In a first for me, I’ve decided to publish entries from my travel journal on Mulberry Street. To round out the witty and insightful text, I’ll include some of my own illustrations from the journal as well as a few examples of stunning photography.
Here’s the cover page from the Ireland section of the journal. Overall I was pleased with the aesthetics of the page, though in retrospect I wouldn’t have placed the ship so close to Fungie the dolphin (about whom you will read in future posts). Also, I really didn’t need to draw the big lake in Northern Ireland. It seems to be just a strange, off-centered circle around the word Belfast. You can see that I went with my med school buddy DavidO and our literarily present companion Rick Steves.
A pictorial calendar of the trip follows. I ran out of ink in my regular ball-point pen, so later posts (and later details added to the calendar) are in the gel-ink pen. Things to notice on this page are that even though I’ve lived in Texas for 27 years (!), I still cannot draw the state. And my American Airlines eagle is fatter than the original. The car you see drawn in the calendar is our rented Mitsubishi Colt, affectionately known as “The Colt.”
And in one of my more fanciful bird’s-eye views (note abstract art-deco sun and sea monster), I detailed my path to LaGuardia and the plane’s trip over the northern edge of Manhattan.
I know what you’re thinking. “Wow, if you were sitting on the left side of the plane, you’d really get some good views of the island!” That’s right. Don’t think that fact escaped me. I always try to sit on the left side of the plane both going to and leaving from LaGuardia, for views such as these. And for you, dear Reader. For you. And now, the journal…
So there is entry number 1. Just for fun, here‘s another series of aerial shots of Manhattan. Worth a quick look.