Category Archives: Travel

The Lure of the Nile (London and Egypt, 2019)

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On my first trip to Egypt, I had traveled by dahabiya. The elegance and charm of that mode of travel can only be dimly imagined by those who have not experienced it. My boat had been equipped with every comfort including a grand piano in the salon and an outdoor sitting room on the upper deck. How many blissful hours… Read more »

Vietnam Part 2: The Center, straddling the DMZ

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Hoi An and Hué Danang is a sparkling new university town and its airport is just about 30 minutes from the tourist mecca of Hoi An. Leaving the airport with our new guide Hoanh, we were impressed by the clearly young and very smartly dressed population as they glided by on their motorbikes, iPhones at the ready. The streets were… Read more »

Next stop Bangkok!

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After we returned from Egypt last year, we couldn’t wait to book our next adventure! Southeast Asia had been calling me for some time and when I realized that Explore Travel and Cruises out of London, the agency that booked our splendid cruise up the Nile on the Dahabiya Dream also had trips to Vietnam and Cambodia, I did not… Read more »

Au Canada!

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Ray began his love affair with Montreal in 1968 when international travel and cheap beer were a novelty for him. I didn’t get there until I was a TA doing my master’s in French language and literature at UCONN. I loved it slightly less than he did, perhaps because at the time Québec City was so much more charming, less… Read more »

Oregon: you’re getting to be a habitat with me!

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Ray and I have been following our son around the USA for many years as he pursued interests, education and careers across the country—Olympic National Park in Washington, New Orleans, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Utah and Flagstaff are on the list. And now he, his wife and their baby have settled on the spectacular coast of northern Oregon, so it has… Read more »

The big, big European Road Trip of 2017

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I have struggled with writing about such a big experience in the normal blog format. Too many photos, too many places! But I came across this travel journaling app called Polar Steps and I think it does what I need. I was not happy with the way it posts directly to Facebook but I’m pretty pleased with the embed link… Read more »

Towards a better understanding of the American South

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Always up for a road trip and not being fans of March in Connecticut, Ray and I revved up the Rav last month and headed south. The goals were to connect with friends and family, to explore new places and, of course, to sample the culinary fare along the way. We returned with a new appreciation of the South, a… Read more »

If you are crazy enough to drive cross country you might want to read this!

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From Sea to Shining Sea   From my childhood days of reading Little House on the Prairie and watching Wagon Train on a black and white TV, experiencing the endless expanses of plains, desert and mountains that comprise much of the United States has been a constant fixation, but one rarely realized due to the even more pressing  magnetic pull… Read more »

February in Flagstaff!

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On my birthday this year, we flew out to Flagstaff to visit our son Dan and his wife Meg and spend a few days getting to know Arizona a little better. We flew out of Bradley to Phoenix via O’Hare. O’Hare is my least favorite airport, so we will try for another route next time! Where we stayed: Sonesta Suites, in… Read more »