August 22, 2019

Blog Memories: My Trip to United Arab Emirates - Abu Dhabi

Whenever I am on vacation, I always try to pack in as much as possible. Here is another encore blog from our trip to the UAE. This one originally ran on December 4th, 2017.

There is so much to see in the United Arab Emirates!

During our brief stay, we took a one-day excursion to Abu Dhabi, the island capital and the UAE's second most populous city behind Dubai. Abu Dhabi is located on a T-shaped island jutting into the Persian Gulf from the central western coast. While there, we visited the newly-opened Louvre Abu Dhabi museum, dined in the luxurious Emirates Palace, and watched the famous Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit. We also toured the majestic Sheikh Zayed Mosque. It was a wonderfully informative and fun-filled day.

Enjoy more of our photos.


August 21, 2019

Blog Memories: A Visit to United Arab Emirates - Dubai

Here is a memorable blog I posted on my family vacation to Dubai in December of 2017. Enjoy the photos.

Now that I have grandchildren, traveling is so much more fun!

As you know, I did not celebrate a traditional Thanksgiving this year. Instead, Alexis, Jude, Truman, and I, along with our dear friend, Kevin Sharkey, spent several days in the United Arab Emirates, the Arabian Peninsula nation along the Persian Gulf. The entire trip was inspired by my grandson who wanted to see the “tallest building in the world” - currently, the Burj Khalifa. While in Dubai, we stayed at the beautiful hotel, Jumeirah Al Naseem, Among our many activities, we enjoyed a desert safari guided by Arabian Adventures - we went sandboarding, road camels, and tried many delicious foods. In addition, we visited Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, and toured its magnificent Louvre. And of course, we took a most exciting elevator ride up the grand Burj Khalifa - both Truman and Jude were amazed by the views. It was a very packed four-days, but we had a wonderful time. I am always so thankful for memories like these.

Here is the first of three blogs from our trip, enjoy.

August 20, 2019

Blog Memories: My Trip to Africa, Part Two

We're continuing with a selection of encore blog postings this week. Here is another blog from my family trip to Africa. It was originally published on May 20th, 2017 - enjoy.

There is so much to see in Africa - if you've never been on a safari, I encourage you to make the trip!

In March, Alexis, Jude, Truman, and I, along with our dear friend, Kevin Sharkey, spent nearly two-weeks on a wildlife safari in Africa. We stayed at several camps and saw a great number of beautiful animals - lions, elephants, hippos, hyenas, and the striking kudu. My grandchildren loved every moment and were so enthusiastic, but my daughter, Alexis, enjoyed it the most - she was so captivated by all the animals. It was such a wonderful journey.

Here are some of the amazing images highlighting the magnificent creatures we saw. These photos were taken by Marlon du Toit, our guide and master photographer from Wild Eye photographic safaris. Enjoy.