The Itinerary (a work in progress)

  • Houston: nice clouds. After we had left Houston, after living there for two years, a friend asked what I would miss. After thinking long and hard, I replied "the clouds". She said, no really, to which I replied "Yes, really". Years later, I met a good friend who lived in Texas for many years. He now lives in Delaware and we were walking to the beach in Lewes, De. There were beautiful clouds in the sky and my friend remarked "Those clouds are beautiful, they remind me of Texas". 

  • Washington, DC: it was nice to layover in our old hometown.

  • Keflavik, Iceland: a 45 minute stop over. Welcome to the EU. 

  • Paris, France: When people ask what my favorite city was, I tell them Paris and Tokyo.  

  • Aix-en-Provence: Walking in the footsteps of Cézanne 

  • Paris, France:  

  • Normandy, France: Ever wondered why so many men died at Omaha Beach vs, Utah, Sword, Gold or Juno?   

  • Brussels, Belgium: Everyone told us not to go, it actually was quite nice.

  • Budapest, Hungary: Paris on the Danube, only cheaper.  

  • Bucharest, Romania: 

  • Ruse, Bulgaria:

  • Sofia, Bulgraria:

  • Tel Aviv, Israel: Miami on the Med. A lot of young people who speak peferct Englsih

  • Jerusalem , Israel: Met a group of Palestinian woman on the Dome of the Rock who shared with us their lunch of hummus, radishes, dolmas (Arabic: mahshi), cherry tomatoes and conversation (via a Christian Arab interpreter Birsharar, who later scammed us at lunch). Next day I journeyed to the Walling Wall to insert a prayer re: my Mother's aching back. Texted my Brother the next day telling him her pain should be gone shortly. He replied "Then I'll cancel the doctors appointment?". "You may want to hold off on that" I replied.  

  • Petra, Jordan:

  • Barcelona, Spain:

  • Lisbon, Portugal: We had a better time than Barcelona (and cheaper)

  • Porto, Portugal: Never mind the Port, more Duero Valley wine please.

  • Marrakesh, Morocco: More couscous please. 

  • Aït Benhaddou: The set of Game of Thrones,

  • Tondra Gorge/Tinghir, Morocco

  • Merzouga, Morocco

  • Midelt, Morrcco

  • Meknes, Morroco

  • Chefchaouen, Morocco: Attended a local wedding in mountain village. A true Tony Bourdain moment. 

  • Rabat, Morocco: Everyone told us that the ports in Morocco to be avoided, but we quite enjoyed Rabat.

  • London, UK: Stayed in Battersea, which may have been a bad place to stay. Saw the play Mary Stuart in the West End.

  • Reykjavík, Iceland: The land of $12 beer, budget accordingly. 

  • Belfast, UK: Take The Troubles Tour. An AAR Must See

  • Liverpool, UK: Had a drink at the Philharmonic Dining Rooms. Friendly conversation with a local who was kind enough to buy me a pint. The most beautiful loo I ever took a leak in. 

  • Stonehenge, UK: 

  • London, UK:

  • Prague, Czech Republic: Michael "Prague" 

  • Bratislava, Slovakia: Had a drink (or two) at the Skybar, bartender: Miro, Discussed the finer points of cocktails and was rewarded . . .  

  • Vienna, Austria: Wienerschnitzel, 

  • Salzburg, Austria:

  • Munich, Germany: Walking in the footsteps of Hitler.

  • Berlin, Germany: I stood at the spot where Hitler committed suicide and wondered "Am I the only that thinks this is really cool?!"

  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands: 

  • Zagreb, Croatia

  • XXXX, Croatia,

  • XXXXX, Croatia

  • xxxx, Croatia

  • Zadar, Croatia

  • Dubrovnik, Croatia

  • Split, Croatia

  • Glasgow, UK: Visited with good friends over an Aperol Spritz and met the Connaught Rangers (does it get any better than that!)

  • Warsaw, Poland:

  • Krakow, Poland:

  • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: 

  • Maputo, Mozambique: Walked to the train station built in 1903, and looked around, I was the only tourist. Eat the giant prawns. 

  • Kruger National Park, South Africa: 

  • Maputo, Mozambique: The Longest Suspension Bridge in Africa. Why was it built, I have no idea. 

  • Xai Xai, Mozambique: Outstanding beach. Imagine staying on one of the better beaches in the Caribbean . . .  only 40 years ago. 

  • XXX, Mozambique

  • Maputo, Mozambique

  • Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe: The Falls are quite impressive, but the best part was a $4 steak at the Invuvu Bar, we were the only tourists. 

  • Cape Town, South Africa

  • XXXXX, South Africa

  • Johannesburg, South Africa: Not as bad as I was told. 

  • Hong Kong: It was hot, like Africa hot

  • Seoul, Republic of Korea

  • Tokyo, Japan: No tattoos or litter. The way Western Civilization should operate.   

  • Kyoto, Japan:

  • Hiroshima, Japan: Stood lone, 580 m beneath where the atomic bomb detonated (after leaving 100s of tourists at the A Bomb Dome and the Peace Museum) and thought to myself "Am I the only that thinks this is really cool?!" 

  • San Francisco, California: Back home

  • Orange, New Jersey: It was nice to see my Mommy!

  • Grenada: Pronounced "Gren aid a". 

  • Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn: The Missus reserved these lodgings and didn't inform me the exact location, but when we exited the Kingston–Throop Avenues subway station (at 10:00 pm) I knew something was up and asked. When she innocently mentioned we were staying in Bedford-Stuyvesant, we picked up the pace and quickly made it to our accommodations three blocks away, where I calmly informed her that thirty years ago, it was grounds zero in NYPDs war against crime. She replied it couldn't  be that bad as Jay-Z's Mom still lived here, which didn't make me feel any better. It actually turned out quite well (and safe), as it appear gentrification has caused many of the former residents to move to the suburbs.  

  • Chelsea, NYC:

  • Grand Rapids, MI: 

 

London, United Kingdom

Iceland

Belfast, Northern Ireland

Liverpool, United Kingdom

Stonehenge, United Kingdom

Gatwick Airport, United Kingdom

 

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