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The Vinales Valley ~ Cuba

 “Mountains culminate in peaks, and nations in men.” Jose Marti ~ Cuban Writer, 1853-1895 Leaving Havana for the day, we climbed aboard a Chinese built bus and headed west on a highway built by Russians. Our destination was the Vinales … Continue reading

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The Peanut Vendor And How I Broke His Heart ~ Havana

“Words make you think. Music makes you feel. A song makes you feel a thought.  ~ Yip Harburg Sitting on his concrete perch outside the boxing gymnasium, the distinguished old man held his rolls of peanuts while singing softly to … Continue reading

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Looking Beyond Crumbling Buildings ~ Havana

 A land without ruins is a land without memories – a land without memories is a land without history.   Abram Joseph Ryan Having grown up in Miami during the 50’s, I have iconic images of Havana, Cuba, a large Caribbean … Continue reading

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Savoring Suckling Pig ~ Balinese Style: Tips on how to Dine

 “Your body is not a temple, it’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.” ~ Anthony Bourdain I’m game for trying the national dish wherever I travel, and making a point to taste babi guling, or suckling pig, while in Bali … Continue reading

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Temple of Literature ~ Hanoi

 I am not one who was born in the possession of knowledge; I am one who is fond of antiquity, and earnest in seeking it there. ~ Confucius The Temple of Literature is home to two very important institutions, the … Continue reading

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Dining with Purpose ~ KOTO: “Know One, Teach One”

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”   ~ Mother Teresa While in Hanoi, one of our dining experiences was eating lunch at KOTO . KOTO stands for … Continue reading

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One Hour ~

We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection.                                                                  … Continue reading

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Living with the Manatees

I do not have to travel far to be in the midst of wildlife, the feathery kind that perch in the branches of the mangroves (herons and egrets) or those massive creatures of the water that find their way up … Continue reading

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Halong Bay, Vietnam

“A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.” Moslih Eddin Saad                                      I can describe SE Asia in three words: It is an artist’s palette. A profusion of color, shapes, sizes and textures, found in and on the … Continue reading

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My 7 Super Shots

My thanks to Cathy at catbirdinoman who nominated me to participate in HostelBookers 7 Super Shots. The challenge is to choose 7 of your own photos, one for each of the following categories: A photo that…takes my breath away A … Continue reading

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