Archive for the ‘A Love For Travel’ Category


Grand Asia Lombok

Day 6 – October 31, 2012 – Lombok We had hoped for Bali. There’s no place like Bali! But we rode our tender and shuttle into the main city and did a little shopping. I bought a couple of blouses from department stores, and we enjoyed our little photo shoots. What we saw of this […]

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Grand Asia Java

Day 4 – October 29, 2012 – Java Huge day on the ship! Over 1000 family members will be coming aboard to see their loved ones. We would love to be here to witness the reunion, but we’re off on an all day excursion. Our room stewards have just come in to quickly make up […]

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Grand Asia Day 3

Day 3 – October 28, 2012 – At Sea This day begins with a huge agenda. Must buy a watch at the poolside sale. Must sign up for excursion tomorrow. Must get dressed up for dinner and dancing tonight. Ahhhh… we’re back! The day ends. I bought my watch, we got the excursions, I sewed […]

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Grand Asia Singapore

Day 2 – October 27, 2012 – Singapore Up early from the jet lag, off to the Lido to learn our way around the breakfast scene, then out to enjoy our time in Singapore. What a beautiful morning in the Botanical Gardens. Ahhh… reminiscent of Guam. So much about the two places that seemed identical, […]

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Grand Asia Begins

A few nights ago I was trying to remember where I was when I purchased a little bottle of fingernail polish.  Couldn’t get the name.  Popped open my “notes” on my gadget and began to read.  (Bought the polish in Darwin, Australia.)  Decided I’d love to have this journal on my site.  And so… away […]

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Special Day in Ecuador

Some days stand out in life.  And this is one of those days.  We were on our first “Grand” with Holland America.  The lovely Prinsendam.  We were off to Antarctica and beyond, and the voyage was filled with one amazing port after another.   This is why we love cruising.  This is why we love […]

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One Very Special Week

This voyage had been in the back of my mind for years.  One day I would take my young niece on a cruise… just the two of us.  Daydreams come true when you keep them alive, and so this year, the day arrived. On Christmas morning I surprised her with my plan, and we had […]

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Magic Moments on the Zaandam

Special, calm, peaceful, magic moments.  That’s why I cruise again and again.  It doesn’t matter where the ship is going, I’m just happy to be on it. With a relaxing cruise ahead of me, I’m looking forward to sharing one magic moment a day.  The simple pleasures on the ms Zaandam that will become sweet […]

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Touring France

Every July I spend three weeks in France.  It’s been a grand tradition for over ten years now, and I find it’s a wonderful way to get through the long hot days of summer. The entire country is mine to enjoy, from the beautiful fields of sunflowers and lavender in the south to the Alps […]

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Memories of South America

Oh what fun… to run across a handwritten vacation journal.  It’s from 1998, our first time in South America.  Gary was playing racquetball for Guam in the world championships. I’ll share a few of my favorite paragraphs.  And while I’m at it, I’ll encourage you to write down special scenes from your travels.  Dates, times, […]

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Thirty One Years

  Back in the olden days… you know… the 1980s, when there was no such thing as the internet.  Yes, way back then we took our first out of the ordinary vacation.  I came across an article in a magazine about old plantation homes open to guests. It was our anniversary, and to celebrate we […]

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First Flight

My first flight.  I wish I could say I remember it like it was yesterday… but it’s back there in the recesses of my mind, and the details have become hazy.  The highlighted memories remain special to me. Our mother surprised my sister and me with the news that we were flying to Dallas to […]

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