Author Archives: crowcanyonjournal

About crowcanyonjournal

I am a family man with interests in family history, photography, history and travel.

Venice (and Hemingway) in Monochrome

We took the train across Northern Italy from Milan to Venice in the spring of 2009 and stayed in Venice for four days. We had just spent the previous four days getting acquainted with Milan and Stresa, two key places … Continue reading

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Stresa (and Hemingway) in Monochrome

We started our three-week visit to Italy in 2009 with a four-day stay in Milan and after seeing just about everything we wanted to see in two days we then on day three took the train to Stresa, a resort … Continue reading

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I Voted Today

Every registered voter in California received a ballot in the mail for the November 3rd election. Ours were mailed out on October 5th and we received them in the mail a few days later. I spent a couple of days … Continue reading

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I made it to Ten Years!

A few announcements: Ten years ago today I uploaded my first posting on my new WordPress blog. And here we are 520 weeks and 638 posts later! Yes, I’m still here though I have to admit that I have not … Continue reading

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Milan in Monochrome

We spent a week in Ireland in the spring of 2009 and then flew to Milan to begin a three-week tour of Italy. We stayed in Milan for four days and in this post I will show you a dozen … Continue reading

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Nine Minutes of Morricone

I was 24 years old back in 1964 when I saw my first Spaghetti Western. The movie was called A Fistful of Dollars and it was directed by the Italian legend Sergio Leone and it starred a brash young actor … Continue reading

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The 17-Mile Drive to Pebble Beach and Carmel

The 17-Mile Drive through Pebble Beach is a loop. We only drove from the gate in Pacific Grove to the gate at Carmel which was about 8 miles. From the Carmel Gate the drive heads east to the Highway 1 … Continue reading

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Spanish Bay on the Monterey Peninsula

Some people say it’s the most scenic drive in the country. Some say the world. So we thought that on the fourth and final day of our four-day Monterey Weekend that we would check out this 17-Mile Drive and see … Continue reading

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Monterey’s Top Attraction: The Monterey Bay Aquarium

We checked the weather forecast for our four-day weekend in Monterey last December and discovered that Sunday would be the gloomiest day with the most chance of rain. And so we planned our outdoor activities for other days and reserved … Continue reading

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Our Pacific Grove Walk

Pacific Grove is a quaint little town that sits on top of the Monterey Peninsula about 100 miles south of San Francisco. The town is noted for its scenic coast which is painted purple-pink when the ice plant is in … Continue reading

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