Laura421's Guestbook



1st July 2019

Portugal
Hi Laura I enjoy reading your blogs. Ive just returned from a magical trip to Japan, off to South Africa in September and then Portugal in June next year. So will do Spain, Ireland etc and maybe Morocco at the same time. Great great memories for sure.
30th June 2019

Portugal
Hi Laura, We did Portugal many years ago. Been there twice as well. We used Rick Steves' book & loved it. Got caught after dark on the other side by the castle/fort at the top & some nice Samaritan walked us down as our escort because it wasn't the nice side of town. We also got caught exploring & all lights went out. We struggled walking, saw lights headed for them & entered a pub. Enjoyed ourselves & then called a taxi to get us to our hotel. Lots of good memories.
27th June 2019

Blarney Stone
We stopped in Dingle & listened to the singing & joined in. Had great food there as well. This was a country on our top list as our grandson chose Ireland to visit when it was his turn.. We did some driving way ro the end of the peninsulas and wandered about & found great history, went to the islands & as I told you the highlight was the Black Taxis in Belfast and all there was to do there. Grandson didn't to do the Blarney Stone. Took us 12 days & did a little of the ancient homes which were dome like structures under the ground with grassy tops not far from Dublin. Enjoying your blogs. Barbara
27th June 2019

I would love to see photos of the garden.
From Blog: Kylemore Abbey
22nd June 2019

Ireland
Hugh and I were in the Republic of Ireland Ireland in 2000 but we have never been to Northern Ireland. As always, your wonderful descriptive writing put me right there!
22nd June 2019

Brave girl
But it led to an adventure. Good for you.
22nd June 2019

Londonderry
This is where they held the gate. It is a beautiful city. I'm sure you'll go to the rope bridge & the Giant's Causeway.
21st June 2019

Ireland
Hi, Laura, We loved Ireland. I've been there twice. We did it on our own & once with our grandson. It's one of our favorite countries. We took a black taxi in Belfast & the driver's are essentially a tour guides. It's a 3 or 4 hour tour, I forget. They were involved with the troubles personally. It impacted both of us so much. I had read Uris's Trinity & it gave me a background, but this was real. The fences were so high & while we were there some kind of holiday for the one side & they marched down the street by the Catholic churches & sang their political songs against them. They had trash piled 6 ft. high to burn for this special day against the other side. It was celebrating one side breaking down the gate to the city. We hear about genocide from other countries & here it was happening in our own culture. (still is). The rest of Ireland is so beautiful & we loved their singing in the pubs. Looking forward to more. We just returned from family vacation in Hawaii (19 of us). We'll be leaving for Canada next week & staying until early Sept. instead of October as we'll be going to Sicily in Sept. Wish someday we can connect again. Barbara (You're always welcome here - only 6 hours from Grand Canyon & a world of beauty around it with Antelope Canyon, Zion, Bryce & Canyon de Chelly). .
21st June 2019

Two Irelands and a Sheep Grotto
Nice blog! I was in Ireland in 1967, but not the north. Saw plenty of sheep. From what I can tell, things have changed there over time. But time changes things and things change with time. Sometime it is for the better and sometime not. I hope to get back there someday, but TIME will tell when that happens.
21st June 2019

Love your sheep relationship. Off to Norway and Finland in July. Wish you were with us.
12th April 2019

Laura, I really enjoy reading your blog of all your adventures. I had no idea on our Russian tour that you were such an avid traveller. I look forward to reading about your new adventure
11th April 2019

Samarkand
Interesting that our group did not take the trains. Maybe to keep costs down & we did not see an observatory. In our book it mentions going there, but perhaps there was a conflict. No one mentioned missing it & I noticed it once we were home. Looks like we saw nearly the same. Wonderful trip & tomorrow I do my slide show on Middle Asia. Just booked a trip to Sicily yesterday.
11th April 2019

Really enjoying these posts, Laura!
These posts are really interesting! You are exploring places I never even dreamt of going. Yes, the info, about camel caravans is kind of a downer, but it's better to know the truth! We missed you in Candide, by the way. It turned out well -- lots of fun. Keep the blogs coming!
11th April 2019

Really enjoy your travel blogs.
We went on an OAT trip that was supposed to go to Lisbon, Portimiao, Gibralter, Tangier, Seville, Cordoba, etc. by small ship. After visiting Portugal which was great, we boarded a small ship and the winds blew up and as a result we missed many of the ports of call on the itinerary due to rough seas. Bummer.
10th April 2019

Bukhara
We did not take the train. Interesting!
9th April 2019

Hi Laura
Thanks Laura for the lovely write up. Great to hear on your travels again. Which tour Co u went with?? Me n my sistwr were thinking of the Balkan countries
7th April 2019

What fun that you are on the Silk Road. Peggy and I did a similar trip with Stanford a couple of years ago. Our most recent trip was to Papua New Guinea a month ago. It got cut short when Peggy slipped in a sweet potato field and broke her ankle. She has had surgery and needs another 4 weeks of no weight bearing-- so very inconvenient. Best, Willis
7th April 2019

The Treasure of a Banana
Nice blog! I have found that no Matter where I travel, people seem to go out of their way to make me welcome. Especially in Africa the people were generous with gifts. They shared what little they have. It is a shame that some people do not appreciate what they have and do not even share their Excesses.
7th April 2019

Turkmenistan
Liked the blog. I'll look forward to reliving the trip through your future entries.
7th April 2019

Turkmenistan
Hi Laura, We went with OAT on a tour of Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan. I'm doing a slide show Friday of our trip and it was one of the most interesting travel experiences we've had. I guess our visit to a village speaking to the mayor was most impactful. She was articulate & spoke of how it takes the entire village to make sure all are healthy in body & mind. Our guide called Ashgabat Las Vegas on steroids. So glad we went before many tourists have found it. Just went to Dubai & were wowed by so much work to make the UAE a tourist destination. Keep sending your Blogs. Barbara
6th February 2019

Guatamala
Hi Laura, Just returned from Dubai & Abu Dhabi & we were pleasantly surprised at the continued mass building they're still experiencing. We also enjoyed Guatemala with OAT & I hiked to the top of all the pyramids at Tikal. Dave only did 1 as he's uncomfortable with heights. Thanks for keeping us informed with your travels. We're heading to Iceland with our kids in June & in July our family week in Hawaii & finally 3 months in BC, Canada where we camp for the summer. We're getting older as Dave's 82 & I'm 79 so we're aware our travel time is becoming more limited. We still can do 5 mi. running around during the day on our own, so we're trying to make the best of it. Where's your next adventure? Dave said 2020 we'll do Sicily with OAT. We did Dubai with SmarTours & not even comparable with OAT. Always enjoy your Blogs. Barb
11th October 2018

Lithuania
Laura, On our visit to Lithuania I met the cantor's wife at the main Jewish synagogue. If you have a spare moment would you stop & give her my regards. She impacted me so much & I cried in her arms. She could tell you the story of her husband's struggle to survive as a child. I, too, have family from the area, mainly Belarus. Barbara.
9th October 2018

Whew!
I felt the tension as you went through passport control in Russia.
8th October 2018

Wonderful Description
This is great Laura. You really hit it right on with your decription. Russia is a place I wanted to visit all my life and I was thrilled to be there and surprised and happy at how clean and safe it was. It was such a wonderful experience made even better by Malcolm and ohr 45 new friends. We were so lucky to have such a wonderful group and such fantastic guides and if course Makcolm and Arturs. The train was definitely a highlight for us as well. Take care.
8th October 2018

Enjoyed the entry to St. Petersburg!
Laura -- Really enjoying these travel blogs! Keep them coming!

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