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August 2017
The Tenacious Traveler

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Appeals to Almost Every Taste

Richard Burton starred in the movie and Elizabeth Taylor, with whom he was having an extramarital affair, accompanied him to the location...PV suddenly became world famous. It soon blossomed into a popular vacation destination different from other resort towns in Mexico that were created specifically to cater to tourists. 

Musings of an Undefeated Matriarch

Experiencing that Little Piece of Heaven

The parts of Ireland we saw were spotlessly clean, the air fresh and invigorating, the people friendly. For folks like me, who rarely travel farther than a few miles from home, a guided tour is a must for a first visit to a foreign country.

Compulsive Traveler

Step into the Past in Western Nebraska

The Fur Trade Museum depicts the time “...when skins were money.” Fur trading is America’s oldest business and made John Jacob Astor America’s first millionaire.

Ernie's World

Spanish Jeopardy!

"Women could not go out alone. Could not work. Could not shop by themselves. Or date. But the tobacco company hired young women to roll cigars." Probably smoked less than the men, I figured.

July 2017
Compulsive Traveler

Staten Island: The Land Beyond the Ferry

More than one-third of the island is protected parkland. Greenbelt Nature Center is three times the size of Central Park and a contiguous stretch of green land with miles of hiking trails.

Ernie's World

An Apple a Day?

A large, humorless guy said: “I’ve got to frisk you.” I assumed the pose. I got a small itch in one of those hard to reach places. I was tempted to ask him to scratch it.

June 2017
Senior Moments

Hildene: Robert Lincoln’s Magnificent Vermont Estate

Visiting Hildene today is a tourist’s delight. Friends of Hildene, a non-profit organization, has restored the estate to its former glory so it “can serve as an educational and cultural resource and as a memorial to Robert Lincoln and his family.”

Lawrenzi, Jr.

Sophia and Me

As I neared the beach, I saw a woman sitting beneath a tree. She wore glasses and the bottom half of a bikini and was reading a book. Lying on a blanket next to her was a man with his face covered by a newspaper.

She was Sophia Loren.


Automobile Travel Trumps Airplane Travel

Travel by car has a few other benefits. Since I don’t have to remove my shoes at an airport security checkpoint, I’m not embarrassed about the hole in my sock.

Compulsive Traveler

Penang: The Must Visit in 2017

Georgetown, the capital of Penang, is a cosmopolitan center with old-world touches. There are gleaming white colonial buildings, Chinese shop houses, high-end stores, and street markets. It is one of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites.

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