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Chapel of Bones, Evora, Portugal
Chuck Wed, 2017-09-20 05:21
Tucked away in nooks and crannies, packing niches and crevices in tunnels and catacombs across Europe, are the bones of monks and common folk alike. The Necropolis of Paris is the second final resting place (tongue-in-cheek intended) of millions of Parisians whose mortal remains were relocated to the sprawling tunnel system in the late 1700's to recover precious land for the living. The artful arrangement of skulls and femurs and ribs and wishbones at Rome's Capuchin Crypt is (according to TripAdvisor) nearly as popular an attraction as the Vatican Gardens and the Spanish Steps. Crypts and...

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Chuck Thu, 2017-06-29 12:38
I’ve got a new business idea. It came to me when I spied a dog walker wrangling half a dozen of his charges down the sidewalk here in Atlanta. I figure if a dog owner is willing to pay someone to walk their pets, some people might be willing to pay us to take their vacations for them. The pitch would go like this: “Why be hassled with all the planning and airports and annoying hotel check-ins? Pay Chuck and Lori to take your vacations for you! Just TELL your friends you went to Fiji! Act now and Chuck and Lori will take 1,000 free photos for you!” I’ll have to get to work on that website… But...
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Travel On, Blog...Eventually

Travel Bloggers Chuck and Lori with Grandbaby Felix
Chuck Fri, 2017-06-23 10:43
There's a famous bit from Seinfeld where Jerry and Elaine are at the rental car counter and there are no cars to fulfill his reservation: "You know how to take the reservation, you just don't know how to hold the reservation, and that's really the most important part..." Something similar could be said of my travel blogging lately, but at least I'm getting the most important part--the actual travel--pretty right. Despite none too few travel bloggers out there on the interwebs who copiously blog of spurious travel, our travel has been getting in the way of almost any amount of actual writing...

Thailand, Florida of the East

Bang Por Beach, Koh Samui, Thailand
Chuck Fri, 2017-03-24 11:48
We've been staying the last 12 days on Bang Por Beach on the north shore of the Thai island of Koh Samui. Look it up on Google Maps , if you want. It's a nice, peaceful, and gentle beach devoid of the kind of surf we've relished in the Bahamas before, with coarse pinkish sand and turquoise tinted water. The water is so calm, it's like a swimming pool tucked into one corner of the Gulf of Thailand. From the peacefulness of our beach blankets, it's wildly easy to observe the tides here: as the moon arcs overhead, tides go out and water flows west. The moon circumnavigates the earth, much as we...

The Rescue

The Rescue
Chuck Sat, 2017-03-11 04:55
Lakyim—her name in Thai means “dimples”—is taken from her parents just before her third birthday. They are shot trying to protect her and left for dead. Uncooperative and combative adults are useless, but the young ones, they can be molded, they can be trained to be valuable, they can be crushed into subservience. Lakyim is loaded into the back of a truck. Time passes, she doesn’t know how long. She arrives disoriented, sickened, and weakened from the trip and the ordeal of being taken from her parents. The men drag her into the woods; when she resists she is beaten with a metal-studded stick...

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