Posts by J. Morris

India Journal Day 5 Monday

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017 in Blog |

DAY 5  MONDAY  JANUARY 30 The Deccan rolled into Udaipur in the morning. Set on the shores of the placid Lake Pichola, Udaipur, known as the City of Lakes, is easily one of the most romantic cities in India or that we have seen on other travels. We disembarked the train to visit the famous City Palace, the largest palace complex in Rajasthan (the name of the region), with its scalloped arches, fretted balconies, and cupolas, which also houses the spectacular Crystal Gallery. Inside the museum...

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India Day 4 Sunday Vadodara

Posted by on Jan 29, 2017 in Blog |

4 DAY  SUNDAY   JANUARY 29 After a satisfying dinner and rocky overnight onboard the train (We pretended we were on a ship and “going with the flow”) we arose, surprisingly fresh and good to go. Sandi didn’t get to sleep until 3 and she said I was snoring throughout the rough ride on the click-clacking tracks. The train finally stopped around midnight at a station. The beds are wonderful and we are having fun finding cubby holes and ledges to put our things in a compact but adequate room, our...

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India Trip Day 3

Posted by on Jan 28, 2017 in Blog |

DAY 3  SATURDAY   January 28 Note: Day 2 was a free day at the hotel. We rested, hooked up with Jackie Bone, our friend from New Zealand and spent the day visiting and enjoying good food and drinks at the hotel. After breakfast, we took a morning heritage walking tour thorugh the Art Precinct of Mumbai’s British Heritage District and were introduced to the vibrant world of contemporary Indian painting and sculpture. Kola Ghoda (Black Horse) is a crescent shaped sub-precinct that has developed...

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India Journal Days 1/2

Posted by on Jan 27, 2017 in Blog |

DAY 1-2, WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY   JANUARY 25-26 Our adopted chauffeur, Jeff Galloway, drove us from Myrtle, MS to the Memphis Airport. We departed on time at noon . Arrived Atlanta 2:00 p.m. and departed there for Charles DeGaulle Airport in Paris, arrived Charles De Gaulle Airport about 8:00 a.m. after 8 hour flight. This airport has been renovated since we were there last several years ago and we had a splendid and comfortable 3 hour lay-over. Departed for Mumbai, India on time at around 11:00...

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Silver Anniversary Voyage

Posted by on Jun 3, 2016 in Blog |

Silver Anniversary Voyage Blog June 11, Day 10: Roma After breakfast in the hotel, we crossed the plaza to the Pantheon and saw its interior for the 3rd time in our lives and each time saw something different and were lifted to a higher level. The structure, the oldest in Rome and one of the oldest standing structures in the world was built in 126 A. D. by Emperor Hadrian. Inside the Pantheon, among others, are the tombs of the Renaissance artist Raphael and the king you unified Italy,...

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Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Blog |

I just watched, with great sadness, a report on CNN about the occupation of Maloula, the Christian community I have visiting and wrote about in The Last Page. ISIS took over Maloula in late, 2013, something I did not know, (though I had been monitoring that situation). They remained 6 months and were ousted by the Christians who chose to remain. In the six months of their occupation, ISIS damaged the convent Tekla (a prominent feature in the novel) and abducted 13 nuns. They marred numerous...

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Sermon Preached at St. Luke UMC 4/10/16

Posted by on Apr 10, 2016 in Blog |

The Christian Faith and Politics: A Holy Alliance Will you join me in the Pledge of Allegiance to our flag and our country. I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Scripture: “Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: Jesus of Nazareth, THE KING OF THE JEWS…and the sign was written in Hebrew, in Greek, and in Latin. (John 19:19-20)...

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New Zealand Journal Day 9

Posted by on Mar 1, 2016 in Blog |

New Zealand Journal Day 9 After breakfast we spent the morning and part of the afternoon on a harbor nature cruise gratis per one of the managers of the cruise. When she learned we were guests in Akaroa she insisted Sandi and I, along with Jackie Bone, be her guests. The morning began overcast but the sun broke through at times spilling light over the surrounding volcanic mountainous terrain. Akaroa Bay was once a volcanic crater pierced by the sea which flooded in creating the large and...

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New Zealand Journal Day 8

Posted by on Feb 28, 2016 in Blog |

New Zealand Journal Day 8 We awoke to another day of perfect fall weather and checked out of The Settles, one of the nicest lodgings Sandi and I have had in years traveling abroad. The manager even changed a hundred dollars for me and gave me the best rate yet: $100 for $140 NZ. We ate breakfast at one of the sidewalk cafes in quaint downtown Hanmer. The main drag reminded us of a quiet a Gatlinburg before it became noisy and gaudy. After breakfast, we followed Jackie to an  art shop where she...

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New Zealand Journal Days 6 and 7

Posted by on Feb 26, 2016 in Blog |

New Zealand Journal Day 6 We arose at 6 a.m. to a stunning sunrise in Napier, Hawkes Bay. After a light breakfast, compliments of Te Pania our lovely hotel, we packed for the long 4/5 hour drive to Wellington. Along the way south on State Hwy 2 the Ruahine Mountain Range (Rocky Mountain style) flanked us on the west and rolling brown/green hills on the east (Smokey Mountain style) as we followed the Classic Wine Trail passing through picturesque small towns that could have been cut from post...

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