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Iceland: Go or No Go?

June 12th, 2019 · No Comments · Iceland, tourism, Travel, Uncategorized

Two full days in Iceland, as well as one very long evening and one very early morning. Enough to have an opinion on the little island in the upper reaches of the north Atlantic? Of course it is. We all make snap judgments, some snappier than others, given on how long we are around a […]

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The Church on the Hill

June 9th, 2019 · No Comments · Iceland, Lutherans, tourism, Travel

Seven of us are sharing a comfortable home near the port and downtown of Reykjavik, capital and biggest city of Iceland. On our first night there, I noticed an interesting, modern church that seemed to be made of pentagonal blocks. The whole of it was painted white. And it was about 100 yards from where […]

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Iceland Required Viewing: The Golden Circle Tour

June 8th, 2019 · No Comments · tourism, Travel

Some tourists travel to Iceland planning a lengthy stay. A week, or more, which probably includes outdoorsy activities. Climbing mountains and such. Hiking up dormant volcanoes. Deep-sea fishing. Or perhaps they want to take a leisurely drive around the edges of the world’s 13th-biggest island, spending nights in tiny hotels or under a tent. Waiting […]

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A Weekend in Iceland

June 7th, 2019 · 1 Comment · tourism, Travel

  Always wanted to go to Iceland. And here we are. When flying to Europe from Southern California, on the great circle route, people can sometimes see Iceland from 35,000 feet, looking cool and inviting, and it seems a bit odd that we never went on down and landed and looked around. We finally did. […]

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Miro Painting: On the Dot

April 12th, 2019 · No Comments · Barcelona, Spain, tourism, Travel

Yes, I am one of those guys who looks at some abstract art and says, “a chimp could do that.” Talking about paint thrown at a canvas … a couple of random shapes swimming in space … a bucket, a hammer and a broom entitled “Young Man”, or something like that. I readily concede my […]

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Egypt, Tourism and All Those Police

April 7th, 2019 · 1 Comment · Egypt, tourism, Travel

“Police state” is a strong term. It can have multiple meanings, and shades of threat/protections. It may not always be easy to identify a police state, but perhaps one simple iteration goes like this: A state where armed governmental authorities seem … everywhere. One such state is the one we spent two weeks in, recently, […]

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Yanks in Upper Egypt: Thin on the Ground

April 4th, 2019 · No Comments · Egypt, tourism, Travel

Around the world, it seems to be assumed that hardly a jet can touch down — anywhere, at any time of year — and not have some Americans on board. With more of them already ensconced in a nearby hotel or tourist club. Americans like to get out and around. But not necessarily in this […]

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Prankster ‘Artists’ Make Egypt Tourists Feel Like Fools

April 1st, 2019 · No Comments · Egypt, tourism, Travel

It happened on April 1 — April Fools’ Day. It is a quasi-notable pranking date on the Western calendar but it seems unlikely it meant anything to the Egyptian guys in the housekeeping department of the Nile Commodore. They like to create works of art out of items they find in each stateroom. And it […]

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Watching Liverpool while ‘Aboard the Nile Commodore’

March 31st, 2019 · No Comments · Egypt, Football, soccer, tourism, Travel

I have always liked that journalistic convention … on how to handle a “dateline” when traveling via water. You write “aboard” and continue with the name of the ship. Such as “the USS Enterprise” or “HMS Victory” or “RMS Titanic”. A few decades ago, the dateline also would have included the day a story was […]

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The Nile: Egypt Can’t Live Without It

March 30th, 2019 · No Comments · Egypt, tourism, Travel

Intellectually, we know how important the Nile River is to Egypt. It can be seen on a map; the blue line that waters a country. But the Nile’s importance is really hammered home when you leave your mooring place on the river and travel a few miles east or west. What appears to be a […]

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