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Ireland Afterthought

Ireland Afterthought

I’ve traveled a lot. I’ve seen wonderful sights and experienced enlightening adventures. I’ve met engaging folks. Yet, there is always a caveat:  In Greece (know- it- alls); Spain (pesky gypsies); Italy (snooty hotel clerks); England (cynics); Germany...
The Move & Flow of Cuba or Lack Thereof

The Move & Flow of Cuba or Lack Thereof

As I stroll the streets of Havana I think of that song MacArthur Park about the cake left out in the rain. This is how the city looks—like an extravagant wedding cake left out in the rain. Everything is sliding. If God sneezes, the city will fall over.  Take the...
Packing like Indiana Jones’ Wife

Packing like Indiana Jones’ Wife

“If you’re going to be seen, you need to pack a suitcase. If you’re going to see, take a roller bag,” advises Flight Attendant Virginia Ives. Virginia’s been packing for years. Whenever her husband introduces her, he says: “This is my wife; she has a lot of miles...
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

100 To describe a photo might take a thousand words, but a picture’s worth, as measured by what it tells, well, that’s debatable. My neighbor is a guru with the computer. Sheila modestly plays down her skills. Of course I’m an idiot, not an idiot savant but more like...
A visit to Lyndhurst

A visit to Lyndhurst

101 Have you seen the movie Gloria, or Winter’s Tale, or the soap opera Dark Shadows?  Maybe you’re familiar with the Ramones music videos?  Blacklist?  Annie? So, what’s the common denominator in the above-mentioned films?  The setting. Lyndhurst. In 19th century...
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...