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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.

Bora Bora, French Polynesia: Honeymoons and exotic dreams

Bora Bora calls out to people’s imaginations.  High peaks of dormant volcanoes reach down to white sand beaches surrounded by a turquoise lagoon, a coral reef and small islands, known to the Polynesians as motu. Over-the-water bungalows attract honeymooners and … Continue reading

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Take a taxi ride around American Samoa

We hired a taxi for our day in Samoa.  For a moment, it became problematic when the engine began to overheat climbing a mountain and we wondered if we would get back to the ship before it sailed.  But the … Continue reading

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Samoa, the least traditional part of the United States — or perhaps the most.

American Samoa, population just under 60,000, is a territory of the United States and does most of its business with the United States.  Western Samoa, population 250,000 is independent and is on the other side of the International Dateline which … Continue reading

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A visit to “Jurassic Park”: Kauai, Hawaii

Napali means cliffs in Hawaiian.  The northwest coast of Kauai is barely 17 miles long, but it is so rugged, it only can be reached on foot, by boat or by helicopter.  Although we spent ten days on Kauai in … Continue reading

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The Road to Hana: Maui, Hawaii

Maui is the second largest island district in the state of Hawaii.  It has a little over 160,000 people.  Twin volcanoes, now dormant, formed Maui.  These in turn eroded into four islands.  The passage between the two main islands is … Continue reading

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Iolani Palace: Oahu, Hawaii

There are many larger and grander homes in the United States, but there is only one royal palace.  It is the Iolani Palace in Honolulu on the island of Oahu in the state of Hawai`i, the home of a king … Continue reading

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Honolulu, Hawaii

Seventy five percent of the people in the state of Hawaii live in Honolulu.  Honolulu means sheltered bay in the Hawaiian language.  King Kamehameha, who united all the Hawaiian Islands lived on the Big Island and established his capital on … Continue reading

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