Posts Tagged ‘ touring ’

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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WATER PUPPETS IN HANOI

WATER PUPPETS IN HANOI

In October 2007 we visited Vietnam. At the time, I had started research on a novel based in that country and desperately wanted to see the real thing. I knew that I’d only get a tourist’s view in the short time that we would be visiting the country, but at least that would be better...

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A WEEKEND IN PHILADELPHIA

A WEEKEND IN PHILADELPHIA

Last weekend my husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary by taking an hour and a half train ride to Philadelphia. The weather was lovely, the sky dotted with white cotton-ball clouds, and the temperature was in the high 70’s and low 80’s, perfect for touring. And though I brought my writing with me,...

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CASA BATLLO IN BARCELONA

CASA BATLLO IN BARCELONA

I saw Casa Batllo for the first time while riding on a bus heading for Park Guell on the far side of Barcelona. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Right then and there I vowed not to leave Barcelona until I’d made a visit to this fantastic building. In 1904 Josep Batllo, a textile industrialist,...

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