Berlin, Rome, Venice, Lake Garda, Florence, Pisa
September 16th - October 2nd  2004

In the fall of 2004 I traveled to Berlin to present a research paper at the 14th  International Symposium on the "Packaging and Transportation of Radioactive Materials" (PATRAM)  The paper,  a collaborative effort with co-investigator Zelda Iams and titled:   
"Thermal Assault and Polyurethane Foam - Evaluating Protective Mechanisms"
is available here: 
 Thermal Assault-pdf  

Six of us set out from Seattle that September: Glenn, Gisela, and Me (with Laveta) on the 16th, followed by Floyd and Zelda on the 18th.   At the conclusion of the conference Laveta and I flew on to Italy for an eight day tour (vacation).  And yes, we all had our little adventures...

For the trip journal see:  (Berlin-Italy PDF)

For the full story including more photo's, the "Distinguished Oral Presentation Award"
and my trip to Miami to receive it,  see:   (PATRAM-2004 Berlin) 





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The Estrel, our hotel (and PATRAM conference center) in Berlin

   Laveta drinking Cola Lite in the lobby of the Estrel

    Laveta, Glenn and Gisela waiting for the S-Bahn at Sonnenallee station

             The Siegessäule "Goldese" on Straße des 17 Juni in the Tiergarten

               Laveta at Den Brandenburger Tor  (the Brandenburg Gate)
The Reichstag (The dome is on the roof).

 Laveta and Gisela walking along Unter Den Linden

  Checkpoint Charley on Friedrichstraße-  as viewed from the American Sector
Tuesday mid-morning program in the "Paris" Room"

      The presentation: Zelda's photo (yes- the shiny bald head is mine) 

    Laveta and Tabby at Sanssouci Palace, Potsdam

   Ticket to a memorable dinner in the  Deutsches Technikmuseum  

Dinner at the Museum, Laveta and Zelda-  Reichsbahn locomotive at right.

   Dinner cruse through Berlin on the river


Attending the PATRAM Banquet.  Our table is in center right foreground.

The Berliner Dom -  Berlin's Cathedral


      The Spanish Steps, Rome

The Colosseum

      Victor Emanuel Monument

                   Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican City 

                     Laveta at the Roman Forum

       Venice at Night 

      Morning in the Piazzetta San Marco

Onsite filming of  Casanova  in the  Piazzetta San Marco

        Gondola ride

                 On  Burano Island Venice

         Lake Garda  at sunset, from our deck in the Atlantic Club hotel

                     The Duomo- Florence   

                     The tomb of Galileo in the Basilica of St. Croce- Florence

         Hercules and The CentaurPiazza Della Signoria, Florence

                    Pisa's Leaning Tower

          On top of the tower, with the city of Pisa below

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