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About carolinebotwin

Caroline Botwin and her husband Mike are retired educators who have always had a yen for travelling: he with a PH.D and teaching Architectural Engineering plus California wine education, and she having taught high school English, speech and drama. Both wanted to learn first hand about other cultures. While Mike predominately studied buildings and structures and met with winemakers, Caroline hunted for ancient sites and peoples. And kept journals of all their travels. Kevin Klimczak, extraordinaire, is the website designer and editor of the blogs.

Living in the Raw

Mike is doing a, “happy dance” visiting Fangoria Winery. You can see (on his right knee) where he actually knelt to see and smell (not kiss) the vines. This young vineyard manager took us up and down the rows of … Continue reading

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Zero Hour Part 2

The Aliens are coming! The Aliens are coming! This probably would have been the title to my essay in my response to Caroline’s Martian piece. She told me she had given this as an assignment when she was teaching and … Continue reading

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Zero Hour

Oh, I was to be so jolly! What a game! Such excitement they hadn’t known in years. The children catapulted this way and that across the green lawns, shouting at each other, holding hands, flying in circles, climbing trees, laughing. … Continue reading

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Cuba: Part 2

Of course how could one go to Cuba without seeing monuments and tributes to Che Guevarra, the famous liberator of the country. Whether his liberation was a good or bad thing is open to interpretation. This mural was on the … Continue reading

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Cuba: Part 1

This was our first glance at the city of Havana under the auspicious watch of the tour group. We planned to tour the cities of Havana, CienFuego and Trinidad. We landed in an airport and were then shuttled to a … Continue reading

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Footsteps of the Templars- Aveyron, France. Part 1

Footsteps of the Templars- Aveyron, France. Heavy hoofs clacked against the graveled road of Covertoirade. Passing through the large gate and tromping through the plaza a man and his horse made their way to the Church. This town was a … Continue reading

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Bits of Wales

We took the Hovercraft from the Dublin  ports  to Wales. Boarding was crowded  with noisy  congeniality. “Learn as you go by observation” and we did. The people in the  lead headed for the curved, split staircase, and ran up for the … Continue reading

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Woman Overboard: Act II (Read act I below if you haven’t already.)

ACT 2 TWO WEEKS LATER (CATHERINE ENTERS AND FINDS CALLY AND PATRICIA AT THE INFORMATION TABLE ) CALLY What are you doing out of closed session so early? CATHERINE They said it had to do with “administrative personnel,” and that … Continue reading

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Woman Overboard: Act I

This is my reaction to the impeachment hearings… If you do not like it you can close the page… COPYRIGHT 1998 Introduction     In 1989, the ACLU came charging to my defense as a district teacher elected to the local … Continue reading

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Northern California & family visit

This one captivating picture drew our attention and instigated a two week adventure to Northern California. We left Tuesday, October 2, to discover some of the wilder parts of Northern California— but not without visiting our favorite Cork & Plough … Continue reading

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