jhwelsch's Travel Blogs

Northern European Cruise, 2014
Jul 24, 2014 – Aug 17, 2014
We have wanted for years to do a Baltic cruise. The night before we left to drive to Florida for our February/March Caribbean …
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Two Caribbean loops, 2014
Feb 20, 2014 – May 04, 2014
Though we had visited most of the islands before, we just HAD to escape the horrible winter! This was a 5-week vacation consis…
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Great Lakes & Great Plains, 2013
Jul 13, 2013 – Jul 31, 2013
This was our first major US road trip; hopefully the first of many. The vision was a big loop ranging as far west as Montana a…
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Trans-Pacific, 2013
Mar 26, 2013 – May 06, 2013
At 6 weeks, this was our longest trip to date. We flew to Auckland and to avoid the long trip back, returned to the US by crui…
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Dec 28, 2012 – Jan 09, 2013
It was hard to find a title for this trip because, as it centered around the Panama Canal, it involved Central and South Americ…
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This blog was featured on Saturday March 30th, 2013
Magical South Sudan, 2012
Dec 07, 2012 – Dec 09, 2012
This was my second time to the same county but the first to this country. That's because when I visited in 2010, Kajo Keji was…
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Family cruise to Bermuda
Jun 17, 2012 – Jun 23, 2012
This was a family trip with my Dad plus all the kids and grand-kids. A cruise is a perfect way of having a family vacation bec…
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Mar 13, 2012 – Apr 05, 2012
Given that I had just retired, this trip was to celebrate and "get out of Dodge." Run by Viking River Cruises, it encompassed B…
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This blog was featured on Saturday April 14th, 2012
Mar 19, 2011 – Apr 05, 2011
This was our first cruise on what is now our favorite line, Azamara. The itinerary was unexciting but the cruise was GREAT! …
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This blog was featured on Tuesday September 6th, 2011
Enchanting Southern Sudan, 2010
Nov 09, 2010 – Nov 17, 2010
The (Episcopal) Diocese of Bethlehem is building schools in the Diocese of Kajo Keji, Southern Sudan. In November, I accompani…
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Jun 10, 2010 – Jun 28, 2010
This trip with our friends Helen & Earl involved a day in Paris, a week on a rented canal boat on the Canal du Midi, a week in …
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This blog was featured on Friday July 30th, 2010
Egypt, 2009
Oct 02, 2009 – Oct 17, 2009
This was a two-week trip including time in Cairo before and after a week on the Nile in Upper Egypt. While the ship was not as…
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Quick Trip to the Finger Lakes
Jun 26, 2009 – Jun 28, 2009
The core purpose of the trip was to attend our niece, Ashley's, graduation party in Oswego, NY on Sunday. However, rather than…
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Short trip to St. Thomas
Mar 06, 2009 – Mar 12, 2009
Linda had already taken 2 of the 4 grand kids to Disney World and this year was Noah's turn but he'd been there already. In the…
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AirVenture 2008
Jul 25, 2008 – Jul 31, 2008
AirVenture is an annual gathering of nearly a million pilots, and other aviation enthusiasts from all over the world. The numb…
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Italy 2008
May 27, 2008 – Jun 12, 2008
This is was a two-week trip that my wife, Linda, and I took with our friends Earl & Helen. We flew from JFK to Rome where we sp…
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Düsseldorf, 2007
Oct 22, 2007 – Oct 29, 2007
This was primarily a business trop to attend "K2007", a huge tri-ennial trade show for the plastics industry. Since it's heald…
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South America Cruise, 2007
Feb 08, 2007 – Feb 27, 2007
We booked this trip some time ago, choosing it primarily because the itinerary was intriguing. It was centered on a cruise from…
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New Mexico, 2006
Apr 21, 2006 – May 06, 2006
Since we had a pretty nifty trip to France last year and were planning really nice ones for '07 and '08, we decided to take it …
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If its Tuesday, this must be Riquewihr
Jun 04, 2005 – Jun 11, 2005
This is actually the second half of a trip we made with our friends, Helen and Earl. The two segments were so radically differ…
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France at 5 MPH
May 25, 2005 – Jun 04, 2005
We'd been thinking about a canal barge trip for years. While some are attracted to the crewed “hotel” barges, we wanted to …
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Short but enchanting visit to India
Jan 23, 2005 – Jan 28, 2005
This was a business trip and, to be honest, I didn't expect to enjoy it. However, I found it absolutely delightful. Through ig…
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New England/Canada Cruise, 2004
Oct 08, 2004 – Oct 18, 2004
In 2001, Linda had organized a cruise as a fundraiser for our church. At the time, we'd discussed a number of options, one of w…
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Summer Cruise, 2004
Aug 15, 2004 – Aug 22, 2004
We'd already booked a cruise for October but Linda decided she couldn't wait that long and she found a great deal so we booked …
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South Pacific, 2003
May 20, 2003 – Jul 03, 2003
This was our 35th anniversary trip. We chose a cruise on the Tahitian Princess primarily within French Polynesia but with one s…
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Alsace and the Black Forest, 2002
Apr 03, 2002 – Apr 15, 2002
This was a trip to celebrate the birthday of our friend, Gisela at L’Auberge de l’Ill - Haeberlin, in Illhaeusern, Alsace, …
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Cruise to Bermuda, 2001
Jun 30, 2001 – Jul 07, 2001
This was a fundraising project for the church. Following up on an ad in “Episcopal Life”, Linda found that we could get a g…
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Grenada, 2000
Feb 05, 2000 – Feb 20, 2000
I’d wanted to visit Grenada for a long time but could not because of its Marxist government with strong ties to Cuba. However…
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May 30, 1999 – Jun 14, 1999
In the spring of 1999, my wife, Linda, and I took an Alaska cruise and inland tour. Linda's been eager to do the Alaska Cruise …
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This blog was featured on Thursday September 10th, 2009
Eastern Caribbean Cruise, 1998
Jan 17, 1998 – Jan 25, 1998
We took this cruise in January of 1998. This was our fifth cruise and the second to the Eastern Caribbean. This trip was specia…
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