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Travel Snapshots

Diane and I love to travel, especially to other countries. Ever since we were volunteers in the Peace Corps to Chile in the 1960s we have traveled to many places, including most countries and territories within the following regions: South America, the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, Europe, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Polynesia, Middle East, and North America. In fact, we have been in over 70 countries. 

Diane and I began our travels abroad in 1966 as Peace Corps Volunteers in Santiago, Chile, where we lived from August 1966 until December 1968. After leaving Chile and traveling for another four months, with many stops in Peru, Brazil, and Trinidad and Tobago, we  finally arrived home to Minnesota sometime in April, 1969. Some day I (we) will write about our many Peace Corps Volunteer-related adventures from the late 1960s, or what I refer to as our formative years as grownups.

I first began this section of my web page, which I title “Travel Snapshots,” in 2013 with small essays about and digital photographs from various cruises and other travels from that year to the present. These short stories are constantly being updated. Additionally, I am in the early stages of writing stories about earlier travels. Fortunately, in our current process of “down sizing” I have come across some itineraries and other documents that help to refresh my memory. I begin by simply entering the data from those sources, and later I will try to turn them into interesting stories. Thus, some of the middle and later Travel Snapshots are currently more interesting than the early ones.

 

Travels in 1966-1968

Chile and beyond

dates. This will pertain to our experiences as Peace Corp Volunteers.

 

Travels in 1968-1969

Peru, Brazil, and Trinidad and Tobago

dates. This will pertain to our experiences traveling in South America as former Peace Corp Volunteers.

 

Travels in 1971, 1972, and 1974

The Delta Amacuro Rainforest of Venezuela

dates. These travel snapshots will be personal stories derived from my many months over several of fieldwork with the Warao Indians of Venezuela. Currently, a long essay titled “Ethnomusicology as Advocacy…” already exists on my website.

 

Travels in 1973

Japan

dates. We (Diane, 2 1/2 year old son Darin, and I) went to Japan during the summers of 1973, upon my graduation from UCLA. 

 

Travels in 1974

Colombia and Peru

dates. Fieldwork travel experiences as an NEH grantee.

 

Travels in 1979

Peru

May 21 to September 15. For four months I lived and traveled in Peru as a Fulbright Fellow to teach in Lima and conduct fieldwork throughout the Peruvian Andes. My wife, Diane, and 8 year-old son, Darin, joined me for a month from July 12 to August 14.

 

Travels in 1981

Peru and Brazil

May 27 to June 8. I returned to Lima, Peru for about two weeks to continue my fieldwork with Japanese-Peruvian musicians. On June 9, I flew to Sao Paul, Brazil, to begin fieldwork with Japanese-Brazilian musicians. On July 26 Diane and Darin arrived and we toured various regions of Brazil, including Iguazu Falls and Rio de Janeiro. They accompanied me to various musical performances and gatherings in Sao Paulo as well. We returned to Florida on August 30.

 

Travels in 1985

England, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Germany, France, and Spain 

dates. experiences

 

Travels in 1985-1986

Italy (teaching at the FSU Florence Overseas Study Center and research

dates. experiences

 

Travels in 1987

The Netherlands, Germany, etc.

dates. experiences

 

Travels in 1993

Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China, Korea

dates. I had a sabbatical for the Fall semester of 1993, and I had invitations to give lectures in Hong Kong and Beijing in November. Diane and I left for Hong Kong on October 28 and spent two weeks in Hong Kong, living with Joshua and Ruth Wong.

On November 11 we flew to Guilin in the People’s Republic of China

Then we flew to Beijing on November 14.

On November 20 we flew to Shanghai, and on the 21st we flew to Seoul, Korea where we stayed until the 29th.

 

Travels in 1998

Tonga, New Zealand, Rarotonga, Fiji, Hawaii

June 21-July 29. We flew to Los Angeles, and then to Tongatapu Airport in Nuku’alofa, Tonga, where we lived for two weeks as invited guests for the King of Tonga’s 80th birthday. I had a grant to research the music and dance during that gala celebration. Then we flew to Aukland, New Zealand, where we learned about Maori music and education in Rotorua. We then flew to Rarotonga, a small South Pacific Island,where we stayed 4 nights. Then we flew to Fuji and spent a week on the island of Taveuni. Then we flew to Hawaii, spending a week in Hilo and Honolulu.

 

Travels in 1999

Japan: Conference Fun and More

dates. Not until the summer of 1999 did we have the opportunity to visit Japan again, this time to attend the 1999 College Music society International Conference in Kyoto. It was a much different experience than in 1973, when I was a recent PhD graduate; 26 years later I was President of The College Music Society and I had an important role with the daily Conference activities. My goals in Japan were to (1) attend and give a paper at the CMS International Conference; (2) to research music on Sado Island and among the Ainu in Hokkaido; (3) to meet with Japanese musician friends in Tokyo and perform in concert with them; and (4) to visit sites around Tokyo that I had not visited before.

We left Tallahassee on June 24 and flew to Portland, OR, and after several hours flew overnight to Nagoya, Japan. From there we took the bullet train to Kyoto, where we stayed in a quaint ryokan from June 25 until July 4. The experiences each day during the Conference were very educational and busy. It was after the Conference, however, that were more enjoyable because we were able to make our own itinerary and visit new places for us.

We bought Japanese rail passes and first traveled west from Kyoto to Kanazawa where we spent three nights (July 5-7). Then we traveled north to Ogi, Sado Island, where we spent two nights (July 8-10); next to Hirosaki (July 11-12); then to Sapporo in Hokkaido (July 13-16); then back to Honshu, staying overnight in Morioka (July 17); and finally to Tokyo where we stayed four nights (July 18-21). On July 22 we returned to the USA, arriving in Tallahassee late that night and very tired.

 

Travels in 2003

Costa Rica

June x-July 11. We had the . . .  CMS International Conference, followed by several weeks post conference activities.

I just came across a small notebook that I used to write some sparse field notes/diary. I copy those notes here and will either delete or use them later.

6-27-2003. We went to a great flamenco concert tonight at the Teatro Nacional. We loved it! Then we had dinner at Don Carlos Hotel.

6-28-03. Several us us CMS members and Diane had dinner and spent the evening at Centro Comercial San Pedro, Cocina de la Lena, with a marimba duo. We shopped and spent $$. 

6-29-03. Di left this Sunday morning. I went to mass at the main Cathedral. The priest was a terrible singer.

6-29-03. 5:00 PM. It was difficult to see Di leave today. I got a city bus back to San Jose and walked from La Merced station, getting a feel for the city. I checked in to Diana’s Inn about 11:00, read and slept until 2:00, then walked in the area. It began to rain hard, but I was sitting in the park across from Diana’s Inn. I went to my room and waited until now to find a restaurant. It’s raining again as I wait for my 1/4 pollo supper — I have my umbrella this time. I hope all goes well here in San Jose. I miss the Don Carlos Hotel with all its neat little places to sit and all its art. The Diana’s Inn is a 0 hotel, but it’s cheap, close, and the people are nice — also, it’s clean and safe. I started reading a book titled The Shaman’s Gold. The author interprets the gold artifacts of Costa Rica as a part of the “cosmo-vision indigena” — makes sense.

6-30-03. Met Laura Cervantes Gamboa at Universidad de Costa Rico.

7-1-03. Met Ani Baez for lunch at CCCN.

7-2-03. Terrible noisy this PM and early AM –inconsiderate guy with a loud motorbike.

7-04-03. Celebrated 4th of July with FSU group at Imperial Beer Grounds 8-12 AM. I had a great Sun Burst coffee, many hotdogs without buns, ice cream. Concert band of UCR played.

7-05-03. Went to Centro Neo-tropical Sarapiqui with George and Cristina. Met Jore Luis Acevedo and Ron Mills, who painted thos awful murals at UCR. Met Michael, a Chileno, and others.

7-07-03. Finished powerpoint presentation in Maria Clara’s office. Did photocopies for handout.

7-08-03. I gave a lecture in evening at UCR. Maria Clara Vargas bought dinner for Laura and me at Roto Pollo.

7-09-03. I listened to a great marimba duo at outdoor cafe in front of the Teatro Nacional.

 

 

Travels in 2005

Spain and Portugal: Conference Fun and More

dates. We had the opportunity to visit and travel in Spain and Portugal from June 5 until June 21, 2005, when Diane and I attended the 2005 College Music Society International Conference in Acala de Henares, Spaiin, just east of Madrid. I presented a paper at the conference and we got to spend several days with many wonderful CMS friends. 

Upon arriving in Madrid from Tallahassee very early on Monday morning, June 6, we rented a car and drove to Trujillo where we spent our first night in Spain. As the birthplace of Pizzaro, the conquistador who changed Peru forever, it was a learning experience to visit several sites pertaining to his background. More interesting, however, were many other historical sites in that rather arid city. We drove on to Lisbon, Portugal the next day, making numerous stops at medieval towns along the way. We stayed two nights in Sintra, visiting Lisbon and Cabo da Roca for several days. Then we began our drive to Porto, making several stops at important historical sites along the way.  From Porto we continued north to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, where we spent two nights. On Sunday, June 12, we began our long drive to Acala de Henares, where we stayed until June 17. Then we traveled to Madrid where we stayed until Tuesday, June 21, when we returned to Tallahassee.

 

Travels in 2005

Western Mexico: 40th Anniversary Cruise

date. 40th Wedding Anniversary cruise

 

Travels in 2011

Nova Scotia, PEI, and Newfoundland: ICTM Conference

July 1-23. Flew into Halifax, rented a car and drove to Green Gables on Prince Edward Island, to Cape Breton Island, took ferry from Sydney to Port aux Basques in Newfoundland, drove to Rocky Harbour, to St. John’s for ICTM, to Burgeo, Sydney (Ferry to NS), drove to Halifax. 

 

Alaska

August 12-September 3. Flew to Vancouver, cruise ship to Seward, etc.

 

Travels in 2012

France and Italy

August 7-September 10. We flew to Paris, took a Viking Seine River cruise (visiting Paris, Giverny, Vernon, Rouen,  Normandy,  Conflaus, Paris), met our host Pierre Hamon (visited Versaille and Bayeax), flew to Rodez and drove to Aubrac (to present invited lecture at Conference and perform with Pierre), traveled by train to Avignon, Arles, Aix en Provence, Cinque Terre, Aosta, Milan, and back to Paris.

 

Travels in 2013

Cuba

March x-x. We traveled to Cuba in March 2013 with a group of about 25 people on an organized tour organized by Tallahassee Community College. We flew to Miami and spent a day visiting South Beach, Vizcaya Mansion, the botanical garden, and eating Peruvian food. Bright and early we boarded a charter for the short flight from Miami to Havana, where we spent several nights at the famous old Hotel Nacional (National Hotel) on the waterfront (malecón). We visited a variety of sights in Old Havana during the day—many colonial structures and pre-revolutionary buildings.

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Cuba is famous for its old American cars, and I especially enjoyed seeing the 1953, ’55, and ’56 Chevys because those are the types of cars I had in college. We also visited western Cuba, the locale of beautiful limestone haystack-shaped mountains (mogotes) in the Viñales Valley. We also went to one of the oldest towns in Cuba, Trinidad, on the south coast (this picture was taken of us on a balcony adjacent to the roof of the Cathedral in Trinidad, Cuba). Many of these towns and areas are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and walking in the old streets and unspoiled rural paths is like going back in time a hundred years or more.

L Guama 5dI took my flute with me to Cuba because I love improvising Latin jazz (salsa, guajiro, son, etc.). Fortunately, I got to jam with numerous small groups at restaurants, streets, parks, tourist sites, and other venues. That was great fun, and the Cuban musicians enjoyed having an old gringo play their music with them!

Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico

We took a 7-day cruise with another Tallahassee couple to the Western Caribbean over Christmas, 2013, leaving from Tampa, stopping in Key West, visiting Roatan Island in Honduras, Santo Tomas de Castilla in Guatemala, and Costa Maya in Mexico. Our major objective was to visit some Mayan ruins that we had not seen before, and we did: Quirigua in Guatemala and Dzibanche in Mexico. We also experienced some African-derived Garifuna music and dance in Roatan, Honduras.

 

Travels in 2014

Israel and Jordan

January dates. we traveled to the Holy Land (Israel & Jordan) with 25 members from our church (First Baptist Church) in Tallahassee. We flew to Tel Aviv and went by bus to many archaeological sites, historical regions, and current/active places. P1230841I bought a small cane flute in a store in Tiberius on the shore of the lake of Galilee, and throughout the trip I played Christian hymns and other types of music in many sacred and natural sites. We visited many towns and regions where Jesus began his life and carried out his ministry,Dale in Bethleham such as Bethlehem, Nazareth, Mount of the Beatitudes, Capernaum, Tiberius, Galilee, Jordan River, Jerusalem, and much more. Dale and Diane at the Temple Mount, JerusalemI also bought a wonderful Palistinean nai flute in the Islamic quarter in Jerusalem, which I taught myself to play. The Muslim mosque on the Temple Mount is an awesome structure, seen in this photo.

We also went to Amman and Petra in Jordan. I had a great time playing my cane flute in Petra, improvising Arabic music and playing the Indiana Jones theme from the Temple of Doom movie. Dale and Diane at Petra, Jordan 2

In every way it was a wonderful trip and a tremendous learning experience to walk where Jesus walked and where many Old Testament events took place.

Sweden, Denmark, Shetland Islands, Iceland, Northern Ireland, England: In the Wake of the Vikings:

June 1-15. For two weeks Diane and I went on a cruise called “Ice” with Semester at Sea, leaving Stockholm and sailing to Copenhagen, then to the Shetland Islands (Scotland), on to three ports in Iceland, then to Belfast, and ending up in Southampton, England. We were gone 15 days on thid wonderful educational cruise that Diane won in a lottery with OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) at FSU. The scenery in the Shetland Islands and Iceland was fabulous, and the lectures on board were educational and very enjoyable. Of course, we ate too much.

One of my ethnomusicology colleagues and a friend for over 40 years, Dr. Ted Solis, also took the cruise (neither of us knew we were going to be on the same cruise), and we had a great time, talking about past explorations of the Semester at Sea and remembering our many friends who had been on the faculty over the years (Max Brandt, Phil Sonnichsen, and others). The Semester at Sea ship for this cruise is new (the MV Explorer), which Ted explained is much better than the old ships used by the Semester at Sea back in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s.  There is no longer a gamelan on board (nor are there any musical instruments of any type today, except for a piano), but the library and computer facilities are good.  Along with us 800 adults were several hundred students who were getting credit for courses.

P1260929 fixedHere is a photo of Diane and me sitting on a cliff by the Eshaness lighthouse in the northern Shetland Islands, overlooking the North Sea.

Below is a photo of us next to the the  Goðafoss (“waterfall of the gods”), one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland, near the northern town of Akureyri. 

falls near Akureyri, Iceland

I refer to this particular cruise as “In the Wake of the Vikings” because of its emphasis on Viking history and lore. All of my grandparents were born Jutland, Denmark, and I have often thought, albeit with tongue in cheek, that I might have Viking roots. As an anti war pacifist from Minnesota, I was happy to learn that in the Shetland Islands many Vikings were peaceful farmers, as were my ancestors. So, who knows?

Norway: Bergen, fjords, islands, and northern ports of call 

September dates. Diane and I, along with 14 of our Tallahassee friends, took a 12 day voyage on a Hurtigruten cruiseship/ferry/mailboat from Bergen to Kirkenes (the most northern town in Europe) and back, cruising in the estuaries and fjords of Norway. This was another cruise that had a Viking emphasis because many of the places we visited were former Viking settlements.

Diane and I ended this European adventure by spending a few days in Amsterdam where we rented a houseboat on a canal, complete with a traditional windmill just a few feet from the dock. It was so nice to have swans swimming by our window every morning.

 

Travels in 2015

From Chile across the Pacific to Robinson Crusoe Island, Easter Island, Pitcairn Island, and French Polynesia: A Southern Pacific Adventure

dates. Over Christmas 2014 and New Years 2015 Diane and went on a South Pacific cruise with Oceania cruise line. We flew to Santiago, took a bus to Valparaiso, and embarked from that Chilean cruise port. Our first stop was the Juan Fernandez Islands, and in particular Robinson Crusoe Island, named After Defoe’s novel about the marooned sailor, Alexander Selkirk, in the18th century.

After several more days at sea we arrived at Easter Island where we spent 2 nights, which gave us ample time to visit most of the archaeological sites featuring numerous moai, the enigmatic and colossal stone heads.

After more days at sea we arrived to Pitcairn Island, which also has an enigmatic history, although it is not archaeological, but sociological.

Several more days at sea took us to four islands in French Polynesia: Fakarava, Rangirora, Bora Bora, and Tahiti. The first two are very flat atolls, and the second two are volcanic with impressive peaks.

We flew back to Tallahassee from Papeete, Tahiti. Ever since we lived in Chile, we’ve wanted to go to Easter Island, and we finally had the opportunity.

 

Slovakian Heritage Tour and Vienna, Austria            

July dates. Diane and I flew to Vienna, Austria, where we joined a two-week tour of Slovakia with other tourists of Slovakian heritage like Diane (both her grandparents on her dad’s side were born in Slovakia). We toured many parts of Slovakia, visiting castles, taking cable cars into the high Tatra Mountains, attending festivals and musical events, rafting on a river, eating wonderful Slovakian food, and much more.

One day we arranged to visit Diane’s second cousins in Habura, whom we had never met. Their daughter, Martina, who is our son’s third cousin, was our interpreter. We had met Martina several decades ago when she visited St. Paul, Minnesota. Diane’s aunt Mary Ann and sister Barbara had visited the entire family in Habura several years earlier. Like long lost relatives, we were treated well when we arrived. We had a great time visiting old family homesteads, grave sites of Diane’s ancestors, the Andy Warhol Museum, looking at pictures of other family members, eating traditional food, and just getting to know more of Diane’s Slovakian relatives.

After Slovakia we took a ferry on the Danube River from Bratislava to Vienna, where we rented an apartment for a week in the museum district. We had great fun attending many concerts, visiting museums, seeing a show of the Spanish Riding School in the Hofburg Palace, and much more.

 

The Caribbean From Boston to Puerto Rico, Bonaire, Curacao, Aruba, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Cozumel, and New Orleans

dates. In October we cruised the Caribbean on Norwegian Cruise Lines. It was a “re-positioning” of a ship from Boston to New Orleans, by way of the Caribbean. We had never visited five of the islands on the itinerary, so we got the opportunity to add several more countries to our travel list.  This cruise was a part of our extended 50th wedding anniversary celebration, and we traveled with Mary and David Stevenson (our friends who were married on the same day and year as we — June 26, 1965), dear friends Louise and Walt, and many other acquaintances from the Westminster Oaks Retirement Community in Tallahassee (where Mary, David, Walt, and other friends live).

 

Travels in 2016

Trinidad and Tobago                                               

dates. A conference of SEMSEC (Southeast/Caribbean Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology), and an invitation to be a discussant on a session, gave us the opportunity to travel by air to Trinidad in March 2-11, 2016. We spent three days in San Fernando in the southwestern-central part of the island of Trinidad, where the conference was held. It was wonderful to see many of my former ethnomusicology students and numerous old friends (and make new friends, as well). We had not been to Trinidad since 1969 when we attended carnival after our three years in the Peace Corps in Chile.

P1380837One of the highlights was climbing Nabarima Hill (aka San Fernando Hill), which is a peak that is considered by the Warao Indians (a culture in Venezuela where I did my dissertation research — please link to “Ethnomusicology as Advocacy” from the main page or just below Travels) to be the northernmost sacred mountain in their cosmology — it is a very sacred place for them. While in San Fernando I had hoped to meet some of the Warao descendants that live in that region, but I was not able to make personal contacts. I left a copy of my book and CD for them with a Trinidadian scholar I met at the conference, but I never heard if the Warao descendants  ever received my gift.

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Then we traveled in our rental car to Port of Spain where we stayed for another four nights at the very comfortable Heritage Inn. From there we drove to and along the North Coast until the road ended. The beaches and mountains in the north of the island of Trinidad are spectacular. Especially impressive are Maracas Bay, Las Cuevas, and other beautiful beach locations.

One day we drove south to the Caroni Bird Sanctuary on the western coast, where every dusk thousands of scarlet ibis (the national bird of Trinidad) fly to particular islands in a large lake to roost. The boat tour in the Caroni Swamp was the highlight of our entire trip to Trinidad.

We also visited several Hindu temples on the west coast of Trinidad. While I did not enjoy driving on the left side of the roads, we survived and had a nice time. We heard excellent East Indian tassa drumming, a great steelband, and a good East Indian popular music group. We enjoyed the food, especially bake ‘n’ shark, one of the local specialties.

 

Buenos Aires, Uruguay, Falkland Islands, Tierra del Fuego, Cape Horn, Chilean Fiords and Lake District, Santiago de Chile: Around the Southern Cone of South America

December 6-20. More than 50 years ago Diane and I lived in Santiago, Chile, where we worked as Peace Corp Volunteers. During that time we visited Buenos Aires in northern Argentina, Ushuaia in the extreme south on the Beagle Canal, took a train across the pampas from Buenos Aires to Mendoza, and hitchhiked across the Andes from Mendoza to Santiago. We also traveled throughout Chile, from its far north in the Atacama Desert to Punta Arenas and Torres de Paine  in the far south (on the Strait of Magellan and in the Chilean Pategonia region).

This photo is a selfie from 1967 of us posing on a hill with Cuernos del Paine (a particular mountain in Torres de Paine) in the background.

However, we never had the time to explore the southern third of the country between Puerto Mont and Punta Arenas, except for Torres de Paine. The southern third of Chile is the fiord and estuary region, laden with amazing mountains and glaciers reached only by ship.

In December, 2016, we found the perfect cruise on Holland America for visiting that region. It was a thrilling experience to visit Ushuaia and the Tierra del Fuego National Park in Argentina again after 50 years (we were first there in 1967 for Christmas and New Year’s). Several of these photos were taken 50 years apart, so you can see many changes.

Diane horseback riding in Ushuaia in 1967.

Ushuaia, Argentina, in 1967 and 2016, showing the same church steeple

Tierra del Fuego National Park in 1967 and 2016

The cruise ship passed around Cape Horn, which was as calm as on a summer day in the Gulf of Mexico — it can often be so rough that cruise ships will not traverse the area. Then we slowly cruised through the Beagle Canal and the many estuaries of Tierra del Fuego, seeing some of the most beautiful mountains and glaciers in the world.

After reaching Puerto Mont in the south of central Chile, in the lake district, Diane took a horseback riding excursion in the wilderness of that beautiful region. I am not a horseback rider, but I talked my way into going along free, just to accompany her and spend the day visiting with the Chilean campesinos and making use of my Spanish. It was a very nice day.

When we finally reached Valparaiso, Chile, we spent a day with Chilean friends that we met on our Easter Island trip in 2015, and then took a bus to Santiago and stayed two weeks, visiting old musician friends from the 1960s and celebrating Christmas with our dear friend and UCLA colleague, Dr. Luis Merino. It was so nice to be with him and his family at their country retreat in the coastal mountains. It was a wonderful reunion. We also spent many days walking around Santiago, trying to locate old haunts from the ’60s and exploring new areas. Santiago has certainly changed!

 

Travels in 2017

Italy, Greece, and Malta                       

October 19-November 3. In October and early November we flew to Italy and took a train to the cruise port of Civitaveccia on the Italian coast, northwest of Rome. We stayed there several nights before our cruise on NCL (Norwegian Cruise Line), giving us a full day to visit the beautiful medieval hill town of Tarquinia that is an important Etruscan archaeological site. We first visited Tarquinia in 1985 when we were living in Florence, but at that time most of the Etruscan tombs were not open for tourism; today it is possible to visit almost all of them, which we did. Because of their wall paintings, the tombs are important sources for the study of Etruscan musical instruments.

After several days we boarded a cruise ship for various Greek islands (Crete, Rhodes, Santorini, and Mykonos), Athens, and Malta, visiting Sicily (Mount Etna area), Naples, and Pompeii on our way back to Civitaveccia and on to Rome for a day.

 

Travels in 2018

The Caribbean: St. Maarten, St. Lucia, Barbados, Martinique, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Thomas, The Bahamas

March 7-18. We toured parts of the Caribbean again in March, 2018, cruising on a new and huge liner with several friends from Tallahassee. Although we had visited St. Maarten, St. Lucia, and Martinique back in 1977, we always realize there are new things to learn, and 40 years is a long time for many changes to take place. Also, we had never been to the other islands in the itinerary.


One of our favorite islands in the Caribbean is St. Lucia, and the peaks called Gran Pitons are always beautiful. This picture is one of the two Pitons as seen from the Caribbean Sea when we departed the island in our cruise ship.  Our St. Lucia road day trip took us from Castries, the capital, to  the region of the Pitons for taking pictures and learning about the northern part of the island. In 1977 we spent most of our time in Soufriere, a beautiful region with a “drive in” active volcano, which we walked to.

Things were a lot different 40 years ago, when we also spent several days in Martenique, which is today a French state. Back then we rented a car and explored most of the island, including driving and hiking to the top of the Mt. Pele crater. This time we spent all day in the capital, Fort de France, which was the cruise ship’s port of call. We enjoyed the museums, parks, and French ice cream.

Denmark, Norway, Germany, Estonia, Russia, Finland, and Sweden (followed by a week in Copenhagen): A Baltic Adventure

August 27-September 15.  In August we went on a cruise of the Baltic Sea, from the western end to St. Petersburg at the easternmost end. Beginning in Copenhagen, the cruise ship headed northwest to Oslo, where we met up with two Tallahassee friends who were spending their summer in Norway. From there we spent a day in northern Germany, then on to Tallinn, Estonia, for a day. The old town section of Tallinn is a wonderful region to visit, with its many high church spires, medieval walls, and other intriguing sites. St. Petersburg was very interesting, with its numerous canals, churches, modern architecture near the sea, and its fabulous museums and palaces. On the return we spent a day in Helsinki, which I had visited in 1985 during an ICTM conference. The next stop was Stockholm, where we strolled around, trying to see sites we had not visited when we were there in 1985 and again in 2014.

 

Travels in 2019

The Western Mediterranean: Spain, Morocco, Canary Islands, and Madeira (followed by a week in Barcelona).                                         

January 11-28, 2019. January

 

Croatia and Montenegro: Cruising the Adriatic by Yacht                                                             

April 25-May 10, 2019. April-May

                                                                                       

Crossing the northern Atlantic on the Queen Mary II to England (followed by a week in Salisbury, Stonehenge, and Bath)

July 28-August 11. July-August

Switzerland and the Rhine: (beginning with a week in Interlaken, the Alps, and Basel) Rhine River cruise to Amsterdam                                                                               

September 17-October 2, 2019. In September Diane and I flew to Basel, Switzerland, and then traveled by train to Interlaken where we spent a week prior to a scheduled Viking river cruise on the Rhine River. From our base in Unterseen, staying six nights in a charming Hotel called Post Hardermannli, we took day trips by trains, mountain lifts, funiculars, and cog trains to several Alpine peaks and mountain villages in the Berner Oberland region. We visited Jungfraujoch (“Top of Europe”), a beautiful ski area and snowy playground situated between the peaks of Eiger (13,036″) and Monch (13,449″). 

 

Travels in 2020

Western Mexico: San Diego to Puerto Vallata, Mazatlan, and Cabo San Lucas (followed by a week in southern California)                                   

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So many other places to visit, and so little time!