Madrid, Imprenta Real, . Disbound as issued. Text in French, Spanish and Latin. The Treaty of Versailles between Spain and Great Britain, one of the treaties ending the world war of which the American Revolution was a part. The transfer of the Floridas including the southern portions of Alabama and Mississippi was of the utmost importance to the future geo-political strategy and expansion of the United States.
By this treaty it was also agreed that navigation of the Hondo and Belize Rivers in the Honduras would be open to both Spain and Great Britain; the map shows the area concerned. Palau Not in Howes. Meade, Richard W. Cadiz, Wash. Sewn as issued, some wear and foxing. Monroe, James. Wash HD65 : De Krafft, Dbd, sewn. Much on the Florida War and the Creeks.
Contains 72 documents, many relating to General Jackson. There is much on Arbuthnot and Ambrister, both executed following a court's martial conducted under Andrew Jackson's authority. Priestley, Herbert I. Deland, Fl. Original cloth backed boards, printed paper labels on spines and front covers.
One of numbered sets. Howes P These documents are here published for the first time. They form the only considerable body of contemporary materials extent relating to the attempt by Tristan de Luna y Arellano to seize and hold the land of La Florida. Freer, R. Hereford: England, Full gold stamped leather.
Howes F A very rare travel narrative. He also visited Newfoundland. Probably printed in a small edition for family and friends. Jackson, Andrew.
Zurich: Zurcher and Furrer, Some pages show a small cut not affecting the text. A few small nicks lightly soiled. Horsford from the author" at top of front wrapper. Jones, Charles C. Albany: Munsell, Contemp half mo. Howes J Munsell Bib. Indians in Georgia colony. Next to Oglethorpe, Tomo-chi-chi was the truest friend and most potent protector of the colony of Georgia during its primal days. DeRenne Cat. Greene, Max. Wagner-Camp-Becker "This well written book contains a good account of the prairie and mountain region with many incidents in the author's own experiences from to , as well as a history of the Santa Fe trade and descriptions of the Santa Fe Trail.
Streeter Sale III: Hackett, James.
London: Murray, Modern quarter morocco spine over marbled boards. Hackett and a number of other British officers were commissioned to assist the revolutionaries in Venezuela and Colombia. His insight into the motives of the leaders , Simon Bolivar in particular, is valuable and interesting. While going to and from the fray, he and his associates spent a considerable amount of time, in several separate visits, on the now famous resort island of St. His descriptions are among the best from St.
Hackley, Woodford B. Richmond: Dietz, Halkett, John. First published edition, revised and enlarged from the privately circulated "Statement" of the same year. There is a small stain on the upper corner of the front flyleaf and some light soiling at the very tops of a few early leaves. Also there is some light foxing to the ads at rear. Peel 42 note. Lande Higginson, Thomas Wentworth. Paris: Societe Anonyma, A trench translation of his "Army Life in the Black Regiment".
Contains chapters on his military service in the American Civil War. French edition. Hind, Henry Y. Toronto, Lovell, Modern black half cloth. A variant of an edition cited in the note to Wagner-Camp Peel , English edition. Hogg, Alexander. Louisville: Author, Holbrook, Silas. Boston: Carter and Hendee, Original 12mo muslin boards with printed paper label on spine, light chipping at top and bottom of spine, old cover staining and light page staining.
Howes H aa. Ricks p Eberstadt: Northwest Coast Cat: "Another sojourner during the period His narrative is a record of experiences at Unalaska, Sitka along the coast, with sketches of an Aleut hunting expedition and travels and observations in the Columbia River country. No copies on the internet or at auction.
Holroyd, John B. London: Debrett, Contemporary half morocco, small paper label on spine, old library bookplate on inside front cover, rubber library stamp on top of title page and verso of title page, all edges marbled. Second and best edition. Howes H "Pointed out superciliously the helpless position of American commerce, and thus influenced the shaping of England's trade policy from to , so detrimental to American commerce and shipping interests, as to contribute greatly to the formation of a Federal Union, better able, than were the separate federated states, to retaliate against British maritime might.
Hudson, David. Geneva, Ontario Country, N. Original printed small 8vo boards, New calf spine goldstamped, new endpapers. Howes H "This remarkable preacheress, born in R. Philadelphia, and Rhode Island. The colony was called "Jerusalem. With the bookplate of William F. Hume, John Ferguson. Original 12 mo cloth, gold stamped on front cover. Old staining along lower leaves and covers.
Larson "Description and evaluation of various types of stocks and bonds railroad, industrials, municipals, etc. Typical warning to inexperienced investor to stay out of market, emphasizing manipulation, and other unfair practices. Springfield, Il: [? Contains fourteen articles, with some supplemental material, the full page ads are part of the pagination.
Bartolomeo, Fra Paclino Da San. London: Davis, Modern half calf over marbled bds. At bottom of spine are four small white library numbers, and two unobtrusive library stamps. First Edition in English. His knowledge of the Indian languages enabled him to rectify orthography in regard to the names of counties, cities, mountains and rivers. Jefferson, Thomas. The territories were required by ordinance to report all laws adopted by the Governor and Judges to Congress. Arnhem: Illus, folded tinted frontis.
Original printed boards, spine mended, small smudge on front board. A history of Dutch emigrations to Iowa, with an extraordinary folding colored frontis. Howes I Streeter Sale Thompson, S. Cincinnati: Author, Small nicks at crown of spine. Dornbusch Vol. Nicholson Cat. His personal observations of service at Shiloh, Corinth, surrender at Vicksburg and a chapter on activities in Kansas. Isham, James.
Toronto: Champlain Society, Limited edition of copies. Contains a reproduction of the original title page for his "Observations, "Isham's "Observations" are not primarily concerned with fur trade. Indeed as a serious guide to the practical merchants of the Hudson's Bay Company, they had grave defects, but they are a mine of interesting information to the historian, anthropologist and naturalist. McNamara, John J.
Howes M A first hand account of Kansas during the tumultuous period of the early 's. Dary Kanzana Reynolds, John A. Atchison, : Small 8vo gold stamped cloth. The author''s preface warns: "This book treat of Hell -- a Kansas Hell. Persons who desire is to peruse works that tell about Heaven only, are urged to drop this book and run. Adams Guns , cites only Reynolds' book a year later Webb, Thomas H. Disbound in cloth box. Kendall, John. Original gold decorated 4to red cloth.. Privately printed in a small edition for family and friends.
Contains chapters on N. Kino, Eusebio F. Spain in the West Series Vols. Howes K "First publication of the original Jesuit manuscript; of great value on the early Southwest. One of sets. Kirsten, A. Leipzig: Brockhaus, Howes K He does discuss in a general treatment [p. Klee, Frederick. Copenhagen: Contemporary 12 mo calf over marbled boards. Kraitsir, Charles V. A very scarce work on Poles in America with much on their European background and history. La Salle, Nicholas de. Chicago, Caxton Club, Original boards, vellum spine. One of 26l copies printed. Howes Ll "Translation of account contained in Margry's Decouvertes..
The author was not a relative of the explorer. Ross, Alexander. Chicago: Lakeside Calssics, Donnelley, Original gold stamped 16 mo cloth. Howes R Larson, Esther Elisabeth. Lee, William. Bordeaux: Coubert, New boards with leather gold stamped spine: "Les Etats Unis. Howes L "Maintains that the current war, provoked by England, would be won by the United States, whose cause was that of all continental Europe.
The translation was accomplished by Antoine Jay. Lee was American Consul at Bordeaux from - He was expelled by the government because of his liberalism. Lesley, Lewis B. Cambridge: Harvard, Original cloth, d. Much on Beale's wagon road to Fort Defiance Stacey's account of Beale's Expedition, camel dispersion, and a bibliography. Vincent, Thomas M. Original printed small 4to wrappers. Vincent was Asst. An account of the mobilization of any army, functioning of a government, military supplies, railroads, etc.
Not in Monaghan. Linderman, Frank B. Original cloth with pictorial inlay, spine bridge, inlay has some light soiling. Authors first collection. Locke, John. New York: Seaman, Two vols. Large folding chart as frontis to volume one. Bd together in contemp full calf label on upper spine worn. Small embossed library stamp on title page. Streeter's copy with his rubber withdrawn stamp: T. This is the first Congressional printing of the treaty purchasing Louisiana, the convention arranging the terms of payment, and the convention arranging to settle past disputes between the United States and France, all printed in both English and French [pp.
Also published herein is the act authorizing the raising of the funds for the purchase, the settlement of French claims [part of the whole treaty package], the act establishing a civil government in Louisiana and dividing into two territories, and other acts relative to the vast new territories, including several Indian treaties. Jefferson reconvened Congress early to pass on the Louisiana Purchase documents on Oct. McMurtrie, Douglas C. New Orleans, Searcy, Original marbled boards, cloth spine.
Chapters on Denis Braud, Antoine Boudousquie, first newspaper, politics and the press, Spanish official printing, etc. The bibliography runs pp. Vergennes, Charles Gravier de. Paris: Chez Lepetit Jenue, Half title, frontis portrait of Vergennes. Thompson Vergennes was Louis XVI's minister of foreign affairs, and had a fine understanding of the conditions during the colonial period. This is one of the best studies of the West Indies, Gulf Coast and Mississippi Valley issued at the time, and it relates in part to events in Texas.
Rosenbach considered this a rare work and included it in his "Rare Books of Six Centuries" item Howes V Page Is printed Mackenzie, Alexander. London,: Cadell, There is foxing mostly in the first half of the work Quarto boards with new calf spine with gold stamped black leather label This classic of North American exploration describes the extraordinary travels of the author in northwest America in , when he discovered the Mackenzie River, and in , when he crossed the continent to the Pacific.
Mackenzie also provides an excellent history of the fur trade in Canada, as well as vocabularies of several Indian languages. The "Map of Mackenzie's track from Ft. Chippewa to the Pacific Ocean in " was a milestone and, as Wheat says, "At once questions began to be raised about the now patent inadequacies of all prior maps of the American Far West.
Wheat Transmississippi Hill, p. Peel Pillling Wagner-Camp Streeter Sale Devonport, England: Samuel and John Keys, ca. Original printed pictorial 16mo wrappers. Front wrapper shows a man holding his head in his hand while another man has a sword. The back outside wrapper is titled "Fancy Devices, etc. A mine of information on how amazing tricks are pulled off. No copies on the internet. Lapham, William B.
Augusta, Me: Privately printed, Coulter " Nicholson p. Malthus, Thomas R. Paris: Aillaud, Two Vols. Very nice set. This is the first French edition translated by Constancio. Printing in the mind of man " The central idea of the essay The population of a community, Malthus suggested, increases geometrically while food supplies increase arithmetically Manypenny, George W. It was the age old problem on how monies from the Indian Department were spent and the distribution of goods to the Indians. This case involved material goods for the California Indians.
Edward F. Beale was the superintendent of Indian Affairs for that region and who had acquired his position through the efforts of Benton. Manypenny had questioned some of Beale's expenses. This upset Benton who went on the offensive. Colonel John Fremont and Gwinn Heap were also involved to some extent.
There were many side issues such as Manypenny's trip to Westport, Missouri which was three times cheaper than the one Beale and Benton made. A very important privately printed letter which gives insight into the frontier and its politics. Not in NUC. Marcou, Jules. Maragua,Nicaragua: Tspugrafia Nicional, Original printed boards, paper loss at side and bottom, no text affected. On page 3 "Wm. Elimie por su amigo deverdi, J. By the famous geologist and world traveler.
By His Excellency John Hancock Signed by Hancock in the upper left corner near the paper seal. August 23, Also signed by John Avery as Secretary. Some old staining. By his Honor Samuel Adams, Lt. Signed by Adams on upper left next to paper seal. A few old stains. Signed by John Avery as Secretary.
By His Excellency Caleb Strong May 5, Signed by Strong at upper left near paper seal. Also signed by Joshua Austin. John Hancock Deed signed by him under the paper seal. Only the left side of the Deed is present. Circa These military commissions were handed down through the family for over years. Hunter was an early resident of Spencer, Mass. Boston: Fleet, Full comtemp. Contains hymns with an index by title. Storer, Malcolm.
Original cloth backed boards. Mather, Cotton. Boston: Plimpton, Illus, folding, port, facs. Historical Society Colls. Series 7 vols. Howes aa. Matthews: American Diaries p. Small, William F. Original pebbled 12 mo cloth, a little light staining at corner of front cover. Garrett p. Tutorow Not in Haferkorn. A long narrative poem that rhymes for pages. Not in Graff, Eberstadt or Decker catalogs. Inscribed presentation copy "To Lieut Col.
Wellswith the sincere regardsof the author,W. Bandelier, Adolph F. Papers of the Archaeological Institute of America. American Series II. Contains chapters on Mexico City, Cholula, Mitla, etc. Rosencrans, W.
Mexico: Escalante, Original printed 4to wrappers, small piece missing from lower front wrapper and first two leaves, no text affected. A discussion on the impact of the interoceanic Railroad on Mexico and her people. On the front wrapper: "Counselo de grad delos estado mundo de North America. Calle 1 St. San Francisco Seager, D. Mexico: White, Two small punch holes at margin, no text affected. Promotional for Mexico. The author states Michaux, Francois Andre. Paris, Streeter Sale "A valuable picture of the early middle west, particularly Ohio and Kentucky. Thompson, Louisiana Thomson " The zest with which Michaux describes some of the wonders of the West in this brief and discursive journal is as pleasant as his intelligent discussion of economical facts, and puritan domesticity in the East Jillson p.
Detroit: Clark, New cloth with leather label on spine. Contains classified lists of all professions, trades and pursuits, names of all organized companies, state and county officers and full information regarding the mercantile and manufacturing interests of the state. Cook, Darius B. Niles, Mi: printed and published by the author, Original pictorial tan boards. Cook" on inside front cover. Book plate of Frank Hardin Landon. The author, a newspaper man at Kalamazoo, was sent into the Michigan woods either to regain his health or to die.
Cook regained his health and wrote the present work nearly fifty years later Greenly Streeter Boston: Himes, Original 12mo cloth with some very light discoloration on rear cover. Originally published in Salem, Ma. The Editor's preface states:" Ships to:. This amount is subject to change until you make payment. For additional information, see the Global Shipping Program terms and conditions - opens in a new window or tab This amount includes applicable customs duties, taxes, brokerage and other fees.
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Sabina discovered that the Louvre was open until 10 p. How wonderful it was to walk through its rooms together, seeing the priceless works inside. For Sabina, seeing paintings by the artists she had studied for so many years was a lifetime dream. For me, the most memorable painting was the Mona Lisa. To gaze upon her, without the throng of people that ring her during the day, and feel as if she was gazing back only at us, was really special. It was a very quiet, serene moment.
I'm not typcially into paintings but once you go there, it changes your mind. The Louvre is a special place. We packed a lot into our short time in Paris. We saw the churches of Saint Sulpice and Sacre Coeur. We worked our way through the department store Galeries Lafayette. We stood atop the Eiffel Tower and surveyed the city.
From that high point, we spotted our next destination , the golden-domed tomb of Napoleon and the Musee de L'Armee. Strolling through this magnificent museum, we admired the armor and diverse range of weaponry through the ages. We found ourselves thinking of our sons because they both enjoy medieval history and the Age of Empires computer games. They would love this museum. More typically, we soaked up the atmosphere through long walks, along the grand Champs Elysee, the historic Marais district, the Jardins de Luxembourg and the ancient rue Mouffetard, a narrow cobblestone street that was once a Roman road that led all the way to Italy.
Sabina mostly set the itinerary and I advised on where to dine. You know you are on vacation when choosing a restaurant is the most important decision of the day! But the meal I recall the most reminded me of one I had long ago. I must stop here and admit, this was not my first trip to Paris. I went decades ago, a few years before I met Sabina.
That visit also represented a very rare break from responsibility. I was a young safety officer at the time, appointed by Sitmar Cruises to the building team of the Fairsky later the Sky Princess , which was being built in a shipyard near Toulon. When a strike broke out, I found myself with nothing to do, so I took a train to Paris. I stayed in a small hotel, and most of my meals were picnics of fresh, French bread, pate, cheese and wine. Is there a more beautiful lunch or dinner? As I walked alongside famed Parisian food markets with my wife, I remember the simple meals I enjoyed more than 25 years ago.
One night, we put Fodor's recommendations aside, and recreated one of those meals. We bought baguettes, three or four different types of pate, some salami and an assortment of cheese. Of course, we also picked up a great bottle of wine. We set our picnic out in the room of our hotel. As the night was not too cold, we opened the doors to the balcony and let the breeze in.
We looked out over the city, as we sat on our bed trying different pates and sipping wine. I cannot think of a more romantic setting. My surprise gift of a trip to Paris for Sabina was every bit as much a gift to myself. Two years have passed by since then, but I still treasure our getaway together. Before we know it, another significant anniversary, our 25th, will approach. I think it would be difficult for me to surprise her again, so I think we will plan that one together. I know if Sabina has her choice, we will go to Paris again. Surprize your significate other with a cruise vacation on Princess Cruises!
March 15, - I have traveled all over the world, but I stumbled upon my most memorable travel experience during a business trip. Let me qualify that. It was a quick side trip during a business trip. Almost an afterthought. Still, that afternoon has stuck with me ever since and I revisit the location whenever my schedule allows. Thirty-seven years ago, I came upon Tulum, Mexico , the ruins of an ancient Mayan city that was all but untouched by tourists at that time.
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When I arrived, I met with Princess's Mexico general agent at the time, German Osuna, to look at possibilities for excursion trips in Cozumel and along the stunning Yucatan peninsula. At the time, the Mexican government was just beginning to lay the foundation for what is now the wildly popular resort town of Cancun. Cancun is like Miami Beach or Orlando - it was built to attract tourists. Then, it was just in its infancy, with little more than architectural models and high hopes hinting at its future. German and I checked out Cancun and then headed down the peninsula.
He wanted to show me an interesting area of architectural exploration - a monument to the Mayan past, Tulum. I knew nothing of Tulum, just that the peninsula was rich in Mayan culture and that would be of interest to our passengers. At the time, in the mid s, workers were still excavating the site, a process that had been going on since Situated between the jungle on one side and the Caribbean Sea on the other, Tulum escaped with little recorded history. Although they discovered a stele, a commemorative marker that dated back to AD , it's believed that Tulum's heyday ran from the s until the Spanish arrived years later and brought Old World diseases that wiped out Mayan society.
German and I parked the car and then hiked along a dirt footpath with jungle on either side of us for about half a mile toward Tulum. It was hot and there was lots of sweating but the beauty of the landscape more than compensated. My mind was busy calculating whether or not Tulum would make a good excursion for our passengers. Somewhere outside of the ancient Tulum walls "Tulum" means 'fence' or 'wall' in the Mayan language of the Yucatan , German and I encountered a little boy of four or five years old. He was sitting outside his family's very modest one room house and dressed in nothing more than shorts.
By his features, he appeared to be a direct descendent of the Mayans - an heir to this stunning land. The boy chatted brightly away in Spanish. He was offering to take us on a tour of Tulum. We looked around. No parents or guardian in sight. This young tour guide was a solo practitioner. We took him up on his offer and soon were headed over the low Tulum walls and venturing into the ruins. That first sight is awesome. Tulum emerges in front of you from the middle of the jungle. If you approach Tulum from the Caribbean Sea, the approach is equally inspiring to see the ruins seated atop a bluff.
That day, no archeologists were on site, so we felt as if we were discovering the city for the first time. It was an incredible experience to climb up and down rocks, walk among the ruins and try to imagine how it appeared circa Our young guide led us around, pointing out specific points of interest. I remember saying to German, "Life is really funny, we've traveled all over the world but this little boy probably won?
We finished looking at the ruins and headed back to the little boy's home. I made some notes in my notebook for a few minutes then we took leave. That's when the little boy started to cry! German said, "He was our tour guide, he must want a tip. The boy looked at it, turned it around in his hand. I said, "You don't know one peso?
That boy was going places for sure. Since then, Tulum has emerged as an important historical site and major point of interest in Mexico. I've returned many times as I was transferred from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale 16 years ago to look after Caribbean and Atlantic shore operations for Princess. The last time I was there was about two years ago. In the intervening years, the approach into Tulum has been cleared and there are paved highways with commercial establishments on either side.
The archeologists have completed their jobs and now the Mayan ruins are fully exposed. You can see where the central area was, where the homes were situated, where people cooked, had their meals and slept. There is a beautiful coliseum-type building for social activities. I have to admit, it feels a little crowded for someone who had experienced Tulum like an explorer would with a colleague and an unlikely preschool-age guide. I could never have predicted that Cancun would become the most popular tourist destination in Mexico and Tulum would be a busy, world-renown historical site and popular shore excursion.
The two seem to have grown out of the ground together. I think, how funny it is that the distance from brand new Cancun to an ancient Mayan city is not that far apart. I found the beginnings of a modern tourism Mecca 15 miles away from a 1, year old ruin. And there was a descendent of the Mayans waiting to show me something new. I often think about that boy and wonder what happened to him.
Today, he's probably a successful tour operator in Cancun. What travel has taught me most of all is how much alike we are, how similar we are through our basic human traits. For more information contact a Princess Expert at Cruising2Mexico. February 22, - The first time I stood in front of one of these sculptures, I felt like a tiny, meaningless mosquito I had tears in my eyes, silly me, thinking of how little we know of our past, of the culture of people we know nothing or little about. Ever since childhood, Easter Island had captured my imagination. I've always been an avid reader with a strong interest in history and ancient civilizations, so this mysterious land with its unique stone sentinels called to me.
I longed to see more than just the printed pictures of one of those iconic heads; I wanted to stand in its shadow. A few years ago I was lucky enough be working aboard the original Royal Princess during its South America season. My contract ended in Valparaiso, Chile, and instead of heading right home, I flew to my ultimate "bucket list" destination. On my own. Everyone thought I had lost my mind. I simply could not explain to anyone's satisfaction the meaning this place had for me. Nonetheless I set off on a solo adventure that became one of my most memorable travel experiences ever. Easter Island, or Rapa Nui in the local language, is one of the world's most isolated inhabited islands - its nearest neighbor is Pitcairn Island, which is more than 1, miles to the west.
South America is about 2, miles away, and is the main gateway for flights to the island you can also fly from Tahiti. Getting there is something of a quest and the flights are usually full. When I checked in for my flight I was offered very generous compensation to give up my seat.
But I turned them down without hesitation - no way was I going to miss out on this experience! I had booked a room at a small family-owned hotel, and they picked me up at the airport. I quickly discovered that everybody on the island is very friendly, and eager to share their history and heritage with visitors.
The locals appreciate that most visitors are keenly interested in learning about the island. Easter Island got its current name when Dutch navigator Jakob Roggeveen visited on Easter day in But long before he came, Polynesian settlers found the island and took the art of carving mystical figures to new heights. Those giant heads I saw in all the pictures? They're called Moai, and on my arrival, I couldn't wait to see one for real.
Although many have tried to solve the mystery of the Moai there are still many theories to explain their presence. I came to learn that the island has nearly of these giant heads in various stages of completion. And on an island that's only about 63 square miles - that's a lot of statues per mile! My hotel was only a few minutes' walk to the sea and one of the Moai sites. I quickly found my favorite spot, called Ahu Tahai. In the late afternoon I'd walk over, sit on the grass with my book and watch the sunset and wonder The Moai give one many things to wonder about.
They are carved from the local volcanic rock and the style and size evolved over time. Some think that the bigger the need, the bigger the statue to appeal to the gods. Or maybe each neighboring clan chiefs kept trying to outdo each other with bigger and bigger Moai. The smallest ones stand only about four feet tall, but the largest tower like skyscrapers more than 30 feet high.
They weigh between 14 and 80 tons, so the work it took to move them boggles the mind. The first time I stood in front of one of these sculptures, I felt like a tiny, meaningless mosquito Each statue is quite unique. Not only are they different sizes, but each has literally a different look - the body shape, the nose. Most no longer have the coral and stone eyes, but many still have red "hats" or pukau - which were carved in a different quarry from the statues themselves. But I did not just see a sculpture; I saw an ancient culture and a timeless puzzle.
I felt the same way the first time I visited the pyramids in Giza, Egypt. How could they build these statues without modern technology? What drove them to this? My mind reeled with "whys" - plus a few "maybes" and "what ifs" for good measure. At the same time I felt somehow at home, at peace with myself and the rest of the world in such a magical place. The Moai everywhere are amazing, but the place that stunned me most was the Ranu Raraku quarry.
Hundreds of Moai in various stages of completion are scattered everywhere - some standing, some lying down as if abandoned. There's even one single Moai carved in a sitting position. Here you can walk up close, touch them and wonder about who last worked on each statue. Nobody knows why they stopped carving, but maybe they just got too big - Ranu Raraku also features the biggest Moai ever carved - about 70 feet long - and it lies unfinished on the slopes still attached to its original rock.
It just deepens the mystery. The statues not in the quarry are dotted all along the coast of the island, forming something of a ring around its shoreline. What surprised me was that many statues don't gaze out to sea as I did regularly , but instead face inland, looking over a ceremonial area.
The Moai are mostly grouped on Ahus - stone pedestals on which they stand. I found Ahu Tongariki the most stunning. Here 12 Moais stand one next to the other in a neat row with the sea directly behind them. While the Moai are the "headliners" of local attractions, there is more to see and do on this tropical island.
At one end there's a beautiful white sand beach called Anakena. There was talk of building a five-star resort here, but as far as I know the locals have blocked it. There is a Moai site here, but the beach also sports a "magic" rock that radiates heat and, so they say, positive energy. Volcanoes have left lava tubes and several interesting caves on the island, which were apparently used as refuge during the battles between tribes, and later to hide from slave hunters.
Today many people like to explore them for the interesting artwork on the walls. The ceremonial village of 'Orongo also fascinated me with its story of the birdman cult which hosted an annual race to collect the first sooty tern egg of the season. The now abandoned site sits atop a hill facing the three little islets. In order to complete the challenge, young men had to climb down the very steep cliffs, swim over to the islets and collect the egg, then return. The first one to make it back would secure control of the island's resources for his tribe for the year.
It was clearly very dangerous, with sheer cliffs and extremely strong currents to battle. Wherever I went, I found I wasn't really alone in my solo adventure. It was easy to make new friends, and I met several other solo travellers, who like, me were on their own quest. It was nice to share impressions over dinner or during an excursion.
After five days I was supposed to return to the "real world," however the only flight connection was delayed and I was "forced" to stay another day. Apparently this situation is quite routine, and extending isn't a problem because any new guests will only arrive on that delayed plane, so our rooms were still available. I loved the extra day which gave me the chance to do a jeep tour to the highest point of the island - Mount Terevaka. When we got to the top, a brilliant rainbow arched across the sky. This last amazingly peaceful image of Easter Island was what I took with me to the airport and eventually back home.
The island has developed a lot in the 11 years since my first visit, but the magic and the mystery remain. I was told that visitors still like to watch the sunset from "my" spot facing the Moai with the ocean behind them. I still can't completely explain why, but I have never felt better in my life, than this time I spent in isolated reverie in my beautiful special spot by the Moai.
Since the show ended in Gavin has also been our ambassador at events around the world. We consider him part of the Princess family. So for the week of Valentine's Day we've asked him to share his own essential experience The deep blue waters of Tahiti are a long way from the world I knew as a child. I had a modest upbringing in upstate New York, and then cruises were a luxury I couldn't even dream of. It wasn't until years later that I set foot on my very first cruise ship - and amusingly, I was instantly the captain! I'm pretty sure I'm the only "captain" who can say that.
I was lucky. Every week I got to act in stories about love and romance I couldn't believe I was actually working alongside these amazing actors I had admired since my childhood - like Lana Turner and Ginger Rogers. Some were interesting folks, like Andy Warhol, and others were up and comers just starting out, such as Tom Hanks. It was an unforgettable experience. Several times a year we actually boarded a Princess ship and shot scenes on an actual cruise.
But one place we never got to on the show was Tahiti. Doesn't it sound magical? I envision Mitzi Gaynor "washing that man right out of her hair" in "South Pacific. And, the colorful art of Paul Gauguin. But most of all, when I think of Tahiti I think of romance. Maybe it's all those years on a show that focused on love and happy endings. However, when I did finally get to Tahiti I was very glad my wonderful wife, Patti, was by my side. We flew out a few days ahead of our cruise aboard Tahitian Princess along with my manager and good friend, Lee.
Appropriately, Patti and I would be performing the two-person play "Love Letters" on the ship, so it was something of a working vacation. But really what this trip became was discovering one of the world's most romantic places. Our first glimpse of Tahiti from the air was one of vast expanses of turquoise water, punctuated with the occasional island. We were all seasoned travelers, but the excitement of descending closer and closer to this lush paradise felt like a new experience.
The colors popped out even from the air - bright greens and blues as far as the eye could see. Tahiti is famous for its beaches, and that was where we spent the bulk of our time before the cruise. Years before, I had travelled to Hawaii to shoot an episode of Hawaii , and thought the waters around those islands were amazingly beautiful. And yet I now discovered that they had serious competition with Tahiti's sparkling blue seas.
That, to me, is Tahiti. Sparkling white or black sands. Water as clear and placid as a sheet of glass. And nothing and no one else for as far as the eye could see. Those picturesque overwater bungalows. No commotion or craziness. No worries except maybe when to go to dinner or which beach to try next. Just this tremendously lush landscape and the feeling of total relaxation and time to focus on your loved one. There's something about the mystique of Tahiti that brings out the romantic in all of us. Surrounded by this tranquil atmosphere with nothing to disturb us but the lapping of the waves and the scent of tropical flowers in the air, Patti and I were able to relax, talk and really connect.
We did leave our reverie to visit some of the island's sights. We met warm, wonderful people speaking French, Tahitian and, thankfully, some English. We saw the open air Le Truck buses that run around the island and the Les Roulottes mobile restaurants serving movable feasts along the waterfront. But mostly we enjoyed time together marveling at the stunning vistas everywhere. This peaceful feeling continued once we set sail on Tahitian Princess to tour the other islands of French Polynesia. We were in awe of the towering pinnacles and spectacular waterfalls of Moorea, we learned about the fascinating Polynesian culture in Raiatea, and we felt we had surely found the mythical "Bali Hai" when we first glimpsed the shimmering lagoon and lush greenery of Bora Bora.
Every island seemed as if it was painted by an artist using the brightest palette of colors. One day onboard, I joined my wife who was standing on our balcony, looking out at the sun setting just beyond jagged peaks of the islands. It was a picture postcard moment if ever you saw one. As I approached she mused, "Do you think heaven's as beautiful as this? Well, I don't know if heaven could be any lovelier than these stunning islands, but I do know I was lucky to share this little bit of heaven on earth with someone I love so dearly.
It was our own personal "Love Boat. We have included this great story and some pictures for you. When Royal Princess pulled into Skagway , the morning was young enough that a mist still clung to the edges of the harbor. With each successive hour, the trails of fog gave way to rays of sun and by afternoon the sky shown clear - a perfect day for a helicopter "flight seeing" tour and an encounter with some speedy pooches.
I'd been working aboard the ship for the season in my capacity as cruise director, but hadn't yet had the opportunity to experience one of the state's singular sports - dog mushing. An animal lover all my life and big fan of the outdoors, I was intrigued to interact with Alaska's most unique athletes and see their remote summer camp high up on a glacier. I was thrilled that we were finally on our way.
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Our bus ride to the airport doubled as a safety orientation, and on arrival we were fitted with life vests and moon boots and placed in helicopter groups. Nestled into the chopper, no sooner had I placed the headset over my ears than we soared upward. I watched as the Alaska gold rush town shrank away from us, along with the rest of civilization.
With nothing in my line of sight but crystal blue sky, I had a moment to reflect on my good fortune. I was, after all, en route - by helicopter - to an experience most people wouldn't even know to dream about - except perhaps just after the annual Iditarod race, when the results of this grueling 1,mile race from Anchorage to Nome form only a momentary blip on the media landscape. Ahead, the rugged terrain gave way to ice fields, which gave way to mountains, then majestic valleys, and finally to massive glaciers.
We soared across them all, snapping photos by the dozen along the way. Some 20 minutes into the flight, we rounded a corner that put Denver Glacier into view. Moving closer, small dots that flecked the glacier came to form tents and kennels in neat rows. Sailing across the snow in Skagway. The blades of our helicopter quit their chop, chop, as we settled onto the ice.
As the door opened, I could see that our welcoming committee consisted of 90 excited dogs, barking and jumping on and off their kennels. Though I never imagined I'd need sunglasses in a place with such excessive snowfall, the fine weather and sunshine resulted in a searing glare off the white ice.
Got shades? After a brief orientation, we met our mushers and were introduced to each member of our team of 10 Alaskan huskies. The dogs practically danced with excitement to meet us. For them, this was a summer holiday, a period of relative relaxation before their training started for the Iditarod. They didn't look as I had expected: a uniform collection of well-groomed steeds like I had seen in a movie.
These were different than the dogs I'd had as pets - they were working dogs, bred to race. No characteristic was an accident; it was chosen, cultivated. A hybrid of so many breeds, including the native Inuit dog. Once acquainted, I sat in the sled, which triggered the dogs to pull on their harnesses. The musher jumped on the back, released the anchor and away we sped across the ice. The pace was breakneck. Some 10 minutes later, we stopped to admire the vista. Then it was my turn to have a go at driving the team, and with the help of my musher we were off again, with the dogs hardly registering that they now had a novice in command.
The sun's glare was intense, but the snow field glistened and bits of ice flew up as our sled's runners cut across the glacier. I felt very at one with nature, as if I had gone back in time. Now I knew firsthand how the early Alaskan settlers traveled. We could have been at the North Pole, it seemed so remote and apart from the everyday world. I've ridden in many forms of transportation in my journeys, but never had I traveled with such a sense of place. This WAS Alaska. And just when I thought it couldn't get any better, we returned to camp for some puppy play time.
Holding the latest litter of future sled dogs in our arms, feeling their soft fur and little wet tongues, was the perfect end to our time on the glacier. The helicopters fired up, and soon we were heading back to Skagway. I sat back as the images of the day played back like a movie in my mind. Was that really me on that sled? I'd been in Alaska all season, but never had I felt so connected to the Great Land. It was a magical way to finish up my time there, and also the perfect way to get a really unique Christmas card picture! Alaska Cruise Specials with Princess Cruises.
Alaska Cruisetour Specials with Princess Cruises. December 1, - Princess Cruises has introduced a new Alaska cruisetour option just for fishermen and women as part of the season. Participants on the new tour can try their hand at salmon fishing in the Inside Passage from Ketchikan , bottom fishing for halibut near Juneau , and river fishing on two Alaskan rivers - the Kenai and Talkeetna - on excursions from Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge and Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge.
The new fishing cruisetour includes a seven-day Voyage of the Glaciers cruise through the Gulf of Alaska featuring scenic cruising in Glacier Bay National Park , plus two nights at the Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge, two nights at the Mt. Participants will not only enjoy fishing tours throughout their vacation but also scenic travel via Princess Rail and a Natural History Tour in Denali National Park.
Alaska Sportfishing Expedition Ketchikan Participants can experience the thrill of fishing in the "Salmon Capital of the World" in the calm, protected waters of the Inside Passage. Passengers will travel in a large, heated cabin cruiser and can test their salmon sportfishing skills on a five-hour expedition to troll for king salmon, pink salmon, chum salmon, and silver salmon, depending on the season.
The five-hour experience includes fishing in to feet of water with bait or plastic lures near the ocean's bottom. Bottom fishing appeals to anglers of all experience levels, as fish are easy to hook and usually very abundant. During the trip to the fishing grounds, participants may also spot some of the region's other wildlife, including whales and sea lions. Tour participants can experience world-class fishing surrounded by dazzling mountain scenery aboard a non-motorized drift boat or raft.
Anglers will be catching either sockeye salmon, Dolly Varden or rainbow trout, according to the season. Alaska Sportfishing Mt. Anglers will travel by boat to a secluded fishing spot in the shadow of Mt. McKinley, where they will cast for king, silver or red salmon, rainbow trout, grayling and Dolly Varden, depending on the season.
An experienced guide will steer the group to the area's optimum fishing holes. Passengers must be at least 12 years old to participate in the cruisetour. Kristen's Story: I approached my visit to Greece with some clear preconceived notions. I envisioned sun-baked stairs leading from the crystal clear Mediterranean and bright white-washed houses perched atop cliffs. I knew I'd see those iconic blue-domed churches, and I anticipated spectacular views. At home in Alaska , it was those images that were my idea of a "Greek Island paradise.
As our ship maneuvered to drop anchor at Santorini, I got my first glimpse of the island's iconic steep cliffs. Though I may have glimpsed what towered above me at that point, my attention was actually focused downward, as I contemplated the fact that we had just sailed into a giant, submerged volcanic crater, or caldera. Santorini is what remains from an enormous volcanic eruption more than 3, years ago, and we were anchoring in the deep lagoon formed when the crater of the volcano collapsed.
I wondered, as many now believe, if this caldera could really be the site of the Lost City of Atlantis, the legendary civilization that sunk to the bottom of the sea. With my attention now back on the island's meter high cliffs, I could see our destination, the town of Fira, perched high on the rim above.
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But, how best to get there? The answer became delightfully apparent. Waiting at the bottom of the steep string of switchbacks and stairs that formed a zigzagging path up the steep incline, were donkeys. I happen to love donkeys actually, anything with a tail , so I was as excited to see them as I was to explore the island.
But at this point I found myself torn. I could travel up the cliffs by donkey as has no doubt been done since mythical times, or I could walk up and hopefully work off the wonderful desserts I'd been enjoying on the ship. Since it was a beautiful crisp October day? An iconic blue-domed church in Oia. I climbed around corner after corner up more than steps, passing donkey teams headed up or down along the way. The donkeys all wore colorful beaded neck collars with a bell attached that jingled as they clomped along. Each switchback brought the tinkling of bells and better views of the crystal clear waters below.
After about 45 minutes we reached the top eager to explore Fira, and then afterward set out by local bus to the small town of Oia , located at the north end of the island. My immediate impression was that this magical place should definitely be on a travel bucket list. Oia is situated atop an impressive cliff with more views of the sparkling expanse of sea, and the charming village is made up of traditional white houses and blue domed churches, with the narrow streets between buildings just wide enough for pedestrians and the occasional passing donkey.
We discovered that many artists have made this picturesque setting their home and enjoyed wandering through the array of art galleries full of original works. After a day in this island paradise, it was time to head back to Fira where we would descend down the cliffs to our anchored ship.
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