illuminate history

Curiosity: forget “Cherchez la femme” (Look for the woman.) “Cherchez l’histoire.” (Look for the story.)

Trip West to the Old–and New–East-Part 6: Nagasaki

I won’t say that Nagasaki was the most interesting port we visited–I think you can tell from my other accounts that each place was fascinating. But one image from Nagasaki, … Continue reading

January 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

Trip West to the Old–& New–East: part 5 — Sasebo, Japan

Looking back over what I posted in the past few days, I see that I got a little mixed up. Our itinerary wasn’t precisely linear– we stopped at Sasebo, Japan … Continue reading

January 11, 2019 · 1 Comment

Trip West to the Old–and New–East-Part 2

During the the Tokugawa Shogunate, 1603-1868, the Emperor served as figure-head for the government of warlords. The two Imperial Palaces were in Edo (now Tokyo) and Kyoto. When warlords gathered … Continue reading

January 4, 2019 · 1 Comment

Trip West to the Old–and New–East: Part 4 – China

We stopped in four Chinese ports. The first was Dalian, where we found a mix of old and new that I still don’t quite understand yet. That “faux old” section … Continue reading

January 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

Trip West to the Old–and New–East: Part 3-Busan, Korea

Our only stop in Korea was Busan, the second largest city. Our full day began with a drive out into the hills that surround the city to explore the many … Continue reading

January 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

Trip West to the Old–and New–East-part 1

Both Gary and I have been to Asia before. He had six months of shore duty, in 1964, in Okinawa and Yokosuka, Japan. Later in his civilian career in the … Continue reading

December 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Trip East to the Old West

Life has changed with the commissioning of USS Portland. Our first extended driving trip, Aug, 22 to Sept. 1, since he was tapped as Chair of the Commissioning Committee was … Continue reading

September 13, 2018 · 2 Comments