Saturday, October 13, 2018


+ In September we went on a great tour with RoadScholar which included the Oregon and Northern California Coast, a Jet Boat tour of the wild and scenic Rogue River, the Redwoods of Northern California, Oregon Caves, Crater Lake, and the Columbia Gorge. Here is the link to photos at the Oregon Coast >

+ We enjoyed 2 nights at a hotel where all the rooms faced the Pacific Ocean, The Driftwood Shores Resort and Conference Center. > A wonderful sunset was a special bonus.  Here is the link to 30 photos of that sunset from start to finish >

+ I will be uploading many more photos to my pbase website:

+ Here is the link to the tour information >

JAPAN 2016 -- 3

+ Here is the link to the photos I uploaded after this fascinating trip to Japan in September 2016 >

+ Getting around by train was so easy and comfortable.  Seeing so much beautiful scenery including many mountains was a real highlight.  We met wonderful people who made us feel so welcome.  The reputation Japan has for its cuisine is well deserved.

+ We stayed in Tokyo for some sightseeing before Mary's conference and left on the last day of the conference for Kyoto followed by Koyasan, Takayama and Matsumoto. We got to Nara from Kyoto. We got to the Japanese Alps from Matsumoto.


Kyoto is a sacred city for the Japanese with plenty of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines. We had to deal with a lot of rain as a typhoon passed through but we were definitely treated to some wonderful temple, shrine, garden, museum, park and resturant experiences. We loved our stay at a very nice Housekeeping unit of the Sakara Inn on a covered street very near some famous sites. Here is the link to my Kyoto Photo Gallery >
+ Chion-In "is the head temple of the Jodo sect of Japanese Buddhism, which has millions of followers and is one the the most popular Buddhist sects in Japan" according to
+ Heian Shrine "has a relatively short history, dating back just over a hundred years to 1895. The shrine was built on the occasion of the 1100th anniversary of the capital's foundation in Kyoto and is dedicated to the spirits of the first and last emperors who reigned from the city, Emperor Kammu (737-806) and Emperor Komei (1831-1867). Heian is the former name of Kyoto. -- according to

+ Nanzen-Ji "is one of the most important Zen temples in all of Japan. It is the head temple of one of the schools within the Rinzai sect of Japanese Zen Buddhism ..." according to

Friday, February 2, 2018

INDIA 2019 -- 1

+ This post begins with entries on 2/2/18.  There will be additions and changes to this post so you may want to bookmark it and come back to it.  Ideas for visiting India are welcome, particularly with a spiritual emphasis.

+ Travel Links as of 2/2/18 at 3:47pm

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

JAPAN 2016 -- 2

Japan Websites
as of 7/2/16


·         LonelyPlanet Japan
·         TripAdvisor Japan
·         Japan Guide
·         Japan Rail Pass |Japan Rail Map
·         Japanese Guest Houses
·         LonelyPlanet Tokyo
·         TripAdvisor Tokyo
·         ExpatInfoDesk Tokyo
·         Tokyo Subway Map
·         Viator Panoramic Tokyo Day Tour Includes Meiji Shrine, Asakusa Temple & Tokyo Bay Cruise
·         Hotel Monterey Ginza
·         LonelyPlanet Kyoto
·         Viator Kyoto Day Trips
·         15 Hikes
·         Samurai Tours

·         Buddhist Temples
·         Shinto Shrines

Saturday, May 23, 2015


+ This post includes entries from May 23 until a date yet to be determined. Latest entries are at the top.  If you would like to contibute, write JW in your subject line and send it to or make a comment on my Facebook page if you are a Facebook friend of mine.

+ updated on Friday, June 5 at 3:03pm EDT.

+ We want to do some hiking in Northumberland. I found 2 websites with some useful information: and Rick Steves has a page as well:

+ I am learning about Holy Island at and and

+ Here is a web page for purchasing train tickets on Virgin East Coast Trains: it looks like we will be doing plenty of travel by train and, thefore, the BritRailPass will be a good deal for us. See
    + Thinking about what to do this summer when we are in London for a couple of nights. I wonder what's going on in the West End? So ... 

    + Mary will be working with research colleagues in Southampton once again. In the past I have enjoyed visiting the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth, Winchester and the South Downs which recently became a National Park.  Mary works. I play.  Not fair. I know but she does like my company on these trips. I am blessed.

    + We will be staying at a B&B in Bristol for 2 nights.  We plan to go on a day trip to Cardiff from there. We have never set foot in Wales before.  My favorite spot in Bristol is the Clifton Suspension Bridge.  The B&B is within walking distance from that great bridge.  

    + We will be staying at a B&B in Durham for 5 nights.  Durham is in NE England and we plan to rent a car and see the countryside.  We will do a day trip to York.

    Friday, May 1, 2015

    JAPAN 2016 -- 1

    + This post includes entries from May 1, 2015 until a date yet to be determined. Latest entries are at the top.  If you would like to contibute, write JW in your subject line and send it to or make a comment on my Facebook page if you are a Facebook friend of mine.

    + Today, May 1, 2015, Mary told me that we are now planning to go to the annual meeting of the International Continence Society in Tokyo in September 2016.  So the internet exploration begins: 

    Tokyo Wikipedia article | Tokyo Wikitravel article

    Friday, October 3, 2014


    Promotional materials

    + updated Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 3:19pm ESDT

    + My plan is that I will keep adding to this post from today, October 3, until some future date when I have collected photos and links and reflections on this trip which is now in the near future, So keep coming back!

    The trip begins on October 15 and ends October 24.  Mary is participating in a conference there, the annual meeting of the International Continence Society October 20-24.

    Here are some links I am finding helpful:
    + Conference Venue Website >