Andrew Lisowski


Andrew Lisowski

"I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list." I've traveled for a long time and have many memories of places and people. I enjoy travel, especially to new places I haven't seen before. Every journey, whether brief or extended, provides the opportunity for a new experience or a different way to see things. I like travel photography, too, and always have my camera with me.

I look to the "4Hs of Tourism" as a guide when traveling: understanding the Habitat; Heritage; History and Handicrafts.

Member of the TravBuddy travel blogging community from 2007 until its demise in 2018.

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic » North Atlantic August 24th 2019

At Noon this day, the captain reported Caribbean Princess had crossed 60 degrees north latitude at 5:30 in the morning. We were now officially in the Arctic Region! Presentations were held on board about maritime navigation and the preparations Princess Cruises had made for this cruise. In one lecture, the Third Officer discussed navigation. Ships today normally use electronic charts. However, sailing to Greenland would require plotting the course on traditional paper charts. Bridge officers had taken special training in Arctic navigation. In addition, Greenland pilots had boarded at Sydney, NS, and would remain with the ship until St. Johns, Newfoundland. We had been hearing the ship's whistle sound often during a frequently foggy passage. Sounding a foghorn is required whenever visibility drops below two nautical miles, we learned. The Third Officer then took us on ... read more
Chart of the Cruise
The Bridge
Ship's Wheel

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Cape Breton August 22nd 2019

We booked a Princess shore excursion from Sydney, Nova Scotia, to the town of Baddeck. Our guide this time was a Sydney native and he had much history and information to relay. We were now in the Cape Breton Island area of Nova Scotia. The region resembles Scotland in its glacial lakes, mountainous terrain and climate. It reminded Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922) so much of his native Scotland that he purchased an estate at Baddeck, on Lake Bras d'Or in 1885. (Lake Bras d'Or is actually a long saltwater fjord.) Bell used Baddeck as his summer retreat and base for research and development until his death in 1922. Thus, the principle destination of our tour was the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site. The displays at the historic site trace Bell's career as a teacher of ... read more
Early Wall Telephones
Bell's Camera and Photographic Plates
Bell Experiments with Underwater Communication

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Peggy's Cove August 21st 2019

Morning was bright and sunny as we sailed into Halifax. We had selected a Princess shore excursion to Peggy's Cove. The guide and coach driver were excellent. The guide explained he was a "CFA" or Come From Away, as he was originally from Ontario. Yet, he was very knowledgeable about Nova Scotia and Halifax. I had the good fortune to have a seat near the windshield of the coach. The driver saw I liked to take pictures and pointed out upcoming sights as we drove along. The route took us from Halifax along St. Margaret's Bay, passing many picturesque coastal villages such as Hackett's Cove. Peggy's Cove is located near the entrance to St. Margaret's Bay. The village probably takes its name from the bay, but there are many folk legends as to its origin. The ... read more
Rockbound Coastline of St. Margaret's Bay
Dancing Rock
Granite Blocks at Peggy's Cove

North America » United States » New York » New York » Brooklyn August 19th 2019

Our cruise aboard Caribbean Princess to the Canadian Maritimes and Greenland was to sail from Brooklyn. This would be a first, sailing from Brooklyn rather than Manhattan. To reach Brooklyn, we drove up I-95 to northern New Jersey, then took I-278 across Staten Island and the Verrazzano Narrows bridge to Brooklyn. It was a raimy and gloomy trip, taking about eight hours. We stayed Sunday night at the Marriott Brooklyn Bridge. Dinner was found next door to the hotel, at Rocco's Tacos & Tequillar Bar, a popular neighborhood spot. Monday morning I took a walk around the block outside our hotel. The rain was gone and the sun now out! This was a very central location in Brooklyn. Passerby and transit busses reminded me of the scene looking out of our Loondon hotel two years before. ... read more
Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)
Brooklyn Bridge
Brooklyn Bridge

North America » United States » Virginia » Middleburg July 14th 2019

We visited Aldie Mill in Loudoun County for a weekend daytrip. It's located in Aldie, a village on US Highway 50 in Loudoun County, Virginia, near Middleburg. The mill on the Little River was built in 1807 and continued in operation to 1971. I recalled seeing it in the 1980s when it was closed and falling into disrepair. Now restored as a park with demonstrations of 19th century grain milling, we decided to make a visit. The restored mill is open on Saturdays and Sundays when volunteers give tour and milling demonstrations Aldie mill is unique among gristmills in Virginia in that it has two water wheels. I learned there were actually two mills on the site. One was the commercial mill that ground corn and wheat for sale while the other was the country or ... read more
Water Wheel

North America » United States » Virginia » Fairfax June 15th 2019

We decided to make a visit to a nearby historic house today and went to see the Civil War Interpretive Center at Historic Blenheim. The site is operated by the City of Fairfax. It centers around Blenheim, a plantation house built in 1859 by the Albert Willcoxon family. Union troops occupied Fairfax City (then known as Fairfax Court House) in March 1862. Soldiers bivouacked on the grounds and the house was used a shelter and as a temporary hospital. The significance of the site today is the myriad graffiti left behind by the solders over a two year period. The inscriptions of more than 125 individual soldiers, left from the main floor to the attic, have been identified. Twelve acres of the original 367 acre farm have been preserved. This is in itself significant, for the ... read more
Blenheim (1859)
Spencer Colton
Observation Balloon

The Huntington, or the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens to give its full name, was our destination Sunday afternoon. The Huntington is a very popular weekend attraction for Southern California residents. Families and people of all ages enjoy coming out to stroll the beautiful and varied gardens. (This despite an entrance fee of $29 per person.) The Huntington Library is in San Marino, just across the city line (street) from Pasadena. The Huntington comprises a rare book library, a botanical garden and an art collection. Our goal this afternoon was to visit the library and see a bit of the gardens. Railroad entrepreneur and businessman Henry E. Huntington (1850–1927) acquired Rancho San Marino, near Pasadena, in 1905. He and his wife, Arabella, redeveloped the working ranch and farm into a botanical display of 18 ... read more
Fountain in the Huntington Library Entrance Plaza
Gutenberg Bible, ca. 1455
Americae, Pars I, 1590

On Friday, our first full day in Southern California on this trip, we drove down from Anaheim to San Diego County to see Mission San Luis Rey. Mission San Luis Rey de Francia was founded on June 13, 1798 as the 18th of the California missions. It is known as The King of the Missions". The May Gray morning coastal fog was present most of the drive along the San Diego Freeway (I-5). I turned off at the freeway at Las Flores View Point scenic overlook for a view of the Pacific coastline. It afforded a nice view up the coast as far as San Onofre. A colony of squirrels, apparently a famous one, lives here. They and the seagulls are quite used to people. Then some excitement! The surrounding land and beachfront is part of ... read more
Mission Church and Bell Tower
Baptismal Font
Mission Church Nave

Arriving in Fort Lauderdale the day before our Panama Canal cruise was to sail, we had decided to make a visit to the Bonnet House. The Bonnet House, listed on the National Register of historic Places, was the home of Frederic Clay and Helen Bartlett. It was designed by him in his interpretation of the Caribbean Plantation style and built in 1920-1921. When Bonnet House was built, the surrounding land consisted of nothing but dunes, scrub and marshes and was reachable only by boat. Today, it is considered an oasis in the middle of the Fort Lauderdale beachfront. Frederic Clay Bartlett (1873-1953) was a successful American artist from Chicago. He worked in many media, including painting, faux stained glass, marbling, sculpture and decorative arts. The land was a wedding present to him and his second wife ... read more
Cowfish Sculpture
Evelyn and Frederic Clay Barlett
Bonnet House Courtyard

North America » United States » Florida » Keys » Key West October 24th 2018

In our cabin mailbox arrived a warning notice: our port call at Key West would be during the annual Fantasy Fest. Passengers were cautioned they might see some outrageous things ashore! Carnival Paradise docked at the Key West Naval Pier. It is the pier of the former Key West Naval Station and still remains on Naval property. In the basin, special operations forces were swimming in full combat gear getting ready for their 24-hour endurance swim. Shuttle busses were required to transport passengers from the ship through the Naval installation and to downtown Key West. There are a number of attractions at key West. Of course, I wanted to see the Southernmost Point marker. But there are also the Truman White House and Ernest Hemingway house. The bus left us off at Mallory Square. There we ... read more
Arriving at Key West
Sponge Man
Mallory Square

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