Thursday, January 10, 2013


As I mentioned yesterday, Lou Ann and I spent three weeks in Europe over the holidays. I did not take any photos, but I am happy to report that Lou Ann did. And she has posted some of them, along with a few short videos, on her blog. Her first holiday post was on Tuesday, December 18. You can go to it here:, or just click on the photo below.

Street Scene in the Village of Nepomuk, Czech Republic

On December 28 Lou Ann posted a few more photos, some of Prague and others of Budapest. Click here to see that post:, or click on the photos below.

Lou Ann on Charles Bridge, Prague
St. Matyas Church in Budapest

On January 3 we were in England, and Lou Ann posted a video of one of our drives through the countryside. Click here ( to read that blog, or click on the photo below.

Lou Ann has posted more articles and photos than I have shared today, and she plans to post more in the coming days. To read them all, and see her photos, you can go directly to her blog here:

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the day Charles Lindbergh landed on Ocracoke. You can read it here:


  1. Debbie Leonard6:39 AM

    Welcome back. I missed reading your column while you were on your Christmas break.

  2. Anonymous9:08 AM

    Louann always looks so happy.

  3. Julie S.9:52 AM

    Ditto what Debbie said. Sounds like you had the trip of a lifetime. Looking forward to hearing about my favorite island again.

  4. Bill Walker10:24 AM

    Great photos and descriptions of European vacation.

    Regarding Tuesday's post:
    Could your picture be that of a
    "Hairy Sea Cucumber" technically known as Sclerodactyla

  5. Bill, I think the critter is some sort of a sea cucumber, but it didn't have those tube feet all over its body. What you see in my photo is sand sticking to the body. It was very interesting.

  6. Anonymous11:41 AM

    Philip--Enjoying your posts & the great pictures (thank you Lou Ann).
    On your comment Mon. 7:19pm you said the Howard family post might not be what I'd expect. Unfortunately my service does not support video I missing something?

  7. Anon 11:41 -- Well, you are missing the video, of course...but nothing about my Howard family. My statement that the post might not be what you'd expect, was just a tongue-in-cheek reference to my suggestion that I might be kin to the Howards of Castle Howard. My family has been on Ocracoke for about 300 years now, and we have never been able to figure out exactly where in the British Isles they came from (pirates and such didn't advertise their origins). So I didn't even try to locate any English relatives. I wouldn't know where to look. But I can still pretend that we are part of the nobility! And, who knows, maybe we were.

  8. Anonymous11:57 AM

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  9. Anonymous4:35 PM

    Philip--Thank you for responding.
    I always wondered if we were kin to nobility. I knew first cousins Catherine Howard & Anne Boleyn were both wives of Henry V111. I read that Wm.Howard, quartermaster to Blackbeard, had often alluded to his noble heritage. Edw. Teach was killed by the royal navy, many pirates were hung in VA, and yet Howard was saved by the king's grace.
    All circumstancial and we'll most likely never know...but isn't it intriguing?
    (Distant Cousin through Henry Garrish)

  10. Anonymous11:47 PM

    Howard lineage? Sounds like a job for a DNA test.

  11. Anonymous4:18 PM

    Valentin says "This is cool!"

  12. Cool photos! If you would like to explore more of the southern Europe, do not miss the island of the Adriatic, the pebble beaches are astonishing!


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