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One of my favorite places I've been to was Florence. Wish I could have been there longer! On our honeymoon last year we went to Playa del Carmen and stayed at the Rosewood Mayakoba. Which was AMAZING! I know the destination is not super exotic but the resort was beautiful. The service was excellent and it was what a nice, relaxing vacation should be!

On traveling related news: we took Kipper on his first flight over Christmas and he did great!!! Yaay! Granted flight was only an hour, but still _
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Yes, I always get my visas on line. The trouble with flying is that we need to be on the ground so that we can SEE the wet area, and jump out and look over an area when we come across it. We spend a lot of time covering a fairly small area, but we are thorough!
There are certainly naturalists and scientists in Burma, Karen; a colleague of my husband's is there at the moment - he works on large mammals, in this instance particularly the clouded leopard, and is in the northern forests of Burma; it's actually quite dangerous there, with tribal wars still flaring up. I think there must be procedures that make study possible and allow travel in different ways from those expected of tourists if people are on fact-finding expeditions.
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Not to change the subject, but welcome back Lalla. Glad you had a good vacation in Burma. I know you've been really busy with your old actors' home, but it's nice to have you posting again.

BTW, I saw your "kids" and DH in the Havanese Breed Magazine. I love the moment Richard and Cuba are having. I also enjoyed the article which was quite thought provoking.
Hullo, Mary! It's nice to be back, I've missed the forum. I'm very glad you enjoyed the Havanese Breed Magazine article; it was originally published in a tabloid newspaper here, the Daily Mail, and there was a huge response. They edited it annoyingly, but the reprint in the HBM took Richard's original unabridged version from his website, which was hugely better. And the photo was nice, wasn't it!
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Hullo, Mary! It's nice to be back, I've missed the forum. I'm very glad you enjoyed the Havanese Breed Magazine article; it was originally published in a tabloid newspaper here, the Daily Mail, and there was a huge response. They edited it annoyingly, but the reprint in the HBM took Richard's original unabridged version from his website, which was hugely better. And the photo was nice, wasn't it!
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Here's the link, Karen, and anyone else who might be interested. Fireworks are a major problem here in Oxford - students use any excuse to have them, beginning of term, end of term, end of exams, graduation, parties....we get them all the year round, pretty much, even in the summer. And I'm positive they are much noisier than they used to be. Perhaps one might hope that such constant exposure would make a dog get used to it, but mine don't seem to.

https://richarddawkins.net/2014/11/i...fireworks-but/
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Here's the link, Karen, and anyone else who might be interested. Fireworks are a major problem here in Oxford - students use any excuse to have them, beginning of term, end of term, end of exams, graduation, parties....we get them all the year round, pretty much, even in the summer. And I'm positive they are much noisier than they used to be. Perhaps one might hope that such constant exposure would make a dog get used to it, but mine don't seem to.

https://richarddawkins.net/2014/11/i...fireworks-but/
Great article, Lalla. Unfortunately, laws don't help that much here in the US. Different states have different laws, but here in Massachusetts, private fireworks ARE illegal. We have the string of public fireworks around 4th of July. (each local town seems to choose a different day). Many towns also have fireworks in conjunction with some town-wide event, like the Lions Carnival. Beachfront communities very often have weekly fireworks, and heaven help those poor pets near Disney Land and Disney World, where fireworks are a nightly event. And all those are the legally sanctioned fireworks.

As I said, in our state, private fireworks are NOT legal, but that doesn't stop them. Even if you report that there are fireworks going off nearby, unless you know FOR SURE who is doing it, by the time the police get there to investigate, he perpetrators are long gone. When my horses were still at home, we had occasional problems with live, burning fireworks landing in their pastures in late summer, with tinder-dry grass. (To say nothing of the fact that panicked horses can easily fracture a leg in the dark) We knew WHERE the fireworks were coming from... The famer's fields beyond ours. But we were also quite sure that HE was not responsible. It was most likely teenage boys from the surrounding neighborhoods. But no one was ever caught.

So I agree that I SO wish something could be done to limit fireworks. (Especially private ones) but I'm just not sure how it can be done. 😕


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So exciting to hear about your trips. My husband and I visited Kenya last September and it was a marvelous trip. Seeing the animals was breath-taking. And it went very smoothly. We had a guide who drove us to a few of the safari spots, then went on Safari with us. Our next trip will be a tour of the Oregon coast and Northern California...in mid June. We will drive in our motor home, taking Sheba, who will be 9 months by then, and our adult daughter, who has autism. I'm looking forward to seeing the beauty of the coast.
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My name is Helene, by the way!
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Both sound like great trips, Helene! I've never been to Africa, though I'd like to some day. I adore the Pacific Northwest, though I have spent most of my time there in Washington rather than Oregon. It's very beautiful country, though!!!


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I was so happy to visit Africa. I never imagined I would get there. It was a long journey. We flew into Nairobi. The airport there requires a lot of patience. Going in...a long wait for visas to be carefully checked. Going out...many security checks to counteract terrorism. In Nairobi itself, there were several security checkpoints...looking for bombs under cars was common before you were permitted to drive into a hotel parking area, for example.
We flew to two of our safari destinations on very small planes. Flying in we could look down and spot the giraffes and elephants. At the airports, there are people in charge of moving the elephants away, so the planes could land!
We saw and photographed two of the remaining five white rhinos in the world. A mother and youngster. So sad to realize we were probably seeing the last hurrah of these amazing animals.
One of the best parts of the trip was witnessing the great migration of the wildebeest and zebras traveling single file as they made their way across the Mara River to Tanzania. There were thousands of them, which meant that the lions and crocodiles were well-fed!
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