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Asia » Thailand » Western Thailand » Hua Hin June 4th 2007

Monday, June 4, 2007, began with a 7 AM arrival from Chiang Mai at the Sam Sen railroad station in Bangkok, about 15 minutes from the guest home that my sister, Carol, manages. We had a quick breakfast and showers, changed clothes, dropped off dirty clothes and packed up clean clothes, and by 9 AM we were off again with the guest home driver and van, with our first stop being the Rose Gardens. Back in the '60s the Rose Garden owner, who was a friend of my dad, started Thailand In Miniature (TIM) Land near Don Muang Airport. Anyway, he eventually became the mayor of Bangkok, a very good one, and his small tourist attraction moved and evolved into what is now the Rose Gardens, an extensive area with recreated Thai village where a wide ... read more
Rosanna learning to play the Thai version of a xylaphone while Tamara watches
Mike learning martial arts at the Rose Garden
Buddha in cave @ Petchaburi

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai June 1st 2007

We arrived in Chiang Mai early Friday morning, June 1, 2007 on the overnight express train from Lopburi. We caught a taxi van to the Amari Rincome Hotel on the western outskirts of town, at the base of Doi Suthep mountain. This was my first visit since 1983, and just like Bangkok, EVERYTHING had changed. My wife, Linda, and I lived here from February 1974 to July 1975. I was then working for the Defense Department overseeing the construction of the 48 kilometer road to the top of Doi Inthanon, the highest mountain in Thailand, and an 18 building radar station and cantonment area for the Royal Thai Air Force. I had previously surveyed the top of this mountain as a high school senior; working 12 hour days, seven days per week, for six weeks. Our ... read more
Betty, Mike, Will & Bob looking over Chiang Mai from Doi Suthep
Rosanna @ temple on Doi Suthep
Tamara & Rosanna in front of billboard of the Royal Family

Asia » Thailand » North-East Thailand May 30th 2007

On Wednesday, May 30, 2007, we hired the guest home driver and van, and right after breakfast left Bangkok headed north towards Ayuthaya and then east to Khao Yai National Park and the Khorat Plateau. We took the superhighway which provided a fast exit from the city. Our first stop was the king's summer palace at Bang Pa-In, about an hour north of Bangkok. The royal family has many palaces scattered around the country. This was one of the older ones, dating from 1850 - 1900, that the king could ride the royal barge up the Chao Praya River to get away from it all. Again, the kids had to don long sleeve shirts and pants to display appropriate decorum. In my view the highlight of this stop was the ornated Phra Thinang Aisawan Thipha-at pavilion ... read more
Mike, Betty, Rosanna, & Will @ Ayuthaya Temple
Ayuthaya Temple
Tamara climbing at Ayuthaya temple

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok May 26th 2007

It looks like my first entry which tells about my layover in Tokyo was successful, including pictures...not sure how I did it! Anyway, I'm on a roll. We left off the last entry landing at Bangkok's Suvanabhumi International Airport at 11:00 PM on May 26, 2007. I speak Thai and still can't pronounce this name, so I don't know how others do it. Don Muang, the name of the old airport was much easier. My sister, Carol, and her husband, Steve, were there to meet us. My sister manages the Alliance Guest Home (built by my parents in 1967) in the Sapan Kwai area of northern Bangkok, so that's where we proceeded; going to bed immediately...remember our day started with the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo! I'm so glad I didn't have to try to find ... read more
Will & Rosanna dressed appropriately for the Grand Palace
Touring the Temple of the Emerald Buddha
Will, Rosanna, Bob, & Tamara @ Temple of the Emerald Buddha

Asia » Japan » Tokyo May 24th 2007

This is my first travel blog entry, and as such it is my trial run for entering text and pictures so that when I take my next trip, this time to China and Southeast Asia, I will be able to provide credible blog entries. I have enjoyed reading travelblog for several months now in anticipation of this next trip, and am ready to dive in. Although I presently do not fit the normal profile, being retired and prefering more upscale accommodations (and spelling words correctly), I once was young and adventurous. While a high school senior I treked by myself to the top of the highest mountain in Thailand (Doi Inthanon), sleeping in hill tribes huts along the way. I surveyed the top of the mountain for a radar station, and found that the highest point ... read more
Tsukiji Fish Market
Tamara, Rosanna, Will & friends @ Imperial Palace Gardens
Rosanna, Bob, and Tamara @ Hozomon Gate

Europe » France » Paris January 10th 2006

10 January 2006 Tuesday. We caught the tube to Waterloo Station where we caught the Eurostar train through the Chunnel to Paris. The train is very nice and fast, and the country side was interesting to pass through, despite the winter's gloom. In no time we were in Paris-Nord, arriving around noon. We caught a taxi to our hotel in Montmartre, and checked in. I asked the desk clerk where the nearest internet café was, and he pointed left down the street. As usual, it turned out to be to the right. We explored the Montmartre and Pigalle area that afternoon, and walked up the hill to check out the Basilique de Sacre Couer. We sat on the front steps admiring the view of Paris as the sun went down. We walked to a nearby sidewalk ... read more
Bob at Versailles Palace
Rosanna and Tamara at Notre Dame Cathedral
Tamara and Rosanna at the Louvre

Europe » United Kingdom » England » London January 6th 2006

5 – 6 January 2006 Thursday and Friday. As the girls didn’t start their spring semester until mid January and after New Years there were terrific bargains for combination packages of flights and hotels, we decided to take advantage of one of the deals. We booked three nights in London and three nights in Paris, with the Eurostar train between the two and airfare to London and back from Paris; all less that $1000 per person which is less that the flight alone today. Linda stayed home with Will, who had to start his spring semester right after New Years. Tamara, Rosanna and I flew to DC for a day of visiting friends before our Friday night Air France flight. 7 January 2006 Saturday. We landed in Paris early Saturday morning and had to pass through ... read more
Tamara and Rosanna in Globe Theater
Rosanna and Tamara: Millenium Bridge and St Pauls Cathedral
Bob on Milenium Bridge in front of St Paul

North America » United States » Colorado » Woodland Park August 18th 2005

When our family moved from Brussels, Belgium to Falls Church, Virginia in November 1995, the plan was to retire in ten years after having built up enough equity in our home to be able to pay cash for a home in a lower cost area. From 1995 to 2005 we visited all 50 states to find the perfect place to retire. We didn't consider anywhere that was hot and humid; i.e., anywhere east of the Rocky Mountains. We finally decided on Woodland Park, Colorado, as it met most of our criteria: good climate, beautiful scenery, friendly people, centrally located, plenty of activities and places to visit nearby. I retired on August 3, 2005. As we were packing our household goods to move, our cat Prissy, who we got in 1984 just after moving to Brussels, and ... read more
Herd of mule deer feeding outside our kitchen window
Our home in winter
Bonnie with our house in background

Europe » United Kingdom » England April 10th 2004

10 April 2004 Saturday. Leaving Dover, we stopped in Canterbury to visit the cathedral, but it was closed for services, and now they were charging 4 ½ pounds to get in. We drove to Basingstoke, where Tamara and Rosanna had friends who used to attend their elementary school in Falls Church, and checked into the Travel Inn at 5:50 pm. Their friends soon arrived and we followed them to their parents’ home in Old Basing. The girls then left with their friends to go clubbing. Will and I were invited to stay for dinner, so while the mom prepared supper, Will played with their dog, and the dad took me to the local pub, The Old Mill. The place was crawling with Cromwell’s English Civil War re-enactors all in their Cavalier and Roundhead costumes. We joined ... read more
Church in Old Basing where I attended the Easter service
Will watching the Cavaliers prepare to attack the Roundheads
Cavaliers preparing to attack the Roundheads

Europe » Belgium » Brussels-Capital Region » Brussels April 9th 2004

9 April 2004 Friday. We slept in and after a wonderful breakfast at the Holiday Inn restaurant. I had forgotten to call my credit card companies to tell them I would be in Europe, and by now was on my last card; the others having been cancelled. I called Linda to have her call the companies and tell them where I was and to reactivated the cards. She was well aware that the cards had been cancelled as she tried to pay for groceries and the cards were not accepted. We hit the road about 10 am, taking the autoroute north to Belgium. We arrived at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) near Mons about noon and told the guards that we needed to go to the hospital, so that the kids could see where ... read more
Our favorite bakery near our home in Overijse
Tamara, Rosanna, and Will at our old Home in Overijse
Eduard, Rosanna, Julia, Tamara, and Will

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