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HanoiIG
Interests: Opera, travel, food and wine, Sherlock Holmes
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Our trip is coming to an end! It was a bit iffy going in and I wasn’t certain if either of us could mange the nearly 5000 miles of driving, ten hotels, five operas, five baseball games and a lot of restaurant meals. Carol’s issues had to be considered as... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2022 at Santa Fe Opera-The Last Frontier
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On our last full day of this long road trip, Lee had planned a day out in Midland, a town about an hour and a half north of Brighton where the Dodgers’ High A affiliate, the Great Lakes Loons. After a nice lunch at their house, Nancy and Lee took... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2022 at Santa Fe Opera-The Last Frontier
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Carol and I have met many people on our travels and have kept in touch with many of them. Some have been guests in hotels or on cruises, but a larger number have been hotel employees or crew on cruise ships. We often promise to meet if we ever find... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2022 at Santa Fe Opera-The Last Frontier
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After leaving OKC, I had my eye on Springfield, Illinois as a decent stopping off place en route to Michigan, where we would visit Carol’s sister, Nancy, and her husband Lee. We have been out there several times and usually stayed with them as they have plenty of room, since... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2022 at Santa Fe Opera-The Last Frontier
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My father was an only child, unlike my mother who had five siblings, so we didn’t have a lot of relatives on Dad’s side. He grew up very close to his first cousin, Sid who lived in Kew Gardens, Queens. They were close in age and Sid and his wife,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2022 at Santa Fe Opera-The Last Frontier
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On our final full day in Santa Fe, the hotel and the downtown plaza were full of people attending Indian Market, an annual sell-a-thon of jewelry, clothing, art and artifacts. Many of the streets were closed to vehicles and, to top things off, it was raining! We had booked the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2022 at Santa Fe Opera-The Last Frontier
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On our penultimate day in Santa Fe, we found that the hotel restaurant’s systems were still down, but they had figured out that they could still service hotel guests as they could use vouchers or charge food and beverages to the rooms. As we were using the wheelchair for convenience,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2022 at Santa Fe Opera-The Last Frontier
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During the night, I heard a loud noise and found Carol on the floor, having either fallen out of bed or attempted to go to the bathroom. I gave her the how many fingers test and had her stand and move a bit. She wanted to go back to bed... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2022 at Santa Fe Opera-The Last Frontier
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In order to use my high status at Accor and pile up some points towards next year, I booked the 21C Museum Hotel in Kansas City. These are boutique places, usually with minimal services and quirky modern art. There are also the signature penguins that are ubiquitous in the public... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2022 at Santa Fe Opera-The Last Frontier
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My father was an only child, unlike my mother who had five siblings, so we didn’t have a lot of relatives on Dad’s side. He grew up very close to his first cousin, Sid who lived in Kew Gardens, Queens. They were close in age and Sid and his wife,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2022 at Santa Fe Opera-The Last Frontier
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I’m trying to do more than hang out but with dinner and an opera as our main focus, I’m trying to have a stressless day with no long or taxing activities. On our second day, we came down for breakfast only to find that the restaurant was closed! This was... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2022 at Santa Fe Opera-The Last Frontier
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We arrived in Santa Fe around 2:00 and the front of our hotel was not conducive to check in as there was no staff and cars parked at every spot. I called the hotel, and they told me to come to the garage which is around the corner, and we... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2022 at Santa Fe Opera-The Last Frontier
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While planning our trip to the Santa Fe Opera Festival, I tried to give us relatively easy drives, with nearly all daylight drives and no extremely long days. I looked to lay over in cities that were interesting and perhaps had places to visit or sporting events or concerts. Since... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2022 at Santa Fe Opera-The Last Frontier
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As the song goes, we got to Kansas City on a Friday! Our first night, we had BBQ at Arthur Bryant’s, one of the oldest places in Kansas City. We ate there on our first visit and have always maintained the tradition. When it comes to barbecue, it seems there... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2022 at Santa Fe Opera-The Last Frontier
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En route to St. Louis, I planned for two rest stops, plus I needed gas which I picked up once I got on the main part of I-70. It took me a while because the glare on the pump was so bright that I didn’t see that I had inserted... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2022 at Santa Fe Opera-The Last Frontier
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Driving trips are fun and have a fair amount of flexibility and, although there can be accidents and construction delays, you can’t have a connecting flight cancelled and you can keep a lot of stuff in the car and put it into your suitcase as necessary for a particular stay.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2022 at Santa Fe Opera-The Last Frontier
Carol and I have had many adventures and trips throughout the years, but age and some infirmities have made travel more difficult. I am somewhat slower and less perky, while Carol has memory issues that slow her down and make daily tasks longer and more difficult. She also has some... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2022 at Santa Fe Opera-The Last Frontier
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Our original itinerary had us shuffling off to Istanbul, then returning to Atlanta, then to Harrisburg. I gave it a bit more thought and decided that it would be difficult, perhaps even crazy, to add a two day stop with an overnight flight of nearly 12 hours through 8 time... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2020 at Asia 2020
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Carol and I don’t have a lot of friends, at least not where we live, and our families are pretty small, so I guess that motivates me to talk to anyone and everyone whom we encounter on our trips. I am Facebook friends, for what it is worth, with a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2020 at Asia 2020
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I had decided that we should leave the hotel at least once, so we took a taxi to Wat Pho, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. This is our favorite of the Wats. The reclining Buddha is 46 meters (150 feet) long and he is covered in gold leaf with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2020 at Asia 2020
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The Oriental Bangkok is a legendary hotel on the banks of the Chao Phrya River. It was long known as the best hotel in the world, made famous by the writings of Conrad, Maugham, Michener and others. It was the hotel where royalty stayed, as well as mere mortals like... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2020 at Asia 2020
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Saigon, officially known as Ho Chi Minh City, but called Saigon by most Vietnamese, was the first place we stopped back in 1994 on our first visit to the country that is now our favorite place in the world. It was hot! The airport was small, dirty and crowded. We... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2020 at Asia 2020
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Carol and I are not really beach people, but we sometimes go with Carol’s family and sometimes on a long trip, we take a few days at a beach for relaxation and, sometimes, remembrance. On our first trip to Vietnam, we had a day trip from Hue to Hoi An... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2020 at Asia 2020
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We didn’t run around like crazy, but our time in Hanoi was well spent. Carol had some medical issues so, in addition to our three acupuncture treatments, we also had to go to the medical clinic to try to stop the problem before it became very bad. At this time... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2020 at Asia 2020
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Time goes by very quickly when you are on a vacation and, when you get old, it seems to go even faster. When I planned this trip, I made sure to leave time for acupuncture treatments and now it was time for our last one! Dr. Huong tailors every session... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2020 at Asia 2020