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Spellbound by Switzerland’s Splendor

Monday, May 29th, 2017   1:25 pm |  Category:   Retirement locations, Travel   |  4 Comments  | Author:     bio

On a sunny day, as if mesmerized, my sister remains frozen at our window seat held spellbound by Switzerland’s splendor. “It’s amazing,” she exclaims. “In Switzerland every mile is beautiful.”     Visitors tend to agree; we have arguably one of the best views in the world. Our house above Lake Geneva overlooks the Alps …more

Tales from Thailand

Friday, May 19th, 2017   10:20 am |  Category:   Retirement locations, Travel   |  Add Comment  | Author:     bio

It’s no wonder Thailand is such a popular tourist destination. This beautiful country has amazing food, friendly people, and so many fun things to do. There’s the big city excitement of Bangkok, gorgeous beaches, elephants to ride, and all kinds of other interesting things in between. During my recent Thai adventure I had many awesome …more

Why I love southern India

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017   4:07 pm |  Category:   Retirement locations, Travel   |  2 Comments  | Author:     bio

I am approaching 62 and have been spending the last 5 years going back and forth from the US to India on a tourist visa. While so many love northern India because of its beauty and splendor, I love southern India more. Yes there are places where it is very hot but there are ‘hill …more

Beyond Beach Resorts and Tourist Towns – finding the real Mexico

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017   3:57 pm |  Category:   Retirement locations, Travel   |  6 Comments  | Author:     bio

Ten places to discover in Mexico beyond Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, and Cabo San Lucas.   1.Rio Lagartos: Exploring the estuary by boat we see a group of flamingos a short distance away. It is barely past sunrise and the world is honeyed with golden light. And there they are in front of us, thirty or …more

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   |  1 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

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