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North America » United States » Alaska » Denali National Park September 4th 2013

Up early to have the bag out by 6:30 and meet in the lobby at 7:15. for some reason, group picture isn't taken anyplace cool, but rather on the stairs of the Anchorage Sheraton hotel. Drove to the Iditarod museum (and gift shop). Since it's the end of the season, decent sales on stuff.... Unfortunately, because we were early, we didn't get to see any puppies. Then we drove to Talkeetna (which I'd heard of thanks to a Man vs. Food episode) to catch the train to Denali Park. We were in a "private" car with some folks from another tour company. What's funny is that we saw their tour guide when we were leaving the Sheraton and she liked my Wicked sweatshirt. Train ride up was gorgeous, I stood outside for a bit, but it ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Anchorage September 4th 2013

back at the hotel after a pretty fun day. because i used the hotel's "green" option (don't touch my room, i don't need anything), i got a 5 dollar voucher to use at the hotel. the nice thing about this town is that it is laid out on a gird system. that makes walking and finding things a bit easier. but it also means nice canyons for the wind to blow down. wandered down to the center of town and saw the guy selling trolley tour tickets. the 12 o'clock tour was full, so i kept walking. went to resolution point where there's a nice view (probably a gorgeous view when there aren't clouds), and a statue of Captain James Cook. went to the snow city cafe for lunch, then walked over to elderberry park and ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Anchorage September 2nd 2013

Nice flight up from Seattle to Anchorage. A bit bumpy descending, but not terrible. Sat next to a nice couple from Scotland. Cloudy and cool here, but not too bad. The globus book said it was 45 minutes from the airport to the hotel, but it was more like 15. All checked in and off to figure out what i'm doing the rest of the day and tomorrow.... read more

North America » United States » Washington » SeaTac September 2nd 2013

TJ picked me up around noon today for the drive to Everett. Stopped off at Safeway so he could pick up a card and some flowers for his mom on her birthday. And I picked up a salad. Drove to Forest Park and we hung out there trying to avoid the bees which wanted my salad. Then we drove over to the theater and I hung out at starbucks while he got ready for the show. Show was great. He had been happy thinking I was seeing Odd Couple for the first time, but I told him I'd seen it with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick. Their Oscar was fantastic and most of the rest of the ensemble was also great. I didn't love their Felix, but he wasn't bad. They threw in a mention of ... read more

North America » United States » Washington » SeaTac August 31st 2013

long day today.... TJ picked me up at ten (and today he was on time, and would have been early if his GPS hadn't lied to him), then we drove up to Snoqualmie Falls. very pretty. drove to Fremont to see the troll under the Fremont Bridge. stopped at his parents' place to get a national forest tag of some kind, then quick lunch at quiznos. drove to and through national forest land, stopping along the way at one of the fish locks/gateways and at one of the picnic areas in the forest land. drove back to Everett for dinner, then he drove me back to the hotel. tomorrow i'm seeing Odd Couple.... read more

North America » United States » Washington » SeaTac August 31st 2013

As some people may know, but others do not, one of this year's vacations is taking me to Alaska. However, since I couldn't fly direct from NY to Anchorage, I decided to stop for a few days in Seattle and see my friend TJ. Had a nice flight yesterday, not too much rough air, and touched down pretty much on time. Met three nice ladies who were heading out on a cruise from Seattle to Alaska and who were staying at the same hotel as me. Caught the shuttle from the airport to the hotel and after a yummy dinner at the hotel restaurant, turned in early. Had a busy day today. walked to the airport, caught the light rail into downtown seattle, about a 45 minute ride, some pretty scenery. TJ was late due to ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York December 18th 2012

Charles Dickens died while in the middle of writing a mystery novel. So the world will never know the truth behind "The Mystery of Edwin Drood." In the 1980s, Rupert Holmes wrote a musical version of this mystery tale. It premiered as part of Central Park's Shakespeare in the Park and then moved to Broadway where it played for about 18 months. And now, until March 2013, the Roundabout Theater Company is producing a mostly wonderful, but slightly confusing limited run revival at Studio 54. The action takes place at London's Music Hall Royale, in 1895, where a troupe of thespians is presenting "their" version of The Mystery of Edwin Drood. This is part of the confusion in the show, since the actors are playing both the actors in the troupe, as well as the characters ... read more

Asia » India » Uttar Pradesh » Varanasi November 6th 2012

Remember when I said we'd talk more about security? Well, let's do that now. Airports in India are even more security conscious than NYC ones. You can't get into the terminal without showing ID to friendly Indian Army dudes. Then your luggage is X-rayed and tagged. THEN you finally get to check in to get your boarding pass and seat assignment. And don't forget to put a tag on your carry-on luggage. You don't have to write anything on it, but you'll need it later. Oh, and regarding carry-on.... Don't put your extra camera batteries in your carry-on, apparently they don't like them here. Once you're checked in, it's off to security. Gents on one line, ladies on another. Why? Because everybody gets wanded and frisked, but us ladies get to be groped in private. At ... read more

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi » Qutub Minar November 5th 2012

Okay, time to actually tell you all where we went and what we did there.... The downside to posting this after the fact is that the entire trip is now tinged with the emotional state of the second week due to worrying about friends and family due to Hurricane Sandy. So that things which were enjoyed during the first week are now remembered with bit less enthusiasm. But there is an upside to posting this late. PHOTOS! Since I'm home and photos have been uploaded, I will include some in the blog entries. As stated previously, our day started with a visit to Humayun's Tomb and the to Qutab Minar. After that, we went to the Gandhi museum, which is at the house where he spent his final days and was assassinated. I had learned some ... read more
rickshaw ride
very crowded streets
humayun's tomb

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Udaipur November 1st 2012

Well, our official sightseeing has come to an end. This morning we visited the city palace museum. Not a place for the claustrophobic amongst us, the stairs are very narrow and steep and the doorways are low. After that we visited the "crystal gallery." It's not a gallery made of crystal, but rather a collection of crystal ware that was purchased by a maharana who passed away before it was delivered. Next stop was a garden/park with pretty fountains and then a stop at a place where we saw a demonstration of how they paint the minature paintings that Udaipur is famous for. Free this afternoon and then farewell dinner. Free tomorrow morning then 2 pm flight back to Delhi and then hopefully 1 am flight back to NYC.... read more

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