Zapper Conundrum in Portugal

Zapper Conundrum in Portugal

About fourteen years ago, a group of women from the rural North Carolina town where we lived began taking overseas excursions with our children.  Most of the ladies had only one child. Because I have four, a different kid accompanied me each year.  Some years I...
Veni, Vidi …Shoot!

Veni, Vidi …Shoot!

300 Pictures enhance words; words clarify pictures. If you want to write travel pieces, take tons of photos. Back in the day, we were frugal about shutter-bugging. Film cost. Development cost. Therefore, the subject of our shot had to say “Cheese” until his face ached...
Gatorland, by golly

Gatorland, by golly

100 When most folks hear you’re headed to Orlando, they figure a visit to Disney World, Epcot Center, Universal Studios or maybe Cirque du Soleil is in your horoscope. Few think GATORLAND. On our return flight from Orlando, I overheard a woman comment to her...
A Tar Heel feels at Home at Winterthur

A Tar Heel feels at Home at Winterthur

I regret this trip wasn’t longer.  The chartered bus left the Philadelphia Convention Center at 10:30 a.m. Winterthur takes an hour to reach. Winterhur, a compilation of a DuPont collector and his ancestors who added on and on and raised the roof of the 1830’s...
We’re Connected: A travelers trip to Philly

We’re Connected: A travelers trip to Philly

In life, the only certainty is change.  We change physically, locations change, and world views change. Tastes too! Tracing back the ancestry of many Piedmont North Carolinians, any genealogical researcher knows that Quakers and Mennonites migrated to the Old...
No Disney pirates in Tahiti’s Black Pearl

No Disney pirates in Tahiti’s Black Pearl

“Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May” sounds innocuous and somewhat sweet. It’s a stern-ish admonition by the17th British poet Robert Herrick in his poem To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time, in which he warns gals not to be too picky as time’s a-wasting, and they...