‘Now voyager...

sail you forth to seek and find.’

(Whitman)

September 22, 2018

One of the (many) wonderful things about a cruise is gliding into port early in the morning and opening the curtains to... Who knows what? A breathtaking landscape... or a sea of containers off container ships? This is the port of Aqaba, Jordan’s only coastal city.​ It was already hot.

​The main reason to visit Jordan is Petra, The Rose Red City, a...

September 20, 2018

April 10, 2018

Sultanate #1 was Brunei, back on March 1. What a change from India! This is all desert — but wealthy desert. Oil, don’t you know. In a land with so much sun, they don't bother with solar power — a missed opportunity, but, hey, they didn’t ask me.

Modern architecture must all be in the same generally sand-colored palette, and it all ha...

September 16, 2018

April 7, 2018

The two excursions I was on in Mumbai were not about seeing the sights, though we did pass by a few on the bus: the vast Victorian-ornate administrative offices and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, leftovers from the Raj that all looked like huge dribbly sand castles. 

When I have the option, wherever I am, I go on a walking tour....

September 15, 2018

April 1-6, 2018 [with 3 sea days in the midst]

[I give up. I am a hopeless photo editor. So many shots bring back so many memories, and I am enjoying revisiting all the places I saw on my trip. The first go ’round, I divided the subcontinent into 4 blog posts, one per port. But this first stab has gotten so, shall we say, comprehensive, I’m going to...

September 6, 2018

No. Not THIS Hieronymus Bosch...

THIS Hieronymus Bosch... aka ‘Harry’...

 ... the character created by Michael Connelly and portrayed in the Amazon Prime series by Titus Welliver. Who just happens to be the son of the famous Maine landscape painter Neil Welliver. 

So what are the Bosches doing here?

The only thing that gets me to the gym to do...

September 6, 2018

March 27-28, 2018

As I confessed before, I never knew Malaysia came in two parts, until I went to both halves — but it took me three weeks to connect them!

I’m going to guess that to most of you its capital, Kuala Lumpur (KL), is the best known Malay location. Until the Burj Khalifa in Dubhai took over the title, KL’s Petronas Towers were the tallest...

September 3, 2018

March 25-26, 2018

​If you’ve seen or read about the summer’s hot rom com, Crazy Rich Asians, you have some idea of the wealth and modernity and sophistication of the ‘sovereign city-state’ of Singapore. In the 53 years since its total independence from Britain, it has become what one Sun lecturer called ‘Asia’s most successful nation.’ Someone else...

March 21-22 & 29, 2018

I saw many beautiful Buddha statues in Asia, but this one in Bangkok was the most marvelous of them all. The 50-foot-high, 150-foot-long ‘Reclining Buddha,’ covered in gold leaf. Created in 1767, this is known as a curly-haired Buddha; the Thais model theirs after Indian nobility. Despite the hordes of people, this is still o...

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