Northern Ireland

The Ireland golf trip has headed way north, with high temps and no rain - I wore shorts today.  After golf, we visited Giant’s Causeway, a fascinating area on the coast of thousands of basalt columns, remaining after an ancient volcanic eruption.  Other photos of golf these past few days, including playing a course, The European Club, that had the longest green in the world - 128 yards!

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HOLE IN ONE!

Well, it took 20 years since I started playing, but got my first hole-in-one yesterday - at The Island Golf Club in Ireland!  Number 9 hole, 145 yards.  Hearing the hoopla, the club’s manager, Maurice O’Meara, came out and graciously presented me with their club golf flag:

So far weather has been fantastic as we play courses in both Ireland and Northern Ireland (first photo Port Stewart today):

Great day in Ireland today, visiting west coast, including Galway, and the cliffs of Moher.  We came upon across a couple after hearing some applause - the guy had just proposed and she had accepted!  Photo is her checking out the rock!  Overheard:  ”Do you like it?”  ”I LOVE it!”  And later - a bride and groom, with their photographer, scoping out the ‘perfect’ shot!

Propeller Health Raises $14.5M in Series B Financing

Originally called Asthmapolis when launched in Madison in 2010, I’ve been the lead angel investor and a board member these past three and a half years.  With the new financing, I’ll be leaving the board, which admittedly is a bummer.  But the ride continues.  More on the news here.

Paris!  First photo is truly midnight in Paris, with backstory that we’ll always remember with a laugh.  Over the four days:  evening ascent to top of Eiffel Tower, Palais Garnier opera house, Notre Dame, shopping, meal at one-star Cobea.

So long Cote d’Azur!  Thanks Ed and Nonie, for six super fun days exploring (Chagall Museum, Ephrussi de Rothschild Villa & Gardens, antiquing in old town Nice), exercising (outer path around Cap Ferret, hike up mountain at Beaulieu-sur-Mer), and eating great food (duck confit cooked by Ed, Gypsy/Latin/go figure Night in the local town park, and at Anjuna on water’s edge in Eze).  Hard to leave yesterday - can there be a better view out the window of a 3-star hotel in all of Europe?

Yesterday visit to Cannes (first photo) and Antibes, and today a boat trip on the Cote d’Azur, including to the Monte Carlo harbor.

Next chapter:  Nice!  Or more appropriately, just east of Nice, at an incredible town on the sea called Beaulieu-sur-Mer, visiting our friends Ed and Nonie, who are renting a place for three months.  Ferraris and Aston Martins everywhere, to and from Monaco. Very relaxed area, totally different than the crowds in the city.  Nice view, huh?  And they’ve got fast Internet!  Hmmm….very, very cool place to mix business and pleasure.  Today we all took the bus and went into Nice and had a mixed seafood plate, and browsed the antique stores.  Back on the balcony, fun watching the helicopters land and take off from the yachts in the harbor.  Check out the app Marine Traffic.  And if you really want to get into, check out SuperYachtFan.com!  Who knew!  

Final days of river cruise, southern France.

Photo recap of river cruise, 1 of 2, starting with Pont du Gard, remains of an aqueduct built by the Romans 2000 years ago.