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My “Senior” Gap Year

Friday, February 10th, 2017   11:12 pm |  Category:   Life, Travel   |  1 Comment  | Author:     bio

The seeds of a Senior Gap Year abroad—the age-old British tradition of spending time far from home—were sown when I was 22 and doing graduate work in France’s Loire Valley. It was 1979, and my time abroad ignited a love affair with France and uncovered a wanderlust that compelled me to travel the continent.   …more

Have You Ever Kissed the Blarney Stone?

Friday, August 26th, 2016   2:43 pm |  Category:   Humor, Life, Travel   |  Add Comment  | Author:     bio

My legs were aching as I trudged up the slippery stone steps.   The enclosed spiral staircase, dank and claustrophobic, ascended one-hundred and twenty steps up to the top of the ancient castle. It was proving to be more of a challenge than I had anticipated.   Occasionally I would thankfully step aside and lean …more

A Journey through Jordan

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016   3:41 pm |  Category:   Travel   |  Add Comment  | Author:     bio

Jordan is a cream and blue land. There are pockets of colour: Petra is rose-pink and soft orange; Wadi Rum is all burnt orange and deep chocolate; there is lush green vegetation along the river in Wadi Ibn Hamad; but as you drive through Jordan from north to south and back again what you notice …more

A Retirement Adventure

Thursday, June 9th, 2016   7:25 pm |  Category:   Travel   |  1 Comment  | Author:     bio

The wheels started turning in our patio one evening after my wife Jane and I returned from a trip to Atlantic City. Sitting there enjoying the August evening in Wausau, Wisconsin, my thoughts were about the next week when I had to return to work. After awhile I broke the peaceful silence and announced “I …more

My First & Last Visit to Prague

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016   6:19 pm |  Category:   Travel   |  Add Comment  | Author:     bio

Several years ago as my son and I entered the small, half–dark, hotel conference room we saw a collection of various sizes and shaped tables pushed together in the center of the room, making a sort of conference table, which left little space for the six chairs jammed between the walls and the tables.   …more

Escaping to Sedona

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016   4:50 pm |  Category:   Retirement locations, Travel   |  4 Comments  | Author:     bio

Have you ever gone to a place that leaves you speechless?   Have you ever seen something that makes you stop what you are doing and causes you to sit up and take notice?   Have you ever turned a corner and suddenly found yourself muttering “oh my God” under your breath?   The setting, …more

Snowbirds: Make Medical Plans for Your Trip!

Friday, January 15th, 2016   10:59 pm |  Category:   Health, Life, Travel   |  Add Comment  | Author:     bio

You plan your vacations and retirement, paying careful attention to details large and small. You check each box, working your way down the list. “Got it covered,” you smile and move on to the next item.   But wait. Back up. Are you really as prepared as you think? Whether planning a long-term vacation or …more

For Nature and Wildlife Lovers – off the beaten path in Australia

Monday, November 23rd, 2015   6:58 pm |  Category:   Retirement locations, Travel   |  4 Comments  | Author:     bio

I was born and raised in Australia, started travelling overseas in my early twenties, and in my early thirties (over thirty years ago) I emigrated to Canada. Almost all my exploration of Australia has been done with my husband over the past five years when we expanded family visits to include seeing the country. We …more

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