Day 8 -   We continued our Discoveries in the Golden Ring (an arc of cities where magnificent pieces of Russia’s past have been preserved) with a stop at Yaroslavl.
Instead of visiting yet another Cathedral, we were bussed to a Valenki factory which manufactured a variety of felt winter boots.  From …

7 December 2014  Uncategorized

Day 6   Embarkation day on the “Tiki Don” as we started our cruise on the Volga River and continued through canals, lakes and other rivers on the Volga-Baltic waterway to St. Petersburg.  Every day featured some kind of Discovery in addition to port talks and the scenic beauty we were …

30 November 2014  Uncategorized

Days 1 – 4  Once we were in Moscow, Kathy visited the tourist sites which I had already seen when I went to the Soviet Union in 1986 with Grandmothers for Peace.  These included the Kremlin with its red brick crenelated walls and 15th century towers; the State Armory filled …

19 November 2014  Uncategorized

The 2nd day in Kiev we visited the Lavra (Caves Monastery). another UNESCO site. with many “onion – domed” museums on several levels.  In the 11th century, several “holy men settled in these caves and were joined by other healers and hermits.
The highlight of our Kiev visit was having dinner …

9 November 2014  Uncategorized

“See with your own eyes what life is like in the new Russia!”  How could I resist going on a river cruise from Moscow to St. Petersburg and revisit some of the sites I had seen in 1986 with a group of Grandmothers for Peace when it was still known …

2 November 2014  Uncategorized

By the time we reached Katha – the site of Orwell’s “Burmese Days” which I had just finished, I was primed for my motorcycle ride with one of the mahouts to the Myanmar Timber Enterprise with a herd of a dozen elephants.  Kathy fed bananas to one while I fed …

26 October 2014  Uncategorized

Mandalay was truly a sight to behold starting with the Royal Barge. Palace and Golden Palace Teak Monastery to the World’s Largest Book – a plantation of white stupas which contained 774 marble slabs with all the Buddha’s teachings inscribed by 2,400 monks.
Mingun – another ox cart day for me …

19 October 2014  Uncategorized

After we docked at Bagan, a World Heritage site, we boarded a bus to visit an overwhelming array of almost 3,000 temples and stupas covering 25 square miles.  Stupas are usually gilded solid structures with a dome and a reliquary while temples are composed of river bank mud bricks and …

12 October 2014  Uncategorized

As our Pandaw river chugged along the Irrawaddy, I noticed fields of corn, large clusters of papyrus, thatched roof villages and river washed laundry flapping on the clotheslines.  Our on board presentations included a makeup demonstration of thanaka (ground sandalwood) which women and children wear on their cheeks for sunscreen …

5 October 2014  Uncategorized

We drove from Yangon (Rangoon) 179 miles by bus to our embarkation point in Pyay (Prome).  Along the 2 lane “highway” bordered by rice fields and canals on each side, we made frequent stops at thatched roof toll stops and a gilded stupa in every village.  Before we started our …

27 September 2014  Uncategorized
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