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  1. I'm very irritated that mid post my comment disappears and then I have to search for it ... sometimes it magically reappears, but not tonight! Anyway, I was saying that I love the Reuben and eat THE WHOLE THING. When we took our Danish friends through the western national parks -- Yellowstone and etc. -- we introduced them to the Reuben. Now they can't get enough of them ... Mura
  2. I have found that I don't always agree with RJB -- I'm sure he feels the same about me -- but I sure do about Tuscan Steak! They eliminated too many of our favorite dishes in creating the restaurant. From what I have read since Tuscan Steak came on the scene, a majority of diners agreed with us. So did the servers. Perhaps it doesn't help that we also are not fans of Red Ginger ... but we don't blame RG for Tuscan Steak or vice versa. Mura
  3. I can assure you that I was NOT the first! I heard it from others and decided it was a great suggestion. From my memory there are MANY who recommended this approach., Who was the first? I have no idea! But I CAN say that I was definitely not the first. I got the idea from others who'd already posted ... Mura
  4. I used to feel that way. When we first started cruising we only wanted port visits. Then we were on a cruise (Buenos Aires to Santiago) where each port was at least a day's sail away, and we realized we really liked the sea days. And that's when we started doing transatlantics ... So I can understand where you prefer a sea day after a port visit ... but we have come to like a number of sea days in a row. When we started cruising I never could have imagined that I would come to like lots of sea days! But we did. Not everyone will agree with us, of course. That's just how we feel now! We like port visits and we like sea days. MURA
  5. Not for everyone! I've become very fond of sea days. But when you aren't planning on them, and when there is a particularly difficult health problem ... I won't disagree! Mura
  6. I'm not at all sure that "Surf and No Turf" (or vice versa) was posted by me! But I've seen many posts suggesting just that and I MIGHT have been referencing them. For me, I like the combo but DH often takes no bun and double one or the other. It's very tasty however you order it! Mura
  7. I haven't checked out your specific itinerary but in 2013 we used Manu Peclat in Rio. He was excellent. <rioprivatetourguide@gmail.com> We were in Buenos Aires in early 2002 but didn't use any official guides there. At the time I was in regular email contact with a resident there and he took us around one day, the rest of the time we managed on our own. I just checked your itinerary and other than Rio we haven't done your ports. We did visit Montevideo on our 2002 cruise but we did it on our own. Mura
  8. I think you would have to start a new one ...
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    I've been getting them for quite a while. They never seemed to stop. They are just about the ONLY mail we are getting, however.
  10. We have done a lot of traveling in the past 30 years. He feels terribly frustrated when he cannot really "see" what he is looking at. I can understand his feeling that way. He's not at the point of needing dark glasses or a cane -- well, when he uses a cane it's because of arthritis, not his vision. So I'm not trying to change his mind.
  11. Correct. I believe they call it "restricted". We fly from NY (JFK or Newark) direct to Europe most of the time, so that would be a business flight UNLESS we had a stop somewhere inbetween. When we flew to Lima in 2015 we had to go from JFK to Atlanta, then on to Lima. So the domestic flight would have been in coach had we not booked our own air, business all the way. Mura
  12. I'm no expert here and have no "inside information". But I would NOT count on any late 2020 cruise at this point. I'd love to be proved wrong! So we aren't booking anything ... and given my husband's desire not to travel anymore (due to severe vision problems) it makes our decision easy! But not a happy one... Mura
  13. Petoonya, I'm somewhere where you are. My husband isn't disabled -- at least not technically. But his vision is failing due to advanced glaucoma, and so he has decided he doesn't want to travel anymore. Despite that I booked a cruise for myself and a friend from the fifth grade in April 2018 but had to cancel because he was so stressed at the idea of being "home alone". That turned out to be an excellent decision for a number of reason which I won't go into. But we're in a duplex apartment and I was concerned about the stairs. We do have neighbors who would have checked in on him daily, and I could have arranged meal deliveries. But it seemed best to cancel. Best wishes for your future travels. I'm still hoping to travel on my own as well ... but in the current situation, we are sheltering at home and expect to be doing so for quite a while! Mura
  14. Besides the extreme cost for biz air with O, it's a special category -- if you are flying over the ocean, it's business. But if you are going over land, it's coach. For those of us who fly from the east coast to Europe (or from the west coast in the other direction), that's fine. But if you are flying from a local airport to a gateway or have overland flights in Europe or Asia ... it's not so fine. Even though we leave from NYC, we prefer to book our own. Mura
  15. One of the best road trips we ever took (showing our Danish friend the western parks) was from the Badlands down to Grand Canyon. I'd been in these parks before as a child, and Howard and I had seen many of them on a road trip when we drove my Dad's car (that I had inherited) back to NYC in 1990. In South Dakota we did Crazy Horse, Mt. Rushmore, the Needles Drive. Next day we visited to the Wild Horse Sanctuary which we enjoyed muchly. Here is a quote from my diary: Barbara told us a wonderful story – she called it a miracle, and we were all in tears at hearing it. A woman was killed while reading a book on her porch by random shots. She left a 16 year old daughter and an 8 year old son. The boy took it very hard, never cried at all, and started acting out. His grandmother requested permission to bring the children to the Sanctuary. The girl loves horses and they love her; the boy was sure they would come to her but not to him. But four of the horses surrounded him and nudged him with their heads. He started crying and the horses moved in closer. This was a turn around point for the boy who is doing well now. When Barbara mentioned the occurrence to an Indian friend (Barbara herself is half Nakota Sioux), she smiled and said, “He had a healing.” From there we went on to Cody (and the wonderful museums), and then to Yellowstone. Several days there, then 2-3 days in the Grand Tetons. On to Bryce, Zion and the Grand Canyon. This was a 3 week trip and fabulous. I'd love to do Yellowstone in winter but I no longer think I am up to it. I love cruising, you all know that, but there are plenty of other wonderful things to do ... even in this country! I once advised a fellow poster who said her husband wanted to see all of the rest of the world before traveling through the U.S. that to really see the national parks you need to be able to hike the trails ... if you are just driving along the roads you miss a lot. I doubt they followed my advice, however! Mura Oh dear, it looks like I hijacked a thread! Sorry about that. Terrace certainly had nothing nothing to do with my post, mea culpa.
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