Are You Ready for a Transatlantic Cruise?

I'm old enough to have sailed across the Atlantic at a time when it was as common as flying and before it was called cruising. The ocean liner was a normal mode of transport. It took you from point A to point B. If you were traveling alone you were automatically assigned cabin-mates. Today cruising [...]

Alderney: Hitler’s Island of Death

Alderney is a small island in the English Channel off the coast of France. It is part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey which is a dependency of the British Crown but is not a part of the United Kingdom. To the people of Alderney the Queen is the Duke of Normandy. William the Bastard was [...]

Texan Hipsters and a Flying Nun

I had read a few things about Marfa, the tiny south-western Texas town inhabited by artsy hipsters from Brooklyn, and so while I was in the area I decided to drop by and check it out. It's about 70 miles from Van Horn to Marfa on highway 90. As I drove through the sandy scrubland [...]

Panama

When the Pullmantur cruise ship, The Monarch, sailed into Colon many of the older passengers were suffering from a respiratory infection that we had caught at the half-way point of our journey from the Canary Islands. We had sniffled, coughed and brought up gallons of mucus. Our cabins were our prison cells but also our [...]