For our afternoon bus trip I decided to try walking up the steep embankment with Kathy’s help; however, 2 crew members rushed to assist my endeavor.  Neville had a chair for me to go back to the boat.      When Pauli, our guide, said that we were visiting the …

20 August 2014  Uncategorized

We cast off before breakfast for Kampong Cham and the Khmer river community of Preak Bankang which is famous for its weaving production.  The majority of boats on the river are fishing; however, there are some cargo and dredge vessels.  My morning lecture notes state that fish is the main …

8 August 2014  Uncategorized

Today I waved goodbye to the group who was going to visit the Kampong Tralach Pagoda; however, Neville, our Tour Director, arranged for 4 crew members to carry me up the very steep bank with tiny toe hold in a deck chair.  Before I knew it, I was sitting in …

29 July 2014  Uncategorized

Our group took a tri-shaw ride(passenger sits in front of the cyclist) for a city tour of Phnom Penh , Cambodia, including the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda(with dragon tails on roof corners to protect against evil and guarantee Prosperity) and National Museum which includes the world’s largest collection of classical …

29 July 2014  Uncategorized

We began this morning by going to the sun Deck to watch a colorful Vietnamese Lion Dance. Kathy joined the other passengerss in the excursion to Chau Doc where they visited a floating fish farm and a Cham tribal village. They learned that …

8 July 2014  Uncategorized

In the morning our group visited a colorful floating market in the Mekong delta and observed the production of popped rice, rice paper, rice noodles and Vietnamese traditional sticky rice cakes wrapped in palm fronds.
In the afternoon we went to …

30 June 2014  Uncategorized

We went by bus from Ho Chi Minh City to My Tho, Vietnam where we embarked on the Pandaw River Cruiser. Our cabin was on the same deck as the restaurant and when we went to our first meal on board, I asked if …

25 June 2014  Uncategorized

From simple fishing villages to the mighty temples of
Angkor Wat, my Mekong River Expedition with my daughter, Kathy, proved to be very enlightening.
When our 18 hour flights landed us in Ho
Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), there were 8 million people …

12 June 2014  Uncategorized

Our last night was spent at Ashford Castle (1228 AD) in Cong on a 350 acre estate completely renovated with heated towel racks, luxourishly furnished rooms and a sumptuous four course meal in the Georgian dining room.
Kathy and I chose …

25 May 2014  Uncategorized

A double rainbow started our day’s excursion of the Connemara area featuring a land of mountains, brooks and rivers where Gaellic is definitely spoken.
During a marble factory tour we learned about different kinds of marble: while, at Kylemore Abbey, a …

18 May 2014  Uncategorized
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