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July 2019
Laverne's View

Half the Fun Is Getting There

Ten minutes later I’m in the ladies room when I hear the following on the loudspeaker, “Will Laverne Bardy please return to the check-in counter for your credit card, on which you can expect to find several new charges for the Home Shopping Network?”

The Tenacious Traveler

City Parks: for Much More than Picnics

If this introduction to unexpected attractions at urban parks surprises you, read on. An A (animals) to Z (zoos) choice awaits folks in search of something at city parks other than a place to relax and have a picnic.

April 2019
The Tenacious Traveler

Amazing Alabama: Come for the Beaches, Stay for So Much More to See and Do

While Gulf State Park is home to the shortest stretch of beach, other claims to fame account for its popularity. Nine ecosystems nestled in its 6,000-plus acres include pine forests, coastal hardwood swamps and freshwater marshes. Boggy streams and three spring-fed lakes are among the water features.

Financial Fortitude

Good to Go? Here’s What You Need to Know about Travel Insurance First

They had travel insurance, which she admits was not a pleasure to deal with. Nevertheless, their insurers came through in the end and likely saved them tens of thousands of dollars – perhaps even his life. Travel insurance eased our neighbors’ difficult medical journey.

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A personal catastrophe such as a stroke or environmental catastrophe such as an earthquake could cost tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars. This is where insurance becomes indispensable.

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.

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