Kiki goes to prison. And gets a haircut.

alcatrazDay 43, Dateline San Francisco – Went to Alcatraz and loved the scenery. Had big plans to get a makeover in fabulous Dubai. Instead I got a haircut in a California strip mall. Flying home tomorrow Virgin America, which Erich tells me is very cool. But does it compare with Cathay Pacific Business Class Hong Kong to San Francisco?

How’s the weather there in Maine?

Stew Note: And then a few hours later . . . .
Sigh. But you know, Stew, of all the places I visited these past six weeks or so none is more beautiful than Italy. E vero. Nice to be home this morning, going thru my mail and watching jumbo snowflakes drift away, Love, Kiki

Say goodnight, Mary . . .


Stew note: After 40 days and forty nights, it is over. Kiki has officially seen the world. She claims it is round.

Kiki and Uncle Dairmuid got off the ship in Hong Kong and were scheduled to be flying to San Francisco and then back to New England. This photo may be from Southampton at the beginning of the trip. Beginning or ending I’m sure they were looking up at the Queen Mary 2 and relishing their sea time. What memories they surely have. Imagine leaving New England going East and returning. From the other side.

Hong Kong. Day 39. End of the line.

DAY 39, DATELINE HONG KONG – New Year is going strong here with lion dances, cymbals and drums. Lots of islands, neon, high-rise architecture, noodle shops and bowing. I love it!
Clockwise from top left: Our sampan lady, Floating restaurant, Diarmuid at Victoria Peak, A little bit of Italy, I had the peanut butter sandwich, Night, inside out,30pixelwhiteband3

A backwards glance, from our 38th and final day at sea.

Out takes …. from the trip. Our 38th and final day. Disembarking momentarily in Hong Kong. It’s been amazing.

Beautiful bureaucratic India, Pagoda guy, Vietnam


The littlest Buddhist, Bangkok, Life release guy in Vietnam.
Make an offering to have his caged birds released. P. S. They fly right back …30pixelwhiteband

We Miss Saigon?


DAY 35 DATELINE VUNG TAU, VIETNAM – Lots of motorbikes, lots. Four to a bike sometimes. It’s HOT here but many people were all bundled up against the sun, even gloves and face masks.

Stew note: Editor’s apologies for the chronologies. Yes, we missed Vietnam. I slipped a beat somewhere. This post should be before High Teas on High Seas. 30pixelwhiteband