June 9, 2018

Come From Away

 I read this book, The Day THe World Came to Town, in 2003 when it was first published.


The play Come From Away is based on the book and was developed in 2012 and had huge success in San Diego, Seattle, Washington DC and Toronto before moving to NYC.  I missed it in San Diego but I was lucky and got a ticket for a performance at the Schoenfeld Theater on W. 45th.  Of course, no photos were allowed during the show, but I snapped these during the curtain-call.


The show had no intermission.  The 12 performers had multiple roles that included acting, singing, and dancing.  They were marvelous.  There were 7 musicians, below, that were on stage the entire time and they were outstanding.


Go and see Come From Away, when you have a chance.
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June 7, 2018

I went to Norway!

I've really been a traveling woman lately; I was gone 14 days in April and all but 10 days of May!  My latest trip was Norway, London, and NYC!

I'm 56% Scandinavian and most of that is Norweigian.  I was very excited when I found a tour called Stitching in Norway!  You know I'm a quilter, right?  I gambled on a tour company that I didn't know anything about.  For the most part, the Norway segment of my trip was a success.  Below is the review I sent to the company, Arena Travel.

"I was a first-time traveler with your organization, so I didn't know what to expect. I was very satisfied with the trip, hotels, and food. The Arena office staff were top notch, as was Hilary, our tour manager. My only negative was with Karin, she constantly bashed America and Americans, (I'm American), one to ten times a day, every day. She asked me how to attract more Americans to her tours and immediately negated each suggestion. She did tell me that she was famous in America, several times, but I'd never heard of her prior to this trip."

I won't be traveling with this company again, the CEO responded that I must have misunderstood Karin Hellaby's comments, daily comments.

This is a negative review because there is no excuse for this type of prejudice in the world; especially if they want my dollars.  The CEO offered no apology but did offer to take more of my money on any future travel with them.  Not happening.  It reminded me of the type of prejudice that existed in the early part of the 20th century.

Rant over here's some photos of Norway.



Springtime in Norway was wonderful.




We were lucky to be in Olso for Norwegian Constitution Day 2018 in Norway, on May 17th.  What a treat to see the parade and witness the celebration.  So many citizens were in national costumes, an added bonus.


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May 2, 2018

Croatia

In April, I traveled to Croatia with Road Scholar.  When I want to travel abroad, Road Scholar is my first choice. How I first heard about them is kinda funny.  About 10 or 12 years ago, I was having breakfast at my favorite NYC diner, when a group of travelers came in.  They were all excitedly chattering about what had happened the day before.  So I asked, "What's going on?"  They proceeded to tell me about the great tour of NYC they were doing with this wonderful company called Road Scholar.  Now, I'd never thought of going on a tour of NYC, but I made a note of the company name and years later when I decided to go to France in 2016, they were the company I used.  Croatia is my fourth trip with them and all the trips have been very successful.  How's that for a recommendation!

Our first stop was in the capital, Zagreb.  Here are just a couple of photos.




Notice the 4th listing on this directory, The Museum of Broken Relationships!  Yes, that's a thing in Zagreb.  The photo below fits right in.


Zagreb was beautiful but I was hard-pressed to find healthy food.  That quickly changed when we headed for the coast.


The view from my hotel room, Grand Hotel 4 Opatijska Cvijeta.


Even though it was rainy and dreary, it's always good to be near the sea.



I love this dog, "just hanging out".  He paid no attention to the tourist, he was just doing his job!





Some photos from our walks exploring the Istrian Peninsula and the town of Porec.




The next morning we had a wonderful hike in the rain to the Plitvice Lakes National Park.  It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  I'm pretty sure the last photo shows the entrance to a Hobbit house.


Before leaving for our next adventure, I spotted Santa wandering in the hotel lobby. He was cranky and wouldn't pose. I think he was lost.

In Split, there were lots to do.  We visited Diocletian's Palace and in the afternoon had some free time, I used that time to visit Split's Archeological Museum.  When I was in Madrid last year, I thoroughly enjoyed their Museo Arqueológico Nacional (Archaeological Museum), it was fantastic.  Split's version wasn't fantastic, but it was pretty great.  I really enjoyed my visit.  Below are some photos of my day.








This was a 13-day tour and I loved everything about it.  I feel as if this post has photo overload and we're just on day 8!  Here's a few more, and if you've read this far, be sure to put Croatia on you must-travel-to list.  Croatians love Americans, plus their main industry is tourism, so go see them.




Croatian pest control!



The Croatian climate is very similar to mine in Southern California.  Their soil isn't the best, but they work with what they have and they do make great wine!




The last photo shows the wonderful group I traveled with.
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