New England: Seven Days, Five States

Our godson’s graduation from a northern New York college, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute or RPI, prompted a quick side trip to Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont before arriving for the festivities. I’d never been to Maine, so why not? And hey, one of the greatest shopping meccas of all time is located in Freeport, Maine, L.L. …

Scottsdale, AZ

A quick weekend jaunt to Scottsdale, AZ, brought many an opportunity for visiting family and sightseeing. The landscapes in this area of the country are certainly striking. Off to the Botanical Gardens with a fantastic variety of cactus, many which were blooming. A quick run through the Butterfly Exhibit. Toured the Frank Lloyd Wright’s home, …

Vietnam

The final country on our Around the World adventure was Vietnam. We spent eight days in this beautiful country and visited four very unique locations: Hoi An, Hanoi, Sapa, and the stunning Ha Long Bay.  There are a few more images than usual in this post, but represent only a glimpse into this stunning country. Hoi …

Cambodia

Cambodia was a sobering (and stifling hot) experience.  We began in Phnom Penh, the capital city, touring various sites and and visiting the Genocide Museum. This was the actual site where prisoners of war were tortured by the Khmer Rouge during Pol Pot’s regime from 1975 to 1979.  We remembered Pot Pot, but hadn’t realized …

Maldives

What an unexpected delight it was to find the Maldives!  For those who aren’t familiar (we weren’t), it’s a ring of 1200 islands located about 600 miles south of the southern most tip of India. We’d heard of it many times over the years from multiple well-traveled friends who’d said it was their favorite place …

Taj Mahal

Our visit to India and the Taj Mahal started and ended with travel issues.  It was bound to happen, right?  Upon arrival, Steve’s luggage didn’t make it and on the way out the airlines claimed we didn’t have tickets, but that’s a whole other story. No matter, on we went to Agra, home of the …

Little Petra and Tea With the Bedouins

For our second day in Petra we opted for the highly recommended experience of hiking back into Petra early in the morning to watch the sun slowly light up the Treasury. Unfortunately for us, however, it was a cloudy day which turned to light rain. We did spend a few moments at the Treasury, quietly …

Petra

Petra. Wow. Petra. I’m not sure I can adequately describe the grandeur of this ancient city. It is absolutely without question one of the most impressive places I’ve had the great fortune to visit. Dating back to 300 BC, it was originally the home of the Nabataeans. Until about 20 years ago, this intricately carved city …

Visiting the Great Pyramids

We completed our tour of Egypt with a one-day sprint around the city with our guide, Risk. You can’t even imagine the chaos as over 21 million people move around the city on foot, in cars, motorcycles, horse carts, and camels.  It was a visual and oral cacophony: blaring car horns, drivers yelling at one another …

Nubian Village

Our last outing in Aswan was a river boat cruise down the Nile to a Nubian village.  The Nubians are a very dark skinned people who were once wealthy landowners in the Nile Valley. More than 100,000 were forced to relocate in the mid 1950’s due to the building of a dam by the Egyptian …