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Travel

Sand dollars

Florida seems to be a popular destination again with travelers here, and lately I have been doing some research for resorts both on the east and west coast. This has brought back some fond memories A few years back, I was sitting on the beach at Marco Island, when I noticed people standing waist deep […]

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Travel

Souvenirs

One grandmother was rather adventurous. She loved to travel and literally saw the world. I remember one summer in the fifties that she spent studying Russian in preparation for a trip she was about to take. I recall seeing her picture on camel back in front of the pyramids, with elephants in India, sitting in […]

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General

Growth

After one week, two of the plants have shot up. The others show little change.

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Nature

Frost

It has been bitterly cold here lately. No snow to soften things, only wind. Yet there is beauty even in such inhospitable conditions. Here are pictures of frosted windows. It looks like flowers or trees…

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Travel

Drinks

It is said that traveling is an education. Let me tell you about my lesson number one. I was 18 ( a very naïve eighteen) and was taking my first trip to Europe. I was traveling with a group of people slightly older than myself. We drove straight to Lyon after landing in Paris. By […]

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English

People ask me where I learned to speak english, as I am originally french speaking. It sounds good to say I learned on the street and in a way it is true. I learned by playing with english speaking neighbors. I remember wanting to play dress up because my friend had high heel shoes in […]

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Food General

Bonne année!

Since I started this diary at the end of december, I must mark the change of year somehow…here is a picture of the cake I made for the new year’s party. The almond paste snowmen were holding flags that had “happy new year” written in different languages: “Bonne et heureuse année” “Happy new year” “Prospero […]

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General

Beauty

I have often marvelled at other people’s photos, how they find beauty in their everyday surroundings. I have been trying to look at my environment differently. Here is what I saw during a walk this morning. And here is what someone else saw…  

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Travelogue

Central America

Introduction Mexico Costa Rica Panama Honduras Belize Nassau Introduction Before I start on the itinerary and the different ports of call, let me tell you about the ship and life on board, as it is a very important part of the cruise experience. It is said that first time cruisers choose a cruise for its […]

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Travelogue

Cuba

Today September 14th 2002, I just returned from a week in Cuba. It was, what is known in the travel industry as, a “Fam trip” short for familiarisation trip. Sponsored by wholesalers and hotel owners, to allow travel agents to visit different resorts to better be able to sell them later. This was my first […]