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March 2019
The Tenacious Traveler

See It on the Silver Screen – Visit the Real Deal

From Maine to Hawaii, locations where movie scenes were filmed attract visitors seeking to hold onto memories of beloved motion pictures. At places ranging from a delicatessen in New York to a beach in Hawaii, from a state reformatory in Ohio to an island off the coast of South Carolina, people recapture treasured moments.


Counting Cats in Zanzibar: Reflections on Travel Through a 7th Decade Lens

I stopped breathing at the sight of Michelangelo's David, wept in San Marco Square, thrilled at the sound of Big Ben and the pageantry of the Changing of the Guard, ate prix fixe three-course meals on the Left Bank, and smiled back at Mona Lisa.

February 2019
The Tenacious Traveler

Costa Rica: Explore the Rich Diversity of Flora, Fauna and Scenery

Much time was spent being introduced to the country’s major claims to tourism fame – animal watching and exploring vast stretches of the unspoiled environment. More than one-fourth of Costa Rica is set aside in national parks, wildlife refuges and reserves.

Compulsive Traveler

Exploring Bruges

The Museum-Gallery Xpo: Salvador Dali, located in the Cloth Halls, is home to an amazing collection of works by Dali. It is an audiovisual spectacle that highlights not only Dali’s work but his character and vision of life. It is as unforgettable as his works.

Ernie's World

The Ups and Downs of Hamburg

Turns out, a paternoster is an open elevator that does not stop. You just time your leap and jump on. “Incoming! Oomph.” At the top, the elevator moves to the right and heads back down and you step off. “Whoa.” Stumble, stumble, stumble.

January 2019
Compulsive Traveler

The Museums of I. M. Pei

The glass façade of the entrance to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland brings to mind Pei’s Louvre but it is a sloping triangle not a pyramid. There are two cantilevered wings in white metal that project from either side of a tower. The design is to bring to mind a drum, a stack of 45s and a speaker.

Financial Fortitude

How Much Should You Spend on Your Inaugural Retirement Trip?

Now we are contemplating our inaugural retirement trip for the summer of 2020. Our dreams are no less lofty than when we were in our 20s. We may have a little less energy, but more time and more money seem like reasonable tradeoffs.

Agelessly Yours

Peddling in Pain

Rome may as well swing open their hospital doors and have us bike riders steer straight into the emergency room, because it's only a matter of time, especially given Mary's and my advancing ages.

Ernie's World

Head West, er, East, er, Somewhere, Young Man

Being a visionary city, Tokyo uses Oshiya or “passenger arrangement staff” to literally shove millions of passengers aboard the trains during rush hours to maximize car space, which works quite well. Our train was so full, I could have passed out cold and never ended up on the floor.

June 2018
The Tenacious Traveler

Traveling from Allgood to Zig Zag

According to local folklore, when townspeople were seeking an official name for the community the mill owner remarked, “Call it Hell. Everyone else does.” Hence a new industry was born, based on tourism.

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