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Old 05-09-2014, 04:14 PM   #1441
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I just got back from a nice trip to Asia last week. Here are a few photos (thanks for looking and points to anyone who can identify these places)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/8580554@N08/
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Old 05-09-2014, 04:24 PM   #1443
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Chasinva69, nice pictures. Recognize some pictures taken in Cambodia. The photo of the beach could be taken in a Muslim country - Malaysia? Indonesia? The beautiful snow capped mountain - Nepal?
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Chasinva69, nice pictures. Recognize some pictures taken in Cambodia. The photo of the beach could be taken in a Muslim country - Malaysia? Indonesia? The beautiful snow capped mountain - Nepal?
yes, very good 2 and 1/2 points for you -- there are only a few places in the world where women swim fully clothed; it's funny to watch but they are having a good time.
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Leaving tomorrow for 15 days in Alaska. Denali, Anchorage, and Homer are on the list. Wildlife and scenery are the main objectives.

1st travel since retiring April 1!
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Chasinva69, the mountain in two of your pictures looks like Dhaulagiri.

Mt. Dhaulagiri Expedition
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Old 05-13-2014, 09:45 AM   #1447
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Chasinva69, the mountain in two of your pictures looks like Dhaulagiri.

Mt. Dhaulagiri Expedition
Bingo. You know your mountains.
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Leaving tomorrow for 15 days in Alaska. Denali, Anchorage, and Homer are on the list. Wildlife and scenery are the main objectives.

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Leaving tomorrow for 15 days in Alaska. Denali, Anchorage, and Homer are on the list. Wildlife and scenery are the main objectives.

1st travel since retiring April 1!
On my bucket list.
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Got back last week from a two week river cruise on Viking. It was from Amsterdam up the Rhine, then the Main, then the Danube down to Budapest.

This was our second Viking cruise and we had a terrific time. We sailed on the Viking Sky, which is their oldest boat (last year we cruised on a brand new boat, the Viking Tor) and while we could see how the new boats are better in many ways, we settled in on the Sky and had no complaints. Of course there was a good deal to be had on the old boat ;-)

I liked the 15 day length (vs 8 days before) - I spent less time thinking “the trip's almost over”. The food was excellent. The crew performed flawlessly. In some ways, the best part was that the other passengers were all so very nice - we enjoyed having dinner with so many different people from around North America.

The high point for me was an organ concert in a beautiful baroque cathedral in Passau Germany. That music was written to be performed in such a place.
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Just got back from Tuscany. This was our 2nd time visiting the region. 10 years ago we focused on the tourists sights like churches and museums. This time we explored the wine regions, enoteca, food and spent 4 days in a golf resort with a championship golf course. Absolutely fabulous trip!
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Just got back from Guanajuato MX. What a fabulous place and a real change of pace for Mexico.
http://api.viglink.com/api/click?for...e the pictures
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Guanajuato: The Most Beautiful City in Mexico?
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Just got back from Guanajuato MX. What a fabulous place and a real change of pace for Mexico.
http://api.viglink.com/api/click?for...e the pictures
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Guanajuato: The Most Beautiful City in Mexico?
WOW! Just looked at the photos and added it to my must visit places. While we live in San Diego, we don't drive down to Mexico much due to the long long long wait times to get back across the boarder into the US. My last trips to Mexico City, and some cities on the coast Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, etc. was some 20+ years ago. We decided that next time we go to Mexico it will be by air and just checked out the flights here, this place looks great. Years ago I remember never thinking about safety in Mexico. When I first when to La Paz (1970s) I was there the first year that the police even started carrying a gun (after the opening of the highway from the north). There was simply no crime to speak of. Curious what your thoughts are on safety now.
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We're going in the opposite direction- taking an Alaskan cruise in July on a small-ship, up-close and personal with nature line called UnCruise. We did this 2 years ago; very laid-back and relaxing. I've never been on one of the giant cruise ships and don't think I ever want to be.
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Finally time to start packing for a trip we booked last August. DW and I leave for Fiji on Wednesday. We meet twelve friends in LAX and all fly over together. Will spend 3 nights on the island of Nadi, a week at Garden Island Resort on Taveuni and a week on a liveaboard dive boat, the Naia, exploring and diving the local waters. Our first trip to the Pacific and really looking forward to it.
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Nadi is on the island of Viti Levu.
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There was simply no crime to speak of. Curious what your thoughts are on safety now.
Guanajuato is a university town and there were no evidence of police. The only time we see gun-toting cops is when some dignitary is visiting town. The regular patrols are not intimidating.

(The drive from PV was 8 hours each way and we encountered no federales. I think the fear you see in the press is a marketing campaign to keep the tourist dollars at home. We spend 7 months here each year without incident.)
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Nadi is on the island of Viti Levu.
You are correct. Thanks for the clarification. And I've not even had any kava yet!
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I've not even had any kava yet!
Don't...it tastes like mud!
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The excruciatingly boring pics of our Budapest/Paris trip:

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