Category Archives: Music

Bits and Bobs from Bali

Sounds: Shortly before 6 a.m., the dark, humid air wraps itself around you and then you hear the gentle sounds of drum and flute coming across the rice fields from the temple letting you know that it is almost time … Continue reading

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To Ubud and Beyond

Yesterday, Saturday, March 23rd, was our second, and last, tour with Nyoman.  I think we will all miss this lovely, young man; I also think that he will be one of most lasting memories of Bali.  But enough . . … Continue reading

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A Bit of Culture

There is a dance in Bali called the Kecak dance.  It is based on a famous Hindu tale (well, famous to Hindus), the Ramayana.  These dances are often performed in or near a temple and usually by men.  We found … Continue reading

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On the Road to Chapala

My last post was supposed to be the last post from Mexico but something intervened to cause it to become not my last post but my penultimate post.  THIS will be my last post from Mexico. We left the apartment … Continue reading

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Guadalajara Miscellany

With only one full day left in this fine city, I would like to set out some random observations that I have made while in Guadalajara the past eight days. First:  One of my favorite things is the cross walk … Continue reading

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Final Macedonia Impressions

Final impressions of Macedonia: First, of course, has to be the people: both the local people who welcomed us so warmly to their country and went to such enormous effort to make our time here memorable; and, the people we … Continue reading

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Christmas Day in Narni

I know this isn’t Santa Claus or even St. Nikolaus but he looked like a Christmas guy to me when I saw him in the Orvieto cathedral.  For that reason, he will have to act as stand in.  Some of … Continue reading

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Vienna: Back Where We Started

Tuesday evening, December 12, we arrived back in Vienna where we began our trip on November 30.  A lot of water has flowed down the Danube since then and we have been fortunate to have been floating down with it. … Continue reading

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Dürnstein and the Wachau Valley

We began today with more cruising.  I thoroughly enjoy the excursions that are planned for us but cruising is fabulous.  Our morning’s cruise was brief and had us docking at the tiny hamlet of Dürnstein in the Wachau Valley at … Continue reading

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A Little Night Music

No, I’m not talking about Mozart’s piece by that name, although one could be forgiven for doing so here in Vienna.  Instead, I am speaking more generically about music heard in the night.  In our case, it was the Breslau … Continue reading

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