At first I thought I had missed the announcement. There was only one person on the bus, besides me, not wearing a face mask. Was the mask mandate back in force? I checked my news feed. Apparently not. A day after the mask mandate for public transit was dropped, the vast majority of people were […]

I thought I should give you sonething to smile at today.

Any suggestions? It was on a Mediterranean  beach, about an hour west of Alexandria, Egypt, near El Alamein (site of a famous World War Two battle).  When I saw it from a distance I thought it might be some sort of beach chair anchored in the sand for anyone to use. Beside it was a […]

Looking through the pictures I took at the Giza pyramids, I realize that I didn’t take any of camels with the pyramids in the background. Who knows what I was thinking. It would have been an iconic shot.  In my defence, I wasn’t there to see camels. I wanted to see the pyramids, and that […]

I can’t remember if I noted this sculpture in Mullheim’s pedestrian zone when I lived in the area. Assuming it isn’t new, I must have walked past it a couple of dozen times without stopping to consider it.  The sculptor has, in my mind, nailed it. The subject of his study is happy and relaxed, […]

I suppose it could be seen as the ultimate tourist experience. I passed on it. It has been more than 40 years since the last time I was on horseback, but I remember what the experience eas like. My guess is a camel would be less comfortable – and I can’t say I find horses […]

It suddenly hit me. I say I like new places, but I don’t enjoy travel. That isn’t really true. Travel, especially air travel, is full of frustrations. Airport security always seems to take forever. Airline food can sometimes be less than appealing. The in-flight movies may all be films I have seen before – or […]

The past is everywhere when you visit Cairo. Not surprising – the city and country have a recorded history that goes back for millennia. I’d never heard of Said Halim Pasha until I saw these ruins as I walked along a downtown Cairo street. We weren’t sightseeing as such, just moving from Point A to […]

It feels strange to be back in Canada after four weeks on the road. So much has happened during that time. I’m actually writing those words while traveling on a train in Germany. I’m scheduling for them to be posted the morning after my return flight, when I expect to be a little jet-lagged and […]

Today is the 78th anniversary of D-Day, the start of the battle to retake Europe from the Nazis. It seems appropriate to revisit one of my first posts, written at the site and posted in 2014. Today is also, barring unforseen circumstances, the last day of my trip I am looking forward to being back […]