Without a knowledge of history and cultures, can travel be more than merely looking at snapshots of places and things that can be just as easily and often better seen in videos and photos?
Over vacation week, I took my son on a grand vacation to Ireland. It was a week of castles, forts, churches and a whole lot of green fields and sheep. The trip was also an opportunity to dig deep to pull up those kernels of knowledge gleaned from various books read over the years. My son kept saying, “But how do you know that?” My answer – I read about it once.
Here are another six books that have inspired me to travel of the years. Over the years, the one thing guaranteed to hold my attention most in a book is a vivid description of somewhere I want to visit, or better yet a vivid presentation that creates a desire to visit a new place. Simply put, the location is, for me, the best character in the book.
Last week I celebrated what would have been my 32nd anniversary with Ozark Air Lines. Well, perhaps “celebrate” is too strong a word. No corks were popped, no cakes decorated. The only thing I did to commemorate the occasion was watch the very same episode of “The Rockford Files” (“The Prisoner of Rosemont Hall”) that I had watched that Friday evening those many years ago as I packed for my very first trip. I also took some time to reflect on my expectations at the beginning of my career and how different things look now that that career has ended.
The The Metropole has always been the place to stay in Hanoi. Legends of the rich and famous, as well royalty, have made it their home. Located in the heart of Hanoi, it’s near the city’s Old Quarter. The hotel opened in 1901, although if the research is correct, the Colonial building was constructed a […]
If you’re someone who craves peace and quiet, don’t book a trip to Hanoi or Saigon. But they happen to be cities that have captured my heart. If forced to choose between the two, I’d head north to Hanoi, the country’s capital. There’s so much to see and learn in addition to seeing dramatic archeological sites and beautiful countryside. Even though more than one million Vietnamese were killed during the war, which many feel should never have been fought, Americans aren’t disliked.
Who needs Paris in the spring? There’s a recession going on. Lucky for me, I’ve got great art, romantic sidewalk cafes, colorful street festivals, beautiful water views, and gorgeous spring flowers galore on this side of the Atlantic.