Traveling Knights

Traveling Knights

Traveling Knights

Exotic locations are what we strive for. Most of our travel has been in the United States, Canada and Europe. In Europe we have been to Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Holland, England, France, Portugal, Japan, Greece and Turkey. We have also visited Mexico, Honduras, Ecuador, El Salvador, China, Thailand, Korea and Vietnam. Our next adventure will be to Oaxaca, Mexico for Easter 2019. Plan to follow us on out adventures.



North America » United States » Louisiana » New Iberia April 29th 2019

On impulse this morning we decided to drive the Creole Nature Trail that begins in Sulphur, Louisiana and ends in Cameron Parish. The drive is a beautiful one with wild flowers, marsh grasses and a variety of water fowl on display. Fishing camps and duck hunting sites are an outdoors man's dream. We were the only ones with no fishing gear and every family was fishing for next weeks dinner. I do miss seeing the beautiful red wing black birds that were part of my commute everyday when I lived in Lake Jackson and they were everywhere along the trail. A large rookery with great white and spoonbills reminded us of our visits to High Island. This is mating season and the great whites have little ones to feed and the spoonbills are engineering their nests. ... read more

North America » Mexico » Oaxaca » Oaxaca April 19th 2019

Day 3 Today we spent the entire day near the Santo Domingo Culture Center. Once a church this area serves many purposes now. The one we enjoyed the most today was the Jardin de Ethnobotanicals. These gardens are open only three days a week and admit a limited number of visitors to protect the plants from vandals and piracy. The first area features desert plants much like we would see in far West Texas. The most interesting area was the gardens of maize that showed the evolution of maize from ancient times to present day. The diet of this area has not changed a lot. They people still are primarily vegetarians. Tropical plants including orchids were in another area. A twelve month growing season guarantees large leaves and healthy stems. We left and headed to a ... read more
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North America » Mexico » Oaxaca April 17th 2019

We left Oaxaca City for Monte Alban one of the first planned urban areas in the Americas. The drove out of the city was a riot of color. Purple jackaranda trees competed with the beautiful orange of the Poinciana and the bubenbilla to use the Spanish spelling. We would never think of putting those colors so close together in our yard, but they work beautifully here. Monte Alban was a large complex with temples; residences, an observatory and all that was required of a bustling civilization. There is evidence of trading with far away places and the walls tell the story of battles and conquests. Smaller carving show people suffering from various diseases and it is believed that these were used as medical texts. It is easy to imagine this place full of life, waiting for ... read more
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North America » Mexico » Oaxaca April 17th 2019

This was our first full day in Oaxaca and it was a joyful experience. The city is full of visitors who have come to experience Holy Week in this Southern city in Mexico. Oaxaco is a small city of about two hundred thousand and the capital of the state of Oaxaca. The taxi driver who brought us into the city last night described it as a happy city and I agree. We walked down Independencia Ave this morning and had breakfast in a beautiful hotel patio. The area was filled with painted bird cages and local birds sang to us as we ate. I had a bowl of chocolate con leche, black beans and tortilla and a delicious slice of spicy pork with fresh juice and fruit. Troy had eggs with chorizo and fruit and juice. ... read more
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North America » Mexico » Estado de Mexico December 27th 2018

Wednesday found us leaving Mexico City and heading up the mountains to Taxco. We were on a group tour because this trip is difficult to tackle alone. Eight of us boarded a van with driver and guide and headed to our first stop Cuernavaca. Our guide told us that this is a city for resting and that the unlucky Maximillian and Carlotta came here to rest. She before skedaddling out of Mexico back to Europe and poor old Max before he was executed in Puebla. The Mexicans did not take too kindly to these Aristocratic Austrians trying to take over their country. A quick visit to one of the first European Churches in Mexico and we hopped back on the bus. Of course there is always one couple who does not respect the time and so ... read more

North America » Mexico » Distrito Federal » Mexico City December 26th 2018

A slight change of plans. When traveling it pays to be flexible. Our trip to Taxco is for Wednesday not Tuesday. So we went down to the Turibus stop and for roughly ninety cents each and went to Chapultepec Park and spent the day in the Museo Nacional de Antropologia. It is a huge museum that houses 21 different structures representing the diverse cultures of Mexico. We spent time in the Introduction to Anthropology which carefully explained the changes in mankind over millions of years to modern man. In the center of the plaza there is a huge sculpted tree with water falling from it. This was the kid magnet. Every parent had to grab their children to keep them from taking a shower. Christmas day is a time families visit parks and museums and other ... read more
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North America » Mexico » Distrito Federal » Mexico City December 25th 2018

Christmas Eve in Mexico City is quiet. Most restaurants close early so that families can gather to celebrate. Our favorite bar Pata Negra stays open until 3:00 AM so we went there for tapas and drinks. The music is loud and the drinks are strong and the food is good so who could ask for more. After that we walked to the Cathedral for Mass. A charming octogenarian with a pony tail met us at the door and gave us a tour which included much information about the history of the Cathedral and its construction and art. As I listened to how it was construced and he showed us dates on art work I realized how young our country is in relation to Mexico. The building was constructed by natives who were forced by the Spanish ... read more

North America » Mexico » Distrito Federal » Mexico City December 24th 2018

This is our second Christmas in Mexico City and Troy and I find it as beautiful as last year. Hotel Central is located in the historic center of the city and from my window I can see the palace of Hernan Cortez. Directly across from his palace is the National Cathedral and next to that the ruins of Montezuma's Palace. Montezuma was the last Aztec King of Mexico. At this time of year the year as always the Aztec and Spanish culture is so evident. Aztec dancers wearing feathered headdresses and little more perform in the Plaza and devout Christians wind their way through them on their way to mass. Indigenous people sell their weaving and carving and basketry while shaman rids you of aches and pains by blowing smoke up your skirt so to speak. ... read more
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