Shenandoah

Shenandoah

My parents took my sisters and me to many of the national parks on our family vacations. I took my daughter to a couple dozen over the years, as well, from Acadia to Zion. She and her husband just took 18 months to visit the 59 parks in the states. I am trying to visit as many as possible as I wander the country; not just the main parks but historical sites, national battlefields, trails, and many of the other…

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Gettysburg

Gettysburg

I have wanted to visit Gettysburg for years. I almost added it to the Washington, DC, Chesapeake, Philadelphia trip I took with my daughter, Alex, in 1998. She enjoyed touring the White House, visiting both the Washington and Lincoln monuments, and seeing the Constitution and Declaration in the Archives. We even went to the Air & Space Museum for a few hours, where she was excited to see the moon lander and moon rocks. She thought it was fun to…

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Finger Lakes

Finger Lakes

I’ve heard a lot about the Finger Lakes region of New York over the years but other than a visit with my family to Watkins Glen as a child I’ve not visited the area. I thought it would be an excellent start to my year of travel and October would be perfect weather. When I looked for a place to stay, searching on “Finger Lakes” in Booking and AirBNB and VRBO, almost too many options came up. It’s a large…

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Don’t Worry! Be a Safe Traveler

Don’t Worry! Be a Safe Traveler

Travel Insurance – Yes you need it! My daughter and I have been traveling internationally since 1997 when we went to Hong Kong, Bangkok, and Singapore. My friend, Kelly, and I took our first trip together in 2005, attending Oktoberfest in Munich. I didn’t purchase travel insurance until 2009 when I got sick and thought I want to be covered for my trip to China  … just in case. Kelly and I used our insurance that trip for a different reason, a death…

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Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost…

Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost…

I may not be lost, but I do have some financial and legal issues, while I “wander”. For several years, I’ve been planning on selling my house and staying mobile for a while after retirement. I want to just enjoy traveling and exploring new places.  I also don’t know where I want to end up. Many people I know have plans to retire to a specific place. I don’t, not yet.  I may decide I don’t want to “settle down”….

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New Orleans

New Orleans

I went to New Orleans after visiting Savannah just to see the National World War II Museum. Yes, seriously. I even checked Mardi Gras dates before booking because I did NOT want to be there during that season. Those crowds? No thanks. I have been wanting to see the WWII Museum for years.  I purchased a brick for my Dad, a US Marine Corps veteran of WWII, years ago but have never seen it. I have visited New Orleans previously, but…

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Six Weeks in Savannah

Six Weeks in Savannah

I decided months ago there was no reason for me to stay in Illinois all winter. It’s cold, windy and grey for weeks at a time.  Quite a depressing place to spend the winter, so I started thinking about a long term stay… somewhere.  Somewhere warmer. I’ve only spent half a day in Savannah, on a side trip from Hilton Head years ago.  I wanted to see more.  And staying long term in a city sounded exciting and a great…

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Mammoth Cave

Mammoth Cave

I had a 13+ hour drive to Savannah.  I could probably have driven straight through but looked at various options for stops en route.  I have an old friend from the Army living in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.  I arranged dates and times with her for Saturday night then realized how close she was to Mammoth Cave. I was here as a kid with my family but literally decades ago and I wanted to visit again. I had planned on stopping for…

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Monaco

Monaco

We arrived in Nice on Monday afternoon and spent Monday and Tuesday in the city before taking a train to Monaco for the day on Wednesday morning.   A number of sites recommend taking the #82 bus for the beautiful views but the train only takes 20 minutes and the Nice train station was close and convenient.   We caught the 0821 train and were in Monaco before 0900.   Leaving the train station, it took us a few minutes…

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France

France

I’ve visited Paris twice, once when I was living in West Germany in the 80s and my daughter and I visited London and Paris for about two weeks in 2001.   We flew into London and took the Eurostar to Paris.   We visited Versailles for a day, but I’ve not been to any other part of France until this trip. After deciding to visit Cinque Terre, Kelly and I discussed “where else?”  There was talk of some time in…

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