Category Archives: Geography

Monochrome Monday ~ The Beehive State

you go to Utah to get away from people

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Wasatch Mountains

Vacation Travel Chaos

the longest journey starts with the first step

at least we can still do our 10,000 steps a day

There is no quick resolution to the COVID-19 chaos that is affecting airlines, tour operators, hotels, and whole countries around the world.  Yesterday the government in England, via the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, exempted some countries from its advice that we British should avoid any but essential overseas travel.

There is a list of these exempted countries ~ it’s fairly useless.  No matter what the Government says here, these countries all have their own rules, which in some cases prevent people who have recently been to England from entering ~ hopefully pro tempore.  In some cases there are no commercial flights anyway.

The full Department of Transport list can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors

But beware, Cyprus, Greece, and Malta will not let UK nationals in without a test, lots of documentation, a 14 day quarantine, (or at all),  there are no flights to the Seychelles, Portugal doesn’t seem to exist any more, & etc. & etc.

Places I think I could travel to in the near future are Italy, Spain, Turkey.  Not really an extensive list of holiday Destinations is it?  France is definitely off the list of places to go, and large parts of Spain are under lockdown again.  There’s always Gibralter, and maybe Morocco.

My best advice is to contact a reputable tour company and airline ~ and then do lots of on-line research before booking anything.

Or stay at home for another couple of weeks.

Sadly, if you are in the USA, you can’t go anywhere, and nobody can come to visit you.  Perhaps you may be able to travel by Thanksgiving, or Christmas.

Have a nice Independence Day.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Doom and Gloom when it comes to travel to or from the USA, or anywhere within America either

Getting Away From It All

thus the fear of danger is ten thousand times more powerful than the peril itself

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The news here is England is crazy, which is not actually the mood of the country but rather the hysteria of the newsmakers and reporters themselves.

Factories lie idle, stores are closed, the very fabric of England lied rotting in the unseasonal June mist and cold rain.

Meanwhile those supposedly in charge are supine before mob rule by a minority of disaffected youths and opportunists,  none of whom deserve the name of Englishman.  Their latest target is Sir Winston Churchill, without whose steadfast courage they could well be living in a totalitarian German vassal state.  These stupid people make me sick.

I have a friend who is going to live in Missouri.  Seems I could by a decent parcel of land there for chump change.  All I would need out there is a vehicle, a building supplies store, and some tools.

It’s cool to know that when it comes to self-reliance I am several steps up from Robinson Crusoe.

Some say that Black Lives Rule.  And that justifies tearing down and negating statues of everyone who made Great Britain Great.  All I know is I’m glad I can live anywhere I want to.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

some may see a ruin

I see a project

Scenes on Sunday ~ Pacific Ocean

out to the west of me the sun is going down

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

shadows on silk as the night rolls in

Scenes on Sunday ~ California

being anywhere with anyone has got to be better than lockdown

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

California, mostly empty

Scenes on Sunday ~ Idylls

there is something very simple about the most idyllic dreams

sunset Orange County CA

the Pacific Ocean

parasailing over the Mediterranean

the Atlantic Ocean

red rock country near Sedona AZ

Zion Canyon National Park

Sunset in North Turkey

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

the North Sea and winter sky at dawn

An Englishman in New York

if you can make it there, you’ll make it anywhere

Back in the day I spent a lot of time in New York.  Why?  It’s where the money is.

Some say you haven’t lived until you’ve died in New York.  And that somewhere between living and dreaming there lies New York.  All I know is that New York may be the city that never sleeps, but it certainly sleeps around.

Please listen with care ~ The Big Apple can be dangerous to the unwary.

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some sights you just have to see

to get around New York, rent a limousine

Scenes on Sunday ~ Zion

you cannot describe Zion, you can only experience it

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

get the girl riding shotgun to take the cool pictures while you do the driving

Scenes on Sunday ~ St. George, Utah

be steadfast in all your ways

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the best Japanese steakhouse in St. George

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

I was intrigued because

St. George is also the patron saint of England

Brexit

to avoid attachments and entanglements in foreign affairs

at 11 o’clock tonight Great Britain will no longer be a member of the European Union

the rest of Europe doesn’t like that much

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

England has a rich history

it’s time we made some more

Shakespeare St Crispin’s Day

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