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Old 05-01-2008, 10:29 PM
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I don't think so.
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Travel photos from any year? Ok.
2007 was fun, but not likely interesting to anybody else - we went to a family wedding in SC (but we did get to Charleston, and out to those beautiful beaches!) and went to Sedona/Grand Canyon, and Yosemite. Then my wife went with her sister on a Steps of Apostle Paul trip, to Greece, Turkey, and Rome.

Probably our most photogenic trip was India, November 2004. Younger Daughter was at University of Delhi for her semester abroad, June through December 2004. In November we went to visit her and to see some of India. We traveled on our own most of three weeks but got a tourist guide for Jaipur and to visit the Taj Mahal. Daughter did an excellent job explaining things when we were with her in Delhi and when we went to Varanasi.

My India pictures are in 20 sets. I can't imagine anyone viewing more than one or two sets at a sitting, but I love every picture. India is endlessly fascinating.

Here are some of the sets.

On each page, the links to other India sets are at the bottom of the left column below the thumbnails. You should hit (f11), Show Full Screen, if you are reading on a small monitor or laptop since the captions are below the photos.


Ghats in Veranasi
I took several sets of photos in Varanasi, the holy city on the Ganges. This is a major pilgrimage destination because Buddha preached his first sermon nearby, and is perhaps most famous among Westerners for the waterfront cremations on the Ghats (riverfront stairs).

Jama Masjid, the Grand Mosque of Delhi
We went Friday afternoon (Muslim Sabbath) and waited for afternoon prayers to conclude before we were allowed to enter. While we waited we noticed that India Army security outside looked very alert. After we got back to the hotel we realized we had visited simultaneous with Arafat's tumultuous funeral in Ramalla, that was broadcast live all day. No wonder those soldiers looked intense. (Muslims were rulers in India but now are a minority, after most were forced out to Pakistan and Bangladesh, former regions of India, 60 years ago).

Modern Delhi.
An upscale crafts market, and a downtown general market.

Other photo sets cover road trips, the Taj Mahal, Jaipur, and our layover in Hong Kong. I'm in a couple of sets, not the ones listed above.

Enjoy!
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Ok...I'm not sure this will qualify but you have to understand that "Taking vacations" has never really been something I've done. Typically I've incorporated little adventures into the places I've been to for other reasons....Here's what I mean...

During my radio days (1992) I had the opportunity to be one of the hosts for Charlie Daniels "Volunteer Jam". It was held at the Starwood Amphitheatre just outside of Nashville. The show had been on hiatus for a few years and was being ressurrected. I was there for three days and had a little time to take in some of the sights. One of the places I went to was the Country Music Hall Of Fame. Across from the museum were a row of shops with a rustic/western sort of facade. The shed roof with rough sawn board and batton siding, hitching posts etc. The shops had merchandise representing different artists. There was a Hank Jr. shop and a Randy Travis shop and so on. So, after the trip to the museum we decided to pop on over to check out the shops. At the end of the walk way, on a stool was a fella playin his guitar for tips. he was pretty good too.

So, after a look in the stores we strolled down the end of the porch where the guy was playin and we listened for a while. Another fella came up and said a few words to the guy on the stool, who in turn handed him his guitar. The second guy gets to playin. WOW...this fella is real good. When he was done we chatted a minute and I gave him my card and told him if he ever puts together a CD to send it my way that I would be happy to give it some air time. * I was the Program Director and Operations Mgr for a country formatted station in Fla at the time.

Now, what happened over the following 6 months is what makes this "Vacation" so special so just hang on.

Back at the show....it was fabulous. I got to hang with a bunch of country music artists and got to introduce Joe Diffy and a few others. Shared stories and stuff.

I'm back home now. it's about a month +/- and I get this compilation CD in the mail. It's got a couple of songs by that guy I was tellin you about. One of the things I liked to do was to showcase unknowns that were trying to break into the biz, so to speak. Compilation CD's typically have a couple of songs by say five different people. Made it more cost effective for Indie labels to get exposure for their artists. Anyway, acouple of months later I get another CD....different company though. Kind of a step up from the last one. This same guy is on it with new music that's even better than the last. So I give it a whirl. Gets good response from the listeners.

A couple of months later I get another CD. This time it's a single from one of the major labels promoting a new artist. Low and behold it's this same guy. Again the music is better than before.....and so begins the trek down the path to country music stardom.

Who was that masked man you ask.....


None other than





Needless to say it made for a killer memory of that "Vacation" to Nashville.
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Wow , Great Story !
Keep em coming folks ! I just returned from Panama and let me tell you ,"I had a kick in the ass good time" .

Why am I telling you this ?? Because if you want to have a chance to win this contest and spent a few days in a rain forest/ island retreat ,you need you share them stories too !
I'll get some more pictures posted of the grand prize when I get back to my home computer and can download them .
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Is it just me, or has the Atlantic ocean become a lot narrower lately?
I knew it was getting mighty dry in Florida, but I never dreamed it was that bad!!
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Bump !

Com on people !!! Can't win if you don't post .
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Wait!!!!! I missed this somehow! I read it a month ago or so and I never really said anything! Hmmmm.....
welll I havent been on a vacation in years. About 7 to be percise. Plus I doubt I can beat anyones story here. (plus I cant afford to take off of work OR fly to Panama.
But we need more folks to write up your experiences!!!

Big Al has a great offer!
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I gotta go back and read the offer again... At the time I never dreamed I could go, but it MIGHT be feasible by middle of next year.. AND I have another mini-vacation coming up this next month...

AND at current prices... the wifey and I can get there for about $1200 TOTAL... if only I could book today....
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I don't go on holidays (vacations to you) as I go to vehicle rallies and lately to Folk Festivals, it is not much fun going places on your own. Do rallies count??
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You bet it does !!!!Post away!!
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