Newcastle sites…

Catherine lives across the street from the Newcastle Museum — how cool is that! There is a famous/photogenic camel outside and I had to take a photo. (Honestly, the camel is best when seen from afar. He’s kind of scary up close.)


The children’s area was way more fun than I expected. There were several good interactive exhibits involving magnets, and one where you could lift a real (small) car with a lever and ropes. Physics in action.


The coal industry is huge in Newcastle and it was a big steel producer. The steel industry shut down but there is a big part of the museum dedicated to it. This is 1 ton of coal. It makes you wonder who looked at that rock and had the idea to burn it. That would not be my first thought.


We hiked up the 136 stairs to the Newcastle Memorial Walk. It was built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli in 1915 and the commencement of steel making in Newcastle.

Anzac Stairs

The names of soldiers are inscribed on the metal figures.

Anzac Figures

The views are amazing. Catherine says they are more amazing when it’s sunny but I appreciated them nonetheless.

View from Anzac

Coal Ship

Beach from Anzac Walk

A small memorial just outside the fence was peaceful, even with the chain link.

memorial buddha

The rain moved in and we went shopping. I really, really hope everything fits in my suitcase :-).

Looking at art…

Amy and I visited the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art last weekend. The art was wonderful but, as always, I had at least as much fun people watching the people as I did looking at the art.



This girl was posing for her friends (and me) on the other side of the atrium.


This couple looked so good together!


I am drawn to art with faces. The more you look, the easier it is to see the beauty in everyone’s face.

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by Thomas Schutte

by Thomas Schutte

I also enjoy the way museum guards inhabit the spaces — they are there, but they are also part of the space they inhabit.

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Amy posed for me :-).