Thursday, October 26, 2017

More Comments
China Trip

What a wonderful adventure we had together.  Kudos to you both for a well planned and executed trip.  We are so glad we were able to join the tour.

Gay and Phil

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

China Trip 2017

Comments by China Traveler, Kathy, to Gerald Hatherly, trip guide:

Greetings Gerald,
By now, I’m sure you are off on your next adventure with some lucky travelers!

I’m finally back into my Denver time and doing all the “stuff” of ordinary life.
I am still amazed at our wonderful “Silk Road” trip and your talented, intelligent, unending helpfulness and leadership all along the way!!
It will take some time of letting it all sink in and reviewing my numerous photos to actually believe it all happened!!!

Perhaps Judy has already communicated with you but I wanted to make sure you knew that our beautiful rugs you so willingly bartered for us arrived in perfect shape within 2 weeks time!!
We were thrilled at such great service and I LOVE my new rug as does Smokey the small fur ball dog!!

Thank you so very much for all of your expertise and attention on this China adventure!
I wish you and your family the best!
Safe and fun travels,

Monday, October 23, 2017

Italy - September 2017

 Judy's & Chip's grandchildren at Grand Tremezzo--Lake Como, Italy
Have you taken your grandchildren to pizza school in Italy?  
Here's how Judy's & Chip's grandchildren chose their highlight of Rome.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Art of Travel - Silk Road Trip
September, 2017

Yellow River - Binglishi Caves.
Kazakhs playing an early form of polo.
Comment:  Judy:  "Loved the ethnic experiences of the Kazakhs and horses and the drive up the Karakeram Highway. "
Yes, a Chinese Mosque in Xi'an.
Imam of the mosque was Hui Chinese.  The Hui Chinese were originally from Sogdia or Persia.
Transmissions and exchanges of musical instruments and dance from Persia to China.

Kathy at Gaochang--a cosmopolitan city on the ancient Silk Road.
Dr. Wang (left) was the Chinese archaeologist who discovered the terracotta warriors in the 1970s.
Ever eaten an entire lamb Uighur style?

The Mogao Caves in Dunhuang—the most important Buddhist site in the world
Barbara made friends everywhere!
Gerald, our Chinese specialist, getting his ears cleaned at People Park, Chengdu.
Comments:  Gerald received many "excellent" evaluations, including:
Judy:  "Absolutely amazing--Gerald MADE the trip for all of us in so many ways."
Mary Jo:  "Gerald was outstanding and really made the difference with his knowledge of the language."
Gansu Corridor Dunes in the Gobi Desert.
Panda breeding center.
Joris met a Chinese oilman from Zinjiang Provence on the train.
The one wok, one chef lunch.

Monday, February 13, 2017


New India photos from Elaine & Terry--see Elaine's previous post below.

View from Oberoi Hotel in Udaipur, India
Elephant Udaipur
Elephant ride to palace in Jaipur
Elaine & Terry/India
Varanese at sunrise
Taj Mahal at sunrise

Wednesday, February 8, 2017


Susie,Glad to be back home after an amazing adventure. Tauck made this special in every way--very knowledgeable tour director with a great sense of humor, the hotels were definitely five star and all the details of the tour were perfect in every way. It is difficult to name one highlight. Visiting Varanasi at sunrise with a boat ride on the Ganges and then returning to the cremation area by boat at sunset, being the first couple let in to see the Taj Mahal at sunrise, riding an elephant up to the palace in Jaipur, a hot air balloon ride over villages near Udaipur, and seeing the villages of Karala in southern India on a rice boat were all highlights. It will take us awhile to process all that we saw and experienced. On top of it all, the group we traveled with were all enjoyable. Looking forward to hearing about your trip.--Elaine