Muscat and the Mutrah Souk

Monday, January 12, 2015 - 07:00
Muscat and the Mutrah Souk

Mutrah Souk

Muscat (pop 1.1 million)

Sultanate of Oman (pop 3.6 million)

January 12, 2105

Clear and Warm

So, what are those piles of round, tan-brown fruit I discover here in the market?   Larger than a walnut, but smooth.  Smaller than a tangerine.  The manager of the Ground Spices shop informs me, “Dried lemons.”

The manager senses my surprise and asks his helper to peel one for me.  Dried lemon tastes like a lemon yet not so sour, with a zesty flavor, chewy consistency and a delightful, palate-cleansing aftertaste.

Kaunas: The Eyes of Israel

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 07:00



September 19, 2014

The Eyes Cannot Answer “Why?”

The eyes.  The eyes.  Always the eyes!

The eyes remember.  The eyes see.  Do the eyes foretell?

The eyes know.  The eyes teach.   

The eyes know what happened.

Do the eyes know why? 

Palanga: "Jan Chatted Her Up!"

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 07:00
Palanga, Lithuania



September 16, 2014


Several years ago, while on a trip to London to visit my English cousin Dorothy and her equally English husband Roger, I attended a theatre performance where, by chance, I met a lovely woman from South Africa whose name was Jocelyn.  Together we planned some sightseeing for the next day.

When I mentioned my encounter and my surprisingly unplanned plans, my somewhat astonished cousin Dorothy queried, “Jan, how did you meet her?”  (According to British polite society, Jocelyn and I weren’t “properly introduced.”)  Roger immediately intervened and responded, “Jan chatted her up!”

Orydas Garden: Oddities

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 07:00
Orvydas Garden



September 16, 2014

My guidebook says it’s “Worth a Trip.” 

So from this coastal city of Palanga I drove east towards the town of Kretinga and then northeast towards the village of Salantai to see Orvydas Garden, “…one of the most unusual sights in all of Lithuania.” *

Trakai: Island Castle

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 07:00
Trakai Castle



September 14, 2014


It’s a splendid Sunday.

Let’s get out of the house!

Short ride. (28km west of Vilnius)

Head for the lakes.

Sailing.  Rowing.  Paddling.

Visit the Castle. (1401 – Restored)

Just relax.

Have a coffee.

Enjoy the day.!!