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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
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Brooklyn Bridge
Brooklyn Bridge

North America » United States » New York » New York August 7th 2019

It was October 2017, my 5th visit to the United States of America and my second visit to New York City. My first visit to the city and the country was in May 2006. "The city that never sleeps" is the largest city of the USA with roughly 20 million inhabitants. Also known as the "Big Apple", it is a very lively city with something for everyone! This visit was part of a type of "apprenticeship" for a small travel agency in Curaçao in order to be able to travel as a travel-coordinator with their groups. Of course I am not the kind of person who would book such tours, but for others it is an easy and comfortable way to travel. This tour was one week and is a pretty active one because you'll move ... read more
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North America » United States » New York » Batavia August 4th 2019

Another moving day. I feel like the Energizer Bunny…go go go. Still have a date with a camp in Maine and we need a respite from all of this traveling, so the sooner we get there, the better. We left the hotel at 7 AM and 63 degrees. Our first stop, Notre Dame University. I had been there in 1966 on a cross-country road trip with my family while I was in college, and I had photographed the Jesus Wall on the library building. It has always stuck in my head. So I wanted to show it to Steve. It was only 20 minutes from our hotel, so we drove there first before hitting the road. This is a spectacular, iconic image that cries out Notre Dame. We spent some time admiring it and taking photos ... read more
Notre Dame Jesus Wall
Notre Dame Jesus Wall
Notre Dame Jesus Wall

North America » United States » New York » Skaneateles July 18th 2019

Back home for a few days after 2 weeks at our beloved Camp in NH and a night with Ben and Rachael in RI. The 2 of them are doing such good things for the Earth and its creatures. Regenerative farming carers for the environment - the land, the animals, and ultimately our health as eaters. Check out there website at https://www.wildharmonyfarm.com/ Life at Camp was wonderfully restorative - spending time with old friends, mountain climbing, bike riding, sailing, swimming, etc. One of our great joys is to attend the weekly Hymn Sings at a local Smithy (old blacksmith shop). Sometimes close to 80 people cram themselves into this tiny building, including violinists, cellists, and anyone who plays an instrument who wants to join in. An old pump reed organ (which I sometimes get to play), ... read more
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North America » United States » New York » Riverhead July 14th 2019

Orient Point, New-York, 14 juillet En remontant vers le Nord, la population estivante sur les plages s'accroît sensiblement. Après le calme des Outer Banks, les destinations populaires comme Virginia Beach (Virginia), Ocean City (Maryland), Wildwood (New Jersey) et Atlantic City (New Jersey) présentent un tout autre visage. Chaque été, des millions d'amateurs de farniente sur la plage envahissent les blonds rivages de l'océan Atlantique. C'est au milieu du dix-neuvième siècle que les premiers centres de villégiature balnéaire se sont développés, pour le meilleur et pour le pire... Les célèbres "boardwalks" et leurs échoppes donnent un aspect fortement commercial à ce littoral qui s'urbanise toujours de plus en plus. Le cas d'Atlantic City est particulier, la ville ayant connu des hauts et des bas depuis son époque glorieuse au temps de la prohibition. La "Vegas de l'E ... read more
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Virginia Beach, Virginia


Day 5 – Tuesday – Buffalo, NY to Buffalo, NY (103 miles ???) Today was the first day we woke up to rain. It was only drizzling, but rain nonetheless. That didn’t dampen our spirits because we were headed out for a day of adventure. Our journey led us to Lockport and the Erie Canal. Of course, Pam had to get her feet into the chilly water. Then we set out to cruise the famous canal. This wasn’t just a laid-back ordinary cruise, this cruise ventured through the two highest locks along the canal (Pam’s first experience at riding a boat in a lock). The two locks combined rose the canal a total height of 50 feet. Many years ago, before the Erie Canal was built, it would take 6 weeks for a stage coach to ... read more
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North America » United States » New York July 2nd 2019

Day 4, Monday – Ashland, OH to Buffalo, NY (295 miles) Today started better in most all aspects: good hotel, got to see friendly Morgan (the desk clerk) again this morning with her great smile, had an early breakfast, and were off to an early start. Little did we know the icing on the cake would be the ideal weather forecasted for the day. The first stop for the day was in Cleveland. While Pam pulled up the song “Cleveland Rocks” Claire navigated Susan through bumpy roads to locate a number of unusual and unique things. A giant paddle ball (symbolizing the city’s ability to bounce back), a giant rubber stamp with “FREE” on it (symbolizing the freedom of slaves), the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the beautiful view of the Lake Erie, and the ... read more
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North America » United States » New York June 10th 2019

Becky has created a wonderful prayer for the day. May you be filled with loving-kindness and grace. May you be well in body, mind, and spirit. May you be contented and at peace. May your life unfold, as God’s dream for you. A prayer for sabbatical.we are off to Israel tomorrow!!!... read more

North America » United States » New York June 6th 2019

St. James' is on sabbatical as well as becky and myself. Last Tuesday Jim Krisher spoke to 19 St. James' members on deepening our relationship with God. From his talk - " God is a relationship. God desires deepening intimacy with you, deepening union". Jim asked us to "spend some time surrendering yourself to God's desire. Ask for grace to see any ways you might be resisiting God's love in your life, and the courage to be more available to God." For He loves us way more than we can imagine, and sees everyone of us as a precious jewell. Smile and enjoy that reality!... read more

North America » United States » New York June 2nd 2019

This summer, as I continue to be blessed playing music at ST. James' on our wonderful organ and enhancing contemporary worship on the keyboard with the band, Becky is enjoying worshiping at some of her colleagues churches. Here she is at St. John's in Marcellus, where St. James' members - the Blum family, Kelly Gannon, and Kate Glass were after attending a youth event. "Praise God in the beauty of holiness, Come before his presence with a song!"... read more




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