@MothersBistro Portland, OR

Wonderful breakfast and coffee with Mother’s Bistro owner @robsample. Swirling, inspiring riffs on music, movies, food, tech, Sicily, Portland culture and the Beat Generation (just mentioned it again!).

Great meeting you. Rob. A prossima Volta!

Update:  More photos and a video.

Very good Lebanese food here:

Here is a iPhone 4 video of a King corner room on the second floor inside Hotel Monaco in Portland, OR.

Amalfi and Capri, Italy 2010

Here is a collection of Amalfi coast “being there” YouTube video clips and photos in slideshow from Flickr.

For our 10th wedding anniversary, my wife and kids revisited familiar sacred and new places from Rome down to Calabria, Italy.

I created a PearlTree collection of sites that we explored while planning our trip — this mostly looks at Umbria and Amalfi Coat.  We arrived by rented car at the seaside, cliff nestled city of Amalfi.  We stayed at the Amalfi Hotel (here is my Trip Advisor review on Digg), where the we had a killer room with a balcony view out to the Duomo.  Here’s an excerpt on the Duomo from Wikipedia

At the top of a staircase, Saint Andrew’s Cathedral (Duomo) overlooks the Piazza Duomo, the heart of Amalfi. The cathedral dates back to the 11th century; its interior is adorned in the late Baroque style with a nave and two aisles divided by 20 columns.

The gold caisson ceiling has four large paintings by Andrea d’Aste. They depict the flagellation of Saint Andrew, the miracle of Manna, the crucifixion of Saint Andrew and the Saint on the cross. From the left hand nave there is a flight of stairs which leads to the crypt. These stairs were built in 1203 for Cardinal Pietro Capuano, who, on 18 May 1208, brought Saint Andrew’s remains to the cathedral from Constantinople.

The bronze statue of Saint Andrew in the cathedral was sculpted by Michelangelo Naccherino, a pupil of Michelangelo; also present are Pietro Bernini marble sculptures of St. Stephen and St. Lawrence.

In 1206 Saint Andrew‘s relics were brought to Amalfi from Constantinople by the Pietro Capuano following the Sack of Constantinople (an event of the 4th Crusade) after the completion of the town’s cathedral.[4] The cathedral contains a tomb in its crypt that it maintains still holds a portion of the relics of the apostle. A golden reliquary which originally housed his skull and another one used for processions through Amalfi on holy days can also be seen.

Amalfi is easy going and not over luxurious.  It is authentic and picturesque and remarkably squeezed into sky-reaching cliffs yet port-side so you can easily ferry north to Positano, Sorrento and the magical island of Capri.  And if you can, visit nearby Ravello.

The ferry from Amalfi to Capri is not expense or cheap — around $25 per person — but it’s spectacular!  One of the mose memorable views is pulling into spectaluar, colorful Positano.

On the ferry, a cultured tour guide asked if we’d join his group of families and couples on a relaxing, but extensive tour up from the port to Capri then climb up, across the Mamma Mia cliff-haning narrow road to Anacapri.  This was the best decision, as we were traveling under the hot sun with two children.  We did have time afterward to take a cruise around the whole island (highly recommended) but we decided to people watch at the port = good choice!  We got to take in the real beauty and bustle — comings and goings — of the island as young gorgeous women and loving couples strolled by without a care in the world.

Now to the eye candy I capture:

Amalfi and Capril Italy 2010 , posted with vodpod

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Video Sailing Santa Cruz-Monterey

May in the middle on Monterey Bay.  I’m no sailor but I couldn’t resist seeing what it was like to pull into the port of Monterey.

I didn’t have the head or stomach for the travel between, but the enormity of the Bay, the swells, gusty winds and countless water surface skimming birds.

Best part was arriving in Monterey, cruising past the barking sea lions, gray water reflecting pink form the setting sun.  The pace was teaming with wildlife comfortably in tandem with tourist and hometown conservationists.

Clear Blue Capo Vaticano, Calabria

di sole e d’azzurro, originally uploaded by tribalbob.

This is not a far drive from where our family stays in Pizzo, Calabria. The yellow cactus fruit, clear blue water and dreamy yachts…I gotta get there and bring my camera!

Hey, it’s Thomas! — San Francisco Sighting

San Francisco March 2008, originally uploaded by KenEKaplan.

Windmill at the foot of Ocean Beach in Golden Gate Park. My nephew saw it first: “Thomas!” Like Thomas the train cartoon. He has looked at the photo for almost two hours already, and counting. He calls this “the BIG one.”

This was taken during a ride through San Francisco with our family from Italy visiting us in the Bay Area.

FlipVideo: Pre-Spring San Francisco Drive

In late March, I took some special visitors on a VW Touareg ride around my favorite city, San Francisco. Brought my new FlipVideo along for the ride to capture the steep hill flights of Russian Hill-North Beach and sights of cable cars, Golden Gate Bridge, Lincoln Park, Ocean Beach and Haight-Ashbury.

I’m impressed at the FlipVideo Ultra’s video quality, ease-of-use and simple software (a few bugs). But the quality suffers when you upload to YouTube. Might be better to try a different video service.

FlipVideo (30 minutes of recording) can be purchased for under $130 at retail with rebate, or from the Flip site for a little more. For about $40 more you can get 60 minutes of record time.

This video by David Pogue of NY Times is funny and helpful.

Some specs: 640 x 480, Advanced Profile MPEG4, 30 frames per second (constant)

Blogging Shanghai: The Sun Peaks Through the Smog

Here’s a trippy photo from our Bikehugger blogging pals who are participating with us at the Intel Developer Forum.

Intel bloggers are one the scene — some battling Internet connection snaps. Here’s a cool post by Intel’s utlra mobility man Uday on the Mobility@Intel blog.

Alberobello…Trulli-magnificent

I’ve visited Martina Franca a few times and see why Martina, Alberobello, Locorontondo (great wines) are treasures of the southern heel-region of Puglia. The mozzarella, roasted meats, white painted everythings and the Trulli.

In this picture I found on Flickr’s photo feed by Mery Mellivora you can see how the old round, coned Trulli houses blend with modern homes in Alberbello. There is a historic strip of Trulli lined with excellent restaurants.

I rang in the new year 2008 at Martin Franca. I’ll upload my photos and share on Flickr. If you go, check out the killer antique furnature store Bruni Arte

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