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A visit to The Alamo Mission in San Antonio, or as I know it as, simply,  "The Alamo", is part of the San Antonio Missions World Heritage Site in San AntonioTexas,United States.



Founded in the 18th century as a Roman Catholic mission and fortress compound, it was the site of the Battle of the Alamo in 1836. 

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On the wind swept plains of a green peaceful  Wiltshire field stands an enigma which reaches back in time some five millennia. Who built it, why they built it and how they were even able to build it with their primitive tools of the time remains a mystery to this day. Yet this is what makes Stonehenge one of the most iconic sites in the world. With over a million visitors a year making  the pilgrimage to this wind swept plain Today,  I feel privileged because on The  Winter Solstice, it is 100% open to the public, amd  we get to walk in it and  on sacred ground for the Pagan Yule

Christmas a pagan holiday? Yule be surprised


Druids and pagans are among thousands of people travelling
to Stonehenge on Tuesday morning to witness the sunrise on the shortest
day of the year. Me too. 

The sun rose over Stonehenge at 8:04 am on Tuesday morning. 



The winter solstice is the annual event which marks the point where the North Pole is tilted 23.5 degrees away from the sun. As a result of the north of Earth leaning away from the Sun, Tuesday sees  the fewest hours of sunlight in one day.

Stonehenge in Wiltshire is one of Britain's greatest ancient sacred monuments, dating back more than 4,000 years. The building of it is an astonishing testament to humankind's determination to create sacred space.

 Experts believe that prehistoric people dragged 4-ton stones all the way from Wales, some 300 miles off, to erect this monument, which may have been used to worship the sun. All they had was their hands, rollers, sledges, and, presumably, an enormous conviction to build a special place that would help them understand the world. It took them 500 years, and the site is still used today by druids to celebrate the Summer and today's Winter Solstice.

Here is an interview I gave for the UK ITV News today including the quote "Brits are cool people. They are literally worshiping the ground I walk on today"....


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It is easy to be inspired by the tranquility
 of The Peaceful Cloister
This medieval cathedral city in the southern English county of Wiltshire is  8 miles south of the iconic prehistoric stone circle at Stonehenge, Again, it is easy to get a real sense of history, walking down The Close, One of the four remaining original 1215  Magna Carta's is on display in the church

Magna Carta - crib sheet for the
 Declaration of Independence written here (and remains).
Latin for "The Great Charter" it is one of the most important documents in history as it established the principle that everybody, including the King, was subject to the law and had the right to a fair trial. The Magna Carta is also considered one of the first steps towards establishing parliamentary democracy in England.





So Quintessential British, thatched roofs, all we need
 is some rain and a few sheep, and we are transported back to rural England

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December 6 2013...3 years ago today


People on horses look better than they are.
People  on ships look worse than they are.

I used to bet on them. Now I am riding them. The horses here are fun to swim with. I have had another splendid morning in this  Bahamian Cay and private island for Holland America. 



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The Academy award-winning short film of this year will probably be watched by a few thousand, while an obscure  YouTube clip  of mine shot on a Samsung S5 camera phone might be watched by twenty thousands. I haven't hit the nose bleed millions of viewers on my YOUTUBE channel but I have hit the million viewer mark on this Cruise Ship Travel BLOG. But as of Today Google+ will no longer be tracking the views publicly. They will only track subscribers.

It's been a while  since ABC TV Nightline and Good Morning America used some of my footage but what a thrill to see  one of my videos go nuclear in less than an hour. That was the first time I felt the impact of TV watching me instead of the other way around.My own Ed TV show.

Andy Warhols"Everyone will be famous  FOR 15 minutes" is now amended: Everyone WILL be famous IN 15 minutes...or less.

I can see the future and it works! Point and Shoot

My cellphone is my credential, my ABC Press Corp Pass, My thirty something years in-the- the trenches-experience. Anyone can be a  Professor Emeritus and guest speaker at Columbia' Graduate School Of Journalism next semester, and hosting an upcoming Anderson Cooper Live on CNN to discuss "Let's Make Sausage" your own idiosyncratic  tipping point moment of Citizen Journalism.

You see, you don't have to be a navaho code breaker to use a cell phone. Just post something to Youtube.  Ah, but you all knew that.


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Around The World in 80 Minutes

Belgian Artist René Magritte bowler-hatted Surrealists.

Jai ho जय हो! It is Yoga O'clock.

In Trini, they say, Doh hot yuh head – Don’t worry about it! 

Beauty has a new address-Oman,
 a business - class ticket to cool with complimentary mojo on take off
 

Winner of WTM's  best designed exhibition, kirei desu na 美しい? 


Belgian Chocolate is a new food group. 
Wasta
I graduated from Doha Qatar University today; failed the test but passed the class.
Bali, Komodo Island, Jakarta, only 50 more islands to go.

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Staged annually, WTM London is the  leading global event for the travel industry.The UK  is hosting and I took a few laps around the various exhibitors. An international showcase of the best globetrotting has on  offer.

"Strong cups of coffee from around the world and a peer group I'm having a blast".

Instead of bringing back 3000 refrigerator magnets,I return from my trips  with a collection of small but life-enhancing/extending moments.I felt the same way about the show. Met some wonderful people who are passionate about travel, their countries and their brands. In RL (Real Life), you have to (physically)  travel to great lands to get the culture, the people, the sense of place.  An event like the WTM, shatters time and space. It's all front row and center.

When you exhibit at a trade show, you put out a lot of time, effort and money, so it's important to maximize that investment and get your point across. There was definitely a lot of traffic on opening day.

Going down memory lane, visiting the Exhibitors,.... Asian,  European,  South Pacific,and even USA, the Golden State of California--- The fact that I could speak Japanese and French ,Spanish and American English... got me some great hospitality.COLUMBIA:What's so bad about a cup of coffee? Just ask a glass of water.

Ah Columbia, There are 3 things to buy here---2 of them are legal- Coffee and Emeralds. Having a cup of JOE, er I mean John— at Juan Valdez Cafe. From Sofia Vergara who puts the FUN in Dysfunctional Modern Family to Shakira whose hips don`t lie, to the Calli Cartel, who make heads roll, the country has quite a reputation for exporting the good the bad and the caffeinated.

Here is how a typical exchange of networking with the "movers and shakers" at WTM  and spokesmodels and hosts went.

Using  that line "Oh Columbia, there are only 3 things there and two are legal coffee and emeralds...so where is the coffee"....that's when they broke out the Yerba Matte. kinda hippish chamomile ish.

JAPAN

"Tokyo ni sunde imashta"...That's I lived in Tokyo...and the gift giving began, cute kawaii things. erasable pens, little post it note pads, but the best gifts were the Bamboo chop sticks from The Hyatt Regency Hotel--made of bamboo,  the symbol of prosperity and vitality. Bamboo grows  toward the sky and evergreen. I know I will prosper by using these auspicious Hashi. Domo Domo.


DENMARK: Nothing rotten there

In Copenhagen, I went for a bike ride in the center of the city. …In one street lined with uniform apartment buildings, I stopped by a yellow building and felt an intense longing to spend the rest of my life there.

Love cOPENhagen  Always ride a bike when I visit. There are more bikes than people there-seriously. So when I noticed this  quote by Danish Author Karen Blixen,  "The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea."-from Out of Africa,  what kind of experience did she undergo in Africa to write these beautiful lines. That's what  I want  to find out about The Geography of Bliss.


“Creeping with awe to the verge, I peered down into a large rent which had been made from bank to bank of the broad Zambezi… No one can imagine the beauty of the view from anything witnessed in England. It had never been seen before by European eyes, but scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.” David Lingstone Nov 16, 1855
ZAMBIA: "I haven't been everywhere but it is on my list". Nevertheless,  I have to go to a place I have never been before  and that would be Victoria Falls to be mesmerized by  the smoke that thunders.  To reduce this roaring “landmark” to examples of cause and effect and gravity  is to ignore their majesty. I've seen plenty this year in Norway. I'm hooked.


Daan
The only Safaris we will go on are photo safaris- Shooting pictures not trophies with  Daan Brink of Livingstone Adventures.