Heading Home

Heading Home

So here we sit on our patio, all tuckered out, after a thoroughly enjoyable day walking the streets of the La Cite Medievale in Carcassonne. La Cite is a beautiful restoration of the 2,000 year old walled city that has had so many lives under the rule of the Catholic church and nobility all the way up to kings. Our day was sunny which made the whole day of walking pleasurable. Crossing Pont Vieux the wind started to pick up…

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Beaucaire, Arls, Avignon & Aix-en -Provence

Beaucaire, Arls, Avignon & Aix-en -Provence

We woke up our last morning in Hendaye to a notification from the train company informing us that there might be problems with our scheduled trip due to a strike. We hightailed it down to the station and fortunately there was no strike. The all day trip to Nimes was pleasant and we picked up our big blue Citroen there. For the next week we will be driving this baby. When we planned this trip we decided the AirB&B in…

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BASQUE-a language no one knows and a countryside everyone loves

BASQUE-a language no one knows and a countryside everyone loves

As everyone knows travel these days is never straightforward and while it took us 5 extra hours to get to San Sebastian via bus due to a French airline workers strike, getting to San Sebastian was just the beginning of our adventure. Because we arrived so late all rail and bus service to our Air B&B in Hendaye was closed so a 60 euro cab was the only remaining choice- no problem except for the fact that what should have…

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LEAVING ON 4 JET PLANES (and not one is a Boeing 737 Max8)

LEAVING ON 4 JET PLANES (and not one is a Boeing 737 Max8)

Heading back to the states after a truly fabulous winter here in Koh Samui and thought we’d share a few “Thai thoughts” with you—— Treading water one day a nearby young man asks “Do you speak English?” He asked this in what we were sure was an American accent and that was the start of an incredibly enjoyable half hour chatting with a Toronto couple on their honeymoon. We all crammed in that half hour a freeform passage of information….

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KO TAO

KO TAO

Wow! Time sure does fly. We just got back from our trip to Ko Tao and are trying to find the words to describe time we spent there. We had read alot about Ko Tao before coming here. At eight square miles Ko Tao is the smallest inhabited island in the Bay of Thailand and it has only been inhabited since the late 1940s. The first settlers were fishermen and coconut farmers. Scuba divers arrived in the 70s and the…

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LAMAI

LAMAI

Because we know how complacent we can become we built two exploratory adventures into our winter here in Koh Samui. This past weekend we took our first one and tore ourselves away from our home here in Bang Por and ventured to the eastern side of the island to Lamai-unchartered territory.  We caught a Songthaew right outside out gate. These are trucks that have open air seating dropped into the bed and cost about 1/10 the cost of a cab….

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Dean Dorazio aka Carol and Kathy Rushby

Dean Dorazio aka Carol and Kathy Rushby

We reached out to Dean this past fall to help us with a few blog problems. It seems we now have a few new problems which we hope our friend Dean will be able to fix. Honestly he is not here with us in Thailand. Hopefully this will be solved by the next post. The people who wrote this post and who are enjoying themselves in Thailand are Carol and Kathy.

Back in the Thai life again!

Back in the Thai life again!

But first a quick recap of our fall- plans for three weeks in Arizona and Utah where ditched when sister Carol surprised all of us by having a heart attack and spending 5 days in the hospital followed by three months of cardiac rehab. Now we know why we buy trip insurance! So glad to say she has fully recovered and got the green light to head back to Thailand. If any of you have any questions about the sodium…

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What do you mean summer’s over ??

What do you mean summer’s over ??

Transition times can be difficult for some of us and the thought of the end of that luxurious season called summer takes a bit of getting used to. Throughout our lives summer has meant being able to spend time in the water, cooking and eating outside and touching base with family and friends. This was true while growing up in Southwick and West Springfield. As adults we spent summer time at home or pools with vacation weeks at the ocean….

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SPRINGTIME WITH THE RUSHBY’S IN:

SPRINGTIME WITH THE RUSHBY’S IN:

Maine At least once, and oftentime twice, a year we head up to visit our dear friends living in a slice of heaven. The trip up is like unwrapping layers and layers that get more beautiful as you go until you reach the gem inside. The area they live in is beautiful and they are the most fun people to be with. It’s one of those places where we want chores to do because they are so unlike chores that…

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