Category Archives: international

Headed home from Vietnam during COVID-19

Today we are trying to get home to Houston Texas from Vietnam as worldwide panic has set in over COVID-19.  Boris was convinced that he would sleep through the night knowing we had flights in the morning.  It didn’t work … Continue reading

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The Saigon River at Night

Our last night in Saigon, we are taking a dinner cruise on the new riverboat, the Saigon Princess.  Since Cambodia has closed its borders and river traffic along the Mekong has been shut down, Uniworld was forced to cancel our … Continue reading

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Reality hits us in Saigon

No sleep again last night.  We were just too anxious about what was happening with our trip.  We went down to breakfast at 6:30 am when they opened.  We had been up for hours.  Even though our meeting was not … Continue reading

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Saga in Saigon

The real saga of our visit to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) Vietnam began early the next morning.  With the time change, it was hard to sleep normal hours and Boris woke up at 1:30 am to find a message … Continue reading

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Safely in Saigon

With the world on high alert with the Coronavirus, most travelers are staying home.  Even local activities-like the World’s Largest Rodeo held annually in Houston-have been cancelled.  With a major financial investment already made and a bucket list trip planned, … Continue reading

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Rouen, France: a day trip to Normandy from Paris

Although there is a transportation strike going on in Paris, there are a very limited number of Metro lines and some train routes in operation.  Our concierge at the Maison Astor got us roundtrip tickets to Rouen from Paris Gare … Continue reading

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A little bit more time-most eating-in Paris

After our day-long tour of the champagne region yesterday, we are staying in the city for the day.  We did some more walking, but today’s highlight is lunch at La Grande Vefour.  Boris loves to try the historic, famous, and … Continue reading

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On the trail in France’s Champagne Wine-Growing Region

How do you convince Natasha she is ready for another trip to Paris as opposed to another location?  Promise her a day in France’s Champagne Region.  Anyone that knows me knows my beverage of choice is champagne.  At home, there … Continue reading

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New Year’s in Paris

Boris, who has worked hotel and airline points for decades before the rest of us caught on, announced that he had two free nights at a hotel plus additional Hilton points and that we were going to Paris for New … Continue reading

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The End to the Christmas Market Cruise in Basel, Switzerland

Today we are in Basel, Switzerland on the Rhine River where Switzerland, Germany, and France meet.  In fact some of the city’s suburbs are in these other countries.  They speak their own dialect of German here.  It is the country’s … Continue reading

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