Category Archives: Travel

Sarasota at Dawn

Looking across Sarasota Bay, a city park on Lido Key provided an excellent view of Sarasota’s skyline.  It was 6:15 AM. I found this place pretty much by accident.  After reviewing several Google maps, I was actually looking for a … Continue reading

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Beach Walking

On a bright sunny day in Central Florida, Coquina Beach on Anna Maria Island was deserted.  Not a soul, not even a walker, let alone sun bathers. Wow, I had the beach to myself.  I stepped out beyond the sand … Continue reading

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6:39 AM

The clock reads 6:39 AM, eleven minutes after sunrise on the Gulf Coast side of Central Florida.  I was on the Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach. The sky was pretty, but there was nothing of interest in the water.  … Continue reading

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Hotel de Haro

Washington State’s oldest continually operated hotel, the Hotel De Haro, is located in Roche Harbor on the north side the San Juan Island.   Its 20 rooms have hosted visitors since 1886, including Theodore Roosevelt and John Wayne. Only six of … Continue reading

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Tallin, Estonia

I loved Tallin’s old town, teeming with history and Old World charm, even in the rain. The city first showed up on maps in 1154, but early settlements date back 5,000 years.  It is one of the best preserved medieval … Continue reading

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Lime Kiln Lighthouse

On the west side of San Juan Island is Lime Kiln Point State Park, where a lighthouse guides ships through the Haro Straight between Vancouver Island, British Columbia and the San Juan Islands of Washington State. The lighthouse was built … Continue reading

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Helsinki Cathedral

Helsinki’s skyline is dominated by the Helsinki Lutheran Cathedral.  It rests on a hilltop overlooking the harbor, city centre and state government buildings. Completed in 1852, it was named the Church of St. Nicholas, but after Finland’s independence from Russia … Continue reading

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