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Well, it's that time again... vacation. This year we hope to catch a flight on Sunday from JB Charleston in South Carolina to Rota Spain. My wife is travelling with me this time to visit her family, while I try to wear out my feet again. Some of you may remember my trek 2 years ago on the Camino Frances. 500+ miles in 35 days, of enjoyment! I still communicate on a regular basis with some of the friends I made on that walk, but was unable to convince any of them to join me again this time. This time I'll be walking the Camino Portuguese. 360 miles from Lisbon Portugal to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, hopefully in about 25 days. We'll land at the naval base in Rota Spain, where hopefully my brother-in-law Antonio ... read more

North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu » Waikiki August 22nd 2019

Fiji was my dream location; the paradise I used to imagine being in when I needed extra motivation to get me through a rough day at the office.. And so I was quite excited as we boarded the Fiji Airways flight at Brisbane.. Senan was also very excited, as we were going 'in a BROWN plane Mammy' (just goes to show that somewhere along the line adulthood increases our threshold for what gets us excited!) The flight from Brisbane to Fiji was uneventful. Three and a half hours feels a bit like a hop, skip and a jump in comparison to some other routes we've done. Senan is so enamoured with flying now that he is the model passenger. He has the routine down pat: 'passports and suitcase to the man, passports to the lady, other ... read more
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North America » United States » California » Napa August 22nd 2019

This morning started VERY early for us - a 6am alarm. UGH! We typically have a very hard time sleeping on a "travel day" - anxious about missing the alarm. Anxious about maneuvering the airport. Anxious about missing the plane. NOT anxious about flying. We both tossed and turned all night. Waking to an alarm is just gross. There. I said it, and I meant it! Up showered and dressed. We packed the night before and set out our travel clothes. Pack the dopp kit,zip the suitcase and call for a bellman to gather up the luggage. WE. DON'T. WANT. TO. LEAVE. Really - we just don't want to leave The Pulitzer - absolutely LOVE this hotel. Our driver is out front. I think I have socks older than he. He's got a great sense of ... read more

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Brewster August 21st 2019

Brewster, Cape Cod, Massachussetts, 15 juillet Le tout petit État du Rhode Island mérite que l'on s'y arrête, que vous soyez amateur d'architecture et d'histoire, de voile ou de musique. C'est à Newport, petite ville de 25 000 habitants joliment installée sur l'île Aquidneck au coeur de la baie de Narragansett, que l'on peut profiter de toutes ces merveilles. Après des débuts mouvementés lors de la Guerre d'indépendance américaine, Newport fut un lieu de villégiature huppé dès la fin du dix-neuvième siècle et les richissimes familles qui venaient ici passer quelques semaines estivales ont fait bâtir de véritables châteaux, les "mansions". Les magnats du rail comme les Vanderbilt ou du charbon comme les Berwind n'ont pas lésiné sur les moyens et la promenade le long de Bellevue avenue nous dévoile des dizaines de ces magnifiques manoirs ... read more
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En mer
New London, Connecticut

North America » United States » Maine » Bangor August 21st 2019

Bangor, Maine, 20 juillet Déjà la dernière étape du périple... Cette aventure le long du littoral oriental américain nous a ravi, séduit et on en reprendrait bien encore un peu! Gavés d'océan, de plages (un bonne vingtaine au compteur), de découvertes formidables et de moments magiques, nos têtes heureuses garderont longtemps le souvenir de cet été de rêve. Au cours des derniers jours, nous avons redécouvert Provincetown (Massachussetts) et son ambiance unique, Salisbury Beach (Massachussetts) au lever de Lune sur l'océan, Hampton Beach (New Hampshire) et sa jolie petite route côtière, Old Orchard Beach (Maine) et sa "québécitude" (sans parler de la plage, qui mérite amplement sa popularité) puis enfin le magnifique Acadia National Park et Bar Harbor (Maine) avec son littoral rocheux et son relief spectaculaire. Après plus de 5000 kilomètres de route, près de ... read more
Provincetown, Cape Cod, Massachussetts
Provincetown, Cape Cod, Massachussetts
Provincetown, Cape Cod, Massachussetts

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 » Florida » Satellite Beach August 18th 2019

Back home. Ahhhh. Sleeping in my own bed, sitting in my own chair. Home cooking (by Steve). Warm temperatures and sunshine every day. Feels so good. It is fun to travel, but the best part, after all of the exploring and new experiences, is coming home. We spent the last 12 days visiting with family and friends. Thank-you, Betsy, for the use of your wonderful camp on Pear Pond. So here are a few statistics… We visited 29 states, two Canadian provinces, six American National Parks, two National Monuments, and three Canadian National Parks. We stayed in hotels 25 nights and 12 nights with friends and family or places that they own. We were on the road 37 days and ate food from many, many restaurants. We consumed 387 gallons of gas, covered 11,789 miles, and ... read more
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North America » United States » Colorado » Estes Park August 17th 2019

Another late night for the Nelsons and Walkers. Last night we joined a night tour of the Stanley Hotel. The hotel was built in the early 1900s by the person who invented the Stanley Steamer. He and his twin brother developed early meat holds for taking photographs and speedier ways of developing photos. Their company was eventually bought out and became Kodak. They then built the Stanley Hotel so they could house all their guests from back east. A 40 room guest house. It real fame came in the 70s when Steven King stayed at the hotel and came up with the idea to write the Shinning. None of the movie was filmed there. A really elegant place. Today we did a 5 mile hike to Cub Lake. Lots of small ponds, meadows and hills. The ... read more
Trail to Cub Lake

North America » United States » Colorado » Estes Park August 17th 2019

Will our adventure is nearing the end. Yesterday we did a short hike to Alberta falls in the Bear Lake area of Rocky. I think everybody was ready for an easy day. The hike was only 2 miles with moderate elevation gain. The Falls were fantastic. The only down side was the Saturday crowds. Since we take the shuttle from the Estes Park visitor center to the park. No waiting in the mile long line at the gate. The trail was a little crowded, but it is amazing how friendly people get when you get them on a trail with beautiful scenery. One real high point was the Bull Elk sighting with a great picture opportunity. They were both resting in the trees so a picture was tough, but I managed a couple anyway. We also ... read more
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North America » United States August 16th 2019

I had been to New York City (where I had lived for 12 years), and upstate (where my sister has a house) at Christmas, so we decided to pass on Manhattan this time around; this view of the New York skyline from a New Jersey freeway was the closest we got to Manhattan. Although my sister was visiting her son in Seattle when we got to her neighborhood, we had access to her house, and stayed there for a few days. We were heading into New England, so knew that we would be able to catch up with her when we came back that way. “With more lobsters, lighthouses and charming resort villages that you can shake a selfie stick at, Maine is New England at its most iconic. The sea looms large here with mile ... read more
Upstate New York
Upstate New York
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