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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.

Lake Placid, Florida

Every now and then, I am amazed at the difference one person can make.  In the case of Lake Placid, Florida, it was one couple. This little town of just over two thousand people lies on a ridge that runs … Continue reading

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Hurricane hiatus

We have been busy.  I have not posted my usual travel blog for a couple weeks.  Readers from other countries are probably aware Hurricane Irma made landfall at Marco Island, Florida and passed through the state.  But even U.S. readers … Continue reading

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The Red Cross in New Orleans

On Tuesday, New Orleans commemorated the 12th anniversary of the August 29, 2005 Hurricane Katrina landfall.  Ironically, Harvey was waiting in the wings. What happened with Katrina provides lessons for those dealing with Harvey. Many do not realize the Red … Continue reading

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San Juan Cathedral

Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica of Saint John the Baptist is the English translation.   It shows up on maps as San Juan Cathedral and is the second oldest cathedral in the Western Hemisphere [the oldest is in the Dominican Republic].  Built … Continue reading

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Wandering in San Juan

It is a luxury to just wander without a destination, without a plan.  Few people care to do it.  But I wandered for about four hours in San Juan before stopping at a tourist office to get a map.  It’s … Continue reading

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Walking beneath the walls of old San Juan

Arriving early in San Juan, Puerto Rico with no plan in mind, I  went to get a map from tourism office but it wasn’t open.  So I walked across the street where the old wall that once surrounded Old San … Continue reading

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Harmony of the Seas: That’s entertainment.

This is the last in a three-part series on Harmony of the Seas. We sailed on it despite the fact we had been to the ports it was visiting.  Our thought was we would just enjoy being on the ship.  We didn’t … Continue reading

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