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VISITING THE WEST COAST

VISITING THE WEST COAST

The first week in September we traveled to Seattle for an overdue visit with family. Instead of going to a hotel we decided to make our accommodations through AirBnB, a website for people in the private sector to list, find and rent lodging. We selected the areas we were interested in staying. Dozens of possibilities popped...

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A LOVE OF WATER

A LOVE OF WATER

One of the requirements for where I live is that I not be landlocked. I cannot swim. I get nervous when I’m in water above my waist. I’m fearful of snorkeling. I easily get seasick when I’m on a boat. All that considered I really must live within a close proximity to large bodies of water....

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JUST ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE

JUST ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE

It was a perfect weekend to visit a friend who lives in Rockaway Beach, Queens. She didn’t live here in October 2012 when Superstorm Sandy, a category 3 hurricane, hit this beach community. The storm did major damage to Cuba and the Bahamas before traveling up the Atlantic coastline of the US. The high tide...

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POMPEII

POMPEII

In the early afternoon of August 24th 79 AD an unusual cloud hung over Mt. Vesuvius. We know this because, Pliny The Younger, an 18 year old and one of a handful of people who survived the devastating eruption of this infamous volcano, later wrote about his experience.Pliny The Younger: “Let us leave the...

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AN ARTICLE ON KINGS RIVER LIFE MAGAZINE

AN ARTICLE ON KINGS RIVER LIFE MAGAZINE

Click onto KINGS RIVER LIFE MAGAZINE to read my latest article A SHORT HISTORY OF THE HOTDOG.

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NAPLES

NAPLES

When the cruise was over we disembarked at a port an hour train ride from Rome, where we would then catch another train and travel down to Naples. I’d miss the quiet evenings of sitting on deck watching the sun set on the Mediterranean, that is when the water was calm. We’d had plenty...

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ELBA ISLAND: NAPOLEON, IRON AND WINE CAKE

ELBA ISLAND: NAPOLEON, IRON AND WINE CAKE

The more I see of the world the greater is my appetite to experience other locations, food and cultures. When we reached Elba Island, Italy, the last destination on our Mediterranean cruise, I fantasied that I might come back to each one of the ports we visited, to spend a week, maybe a month, to...

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PORTOVENERE USED TO BE CALLED PORT OF VENUS

PORTOVENERE USED TO BE CALLED PORT OF VENUS

We hit some pretty rough water a couple of days before the end of our Mediterranean voyage and I was happy to get off the ship and stand on solid ground again when we pulled into Portovenere. This was our first port of call in Italy and this region has been designated by UNESCO as...

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OLD ANTIBES AND ABSINTHE TASTING

OLD ANTIBES AND ABSINTHE TASTING

It was a brilliant day when our boat docked in the harbor of Cannes. The palm trees trembling in a slight offshore Mediterranean breeze gave the place a sense of the tropics. At the time of our arrival the Cannes Film Festival was still several weeks away. It was early morning, the town was...

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NEW YORK 9TH AVE. STREET FAIR

NEW YORK 9TH AVE. STREET FAIR

I went to the 9th Ave. Street fair last Saturday. It was crowded and there was a bit of rain but never the less it was a fun way to bring in the early summer days of NYC. These silly guys seem to show up at every street fair that the city puts on....

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