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The Upsides of Group Travel

My wife Fyllis and I had long dreamed of visiting Costa Rica. We knew its reputation for magnificent landscapes, abundant animal and bird life, and preservation of the magnificent environment. We could have spent hours searching the Internet for flights and hotels, reserving a rental car…


Added by Victor Block on March 17, 2021 at 8:21am — No Comments

From 'America's Stonehenge' to Sinewy Serpent: the USA's Archaeological Sites Combine History, Mystery & More

People who ascend a high mountain ridge in Wyoming are greeted by a collection of rocks carefully laid out in a geometric design. Visitors to southwestern Ohio marvel at the sight of a mammoth earthwork shaped like an undulating snake. A maze of stone walls, chambers and other…


Added by Victor Block on February 16, 2021 at 11:02am — No Comments

A Marvelous Road Trip in Western New York State

From Rolling Farmlands to Race Cars, Apple Orchards to Amish, this Empire State Road Trip Has it All


Mention New York and most people think the Big Apple  They picture the massive, iconic urban center of skyscrapers, Broadway shows, the Statue…


Added by Victor Block on February 9, 2021 at 7:59am — No Comments

Branson, Missouri Offers Fun & Frivolity in a Pastoral Setting

As our car crested the last hill overlooking the town ahead, I rubbed my eyes to make sure they weren’t deceiving me. The first thing I spotted was a giant King Kong clambering menacingly up a building.

Another roof was topped by a helicopter which appeared to have just landed or was about to take off. Among other hard-to believe visions that…


Added by Victor Block on December 27, 2020 at 3:56pm — No Comments

Travel During the Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic

Middle seats in the planes of some airlines are vacant.  Passengers and crew members aboard cruise ships are socially distancing when possible and wearing masks.  Some countries remain closed to non-residents, while others won’t allow people from the United States to enter. 

Few aspects of life have…


Added by Victor Block on December 9, 2020 at 9:45am — No Comments

Parsing Politics, Personalities & History at the USA's Presidential Libraries


Sightseers at a setting near Boston enjoy a leisurely stroll through a magnificent 18th-century garden.  A man in Texas plays president as he reads a speech from a teleprompter.  Children in California take a pretend horseback ride with Ronald Reagan.

These disparate experiences…


Added by Victor Block on November 3, 2020 at 4:30pm — No Comments

In the USA this Fall, Combine Foliage With Adventure


Dan and Mary Stroudt oooh and aaah at the multicolored scenery below the hot air balloon in which they’re riding. The journey is very different for Mark and Marylee Sutherland as they help to paddle a rubber raft along a stretch of whitewater in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Betsy Goodman and Tom Cross are traveling at a slower…


Added by Victor Block on September 11, 2020 at 1:30pm — No Comments

South Carolina's Grand Strand (Including Myrtle Beach) Lives Up to its Name



After months of coronavirus lockdown, the South Carolina resort city Myrtle Beach - as well as the long and famed stretch of beach called Grand Strand, along which it sits - are back. Sun seekers are hitting the sands; golfers are working on their drives and putts; and visitors are generally once again enjoying the appeals that each…


Added by Victor Block on July 31, 2020 at 1:16am — No Comments

Spectacular Train Rides Without Leaving Home


You’re enjoying an adventure for the senses as you journey through the soaring Alps Mountains in Switzerland.  You immediately understand why the magnificent view that surrounds you in Colorado inspired the words of “America the Beautiful.”   You channel Harry Potter during a ride over the towering viaduct that the Hogwarts Express…


Added by Victor Block on July 7, 2020 at 10:43am — 1 Comment

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