"The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page."

- Augustine of Hippo


"And I think to myself, what a wonderful world."

- Louie Armstrong

"Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow."

- Anita Desai

"Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else."

- Lawrence Block

" Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer."

We have seen places our parents could only imagine in their wildest dreams!

As we travel, we plan to fill the pages with what we learn as we explore this beautiful world and meet its magnificent people. We hope all who stumble upon these pages will enjoy what they find here and will be inspired to get out of town!

Nothing Short of Rhapsody

The composer [George Gershwin], trying to write a Lisztian concerto in a jazz style, has used only the non-barbaric elements in dance music, the result being neither good jazz nor good Listz, and in no sense of the word a good concerto. ~~~Constant Lambert, British composer and critic Back when everyone was making New Year’s…

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The Big Bang

“The party is a true art form in Sydney and people practise it a great deal. You can really get quite lost in it.”  ~~~~Baz Luhrmann Unless you live under a rock, you have probably seen a replay of Sydney’s firework extravaganza at the stroke of midnight on first day of January every year. It’s…

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The Iconic Landmarks of Sydney

Who doesn’t like to start things off with a little chuckle? I do and here is one I want to share. If you are Australian and were born in 1932, and you are named Archie or Bridget, the reason is obvious. That’s the year the Sydney Harbor Bridge opened and there was a sharp increase…

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Sea Island Summit

Don’t know about other people, but ordinarily the G7/G8 doesn’t even cause the slightest blip on my radar. Until Saturday, I couldn’t even name the participating countries. But since it was a very damp, drizzly day at Sea Island and a day totally unsuited for playing outside, we decided to take the G8 Summit tour…

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Detroit Riprap

    Our destination Friday evening was the North Pole. We left the depot in Bryson City, North Carolina promptly at 5 PM aboard the Polar Express and settled into our booths in the first class car dubbed Carolina Shine. We shared the car with other families also eager to get to the North Pole…

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A Sanctuary by the Sea

“We must build a tower here. We need that tower. I want to make a place for bats to roost and breed. In San Marcos, Texas south of Austin where I grew up they built towers to attract bats and exterminate the malarial mosquitoes.”                       …

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“The Lion of Lansing”

First off, I probably have some explaining to do. No, we didn’t fly to Michigan straight from Yerevan, Armenia. We stopped in SC for a few nights first. We came to Michigan to attend a seminar series at Hillsdale College on the history and controversies of the United States Intelligence agencies. I’ll be honest, when…

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