The Cruise Experience

If you love cruising, some of what I have to say may disturb you. How it All Started I booked this Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) cruise about a year prior to the pandemic and it finally left port on October 5. I have heard great things about NCL and I was excited about seeing parts… Continue reading The Cruise Experience

Three Friends, Three Cities, Three Very Different Experiences

Friendships are a true gift, but they aren’t always easy and they should never be taken for granted. As with all relationships, you have to nurture them. I have three male friends I have known for a combined total of close to 100 years. These men are different in many ways; they do not know… Continue reading Three Friends, Three Cities, Three Very Different Experiences

Travel Tips for Frequent Travellers and Genoa

A little bit of Milan as well (less than 24 hours in this city) Photo: Milan and Genoa (on this trip) My Blog My Opinion I’m stuck in my hotel room in Genoa today (Wednesday) due to severe thunderstorms (I love them, but they never happened). I shouldn’t say “stuck” because I’m in a very… Continue reading Travel Tips for Frequent Travellers and Genoa

I Am Not What I Own

A Gentle Reminder . . . to Myself “Hush Christopher! You’re not supposed to talk about your money.” It’s funny how in certain cultures, money is not discussed, yet in others, it is flaunted. I was raised in an environment where it was not appropriate to talk about what one paid for things. Mind you,… Continue reading I Am Not What I Own

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Fighting restless demons . . . again. I personally know a few people who have lived in the same house or apartment for over 40 years. I admire their staying power, but I cannot relate. I have moved no less than 15 times in the last 30 years. I’ve relocated so many times that my… Continue reading Should I Stay or Should I Go?

The Problem With Self-Examination

Some bits about Geneva and Montreux, Switzerland as well The Rhone runs through Geneva, making it easy to always know where you are. One of the many reasons I travel is self-reflection. It’s an opportunity to step outside of yourself and examine who you are. I’m not sure why, but it’s easier to see things… Continue reading The Problem With Self-Examination

Adjusting to a New Body and A Different Mindset

One of the difficult facts one must face when you grow older: we live in a world shaped and dominated by the young. I’m not mad about this, it’s just a fact. It’s difficult to shield your eyes from beautiful young people everywhere. It’s a reminder of two things: 1) you’re not young anymore, and… Continue reading Adjusting to a New Body and A Different Mindset

An American in Faro and Some Bordeaux & Toulouse Highlights

Why I Love Faro and Plan to Stay Put When you live in a place where they speak a different language and the customs are not what your accustomed to, you cannot help but ponder on how you fit in. The truth is that I have never fit in. Family, school, neighborhood, work, social gatherings… Continue reading An American in Faro and Some Bordeaux & Toulouse Highlights

Liverpool & Travel Woes

It’s Time to Piss & Moan About Travel (at the end of my blog) The Purpose of this Trip If I’m going to be honest, Liverpool, England, was never on my travel wish list. Fortunately for me, I landed at a restaurant in Mexilhoeira Grande, Portugal, and ended up sharing plates with Jane and her… Continue reading Liverpool & Travel Woes

The Four Year Mark

In Faro, Portugal [Pics from home and travel] The Past, Present & Future Much of the blog below was written at my one year milestone in Portugal. I thought after three years, a pandemic, a great deal of reflection, and trips to many places, I should provide new insights. A Brief Overview (I’ll note updates)… Continue reading The Four Year Mark