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El Santuario de Chimayo

El Santuario de Chimayo, a small shrine located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of Chimayo, New Mexico, has been a place of worship since before its construction in 1813. For generations, American Indians, Hispanics, […]

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THE CRUISING LIFE – THIRTEENTH CRUISE – KEY WEST

Leaving Costa Maya we headed back to Miami. Most passengers disembarked but we stayed onboard for another round. Leaving that afternoon we set sail for Key West, Florida. When I was in the Navy i […]

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THE CRUISING LIFE – TWELTH CRUISE – COSTA MAYA

Looks like I have let this posting slip a little. I will try to be more prompt. This is our next stop on this adventure. Puerto Costa Maya and nearby sleepy Mahahual were once rural […]

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THE CRUISING LIFE – TWELTH CRUISE – EMPRESS & COZUMEL

Cruise #12 was a Western Caribbean cruise out of Miami onboard the Royal Caribbean Empress of the Seas. At that time the Empress OTS was the oldest and smallest ship in Royal’s fleet. She entered […]

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THE CRUISING LIFE – ELEVENTH CRUISE – PARIS

The end of the bus ride was our hotel in Paris. The Viking package included two post-cruise days which we opted to extend to four. Check-in at the hotel was like anything Viking does – […]

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THE CRUISING LIFE – ELEVENTH CRUISE – LUXEMBOURG

As we made our way to Paris, the busses stopped in Luxembourg and allowed us to visit The Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial. In the USA it was Memorial Day and the cemetery was putting […]

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THE CRUISING LIFE – ELEVENTH CRUISE – TRIER

Today we stopped in Trier, Germany, for a wonderful excursion. Trier, Germany’s oldest city, lies at the head of the scenic Mosel Valley near the Luxembourg border. An ancient Roman capital, Trier brags that it […]

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THE CRUISING LIFE – ELEVENTH CRUISE – COCHEM

The next stop on this epic journey was Cochem, Germany. Cochem is a beautiful historic town in the Rhineland-Palatinate in Germany, near Koblenz and Trier, Germany’s oldest city. It lies along the left bank of the Mosel […]

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THE CRUISING LIFE – ELEVENTH CRUISE – MAINZ

One way that river cruising is different from ocean cruising is that there is always something to see. One minute you see old castles, then some kind of industry, then a campground, then you’re in […]

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THE CRUISING LIFE – ELEVENTH CRUISE – HEIDELBERG

Heidelberg is a town in southwestern Germany. It’s known for venerable Heidelberg University, founded in the 14th century. Gothic Heiliggeistkirche church towers over the cafe-lined Marktplatz, a town square in the Altstadt (Old Town). The […]

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