Casas Grandes & Mata Ortiz

Casas Grandes (Paquime) & Mata Ortiz                                                                                  $895 Small group tour (minimum 8 persons) led by […]

Copper Canyon train trip to El Fuerte, October 11-17, 2017

    Copper Canyon Train Tour October 11-17, 2017 $1,390 Wednesday, October 11.  Drive from Alpine to Presidio. Breakfast at El Patio. Taxi to Ojinaga. Bus (3 hours) to Chihuahua City. Lunch. City Tour with Edgar. Dinner at El Meson de Catedral. Overnight Quality Inn, close to the cathedral. Thursday, October 12. Up early to […]

RIGA, LATVIA

I squeezed into a non-reclining seat on Ryanair at 6 am in late May for the 2.5 hour, $32 flight to Riga, capital of Latvia. The flight left from London’s Stansted Airport in driving rain and arrived in what Riga residents were calling a heat wave – a high of 85F. Since Riga is roughly […]

Round the World – October 2015 – 23,643 miles.

  lst Sector ALPINE to LOS ANGELES by Amtrak. 1,036 miles. $100. 19. 5 hours. 9.7 c per mile.     With the back fully reclined, and the leg supports extended, using both seats you have a small platform on which to curl up. Don’t expect a pillow or blanket, however.         […]

Scotland Tour 2014

    Scotland at a Turning Point? Jim Glendinning will accompany his fourth group tour to Scotland amid the excitement of the first-ever vote for Scottish independence (September 18, 2014). The small group (not more than 20) will visit palaces and castles, museums and battlefields, meet with ordinary Scots folk and listen to informed local guides. […]

Overnight under a full moon on the South Rim of Big Bend National Park

“You can more or less take your pick of campsites”, said Interpretive Park Ranger Jennette Jurado at Panther Junction park headquarters, when I checked in to book a primitive campsite in the High Chisos. It was 4 pm on a Saturday. I had travelled 117 miles from Alpine, and I reckoned I would need up […]

Las Vegas on the Cheap

    The first time I went to Las Vegas was in 1966. Flying from Los Angeles to New York, I broke the trip in Las Vegas for a long evening. Dazzled by the glitter of the place, even then, I had a fine time drinking, wandering around, and losing a little money before catching […]

Airlines in Asia – Air Asia

Air Asia, the Malaysian low-cost airline, could not be more different from Druk Air. Together with its six subsidiaries it flies to 78 destinations in 25 countries, reaching as far as Australia, Saudi Arabia, Japan and China, the largest low cost carrier in the region. Its main hub is the Low-Cost Carrier Terminal near Kuala […]