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Barbie “Does” Prague?

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(Friday, September 4, 2009, Prague) A major attractions in Prague is the “Prague Castle”. It’s not a single, fairy-tale, Disneyland type castle, but rather a large complex of several buildings, including the famous St. Vitus Cathedral, and the offices of the President of the Czech Republic. One of the more interesting venues within the castle […]

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“Ashland Never Changes”

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“Venice Never Changes.”  That is the watchword of natives of Italy’s famous city of canals, I was told ten years ago by American-born, Venetian-resident, Samantha Durrell, over coffee in her apartment during a break in a private tour of the back streets and alleys of her adopted hometown that she was taking me on.  They […]

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The Ice Cream Mountains

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Sunday, October 8, Ashland, Oregon As one drives north on I-5 and nears Red Bluff in the northern reaches of California’s Great Central Valley, Mount Lassen to the northeast, and Mount Shasta, dead-ahead, begin to loom like volcanic ice cream cones through the bug-spattered windshield above the car’s dashboard. In July or August, when I […]

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North to Alaska! On to Glacier Bay

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(Dick Jordan spent two weeks traveling throughout Southeast Alaska in June of 2008.  Here’s an edited excerpt from the blog he wrote during the trip; look for more installments in the near future.) (Tuesday, June 17). The sun was shining when we woke up this morning — two days in a row — it must […]

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North to Alaska! What’s That Big Yellow Thing in The Sky?

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(Dick Jordan spent two weeks traveling throughout Southeast Alaska in June of 2008.  Here’s an edited excerpt from the blog he wrote during the trip; look for more installments in the near future.) (Monday, June 16 – Juneau). We woke this morning to see something that had been absent for a week: The sun. Seizing […]

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North To Alaska! Sailing To Juneau

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(Dick Jordan spent two weeks traveling throughout Southeast Alaska in June of 2008.  Here’s an edited excerpt from the blog he wrote during the trip; look for more installments in the near future.) (Sunday, June 15 – Sitka to Juneau). The sun came out for a bit as we spent our final few hours in […]

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North To Alaska! Mozart On La Mer

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(Dick Jordan spent two weeks traveling throughout Southeast Alaska in June of 2008.  Here’s an edited excerpt from the blog he wrote during the trip; look for more installments in the near future.) (Saturday, June 14 – Sitka). While we were waiting for our evening tour boat, the Saint Michael, to cast off, we trained […]

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North To Alaska! Rain, Rain, Go Away!

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With no break in the weather today, what’s a tourist to do but put on a rain jacket, grab a hat, and take a hike in the woods. We tossed some duds in the washer at our apartment this morning, had breakfast, put the clothes in the dryer, and drove up the road a mile […]

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North To Alaska! Play Like An Eagle

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(Dick Jordan spent two weeks traveling throughout Southeast Alaska in June of 2008.  Here’s an edited excerpt from the blog he wrote during the trip; look for more installments in the near future.) (Saturday, June 14, Sitka). Harrigan Centennial Hall was full-up for last night’s Summer Music Festival concert. Since nearly everyone “dresses down” in […]

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North To Alaska! Eagle-City And The Russian Bishop

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(Dick Jordan spent two weeks traveling throughout Southeast Alaska in June of 2008.  Here’s an edited excerpt from the blog he wrote during the trip; look for more installments in the near future). Cloudy skies greeted us again this morning and a few rain showers fell on our car as we drove into town. After […]

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North To Alaska! Indian Jones (Part Deux)

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(Dick Jordan spent two weeks traveling throughout Southeast Alaska in June of 2008.  Here’s an edited excerpt from the blog he wrote during the trip; look for more installments in the near future). My technology problems continued last night and the last “post” got cut off in midstream. So here’s the finish to that story. […]

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North To Alaska! Indiana Jones And The Cathedral Of St. Michael

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(Dick Jordan spent two weeks traveling throughout Southeast Alaska in June of 2008.  Here’s an edited excerpt from the blog he wrote during the trip; look for more installments in the near future). (Thursday, June 12 – Sitka) Although the sun “rose” sometime between 3 and 4 am here in Sitka, we managed to lay […]

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The Twelve Days Of An Alaskan Christmas

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On the twelfth day of Christmas My Alaska tour guide gave to me: Twelve seals a-pupping, Eleven humpbacks spouting, Ten mosquitoes a-buzzing, Nine puffins flying, Eight lupines blooming, Seven glaciers calving, Six brown bears fishing, Five boat rides, Four totem poles, Three small plane flights, Two banana slugs, And a moose under a Sitka spruce […]

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North To Alaska! Land Of The Almost-Midnight-Sun

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(Dick Jordan spent two weeks traveling throughout Southeast Alaska in June of 2008.  Here’s an edited excerpt from the blog he wrote during the trip; look for more installments in the near future). (Wednesday, June 11, Sitka). It’s 10:14 pm Alaska time (11:14 on the Left Coast). Our plane touched down about 10 minutes late […]

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North To Alaska! Let The Sunshine In

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(Dick Jordan spent two weeks traveling throughout Southeast Alaska in June of 2008.  In the last “North To Alaska!” post he was on his way to Seattle for a two-night layover on the way to Alaska.  The story resumes today as he boards a flight from Seattle to Sitka). (Wednesday, June 11 – Somewhere Over […]

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North To Alaska! Feasting At Angels 40

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(Monday, June 9 — Somewhere Over Oregon). Nothing like a complimentary glass or two of Chateau Fuel d’Aviation of an uncertain vintage paired with a Roast Bird of Some Sort on Dry Bread (a “buy off-board” option) to make for elaborate meal in First Class flying at 40,000 feet over the northern end of California’s […]

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North To Alaska! All Packed and Ready to Go! Not!

Alaska

(On the last four Mondays Tales Told From The Road has run a “Special Report” on Alaska travel. Dick Jordan spent two weeks traveling throughout Southeast Alaska in June of 2008.  Here’s an edited excerpt from the blog he wrote during the trip; look for more installments in the near future). No, we’re not packed. […]

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Blast From The Past: Last Day In London

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Today was our last day “on the job” as tourists in Europe (if you don’t think being a tourist abroad is “work”, just give it a go sometime), our last day in London, our last day of adventures on the “Tube” (1-2 Sardine start and end, with about 8 Sardines for a while this afternoon), […]

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Blast From The Past: A Long Walk Through History

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Today we had the opportunity to do something that few tourists get to do — tour the British Parliament Buildings. During the August and September recess, the public (including we Yankee visitors) can pay a modest fee for an hour-plus guided tour of the Westminster legislative halls. We entered the complex through the Victoria Tower […]

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Blast From The Past: Wren’s Masterpiece; London Blitz

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Old St. Paul’s Church, a huge Gothic structure, burned down (along with most of the other buildings in the one square mile that is “The City of London”) in The Great Fire of 1666. Sir Christopher Wren, architect to the King, was commissioned to design and supervise the construction of a new, Baroque style church […]

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Blast From The Past: Visiting “Mad” King George

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George III of England, king during the American Revolution, had a small palace (just a nice, modestly large, three story home by comparison to most royal palaces we’ve seen) southwest of the City of London and City of Westminster. He and his queen and children spent many summers at that home. The palace lies within […]

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Blast From The Past: London On Foot, In The Tube

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London is a great city for those who want to see the city on foot and has a highly organized group of walking tour guides. Today we did two, two-hour walking tours, one in the morning and another in the afternoon, with a quick lunch in a historic pub in between. We first went on […]

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