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  • It's still All About Travel 8:55 AM on November 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    HISTORY ON THE HUDSON RIVER 

    Recently my friends and I booked the American Cruise Line’s “Hudson River Fall Foliage Cruise”.  And lo and behold, we did see fall foliage!  I think we had the one-week of perfect weather in the area in the last 6 months. Lucky us!

    We boarded our ship in New York Harbor, after spending one free day sightseeing New York City.  Another perfect day for viewing the Statue of Liberty (did you know it’s actually in New Jersey and not the state of New York?) and riding the double-deck bus for a birds-eye view of busy Manhattan and the protestors in the park

    Our trip up the river included a visit to the historic New York State Capital building in Albany.   Albany is the longest continuously chartered city in the U.S., and has one of the most ornate Capital Buildings I’ve seen.   They spared no expense as the saying goes!

    Stopping in Catskill and Kingston, we were treated to detailed history of the British Army’s battle to take the cities in 1777.  Burning Kingston to the ground, which only inspired the residents to rebuild and fight on.  Instead of taking the narrated bus tours, we walked into the downtown area and had a chance to talk to the long-time residents ,who understandably are very proud to relate their colorful history.

    Kingston on the Hudson River

    Kingston Harbor

    The highlight of the trip – at least to me – was a narrated tour of West Point.  I had never really thought that much about the facility, but my mind was certainly changed while we enjoyed the 2-hour guided tour of this granite citadel which sits high above the Hudson River with magnificent views of the Hudson River Valley.   The character and valor of those men who studied and graduated there is truly inspiring.  “Duty, Honor, Country”: the theme of West Point is obvious in the history, and those cadets currently  serving there.

    “Cadet life is no mere holiday training – no refined dandyism, but a four years’ devotion to mind body and heart to discipline and study; more severe, by far, than is required at any other educational institution in the land.”  Words from an 1867 “Guide to West Point and the United States Military Academy.”

    General George Washington

    West Point and the Hudson River

     
  • It's still All About Travel 12:48 PM on November 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Travel Tips from Alaska Airlines 

    I printed out my boarding pass the day before flying with Alaska Airlines to Seattle.  I was surprised when my printer kept chucking out page after page of

    “stuff”.  Actually it turned out to be pretty important travel information.  I’ve condensed it here and deleted the advertising .

    So,…on this Alaska website there was the Seattle weather forecast for the following week, a SeaTac Airport Directory of restaurants, shops for all terminals, concourses North and South satellites, and great directions for ground transportation – buses, taxi’s Link Light Rail. The information was pretty specific as to rates, schedules and locations.

    There was information about transportation options including the Link Light Rail Station to downtown. Light Link is only $2.50 to downtown whereas you could pay about $25.00 for a taxi. Seemed the way to go comparing the cost for a taxi.  Probably faster too.

    There was a packing checklist, Seattle District Guides, information about the waterfront, Seattle Center and University district. All of that, and three pages of Sudoku to help you while away the time.

    Way to go Alaska Airlines!!

     
  • It's still All About Travel 11:36 AM on November 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    NEW YORK – “IT’S A WONDERFUL TOWN” 

     

    State of Liberty

    Sometimes it’s easy to be discouraged when one sees and hears so much negativity.  And, sometimes the positive just comes through all that anyway.

    Such was our one-day spent in New York City before our journey up the Hudson River.

    Yes, we saw the protestors; but the weather was beautiful and the other sites we encountered off-set the negative.

    The tour of the city aboard one of the double-decker buses (the weather was perfect!) allowed us to see the activity of people going about business and enjoying life.  The sight of the new Freedom Tower  going up at “Ground Zero”was healing.  The number of recreation boats circling the State of Liberty reminded us of the liberties American citizens have to enjoy ourselves in sight of such an icon of liberty.

    And best of all, for me anyway, was the recurring view of the Chrysler Building as we navigated the streets of New York.  I think the architecture is so striking.  Art Deco stands out as one of the outcomes of a very tough time – the great Depression of the 29 & 30’s.  It’s still standing and gives me a thrill whenever I see it.

    So – a good day in New York City, a great day for all of us!

     
  • It's still All About Travel 4:53 PM on November 7, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Yalta on the Dnieper River – The Pictures Tell the Story 

    Early one morning, walking along the docks and watched this scene unfold between the fisherman and the feral cat. Need I say more?


     
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