Category Archives: Travels Here & There

2017 Vacation, Day 2, Part 2: An Unintended Walking Tour of Salem

After we left the cemetery, we visited a few more shops, then Diamondqueen and J.Hooligan split off on their own. J.Hooligan wanted to see Count Orlok’s Nightmare Gallery, which didn’t interest me at all. I was counting on seeing a …
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2017 Vacation, Day 2, Part 1: Seven Gables and Death’s Heads

For me, Salem is the story of two Nathaniels–Bowditch and Hawthorne. I remember being very interested in Hawthorne in high school English (I may have even written a paper about him), but I can’t recall ever having read one of …
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2017 Vacation, Day 1: Spooky Drivers and Witch City

I never did blog about my brief vacation trip to Salem, MA this past summer with Diamondqueen and J.Hooligan. I figured Halloween week would be a good time to cover it. On our 2016 trip I got very depressed thinking …
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Orlando Vacation, Day 6: Home, We’re Coming Home Again

We had our last breakfast in the Bayline Diner, notable only because I managed to dump my entire tray while attempting to take a carton of milk out of the refrigerated case. See, it was really hectic, there were all …
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Orlando Vacation, Day 5: A Childhood Florida Fantasy

  I got up to have breakfast with Diamondqueen and the Hooligans in the Bayline Diner, but afterward we parted ways, they to the shuttle stop, me back to the room. I was discouraged to realize every muscle and joint …
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Orlando Vacation, Day 4: Eye in the Sky and a Lobstertini

Since we had much simpler plans for Wednesday, we slept in and had a late breakfast. Diamondqueen’s must-do was a ride on the Orlando Eye, the mammoth Ferris wheel. We thought we’d check out some shops nearby, and there was …
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Orlando Vacation, Day 3, Part II: The Disney Death March

Usually I have to be pretty fried not to be able to read a map. When we emerged from “It’s a Small World,” I couldn’t figure out how to get to the Winnie the Pooh ride. All of my radars …
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Orlando Vacation, Day 3, Part 1: It’s a Small World Filled with Cookie-Cutter Imps

These posts are way longer than I intended, but the family likes to have the details. After today the vacation posts get shorter, I promise. (These days were so exhausting, it exhausts me now to write about them.) We didn’t …
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Orlando Vacation, Day 2: Butterbeer!

Note: Diamondqueen notifies me of corrections after she reads my post. Cross-outs indicate corrected mistakes, which immediately follow. Everyone was up bright and early eating the various breakfasts we’d purchased at the supermarket the night before. I forget exactly what …
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Orlando Vacation, Day 1, Part II: Shut the Hell Up!

Note: Diamondqueen notifies me of any mistakes I make in my blog posts. Cross-outs reflect the corrected mistake, which immediately follows. We made the long trek from the Cabana Bay lobby to the parking garage to get our baggage, then …
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