Kraków Poland

Posted by admin on July 20, 2014 in Travel |

16-19 July 2014

Wow, now here is a city! Walkable historic center, lively, inexpensive, clean, good food and beer, cafés and street shopping abound. I immediately like the old-world atmosphere of Kraków. Its awesome main square is filled with the noises, conversations, music, and clinking glasses and cups of locals out to enjoy their city. I am happy to be here sharing it with them.

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Bratislava Slovakia

Posted by admin on July 16, 2014 in Travel |

12-16 July 2014

Rarely in the 21st century can I travel in a country before the tourist explosion changes everything. I like Bratislava because it is still ‘eastern European.’ Travelers call it the “new Prague” and this could be true. Under its layer of grime, crumbling facades, Communist apartment and historical city center lies a fascinating, fun and up-and-coming travel destination. Not many Americans come here so book now before the hoards overrun this city as they did Prague.

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Nome Alaska

Posted by Pat on June 25, 2014 in Alaska |

20140624-235145-85905412.jpgPicked up a button at the Visitor Center that says “I love Nome” and I do. But I get ahead of my story.

Writer’s are taught to answer the five ‘Ws’ – who, what, when, where, why.

Answers are: me, achieving a travel goal, today in Nome. The why is a little more complicated.

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Alaska’s Inside Passage – Glacier Bay at the Summer Solstice

Posted by Pat on June 22, 2014 in Alaska |

20-22 June 2014

DSC01329Singing along: Mighty Orcas leaping, two hummingbirds flying, three humpbacks trumpeting, four porpoise skimming, five guillemots squawking, many feeding whales.

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Alaska’s Inside Passage – Among soaring eagles and floating glaciers

Posted by Pat on June 20, 2014 in Alaska |

15-19 June 2014

Tlingit robe on Kake

Tlingit robe on Kake

Cloudy and a comfortable 50° as we dock in Kake on Kupreanof Island. The island, named for the governor of Russian America, may have been visited by Sir Francis Drake in 1579, but it’s greatest fame comes from resident Tlingits being bombarded by the US Army in 1869. The 52×20 mile island is now home to 600 residents and the world’s tallest totem pole at 128′ (built to celebrate the centennial of US purchase of Alaska). Talked with a carver and a weaver; locals are sparse but friendly; saw many eagles, a black bear cub, and numerous ramshackle houses. The low islands in the bay are where they bury their dead. Today, Father’s Day, this island isn’t any livelier.

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Southeast Alaska’s Inside Passage – Aboard the Baranof Dream

Posted by Pat on June 15, 2014 in Alaska |

10-14 June 2014

DSC00022What has 100 jewelry stores, five large passenger ships, and 10,000 pedestrians crammed into six small blocks? Ketchikan, Alaska. Unless you want to purchase a diamond or a fur coat, watch a duck tour boat drive down the street, or pose in front of its iconic welcome sign, it is best to find a historic bar and order an Alaskan beer then get out of town ASAP. This is exactly what I did. I cursed the miserably crowded streets, enjoyed the ambiance and beer at the historic Gilmore Hotel, then boarded the Baranof Dream to better destinations.

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What I Remember About Cuba? Fidel Spoken Here.

Posted by Pat on December 31, 2013 in Cuba, Travel |

DSC04404POLITICS: Always remember: It’s complicated.”

“Revolucion Siempre” Always the revolution. In Cuba, revolution counts, and not just the one in 1959. Signs and slogans are everywhere. Cuba is a country of revolutions: against Spain in 1868 and 1895, and Batista and imperialist intervention in 1959. When I think of Cuba it is one-dimensional: Fidel/Communism/State; for Cubans this is not true. Cubans may not have confidence in Fidel but Cubans never fail to support the revolution. Read more…

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