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February 2019
The Tenacious Traveler

Costa Rica: Explore the Rich Diversity of Flora, Fauna and Scenery

Much time was spent being introduced to the country’s major claims to tourism fame – animal watching and exploring vast stretches of the unspoiled environment. More than one-fourth of Costa Rica is set aside in national parks, wildlife refuges and reserves.

Compulsive Traveler

Exploring Bruges

The Museum-Gallery Xpo: Salvador Dali, located in the Cloth Halls, is home to an amazing collection of works by Dali. It is an audiovisual spectacle that highlights not only Dali’s work but his character and vision of life. It is as unforgettable as his works.

Ernie's World

The Ups and Downs of Hamburg

Turns out, a paternoster is an open elevator that does not stop. You just time your leap and jump on. “Incoming! Oomph.” At the top, the elevator moves to the right and heads back down and you step off. “Whoa.” Stumble, stumble, stumble.

January 2019
Compulsive Traveler

The Museums of I. M. Pei

The glass façade of the entrance to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland brings to mind Pei’s Louvre but it is a sloping triangle not a pyramid. There are two cantilevered wings in white metal that project from either side of a tower. The design is to bring to mind a drum, a stack of 45s and a speaker.

Financial Fortitude

How Much Should You Spend on Your Inaugural Retirement Trip?

Now we are contemplating our inaugural retirement trip for the summer of 2020. Our dreams are no less lofty than when we were in our 20s. We may have a little less energy, but more time and more money seem like reasonable tradeoffs.

Agelessly Yours

Peddling in Pain

Rome may as well swing open their hospital doors and have us bike riders steer straight into the emergency room, because it's only a matter of time, especially given Mary's and my advancing ages.

Ernie's World

Head West, er, East, er, Somewhere, Young Man

Being a visionary city, Tokyo uses Oshiya or “passenger arrangement staff” to literally shove millions of passengers aboard the trains during rush hours to maximize car space, which works quite well. Our train was so full, I could have passed out cold and never ended up on the floor.

June 2018
The Tenacious Traveler

Traveling from Allgood to Zig Zag

According to local folklore, when townspeople were seeking an official name for the community the mill owner remarked, “Call it Hell. Everyone else does.” Hence a new industry was born, based on tourism.

Compulsive Traveler

Explore the Wonders of Maine

There are a variety of sailing excursions, plus classes for all levels of expertise, and rentals. But for the sail of a lifetime spend a week on an historic windjammer. Maine windjammers were once cargo schooners and are now National Landmarks that provide affordable, all-inclusive vacations.

May 2018

Enjoy the Diversity of the Philippines

While in Manila plan to take a day trip to Corregidor Island where crucial events of WW II took place. Southeast of metro Manila is the impressive American Cemetery and Memorial that marks the final resting place of 17,184 Americans who lost their life in the war.

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