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

After we crossed the river at Kilrush, we entered the Burren, a stark landscaoe in County Clare. Our destinationwas the Cliffs of Moher which rise 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean.
At Rathaun Farm, a border collie herded sheep, the …

17 February 2014  Uncategorized

Today we drove 112 miles around the Irish Ring of Kerry, a peninsula sticking into the Atlantic Ocean; saw ancient standing stones (ogham – 5,000 years older than the pyramids); noticed that stone walls had replaced hedges, and finished our tour by going through Killarney National Park where Kathy spotted …

22 January 2014  Uncategorized

We drove through rain, fog and intermittent sun to Killarney where Kathy climbed the narrow curving steps of the castle so she could kiss the Blarney stone as my proxy, thereby bestowing both of us with the gift of eloquence.

17 January 2014  Uncategorized

Our trip guide, Kristianne, led our 18 member group on a city tour of Dublin where we saw a plethora of Georgian homes, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the statue of Molly Malone, Trinity College in the middle of the town with its huge library and the …

11 January 2014  Uncategorized
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