Speaking of Travel

‘Til the Cows Come Home

Local farmers lead their cows in a descent from their summer home.

Speaking of Travel By Vickie Kelber Although we have visited Switzerland a number of times, usually choosing to spend a month at a time, our travels have always taken place between early June and late August. On our last trip, we went a little later in the season, determined to stay until the cows came home. Cows are an important ... Read More »

Fly Fishing on the Middle Provo

There is fly fishing year round on the Middle Provo, even when the ground is snow covered. photoS BY Vickie Kelber

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber This column is my husband’s idea. He suggested I write about something in which he is interested. So, at least this week, no museums, no churches, and except for a quick mention, no shopping, no restaurants,…..just a river and some fish. To learn more about fly fishing and the Provo River, I met with Ben Nelson, ... Read More »

Amsterdam, How It’s Changed

The Stedelijk Museum with its new addition. PHOTO COURTESY OF STEDELIJK MUSEUM

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber I first visited Amsterdam in the 70s; my husband and I were last there in the 80s. On that trip, after a week in the city, we traveled on to Brussels. We were amused when a guide who took us to visit Waterloo and some of the countryside chateaus of Belgium referred to Amsterdam as a ... Read More »

Travel Insurance: Safeguard or Scam?

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SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber Travelers often consider the purchase of travel insurance. Policies differ, but typically comprehensive insurance covers trip cancellation, delay or interruption expenses and accident and medical expenses. The policies are long, with lots of fine print, conditions and exceptions. For years, we never bothered with trip insurance, but started to as our parents began developing health issues; ... Read More »

Afiyet Olsun

Kumpir stands with their baked potato toppings piled high line  the street in the Ortakoy district of Istanbul. PHOTOS BY VICKIE KELBER

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber Many people have asked me about the food in Istanbul; we loved it. There was a wide variety of options available, both in terms of eating establishments and food choices. Street food is popular. Red push carts dot the streets and hole-in-the-wall kiosks are located throughout the city. For a quick breakfast or snack any time ... Read More »

Further Afield in Istanbul

The Mehter band performs below the piercing eyes of Atatürk. PHOTOS BY VICKIE KELBER

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber After writing about some of the “must sees” in Istanbul (Istanbul Highlights December 26, 2014), I wanted to share other worthy experiences if your travel time allows. The Bosphorus, the 20-mile long strait connecting the Sea of Marmara with the Black Sea, is fundamental to Istanbul. Important for commercial navigation, it separates “old” Istanbul from “new” ... Read More »

Istanbul Highlights

Hagia Sophia

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber Whether visiting Istanbul short term as a cruise port or enjoying an extended stay, the top tourist sights are found in the Sultanhamet district. Also called the Old City, Sultanhamet is the seat of Ottoman Istanbul. The triumvirate of Topkapi Museum Palace, the Hagia Sophia and the Sultanahmet Mosque, more commonly called the Blue Mosque, are ... Read More »

Picasso/Dali Dali/Picasso

Dali Still Life - Sandia (1924) © Salvador Dalí. Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, [Artist Rights Society (ARS)], 2014. Collection of The Dalí Museum, Inc., St. Petersburg, FL, 2014. This exhibition was organized by The Dalí Museum and the Museu Picasso, Barcelona, with the collaboration of the Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí and is supported by an indemnity from the U.S. Federal Council on the Arts and the Hu-manities.

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber In 2012, I wrote about the unique Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg Florida (www.coastalbreezenews.com/2012/03/22/in-search-of-dali/). If you haven’t been there yet, or even if you have, between now and February 16, 2015 is the time to plan a visit in order to see the special exhibit “Picasso/Dalí Dalí/Picasso”. A monumental undertaking, this exhibit affords the opportunity, ... Read More »

Gifts for the Traveler 2014

Three-in-one charging cords eliminate the need to bring different types of cables. PHOTOS BY VICKIE KELBER

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber For this year’s review of gifts for the traveler, I asked some frequent travelers what items they find invaluable and what is on their wish lists. It was interesting to find commonalities concerning what is important to them. What follows are all manner of gift suggestions from stocking stuffers to more expensive purchases. First, I ... Read More »

Istanbul Impressions

The Golden Horn of the Bosphorus divides ‘old and ‘new’ Istanbul.

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber When we first planned our trip to Istanbul, I was surprised how many people told me that their dream was to travel there or that it was on their “Bucket List.” Everyone I knew who had visited told me that it was beautiful and that we would love it; they were right. It’s difficult to ... Read More »

Murphy’s Law in Istanbul

View of Istanbul from the rooftop terrace of our apartment.  The apartment was outfitted with emergency lights and filtered water. PHOTOS BY VICKIE KELBER

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber Three years ago, I wrote a column in which I revealed my six rules for travel. Rule No. 4 was “Prepare for the unexpected.” As we “mature,” it seems more and more of the unexpected can occur, although situations arise no matter what our age. On my first “grand tour” of Europe four decades ago, ... Read More »

Airline Passenger Rights

Passengers have rights if their flight is delayed or cancelled. SUBMITTED PHOTO

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber What are your rights as a passenger if your flight is delayed or cancelled or your luggage lost? Since 2009, the US Department of Transportation has issued some laws that ensure certain rights for domestic airline passengers. When there still was a Continental Airlines, I remember that booking online and having an option to hold ... Read More »

Websites for Travelers

When visiting the very popular Alhambra, we purchased our tickets ahead of time online. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber There is so much travel information on the internet that it can be overwhelming. For my annual review of websites, I am going to highlight those I find most helpful when planning a trip. First and foremost is Google. If I want general or specific information about a place, I Google it. Want to know ... Read More »

Staying in Touch

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SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber When packing for travel, think about all the items that smartphones and tablets have replaced: alarm clocks, flashlights, cameras, daily journals, books, guide books, maps, newspapers, compasses, foreign language dictionaries, hard copies of information such as insurance cards and camera manuals. One of the most useful for me when traveling has been the replacement of ... Read More »

Apps for Your Travel Photos

Mobile Monet adds artistic touches to photos. Photo By Vickie Kelber

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber It seems to be increasingly more popular for people to use their smartphones and tablets for taking travel photos. I’m not one of those people, but for my annual review of travel apps, I am going to focus on those that enhance the picture taking experience with mobile devices. I have been an Apple user ... Read More »

Mars Races Saturn

Facing West, 11PM August 8th. Saturn is the brightest object in Libra, the only zodiacal constellation  named after a nonliving object. (Balance Scales). SUBMITTED PHOTO

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net Tonight look to the west and among the brightest objects you will see there are Mars and Saturn. Mars is much closer to Earth than Saturn is, but a great deal further away than it was a few months ago. It shows up in the planets magnitude — only at magnitude 0.65. Still, ... Read More »

Vizcaya

View of the Barge and Vizcaya main house from the Teahouse.

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL  Vickie Kelber Vizcaya, the former villa and estate of John Deering in the Coconut Grove section of Miami, had been on my list of places to visit in Florida for more than 10 years. I kept putting it off, and then Hurricane Wilma struck, bringing $3 million damage to the gardens, art work and some of the ... Read More »

Vibrant Ljubljana

A ride along the river in Ljubljana is a peaceful diversion.

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber I have two words for people who say the capital cities of Europe are old and stagnant: visit Ljubljana (lyoo-BLYAH-nah). The capital of Slovenia and located approximately in the center of this small country, it is young and vibrant. With a population of about 280,000, the 60,000 students in this city help invigorate it. It ... Read More »

Slovenia

An early morning walk in Lake Bled is like walking into a fairy tale. PHOTOS BY VICKIE KELBER

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber Located at the northern end of the Adriatic, Slovenia has only 26 miles of coastline. While the Venetian/Mediterranean architecture of the coastal resorts is lovely, the real draw in Slovenia is the natural beauty found in its interior and the charm of the capital city, Ljubljana. Bordered by Austria, Italy, Hungary and Croatia, and slightly ... Read More »

Travel Through Books

Donna Leon’s series about Guido Brunetti takes place in Venice.

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber vickieonmarco@comcast.net I enjoy reading books that evoke the culture and neighborhoods of places that we have visited. Italy is a popular setting for authors who write mystery series as well as other novels. I’ve written before about my favorite, the Commissario Guido Brunetti books set in Venice by Donna Leon. Her portraits of Venice are ... Read More »