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About ralietravels

Ray and Alie (Ralie) are a retired couple who love to travel. Even during our working years, we squeezed a trip in whenever we could, often when we had to stretch the budget to do so. We have been fortunate to vacation in all 50 states, all the provinces of Canada and one territory and a little more than 50 countries. We like to drive, but we particularly love to travel back roads to find unusual sights, people, and experiences.

Controlling “Harmony”

We sailed on Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas at the end of June.  It is the largest cruise ship in the world and carries nearly nine thousand passengers and crew.  To put it simply, it is a floating city.  As … Continue reading

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Big, Bigger, Biggest – Harmony of the Seas

Last minute choices for a cruise were limited.  We reluctantly chose the largest cruise ship in the world, the Harmony of the Seas.  We don’t like noise, crowds and waiting in long lines.  But we wanted a minimal effort vacation.  … Continue reading

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The last time we were in St. Maarten…

The last time we were in St. Maarten, I said the next time I was going to sail on a former America’s Cup boat.  We went back.  I did. The America’s Cup was first awarded in 1851 when the cup, … Continue reading

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Keith Goodson, mural painter: Lake Placid, Florida

Click on photos to enlarge. Sometimes our most interesting experiences are unexpected ones, the ones we stumble upon, the surprises. Lake Placid is an interesting town.  That is true whether you are in the New York Adirondacks [site of the … Continue reading

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The U.S. road network is less than one hundred years old.

Click on photos to enlarge. We strongly advocate driving across the U.S. sometime.  So much is missed travelling only by plane.  But imagine if there were no paved roads. The modern American road system is less than one hundred years … Continue reading

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Memories of Hawaii

We have wonderful memories of Hawaii. We first visited O’ahu in 1970.  I was a soldier in Vietnam.   It was late in an unpopular war.  Unlike today, many people did not “respect” soldiers.  Some even insulted those who chose not … Continue reading

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Swamp Buggy Races, Naples, Florida

Click on photos to enlarge. Collier County, Florida has the highest per capital income in the state.  The 2017 Forbes billionaires list includes five people from Naples.  Forbes doesn’t list the top redneck events  but if they were to do so, Naples … Continue reading

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