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Central Asia-2019 Day 9 Tashkent, Samarkand, Train

Day 9 – Monday, April 29 – Bukhara, Tashkent and Samarkan We are off on the bullet train to Samarkan today. The train journey took just over two hours and ran through some of...

Central Asia-2019-Day 8 Kujand-Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Day 8 – Sunday, April 28 – Khujand, Tashkent Uzbekistan We are in Uzbekistan again. The geography is such that we cross into it again on our way to our next country. We seem...

Central Asia-2019-Day 7 Fergana, Khujand, Tajikistan

Day 7, Saturday April 27 – Fargana and Khujand, Tajikistan We left our bus at the border again and passed through customs. We are leaving Kyrgyzstan and entering Tajikistan. There is a wide “no...

Central Asia-2019-Day 6-Fergana,Rishtan,Kokand

Day 6, Friday April 26 – What’s that smell? We have been riding around the countryside in a large newish bus. The air has smelled like natural gas since the beginning of the tour....

Central Asia-2019-Day 6-Fergana-Margilan, Rishtan

Day 6 – Friday, April 26 – Fergana – Margilan, Kokand and Rishtan The Tien Shan Mountains frame the Fergana Valley. The Syr Darya River tributaries flow into the valley and feed its crops....

Central Asia-2019-Day 5- Fly to Osh-Fergana Uzbekistan

Day 5 – Thursday, April 25th – Osh This morning we flew to Osh after a short drive to the small airport. The flight was uneventful other than for a little female passenger spill...

Central Asia-2019-Day 4 Bishkek

Day 4- Wednesday, April 24 Bishkek We have arrived in town after another long drive. It is late afternoon and we have arrived at our lodgings for the night. We are staying at the...

Central Asia-2019-Day 4-Lake Issyk-Kul-Cholpan-Alta, Bishkek

Day 4- Wednesday, April 24 We have left the tower and are on our way a short distance up the road, surrounded by tall thin trees. The view is endless and rain can be...

Central Asia-2019-Day 4-Lake Issyk-Kul, Bishkek Kyrgyzstan

Day 4, Wednesday April 24- Lake Issyk-Kul, Bishkek Kyrgyzstan We are up early this morning. After a fine breakfast, we are off on the Western Road along the lake to the capital of Kyrgyzstan....

Central Asia-2019-Day 3 Almaty Krugyzstan

Day 3-Tuesday, April 23- Almaty and Lake Issyk, Krugyzstan We rode in our bus most of the day today with the mountains far in the east watching over us as the rain fell. The...

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...

Perspective

I am more than willing to put myself out here. I put my great lack of talent up for anyone and everyone to see in my books. But when you see things that aren’t...

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...

Grandpa Ernie’s Secrets

I hope that you are all well out in the big world. I am reworking Grandpa Ernie’s Secrets now. It will not be a long process. However we leave on the 19th for the...

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...

Grandpa Ernie’s Secrets

It has come to my attention that there are a few problems with the book at the moment. There were some bits left out during the formatting process. Please be patient and I will...

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...

Trump and North Korea

It looks like the summit was a failure to find an agreement between the U.S. and North Korea. It may not be over yet, but at least we tried. For those of you that...

President Trump and North Korea

If you have read all of my travel blogs you will know that my wife and I visited North Korea right before the Olympics in China. Believe me when I tell you that you...

Just a note to you

I am busy reading and writing everyday. I have bills to pay like everybody else. I spend more than half the day working in my home office except when I am playing tennis three...

Full of energy

I was always a very busy child. I would have been called hyperactive if they had the term years ago. I was mostly unfamiliar with the nap. I’m sure I drove my mother crazy...

The bicycle

When I was about seven years old and living in our restaurant, I had a heart breaking experience. Yes, I know we all have heart breaking experiences, but this is one of mine. We...

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...

Another crazy travel story

My wife’s father’s family are English. We have gone to visit them many times and even thought at one time that we might buy a place there. We love the country and all of...

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...