Travelogue: Signing off — and airline adventures

Well, the knee ganged up on me. I’m back in London sorting out hotel cancellations, changing  and canceling flights, etc. Robert arranged for me to have a wheelchair in the Newcastle train station. Not totally necessary, but awfully nice, not least as the two helpers (one for the chair, one for the bags, tip refused)…

Travelogue: Bad British breakfasts, glorious old ships

Part 2 London, after a seemingly endless disembarkation and bus ride to the capitol. Cunard does everything so well, but the trips are always bookended by an impossible website and a disembarkation process that borders on ridiculously inefficient. When the bus group was called to disembark 45 minutes late, with no information about what was…

Travelogue: Across the U.S. by train and back on the Queen Mary 2

Part 1 Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime. – Mark Twain. I am sitting in my stateroom on Queen…

Travelogue: Edmonds to Chicago via the Amtrak Coast Starlight, Part 2

Part 2 of 2. Read Part 1 here. Sunday, Jan. 27 Chicago in six hours. We are surrounded with glazed snow, and even the double-glazed windows on the train are letting the cold in. A wonderful night’s sleep, except for half an hour on the roughest tracks I’ve experienced: At one point I almost fell…

Travelogue: Edmonds to Chicago via the Amtrak Coast Starlight

Part 1 of 2 Tuesday, Jan. 22 There are four Amtrak routes across the Western United States.  The northern route, with the Empire Builder, crosses to Chicago not far below the Canadian border, and passes through Glacier Park, beginning and ending, if you will, in Seattle, which means it very conveniently passes through Edmonds both…

Highway 70, Glenwood Canyon (YouTube)

Travelogue: From sea to shining sea

One more day until we dock at Southampton. I’ll spend a day in London to catch up with friends, and then head north for a week in a rented flat in York, a town I’ve only briefly visited before. The ship’s crossing is comfortably quiet. I’ve gladly slipped into a nice rut of a routine,…

Travelogue: Despite attack, British carry on

London, Sunday, Sept 17 Today’s Seattle Times headline reads “UK makes ‘significant’ bomb arrest but attack seems imminent.” “Attack seems possible” is more the mood here: We were in London when the attack occurred, but didn’t learn about it until we read it in the news. And judging by the usual Saturday night crowds, no…

Travelogue: A return trip to London by ocean liner

If it comes to Edmonds versus New York – give me Edmonds every time! I’ve been waiting to say that for several days. Actually, I’m in mid-Atlantic, half way to Southampton aboard Queen Mary 2 on a trip that is going to take in London, the Faroe Islands, the Shetlands, Oban and Iona in western…