Travel in the US and abroad

Montego Bay Jamaica

I am on the Carnival Dream and we will take 2 days at sea to reach Montego Bay, Jamaica. So, I thought it would be a good time to do some research on our destination. Here are some of the interesting things I’ve found.

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New Orleans Museum of Art Masks

Last week I visited the New Orleans Museum of Art, otherwise known as NOMA, for the first time. NOMA is located in New Orleans City Park. City Park sits on an Island between Orleans Avenue Canal and Bayou St. John on, what New Orleanians call, "The North Shore". "The...

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Winter Cruise of the Caribbean

We decided to treat ourselves to a November cruise of the Caribbean as our birthday gift this year (my husband and I both have birthdays in November). Since New Orleans is so close to our home we left from there aboard the Carnival Elation. New Orleans Port You...

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Palatki Heritage Site Sedona Arizona

Yesterday I visited the Palatki Heritage Site. It was just the adventure I was looking for. I had been disappointed in Sedona because of the hard sell tactics of the area until I decided to tap into the true beauty and nature of the area. Visiting the Palatki site was...

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Visiting Sedona Arizona

I am visiting Sedona Arizona while my husband attends a 3 day training session on Reiki Healing. I have been looking forward to this trip; investigating cave paintings and looking forward to the artistry of the people here. Unfortunately, the area seems to be so...

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Farmers Market Boulder Colorado

Today I visited the Boulder Farmers Market and the only thing that was disappointing was that I didn't have a bigger bag and a cart with wheels. It was, in my friends words, "better than Whole foods" and that is saying a lot. Natural Honey If the bee...

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Estes Park Colorado Travel Big

Estes Park is home to the famous Rocky Mountain National Park and since no commercial businesses are allowed within the national park it is a big draw for visitors who want to get away and enjoy the beauty of one of our great national parks. The population in the 2010...

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Boulder Colorado

Next week we are going to visit Boulder Colorado. I'm excited as it is supposed to be one of the sunniest cities in the U.S. According to reports it gets over 300 days of sunshine per year. Boulder is home to the main campus of the University of Colorado. It is also...

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Amsterdam Holland

Amsterdam was a surprise. I have to admit that I had done little or no research about where we were going before we left. It was a surprise on many levels. First, it was very busy with bicycles and people. Second, the buildings engulfed each block, one after another...

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Bruges Belgium

Bruges History The name Bruges was probably derives from the Old Dutch for "bridge" and was pronounced by our native guide as Brooj. In the 15th century, Philip the Good, duke of Burgundy, set up court in Bruges attracting a number of artists, bankers, and other...

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The Gardens of France

Jardin Botanique de Vauville This was my favorite garden, or Jardin. It was created in 1947 by a man who loves plants and gardens. He wanted a garden of exotic plants but the climate of Normandy is very windy and plants have a difficult time growing. So, he began...

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Paris France

Paris in springtime. We experienced rain, sun and wind during our visit here. The Paris of the past must be different than the Paris of current day, or maybe my expectation was different. I had envisioned a quaint little city and small intimate streets with flower...

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Portland UK and Salisbury

Our ship docked in Portland UK and we took a tour bus to see Stonehenge and Salisbury. Stonehenge Stonehenge is considered a prehistoric monument. I learned that henge is actually a term for the mound that surrounds the stones. It is in the middle of a dense complex...

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Cork Ireland

Cork Ireland is about 20km from Cobh, where we were docked. We took a nice bus ride there with our tour guide Michael. The roads to Cork were very narrow, bairly containing the girth of our tour bus, and the hillsides were covered in beautiful green. The climate in...

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Cobh Ireland

Cobh has the only port in Ireland capable of docking a Cruise ship. Cork Ireland was the port the Titanic disembarked from on its final voyage. Titanic White Star Line was determined that no expense would be spared in the construction of Titanic. It took 3 years for...

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Setting sail on our Transatlantic Crossing

Today we set sail on the Serenade of the Seas, a vessel on the Royal Caribbean Cruise line. The SS United States holds the record for the fastest crossing at 3 days, 10 hours in 1952. Our trip will take 6 days to cross the Atlantic. The majority of passenger traffic...

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The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 – 2014

I had the great opportunity to attend the V&A exhibition of Italian Fashion in Portland, Oregon while I was there. I have always loved fashion and at one point in my life I thought I would become a fashion designer so this was very fun for me. I learned that...

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Transatlantic Royal Caribbean Cruise Trip to Europe

My husband and I are taking this epic trip to Europe on Royal Caribbean. The cruise is a repositioning cruise. Royal Caribbean is repositioning the Serenade of The Seas from the Caribbean to Europe. The Serenade of the Seas is in the Radiance Class (for those in the...

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Paris in the Spring time

Early in May I will be in Paris for the first time in my life. I'm almost 55 years old and it has taken this long for me to get to see a place that I have long identified with. You see, I was born the oldest of identical twins. When we were born my mother named me and...

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Cork Ireland

Our first stop after a long six days at sea will be Cork, Ireland. Cork is in Southern Ireland. With a population of 119,230 it is the second largest city in the state and the third most populous on the island of Ireland. We will be docked in Cobh which is 19 miles...

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