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September 2009 Blog Posts (10)

Home Sweet Home in Montmartre

I read the following article on the website BonjourParis.com. Because it reflects the kind of experience you get with Untours, I wanted to share this with anyone who is wondering what an Untours vacation is like. We did our 2008 Paris Untour in the rue Montorgueil neighborhood with simlar experiences described in the article. Next Spring we will again spend a month in Paris through Untours, but in a different neighborhood close to Place des Vosges. We will make new friends there I'm sure. But… Continue

Added by Bill Kover on September 27, 2009 at 10:52am — No Comments

An Explosive Experience in the Zurich Airport

31 May 2007

Barbara and I left Zurich for the USA on 30 May this week. As usual, we shipped our luggage to the airport, so we did not have to schlepp the bags from two trains. The baggage is kept at the "to claim" section of the airport's SBB station where one picks up it with claim checks before checking in. No problems as usual. HOWEVER, this year we were told that they would sell us baggage checks for our use when we returned in a couple of months.

As I went in to…

Added by Vance Roy on September 26, 2009 at 1:59am — 1 Comment

We made it!

We made it onto the Thirteen PBS National Parks documentary! Part of the interview is shown about 1/3 of the way into the show (7:55 - 9:33 minute mark). Some more of the interview is shown towards the end (22:44 - 23:43 minute mark). They used a LOT of my photos, 8mm film and some video segments. I was shocked how much they used. The even showed some clips from our wedding in 1970! I guess the other interviewees didn't submit much video or movie film.

The show can now be seen online… Continue

Added by Bill Kover on September 25, 2009 at 9:32pm — No Comments

Moose Head Ranch, Grand Tetons, July, 1995

Grand Teton National Park. July, 1995. We were out for a drive hoping to see some wildlife. There was no one else on the road. I slammed on the brakes. The view was so beautiful that it didn't seem real. An artist needed to appear and put this all down on canvas. Camera film or video tape just was not worthy of this scene. I snapped a photo anyway, fully realizing that it wouldn't be the same as in real life.…


Added by Bill Kover on September 21, 2009 at 6:29pm — No Comments

Incident at White Lake

On July 8, 1995 we had planned to tour Badlands National Park. We were out of the motel and on the road by 6:24am. Our first stop was White Lake, South Dakota. Breakfast wasn't the only reason we were headed there. We had to reconnect with the past.

The last time we were in White Lake was on July 15, 1970. Back then our main reason for stopping was to buy a bug screen for our car radiator. Eleanor's journal devoted just a few words to remember that town: "Stopped at White Lake.… Continue

Added by Bill Kover on September 19, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Windows on the World

On October 4, 2000 we were in Mont Tremblant, Quebec visiting Eleanor's cousin, Richard. A friend of his is a judge, who owns a vacation home in the Mont Tremblant area. We were all invited over for dinner at his cabin. Nothing special happened except for something that haunted me a year later. We were having a discussion, when the judge mentioned that his daughter and a friend would be traveling to New York City. He asked us if we could recommend a restaurant that she would enjoy. Years before… Continue

Added by Bill Kover on September 11, 2009 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Paris Again!

On this day of sadness and overcast, rainy skies, a bright light has suddenly shined down on us and lifted our spirits. After scrimping and saving for two years, we got confirmation that we will be returning next year! It will again be for a whole month! How can we be so lucky again? PARIS! J'aime Paris! Nous retournerons à Paris l'année prochaine !Read More

Added by Bill Kover on September 11, 2009 at 1:56pm — No Comments

National Parks on PBS (Part 2)

PBS Channel Thirteen is preparing a half hour piece about the National Park experiences of people from the New York Area. On their website www.thirteen.org, they asked viewers to "Share your National Parks Memories." I submitted two pieces. They liked both. We were invited to come into New York City for an interview.

Today was our appointment with producers at PBS Channel Thirteen. We caught a bus to to Port Authority Bus Terminal New York City. The interview was to take place at 35… Continue

Added by Bill Kover on September 9, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

25th Anniversary moon over the Yellowstone River.

It was July 11, 1995. We had just left having our 25th anniversary dinner at the Yellowstone Hotel in Yellowstone National Park. We had consumed a bottle of wine and a full bottle of champagne. We were drunk! But we had to get back to our Canyon Village room. I started driving but thought better of it since it was totally dark. I pulled over and went for a walk by the river, trying to sober up. I pulled out the camera, and decided to try taking a photo of the full moon shining on our… Continue

Added by Bill Kover on September 5, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

The National Parks on PBS

This month is the scheduled Ken Burns special "The National Parks". PBS channel thirteen has been asking viewers to send in stories, photos and movies or videos of their experiences at the National Parks. I sent in a story of an incident that happened in 2006 at Sentinel Point in Yosemite National Park. I was trying to duplicate a photo I had taken in 1971 of Eleanor sitting in front of a boulder on Sentinel Dome. Eleanor could no longer walk the trail she did in 1971. So I was forced to go it… Continue

Added by Bill Kover on September 1, 2009 at 3:56pm — 1 Comment

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