Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas tree shopping

"Aunt-Artica" joined the family for Christmas tree shopping and decorating.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Harold's first limo ride

After a 13.5 hour flight, the best way to travel home is in a stretch limo. Of course, if you checked 10 pieces of luggage, it is the *only* way to travel home.


After helping pilot the flight, Harold relaxed in his international business class seat and read a copy of the International "Harold" Tribune.

Cockpit crew

Captain Leila, co-pilot Harold, and Navigator Rick in the cockpit of the 747 on the way from Frankfurt to SF.

Leila preparing to fly back to SF

Yes, she IS in the pilot's seat!!

Snow in Frankfurt

First snow of the season hit Frankfurt today. Lots of delays. We will also enjoy the thrill of walking down the stairs onto the tarmac to get on a bus to the terminal. Leila can't wait to walk in the snow!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Ready for the taxi.....

... to the airport with just a few pieces of light luggage!

Paris Christmas carnival

The last night in Paris Rick, Leila, and "Uni" try the "Pirates" ride at the Jour de Fetes in the Grand Palais.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Moving day

Here's the stack for the air shipment. Next step, pack for our flight.

Friday, December 16, 2011

End of Fall Semester

Leila finished her fall semester today and is celebrating the beginning of the holiday break with her friend Anne Lise.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Eureka, Chimay!

The internet says that one cannot see the brewery or production facilities, but today I was lucky. I promised not to post any pictures of my private tour on the net, but can show them to my friends when I see you next.

And yes, Leila, it is true that the best beer in the world is brewed by Belgian monks!


On my way to Germany, I took a detour through Belgium. Take a close look at the sign and see if you recognize the name of my favorite beer.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Crisp fall morning

The Metro died today, so I had to walk to work. It was a beautiful crisp fall morning in Paris.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Bunsy arrives in Paris

and we went straight to the Patisserie!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Madrid's Arch

I am visiting Madrid and here is their version of the Arch de Triomphe. I have seen similar arches in most European capital cities.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Leila's Paris reunion

Leila's friends do not want her to leave the "welcome back" dinner party.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Back in Paris

Fall break is over and now we are back at school and work.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Leila's bake sale, part two

After some success at the downhill park, Leila decided to try the dog park because there are lots more people there that probably have money.

Leila's bake sale

One customer so far, but the entrepreneur remains optimistic.

San Francisco Sunrise

Friday, October 21, 2011

The original entre-cote

Enjoying dinner with Patrick Carroll from SF at Paris' "Le Relais de Venise", the original creators of the Parisian entre-cote steaks.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Back in Milan

The cathedral at city center is undergoing some construction, but is still as beautiful as ever.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Notre Dame

Friday evening out in Paris

Friday, September 23, 2011

Whole paycheck

Welcome back to SF where one grocery bag from Whole Foods costs $135!

Back in California!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Lake Como

Seeing the sights in our micro-car, the Fiat 500.

Friday, September 16, 2011


In the low country.

Thursday, September 15, 2011


I flew here, to drive through Belgium, to the Netherlands, to meet a customer from Saudi. Now that's international!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Monday, September 5, 2011

First day of school

Leila has now entered the fourth grade. On the first day she brought all the notebooks and paper, which actually filled up our rolling shopping bag. Between the shopping bag and Leila's backpack, I'll bet that the books and supplies weighed more than she did!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

CDG Sunset

Back in Paris; waiting in long taxi line; entertained by setting sun.

Somewhere in Greece

I cannot pronounce the name of the city, but the weather is perfect and the terrain looks like southern California.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011


I am back in Athens on a business trip, with great nautical inspiration right outside my hotel room.

Monday, August 22, 2011


After navigating several delta areas and the Venice Lagoon from the south, we have finally entered the historic city of Venice.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Coffee break in Italy

Note that there is not any coffee on the table yet, but there are 3 iPads and one PC! We found an internet oasis in the land of good food, good wine, and no connectivity.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Pork around the world

The best pork sandwiches are in Monte San Savino. They hold the world record for the longest "porchetta" at 45 meters!

Friday, August 5, 2011

French Alps

Half way to Italy. Met a local girl named "Heidi".

Grama and Grandpa en route to Italy

In week 5 of their European tour, today we left Paris and are heading south towards the Alps.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Times Square

Is still hoping!
Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

New York City?

Since when does doing large deals for EMEA include trips to NYC? Oh well, I am not going to complain about a chance to visit the Big Apple!
Best regards,

Rick O'Rourke
+33 (0)6 09 82 86 26

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Brasserie finale

Enjoying our last dinner in a typical Parisian restaurant.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Outline of Sarge

In front of outline of Tour Eiffel

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Sarge in Paris!

Sarge has safely arrived to celebrate his birthday and b. Bastille Day!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Dinner with Eubankorato's

Enjoying the micro brews at Frog 16.