1st pictures from Australia

May 10, 2008 in Family, Kamil, Photos, Travel

Great Ocean RoadI added the first set of photos from our Australian trip in the Photo Gallery. I also changed the photo layout a little bit since we are going to have dozens of galleries. I took off the links to individual galleries from the first page menu (on the right) and created one album page instead where they all will be visible.

There are about 470 photos in this first set and they include some photos from the airport and the rest are already in Australia. A couple photos on the way from Melbourne to Ballarat where we stopped at an Wildlife Park that had all of the unique and native Aussie animals in one place and guaranteed that the kids will see everything from koala to wombat and kangoroo. Then there are some photos from the Great Ocean Road where we spent the night at a B&B in the town of Lorne.  At the very end a few photos from our return to Melbourne that night.  There are very few pictures of Melbourne as we left for the Great Ocean Road straight from the airport and then the next day we went to friends’ house for dinner straight from the road. So basically the only time we were able to spend in Melbourne was driving and the only pictures I took were from the car :) You can see some of the experiments with street lighting in the last photos of this set. I will add a decrtiption to the galleries to explain a bit about each of the stages of the trip and the places in the pictures.

For some techincal info. One I figure out how to extract the EXIF data from the images and include them as part of the description you will be able to see the exact camera settings that were used to take each picture. As to the presentation, this is not yet the final look and I will be changin the CSS as well as the presentation method soon. I am also in the process of creating a favorites as well as “other media” galleries that will include movies and quicktime panoramas and will be presented using Adobe Flash. For now, enjoy the photos :)

Merry Christmas

Dec 27, 2007 in Family, Kamil

Merry Christmas by dimantIt’s my favorite time of the year again. We spent the Christmas Eve at my parent’s place stuffing ourselves with great food. Last year we organized the party at our place for friends and family. Everyone made one dish which with 20+ people at the table provided for quite a culinary treat with all the special regional dishes or variations on the classics that I myself have never tasted before.

This year we had a traditional Polish Christmas Eve supper with 12 (or 13?) dishes. The supper stared with homemade barszcz z uszkami (beetsoup with mushroom dumplings), which was followed with halibut cooked in onions, herring in oil, herring in sour cream with apples and onions, a vegetable-potato salad, broiled halibut with potatoes, a dish which name I’ve seen translated as “Hunter’s Stew” and which is basically fresh cabbage and sauerkraut mix cooked with mushrooms ans spices (meat or sausage is added later as the meal on Christmas Eve traditionally could not contain meat other than fish – now it can but some things are still just done out of tradition), special pancakes, a poppy seed and raisin pasta dish, couple different cakes and few other dishes that are considered traditional dishes to eat around Christmas time.

Friday: San Diego Zoo

Nov 02, 2007 in Family, Kamil

San Diego Zoo LogoOn Friday Alex and Wiktoria went to the San Diego Zoo with their grandparents. Alex says his favorite animals were the snakes because “Joe, and grandma and cici like snakes” and both kids enjoyed the meerkat exhibit as they are their school mascots. Wiktoria however liked the sea otters the most and grandparents liked the panda bears, so the opinions are varied as to the favorite animal. Joe or Maria can add more details about the visit to the zoo…

 When looking at the San Diego Zoo’s web page I noticed that they also use WordPress for their blog (side note for the techies).

The weekend: San Diego Zoo, Sea World and the LEGOLAND

Nov 01, 2007 in Family, Kamil

Family weekend in San Diego. My parents took the kids with them on Friday morning and spent the day at the San Diego Zoo. We flew in on Friday night at around 10pm. The trip was planned for my Mom’s birthday so that she would be able to spend time with the whole family. It was a fun weekend especially for the kids who went to bed exhausted with each day’s activities and with heads full of new memories. We spent Saturday at the Sea World then Sunday we went to the Legoland had dinner in the San Diego’s Old Town and flew back to San Jose. Since we had so much fun at each place I thought I’d split up the posts to highlight some of the attractions at each location.

This was about a week after the  2007 Southern California fires have been put out and there was still a lot of FEMA and other government agencies in town making it pretty hard to find hotel rooms.