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Visiting the U.S. and Encountering Sticker Shock

February 15th, 2018 · No Comments · France, Spain, Travel

We once lived decades in southern California. We feel like we know the place pretty well. Certainly from the Mexican border to, say, Sacramento. We had been outside the country for more than a year, and what we found here on our return yesterday has been … astounding. When did California prices get out of […]

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India’s Jet Airways and an Empty Cockpit

January 21st, 2018 · No Comments · tourism, Travel

Maybe it’s just me, but I prefer the pilots of my commercial flight to be friendly. With each other. They do not have to be pals swapping gossip, but they should be able to sit in the same cockpit without fighting. India’s Jet Airways was unable to clear that low bar on New Year’s Day. […]

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A Fond Farewell to the Boeing 747

January 19th, 2018 · No Comments · The Sun, tourism, Travel

The Boeing 747 was the first jumbo jet, and it forever changed the experience of flying. For the better. No one under the age of 50 can have a personal recollection of this, given that the first commercial flight of a 747 was made on January 22, 1970 — from New York to London. It […]

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The Original Lagos: Home of European Slavery

December 3rd, 2017 · No Comments · tourism, Travel

On the way back to Spain from Portugal, we left the little town of Luz and took a short detour through the “big city” in this part of the Algarve region — Lagos, population 30,000. What originally drew my attention was the town’s name — also the name of the biggest city (and former capital) […]

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An Act of Random Kindness and a Saved Trip

November 24th, 2017 · No Comments · Travel

I saw this just the past day or two, on some website. “Describe an act of random kindness that you encountered.” I think the point of this is … the act ought to be dramatic, unexpected and from someone you do not know. That is what the “random” is getting at. I probably am forgetting […]

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When a Cheery ‘Hello’ Seems Threatening

November 4th, 2017 · 1 Comment · Austria, France, Travel

I have become … oh, not obsessed but definitely interested … in the notion of saying hello to strangers. As the French do. On our most recent trip to California, I tried out the French method, in English, to people I encountered while walking. “Good morning!” It met with some success, suggesting that suburban Americans […]

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A Memorable, 18-Day Iberian Road Trip

November 2nd, 2017 · No Comments · Barcelona, Baseball, Dodgers, Sports Journalism, tourism, Travel

(Above: A statue to a bullfighter, in Seville.) Passing references have been made on this site to our tour of the Iberian Peninsula. Normally, more of that would have appeared here, as we went along, but the Dodgers were in a seven-game World Series — which vied for attention on this blog — originally intended […]

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Failing to Take into Account the Fall Classic

October 30th, 2017 · No Comments · Baseball, Dodgers, tourism, Travel

I can’t adequately explain how this happened. A couple of months ago, we finalized a commitment to an 18-day trip to and through Spain and Portugal. Not a crazy idea, considering we are already close to the former, which is attached to the latter. Also, not crazy considering that 1) we have spent little time […]

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Lisbon: Friendly People and Faded Grandeur

October 26th, 2017 · No Comments · tourism, Travel

As the capital city of Portugal, Lisbon was one of the world’s most important cities in the early days of the Age of Discovery. Portugal was, by almost a century, the first European nation to seek out trade and conquest in areas previously unfamiliar to the rest of Europe. In particular, in sub-Saharan Africa, India […]

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Porto: Who Knew?

October 22nd, 2017 · No Comments · Portland, tourism, Travel

Portugal seems to be a bit off the grid, among American tourists. Inexpensive, lots of sun — but not a priority. In practice, it is a country Yanks visit only after seeing the leading sights of Europe, led by those in France and Britain. It turns out that Portugal’s second city, Porto, is in itself […]

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