Minneapolis, Minnesota

Posted by Pat on December 21, 2018 in Travel |

19-21 December 2018 History repeats itself. Sort of. About 9 years ago, a good friend invited me along for a Moscow to Vladivostok Trans-Siberian train trip. There was one small caveat. We would go in winter. Not letting a little cold deter me from an adventure, I went to a resale shop, bought a long […]

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Insuring My Travel

Posted by Pat on November 28, 2018 in Travel |

28 November 2018 Because I am asked many times and people seem recalcitrant when it comes to reading their coverage benefits, I will summarize how I combine insurance with travel. Everyone has their threshold for ‘emergency and what ifs’ and here is how this senior approaches those issues.


The Caucasus – Hits and Misses

Posted by Pat on October 6, 2018 in Travel |

September 2018 Of all the 84 countries I have traveled in the past 46 years, I have to admit to knowing the least about the countries of the Caucasus – Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Armenia. Little is written about this area beyond snippets of information, a few news flashes, and, if you know an Armenian, possibly […]

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Yerevan, Armenia

Posted by Pat on September 30, 2018 in Travel |

28-29 September 2018 Mother Armenia, all 70‘ of her with admirable superwoman biceps and stern composure, clasps a powerful 10′ broadsword. I suppose there is much symbolism that can be read into her presence: power, country, martyrs of war, victory in peace. I see a monumental female statue of stone warning that when people have […]

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Surprising Sites of Armenia

Posted by Pat on September 29, 2018 in Travel |

27 September 2018 Our first excursion is to Geghard (UNESCO), another monastery. Today promises to be different. I hope so as I may be getting a little jaded about climbing to monasteries. So far I have visited about 1-2 a day for two weeks. It is said Gregory the Illuminator founded the Geghard Monastery at […]

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Curves, Caves, and Cousins

Posted by Pat on September 28, 2018 in Travel |

26 September 2018 It is with some degree of relief that I am driven northwest to my final hotel of the tour. We will lodge our final four nights in Yerevan, capital city of Armenia since 1918. But first, I overlook two boarders and a mythical mountain. 

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Armenia – Mountains, Monasteries and Megaliths

Posted by Pat on September 26, 2018 in Travel |

25 September 2018 Traveling south along the shoreline of Lake Sevan, we have had it too easy and begin to climb into the mountains traversing switchbacks up to the 7,900’ Vardenyats Mountain Pass. The views just gets better and better as our little caravan winds along the Silk Road Wine Trail. Mountains, unique rock formations, […]

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