Archives in Category: Travel

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Last Day

Today is our last day on the Regal Princess, as it is for about 1500 other passengers. (Another one thousand are staying on eleven more days and going to St. Petersburg.)

Those of us who are history tomorrow are cramming

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Mr. Bock

Mr. Bock was Earl’s high school German teacher about sixty-five years ago.  I’d heard about him from time to time, mostly how he wasn’t able to explain his native language to Earl, who is half German, and how he cut

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Hamburg

We just returned from a half-day tour of Hamburg, Germany.  And, no, the hamburger wasn’t created here; according to our guide, it was created in the United States.  He did say, however, that the residents of his city are called

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Anne Frank

She wanted to be a journalist when she grew up.  And the truth is that while she was denied a long life, her journalistic skills have been heard around the world.

The Diary of Anne Frank details her life in

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Joseph Woodbury

Today Earl and I visited Normandy, the primary purpose of this cruise.  We’d originally planned to see it on a similar cruise in November, 2013; but weather intervened and we never made it.

Today we did, and a brief blog

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India

Today was another sea day, so we visited India.  My friend Carol would have loved it, since she has been attracted to that country for as long as I can remember.  In fact, she and her son are going there

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Blarney Castle

It was thirty-five years ago that I last was at Blarney Castle, and I have a photo to prove that two husky Irishmen eased me over the edge of the high wall to kiss the famous stone back then. For

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Kudos to the Crew

One thing I like about cruise ships is the pleasantness and politeness of the crew.

For instance, we have moved our clocks ahead five nights in a row as we crossed time zones.  It means the crew loses an hour

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Vladimir and the Talisman

The two memories of Ponta Delgada we’ll recall when this trip is in the books are a brightly colored rooster and an unexpected stop for beer, both dependent on a credit card and Earl’s curiosity.

We’d been inside the local

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Ponta Delgada

The Azores have never been on my list of “Must Sees,” but given the weather in the North Atlantic I am thrilled that we came here instead of there.  Even though we couldn’t get the ATM to give us Euros

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