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Australia – Oddities

Australia – OdditiesDecember 1994 – January 1995After a day on the reef, my brother, Rob, and I went back to Cairns and got a little carried away with the local wildlife.A trip to Australia would not be complete without holding a Koala.This guy is an emu. They make good eating.This strange tree was one of many Australian oddities we saw.Australia …

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United Kingdom

United KingdomAUGUST, 2000Davin and I met up met up with Trevor in Plymouth, England. We stayed in the Barbacan area (picture above). Trevor needed a few more days to work on his yacht so we headed for Bath, via Bristol. Davin is an expert driver with an excellent sense of direction, so I just sat back and enjoyed the scenery.The …

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Thailand

ThailandBangkok and surrounding areaWe spent some time in Bangkok and the surrounding area, but most of our time was spent on the island of Ko Samui.These pictures were taken at the Grand Palace in Bangkok, a short walk from our hotel.These status seekers surprised us. We were walking around the Grand Palace in Bangkok when I heard, “Good morning Mr. …

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Hong Kong

Hong KongCheung and I were roommates in college. Years later, he invited me to his wedding.That’s Bruce on the far left, Cheung is the groom and I am on the far right.The three of us met 25 years ago while living in the same college dorm.Cheung and I were roommates then. Cheung’s lovely bride is Cindy; that’s Davin in back of …

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Turkey

TurkeyDavin and I flew first-class from Memphis to Boston and on toAmsterdam on Northwest Airlines. Thanks to NWA flight attendant, Lynn McDaniel, the Boston to Amsterdam trip was fantastic.We made some Turk friends at a carpet shop. Here I am with Faruk and Ümit, checking out my web site on their computer. I also bought these cool shoes from them. …

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Greece

GreeceNovember 1999The monasteries in Meteora are phenomenal. They are built high on the mountains and date back to the twelfth century.One of the more famous sites in Greece is Delphi.Nauplion Castle, in background.Everywhere we went, there were plenty of steps.The Acropolis is only one of the many things that made Greece famous. The Acropolis, in Athens, can be seen from …

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Philippines

PhilippinesAlthough I spent time in Manila, I really enjoyed visiting the city of Bacolod on Negros. Forget planes, trains, and automobiles; try tricycles in the Philippines, escalators, steps, and boats in Japan. I rode the tricycle pictured below in the Philippines. It was comfortable, but difficult to get into. I don’t recommend it on crowded city streets.That’s Ron pouring water on …

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Japan

JapanAccess in Japan was quite interesting. At this train station near Fukuoka, I went up and down steps using this device that had tank type rubber treads. It worked quite well, but the operator and I were both a little nervous about using it – it was a “first time” for both of us.At the Osaka airport, I used an …

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Costa Rica

Costa RicaThere are several ways to explore the jungles in Costa Rica. One way is to walk through it, but you need to be careful of poisonous snakes. Sometimes those paths will take you onto bridges as you see here.Another way I saw the jungle was via this aerial tram called Teleferico del Bosque Lluvioso in the Braulio Carrillo National …

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Bolivia

BoliviaWE TOOK A BOAT FROM PERU, ACROSS LAKE TITICACA TO GET TO BOLIVIAIf I have my pictures right, the above is Iglesia de San Francisco (construction began in 1549) with its arresting blend of mestizo and Spanish styles. Behind the church is the Witches’ Market where you can buy a bizarre assortment of goods including amulets, potions, delicately crafted silver …