A highlight of 2015 for Bonney and Ewing Philbin was the wedding of their youngest son Patrick to sweetheart Laura Gosewisch of Victoria, Minnesota. Patrick and Laura met while studying at the University of Granada, Spain in 2008. On Sept. 5, 2015, the couple were married at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Sonoma, and celebrated with a vibrant reception in the garden of the Philbin's Adobe Canyon home. Patrick and Laura honeymooned in Tuscany and Corsica before returning home to San Francisco, where Patrick works for Wandera and Laura works for AnaPlan. Congratulations, Philbins old and new!
In December, John Sander and Patti White of Glen Ellen spent a week in France's Loire Valley and Bordeaux region. John and Patti loved the beautiful valley, and enjoyed exploring the history, chateaus, charming villages and old world wine culture. John said, “Bordeaux and Nantes were both fantastic cities with rich, diverse and unexpected culture and vibe.”
Jan and Roger Goeller took a moment to read their Kenwood Press while visiting the famed Manaus Opera House in the heart of the Amazon. Roger reports that the theater was built around 1882, at the height of the rubber boom, when Brazil's monopoly on rubber made Manaus one of the richest cities on earth. Surrounded by jungle, Manaus is the only major city in a 600-mile radius, and is only accessible by water or air. In 1910 rubber seeds were smuggled to Malaysia by Englishman, Henry Wickham, destroying Brazil's monopoly. The opera house sat wasting in the tropical heat until restoration was complete in 1990. Today Manaus has regained importance because of renewed interest in the Amazon Basin and its preservation with accompanying eco-tourism, and the discovery of oil nearby.
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