This blog is about the adventure of traveling and especially the interesting people that you meet. We will share stories about people and places we have encountered from around the United States, Ireland, Scotland, England, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, France, Canada, Spain, Mexico, The Netherlands, Belgium, Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and more. This is not a travelogue -- we leave that to Rick Steves -- this is a collection of fragments in the journey of life.


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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Monday, March 19, 2018

Waterton Lake, Canada

     This photo was taken from the Prince of Wales lodge in Waterton National Park. The park adjoins Glacier National Park at the border with the United States. It is well worth the trip to explored both side of the border there. Both parks are simply beautiful. Waterton is less crowded; you can see that by the absence of boats on a summer day above. 
     You have to have a passport now to go from one park to the other. In former times, all you needed to cross the border was to tell the agents where you were born. As a child, we crossed in to and out of Canada often and I knew to speak loudly "Kansas City, Kansas" when asked. 
    Canada and the United States have long been special friends and were created by the immigration of the same nationalities. Let us hope that our friendship continues. 

Sunday, March 18, 2018

From a small boat in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

      Just as in places like Brussels, we prefer to spend  little more and get a private or at least a small group tour. While we like the Hop On Hop Off buses, they often provide commentary through recorded message. You cannot ask questions or modify the route. We use them as an introduction to a city, but the smaller tour gives us time at the places that most interest us with someone as a guide.           These photos are from a small boat tour in Amsterdam. On this one we had an English speaking guide and shared the boat with a few other Americans. We toured the canals and harbor. This ship is near the Maritime Museum.
     In Paris this summer we plan on hiring a car and English speaking driver to take us to the places we have missed on former visits.  I do not mind driving on the highways in Europe but  - as I wish to see something myself - I leave to cities to someone else.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Happy Saint Patrick's Day

     Here on the West coast of the Irish Republic is Muckross House, Gardens and traditional farms  It is in County Kerry not far from Killarney. It sits next to two lochs (lakes) in Killarney National Park. The top photo is of the manor house and the bottom photo was taken from the veranda of the house. You can see a horse drawn buggy at center-right. 
     This house and green surroundings are emblematic of the Emerald Isle. Happy St. Patrick's day to everyone including those of us wearing ORANGE today as a symbol of our genesis in the United Kingdom's Northern Ireland.

Friday, March 16, 2018

The Irish Pub

     This is but one example of the pubs I visited or photographed in Ireland. The pub is a necessary part of the culture. Like the corner bar in Midwestern America, it serves as meeting place especially in the cold and rain. The homes are small and a gathering place is needed and enjoyed. It is not just alcohol. It is food and fellowship and a place to exchange information. Before the internet or the daily newspaper, it was even more importantly a center of communication.  
     When I have visited pubs in Ireland (Scotland and England) I have found myself to be welcomed and a stranger at the same time. People want to get to know about me, but I have always stayed just outside the membership. 
      Pub food is comfort food and usually very good as the owners want people to keep coming back. Lastly, if you wish to be an instant Irishman. buy a round and learn to play darts.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

The Wild Atlantic Way: Dingle Harbor, Ireland

The mouth of Dingle Harbor in Ireland is short hike from town and worth it. While people party in the pubs, a lone dolphin and you will listen to the sound of waves on the rocks. Lovely. Could only be crafted by the  Lord of St. Patrick.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

View From The Rock of Cashel, Ireland

     From the Rock of Cashel, one can see out across a wide green valley. From one side there is the view of an old abbey and church which proudly stands in ruin. It is something you expect and hope to see in Ireland.  I took this photo using the longest lens' setting on my zoom.