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Photo Thursday: The Sea Pearl

Memorable Moments: Dads and Daughters Day in the Desert, Arizona, 2001

For years my Dad had four-wheel drive vehicles that never, ever were driven beyond a maintained road, so when I was in Arizona with my girlfriend, we arranged for our Dads to join us for a day of off-road driving in the desert.

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Looking Back: My Most Memorable Travel Moments

I promised to share 50 of my most memorable travel moments. But life interfered. . .

A few of my most memorable travel moments



The Travel Dream List: Socotra (or Soqotra), Yeman – the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean

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Memorable Moments: Camping by the Hippo Pool, Botswana, 2005

Our overland Botswana safari included a number of memorable campsites, but one of the standouts was in the Moremi Game Reserve where we camped next to the hippo pool, blocking the main route to their grazing area.

Worth a Return Trip: Lima, Peru

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The Travel Dream List: Holland’s Gardens and Tulip Fields in Spring

Even though tulips (and tulip mania) originated in Turkey, Holland has long taken since over as the place for growing tulips and other flower bulbs.

Each spring the country is ablaze with blossoms. Many of these are along Holland’s Bloemen Route (Flower Route), a 25 mile scenic drive between Haarlem and Leiden.

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Photo Thursday: Anse Volbert

Here is a shot of some (momentarily vacant) chairs at the edge of the sand on Anse Volbert on Praslin.


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Memorable Moments: Red Square with Saint Basil’s, Moscow, 1983

Visiting the Seychelles

The inner islands of the Seychelles (were we spent our time) are 1000 miles off the coast of Africa, about 1000 miles north of Madagascar, and just south of the equator. They are geologically interesting; the 41 inner islands are ancient granitic outcrops, while the 74 outer islands are traditional coral atolls.

We stayed within the inner islands, anchoring off beautiful beaches on Mahé and Praslin and in the harbor on La Digue and sailing (or motoring) between.

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Photo Thursday: One Week Ago in the Seychelles

Looking Back and Looking Ahead

The Louvre’s Modern Architectural Touches, Paris

This trip to the Louvre was motivated by the opening of the new Islamic art pavilion.

While we were able to get into the exhibit area without much trouble, finding a spot from which to view this sweeping structure was more challenging. Tucked into the (internal) Visconti Courtyard in the Louvre’s south wing, the best place to view this bit of architectural whimsy is from the corridors and galleries above it.

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Islamic Art at the Louvre, Paris

The Louvre recently opened a new display are for their Islamic collection

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Photo Thursday: A Perfect Sunset in Paradise