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2019-Central Asia- Almaty, Kazakhstan-Day 2- April 21

We had breakfast and met our leader this morning. Our group is made up nine individuals ranging in age of perhaps sixty to seventy-nine. They seem like a fit group and pleasant enough. Time...

Central Asia- 2019

Day 1- Sunday April 21- Almaty, Kazahhstan. We are free today to get acclimatized to our new time zone and location. We are staying at the Dostyk Hotel. We are a little worse for...

Central Asia

April 19, 2019 – Today is the day. We are leaving LAX at 6:35 for the Stans. We will be home just in time for Mother’s Day. You might want to pay attention to...

Christmas in other countries

We spent Christmas in India this year. I was surprised to see all of the decorations in the hotels and other buildings. There are of course, less and less of us in our family...

Our next trip

We are off to the Stans in April for three weeks. It will cover the silk road and other interesting areas. I will put up a new series of stories about our adventures there...

A little history

As usual, I have gone off half cocked again. That comes from firing the flint lock rifle by the way. There would be no Italy without Guisseppe Garibaldi. There were just a group of...

To the north, Pisa

Day 4 – May22 – Pisa – It’s a long bus ride to Pisa, about five and a half hours. There is plenty to see on the way, however. The country side is beautiful...

Rome, Pisa and Florence -2005

May 21 – Day 3 – The name “Rome,” has an unclear and mysterious past. There are several ideas about where the word comes from, but it remains a mystery. Rome has a population...

Italian Mosaic 2005

This trip to Italy was well planned as always, by my wife. I am a good listener and try to be cooperative. Italy has a vast amount of ancient history as well as modern...

Travel risks and adventures

We have been to many interesting places as you have seen if you have read any of my stories here. You can’t let fear keep you from seeing the world. It is possible to...

A crazy coincidence

My wife and I were waiting with another couple to travel to Alaska on a cruise. The husband and I are friends from high school. We have much in common both being left handed...

Strange travel stories

I am going to put up some strange and interesting travel stories in the next few days. They are all true and happened to my wife and I. They are mostly about coincidences and...

Hitting the bricks

I have always been self employed. I had to advertise my services far and wide to get as much work as possible. I was lucky and lived in Southern California where the population is...

Free donuts

Hey, you don’t have to read this junk. So my brother and I loved donuts. Don’t most of us. Come on. We know your dirty little secret. We see the wrappers in your car...

Grandpa Ernie’s Secrets-

January 25 – 2019 – My new version of Granpa Ernie’s Secrets is on Amazon now. It’s a spy novel with all of the current cast of characters from North Korea to Iran, and...

Day 16 – Jan.1 – 2019 – Sarnath – India

Day 16 – Jan. 1 – 2019 – Today we drove out to a nearby ancient Buddhist learning center. This is where Gautama Buddha preached his first sermon. We then visited the Sarnath Museum....

New Years in India – 2019

Day 16 – Jan.1, 2019 – We spent New Years day walking along the Ganges and listening to the prayers. We watched people bath away their sins of the past with high hopes for...

Dec.30 – Khajuraho – India – 2018

Dec. 30 – We are in Khajuraho. this is where the erotic statues are located. They are well know and the unknown artists are revered. We are on our way to Varanasi, the oldest...

Dec.29 – Day 13 – On to Varanasi, India 2018

Dec.29 – Day 13 – The train has stopped in the middle of nowhere. Perhaps they are cutting down trees for fuel. This country is one of many contrasts. The ultra modern placed in...

Dec. 31 – Erotic carvings of the Chandelas- India – 2018

Day 15 – Dec.31 – We have arrived at the erotic temples. The temples are well done and the carvings are very intricate and lifelike. Having said that, there is nothing to ad. There...

Dec.31 – Mon – Day 15 – Flying to Varanasi – India 2018

Day 15 – Monday – We are off to Varanasi after lunch. The forty minute flight to the holiest city of the Hindu cities is pleasant as can be expected. The city was known...

Dec.30 – Day 14 – Jhansi, India – Overland to Khajuraho – The Chandelas -2018

Dec.30- Day14- We have left Agra and taken a two hour train ride and a four hour bus ride to where we are now. The train ride is something else. We have been warned...

Dec.28 – Day13 – Agra and the Taj Mahal – 2018

Day 28 – Dec. 28 – We have arrived in Agra after a long drive. Our guide has filled us in with history of the area. Remember, the Moguls were Muslims. We are at...

Dec.28 – Abhaneri step well -2018 – India

Day12 – Dec.28 – We visited the ancient baolis, or step well, that was built to provide year round water for the citizens here. This giant, square hole, lined in stone with ledges and...

Dec. 27 – Early morning game drive – Ranthanbore National Park – 2018

Day 11 – We leave very early this morning for another chance at seeing the tiger. It is brutally cold and I am wrapped up. It does no good.  We looked for the tiger...

Dec.26 – Village and school visit – Ranthambore National Park Sanctuary-2018

Day 10 – Wed Dec, 26 – A day in the life – 2018 The hotels in the area are all full. There isn’t an empty room to be had. It is vacation time...

Tiger Safari – Merry Christmas – The Ranthambore National Park, India – 2018

Day 9 – Dec.25 – We arrived at our hotel near the tiger sanctuary after four hours of driving over rough, dusty and unfinished roads. We saw many small villages and throngs of people,...

Day 8 – Dec.24 Drianda Mandir Temple – Jaipur, India – 2018

Dec.24 – Day 8 – We went out this evening to the temple called Drianda Mandir. It is composed of the three major religious temple styles combined into one building. It represents the willingness...

Dec.23 – A home visit – Jaipur, India – 2018

Dec.23 – Day 7 -We went to a very nice home tonight to eat and visit a local family. There was a young mother and father and a boy, age 13 and two daughters,...

Day 7 – Dec.23 2018 – The Amber Fort

Dec 23. – Day 7 – We started with a quick stop at the Place of the Winds. We then were off to see the Amber Fort. It is a very well preserved, four...