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November 18th 2011
Somewhere over either Brittany or Normandy, France, Friday, November 18, 2011 I departed Houston this afternoon at 4:15 to fly to Rome, Italy for vacation. I am currently flying over France and will be landing in Paris in approximately 29 minutes. The on-screen flight map shows that we are flying just south of Bayeux and Caen. This reminds me of my first trip to France just over four years ago. I wish I had blogged that trip, but I still have blogs from my trip in 2007 to Guatemala that remain unfinished and unpublished. So I may never get around to blogging about my first trip to France and Europe as well. Just now I'm seeing a sunrise-lit blank of clouds out the window to my left. Well I also see the lady in the window ... read more
September 11th 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009 Marseille, France to Chamonix-Mont Blanc (via Lyon and St. Gervais le Bains) After class on Friday, I packed a bag for the weekend, and set out for the train station to get a ticket to Chamonix-Mont Blanc. This is a ski resort town in the winter months and a popular place in the summer for seeing the mountains and glaciers. My train reservation took me through the city of Lyon, France (2 hours from Marseille if I remember correctly) where I caught a connecting train to a town called St. Gervais les Bains. From here I caught yet another connecting train to Chamonix-Mont Blanc. The train ride from Marseille to Lyon was the TGV (high speed train ) in the first class car. The Eurail Railpass is a great money saver for ... read more
September 7th 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009 Marseille, France I am attending L'Alliance Francaise Marseille - Provence for four weeks. I began French classes today. Well at least I thought that I would begin them. In preparing for this trip, I had neglected to send via FAX my placement test to the school here in Marseille. So when I arrived on Monday morning, they looked over my written placement test and decided that I would be in the class that is for beginners. This class is a Wednesday through Friday class from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. However, there seemed to be a miscommunication with the secretary and she whisked me away into a classroom and asked me to take a seat. It didn’t take long for me to realize that she had mistakenly added me to the very ... read more
September 6th 2009
Nice, France I slept a little bit later today trying to catch up, had breakfast, and decided to catch the bus up the hill in town to the Matisse Museum. During this month there was also a Rodin exhibition traveling through and on at the museum. I was really glad I got to see these sculptures by Rodin. Later in my travels, I will see the Rodin Museum in Paris. The museum is on a hilltop amidst ruins from the ancient Roman city Cemenelum. The museum is a three or four story red building set in an olive grove that is a popular place for people and their dogs on Sunday morning. The museum was free and it was worth the 10 minute bus ride and short walk. I then took the bus back down into ... read more
September 5th 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009 I woke up as the train began slowing down around 3 a.m. and then fell asleep again. At one point in the night, with the rocking of the train, my head began to hit the side of the train in a rhythmic rocking motion. I am so glad I had my little sleep comfort inflatable camping/travel pillow. With this standing between my head and the side of the train, I was able to get a really great night’s sleep. I woke up as the train began to slow and allow passengers to board and get off at all the towns along the French Riviera - Toulon, Cannes, Antibes , and then finally Nice. I found a place to stay and immediately when to the store (Monoprix) to purchase sun block for the ... read more
September 4th 2009
Wednesday - Friday, September 2 - 4, 2009 Houston - Atlanta Today I was able to catch the plane to Atlanta and but did not make it in time to be on either of the flights to Paris. So I spent the night in a hotel in Atlanta and got a good night’s rest. The next morning after breakfast, I went to the airport to attempt to get on the flights to Paris. Unfortunately, the four flights to Paris were full all day, so I decided to change my ticket to Brussels, Belgium. This turned out to be the best option to get to Paris. Paris is about a one hour and tweenty minute train ride from Brussels. Bruxelles, Belgique As I arrived in Brussels, I became aware of the fact that all the signs were ... read more
December 1st 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008 Today I took a bus to the old capital of Guatemala, called Antigua Guatemala. This colonial era capital still has cobblestone streets and lacks the bustle of the new capital. I was only here long enough to have a cup of coffee at Caffe Opera and catch a shuttle bus to Panajachel. The bus was scheduled to leave at 12:30 however we had to go to a garage and switch to a larger bus to accommodate all the passengers that had signed up for the trip. We traveled about 3 hours and the views of the lake from the eastern side were spectacular. I was not able to take any pics since I was squished in between some Swiss travelers. Upon arriving in Panajachel, I popped into a little cafe for a ... read more
November 29th 2008
November 25, 2008 Guatemala City, Guatemala, Central America I arrived in Guatemala City on Sunday, November 23rd and spent a couple of nights relaxing. Tuesday morning I went to the National Museum of Arqueology and Ethnology in Guatemala City. There are many original artefacts here from the ancient Mayan cities of Guatemala. The museum is in the Zone of the city that is close to the airport and the zoo. I visited the zoo as well today. In all my time in Guatemala, I had not ever visited either of these places. The zoo is quite nice. The museum is really impressive. I am sure that most of you, as my readers are tired of hearing about the Mayan peoples. For me, however, it is quite fascinating. I will upload a few pics of the artefacts ... read more
November 24th 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008 Today I used my same ticket from the museum of Mayan sculpture from the previous day, to enter the museum again. I told the lady that takes the tickets at the door that the previous day I had not had sufficient time to see all of the sculptures. I actually had the time but my camera had run out of battery power. The museum is very impressive. Inside a central courtyard are two levels of artefacts, mostly the original pieces from the ruins. Some of the original stelae in the park are left in situ are protected by little tin roofs and posts. Even the glyphs that are on the ones that have been in the elements for over a thousand years are still readable, well at least to the Mayan epigraphists. ... read more
November 22nd 2008
I left via bus Thursday morning to go to the little town of Copan Ruinas. I first took a bus to the 18th street in the Zone 1 of Guatemala City. This is the place were one finds all the bus lines to take you out and away from the capital city to the tourist spots. The bus I chose was the one direct to Chiquimula. On this route, you leave Guatemala City from the east and eventually find yourself in the middle of the arid region of Zacapa. Here you see fron the roadside all sorts of cacti. It really is interesting. Zacapa and Chiquimula are cities that lie in the same Montagua river valley that continues eastward to the ruins of Copan. The bus rides were interesting. The first, being a large Greyhound type, ... read more