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Iceland Visit: 2007-9
2008-02-18 - My wife and I visited Iceland in September 2007. We absolutely loved it and would return in a heartbeat. The whole country is very expensive, but since we were only there for 2 and a half days, we managed. Reyjkavik is alovely town well worth a full day just to walk around and see the sights. The Blue Lagoon is a must, we would return to Iceland just to go there again. It is simply magical to be in the warm water with the silica mud all around while it i spositively freezing outside. The day trip to Thosrmork was well worth it for the scenery and the glaciers.


Morocco Visit: 2007-5
2008-02-18 - Morocco is a must see destination. We visited there in May 2007 and fell in love with the country. Our trip started in Fes where we visited the Medina of the city and took a day trip to Meknes and Volubilis. This is highly reccomended. Fes is so ancient, but fairly inaccessible. I never felt like I got to know the city.

We took the train to Casablanca to see the famous Mosque of Hassan II. It is simply massive. Overall, however, the city is not too exciting and it i sbetter to just move on. We took the train on to Marrakech and enjoyed the desert scenery on the way.

Marrakech was my favorite Moroccan city. The place is alvie and easily fills two day sof sightseeing. The place to be is the Djemma El Fna square which teems with life at night. Acrobats, fortune tellers, dentists, food stalls, and belly dancers all vie for the attention of locals and tourists. Another "must do" in Marrakech is a hammam. Do not go to one of the tourist places. Rather, seek out a public bath. These are identified by tiles along the entranceway, nothing more. Speaking French will be a big help, otherwise, lots of hand motions and a sense of humor will do. I will not spoil it for you, but be prepared for hot steamy conditions and lots of water.




Rio de Janeiro State Visit: 2004-12
2007-10-08 - I went to Rio for my honeymoon with my wife Jaclyn in December 2004. Before we left friends warned us on how dangerous Rio can be and that we should be extra careful. After visiting, however, we believe that Rio is no more dangerous than any other large city. Common sense prevails- stay in crowded areas, don't travel with more cash than a days need, use a guide if going into the favelas, and stay alert. I was not pickpocketed, never felt unfomfortable, and traveled all over the city.

Must sees would be Corcovaado (obviously!), Sugar Loaf mountain (go up at sunset- breathtaking), Santa Teresa district (old town), Impanema, beach scene, H Stern jewelry, and we enjoyed the Botanical Gardens. One of the trip highlighs for us was going hang gliding off of Piedra Bonito.


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