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Travels in the Western Cape

Travels in the Western Cape December 30, 2013 | General | Read More
The skies darkened and the rain started. Soon, it was coming down so hard that it sounded like a jet engine roar on the roof. Then came some cracks of lightening, which sounded at increasing frequency until it felt almost continuous. Fortunately, while the 30-year storm raged outside, my wife Sylvia...

Mozambique Rising

Mozambique Rising December 8, 2013 | General | Read More
The Portuguese pilot chatted amiably over the radio as our small plane banked around for a final approach. As we descended toward sand dunes and scrub brush, he explained why he left the air force for a more relaxed lifestyle. Mozambique was relaxed, good for his family, his wife had a job she enjoyed,...

Venice Through the Side Door

Venice Through the Side Door October 9, 2013 | General | Read More
Venice is famous for many things – history, architecture, art, shopping…and crowds. While the city’s charms are justly world famous, the hordes along the Rialto or in St. Mark’s Square are only marginally less so. That’s why those who know Venice well seek out havens of peace and tranquility...

A Dolomites Getaway

A Dolomites Getaway October 8, 2013 | General | Read More
It must have been a cold, lonely, but stunningly beautiful perch for the soldiers. Rocky spires extending in all directions, with valleys carpeted in forest and meadow far below. Intensely cold winters, with fingers too cold to squeeze a trigger. Occasional bursts of intense gunfire and mortars, interspersed...