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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.

Three nights and two days in Madrid

Recently I read a blog by a woman complaining about her her hotel bathroom.  It reminded me of a time when our hotel’ s sloping bathroom ceiling meant one could stand only at one end of the tub. We had … Continue reading

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“Gathering of [not so big] Giants:” Cape Coral Florida

Our Internet service will be problematic during April, and I apologize if I am slow to respond to comments. Seventy pilots flew more than 100 planes and helicopters off a 600-foot runway — radio controlled model planes and helicopters, that … Continue reading

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“Scene” on the way; images that caught our fancy.

Blogger Curt Mekemson wrote he laughed at my photo of the stool bus.  Funny or peculiar scenes often provoke a laugh but frequently go by too quickly to photograph.  Here are some that we caught over the years.   Click on … Continue reading

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Husband Day Care Center: Tarpon Springs, Florida

After lunch with a group of friends in Tarpon Springs, we decided to walk along the docks.  We did not take full advantage of the many things the city offered, but it was great to just enjoy people-watching on a … Continue reading

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Swamp Cabbage Festival: part two.

Last week, I discussed the origin of the Swamp Cabbage Festival in LaBelle, Florida.  Today, I am just wandering around town after the Saturday parade. Click on photos to enlarge. A three dollar bet on the armadillo race can win you … Continue reading

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“Eat a tree.” Swamp Cabbage Festival: part one.

Click on photos to enlarge. Have you eaten “hearts of palm.”  When we worked in the District of Columbia, it was often served in salads.  But for some reason, I have rarely seen it in a salad in Southern Florida.  … Continue reading

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With a name like “Ding,” he was a Darling: Sanibel Island, FL

J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge has 35 species of mammals, 60 species of reptiles and amphibians, 102 species of fish and 272 species of birds. The refuge is one of 560 in the National Wildlife Refuge System.  Visitors to the … Continue reading

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