanda Vecchia Pavia “Al Mulino”) and nice dinner at Locanda del Carmine are my highlights.

Cremona

In Cremona  hiking to the top of tower gave some opportunity for shooting but not much more.

Monterosso Al Mare

The next day we gave up our car in Genoa and by train moved to our main attraction – Cinque Terre. Our first two nights are in Monterosso Al Mare. Don’t try to escape crowd or avoid touristy restaurant.  You are already in the tourist trap. I have discovered tourist trap rule. To find restaurant in the tourist trap you should search for the touristiest place. You can be pleasantly surprised. If food is bad then “what did you expect”.  I actually had, probably, the best fish soup of all time (I had many of them) in very touristy Trattoria Ciak La Lampara. The next day we found smaller restaurant and had the worst dinner of our trip.

Vernazza

We hiked to Cinque Terre showgirl – Vernazza. For our next 2 nights we stayed in Manarola.

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Visit to Corniglia and Riomaggiore did not help much to relieve us from boredom being inside of the crowd and rely on the train to move from one town to another.

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Well … We had unexpectedly magic  drink in Cantina dello Zio Bramante. They had absolutely great live music. We were back next evening but they had different musicians and magic was gone.

Portofino

Our next two nights are in Portofino. On our arrival day we decided to walk to the less hush-push town – Santa Margherita Ligure.  Drink and nice dinner was good start for the next vacation chapter.

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Before heading to our hotel we had after-dinner drink in Portofino. You don’t need to have a lot of Campari to think that Portofino is not real place but just movie setting. It is easy to understand why rich and famous are attracted to this place. Portofino is where your dreams became reality (or reality became your dreams).

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Are restaurants overpriced there? NO!! You have to pay premium for your dreams. Do you really need great food when you sit near sea bay full of boats?  You leisurely look at beautiful small buildings and castle on the high hill. Add to this church clock tower. Waiter is very personal. It costs a lot of money. For our dinner we ended up in, strangely named for Italian restaurant, Strainer. We did not have the best food but, probably, the best dinner.

Genoa

Out last stop is Genoa. After Portofino going to Genoa is to get back to reality. And reality is surprisingly very good and interesting. We discovered Genoa for ourselves and I hope to be back there.

Genoa

For many more photos go to Italy, 2013

Life, Love and Photoshot   Leave a comment

Soap Bubbles and Rocks of Socialism   Leave a comment

Son Francisco Bay is, probably, unique place where you can find artists of soap bubbles and rock balancing.  It is so fitting to the deep blue, socialist California. Socialists excel in using soap bubbles of their ideology to construct time proven rock balancing solutions.

Obama’s Democrats and Common Sense   Leave a comment

How many people truly believe in Obama’s propaganda that price control is the new bright idea that solves our problems? It is amazing that you can find more common sense in alcohol advertisement. Why people who choose rum should know more about economics then people looking for a doctor? May be Democratic Convention will explain this paradox.