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Sandra Scott Travels: Stop and Smell The Tulips – in Albany

Tulip Festival

If you haven’t been to Albany recently, put it on your travel calendar. The city hosts many festivals, concerts, and special events throughout the year but the most popular is the Tulip Festival held each year in May, but anytime is a good time to visit. Albany’s history spans four centuries. Commissioned by the Dutch East India Company in 1609 to report on the new world, Henry Hudson sailed the Half Moon to the upper reaches of the Hudson River. He told of the magnificent river and the bountiful area.

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Sandra Scott Travels: Some Great Vietnamese Treats You Can Make Yourself

Vietnamese pancake.

Ho Chi Minh City has been the official name since the fall of Saigon in 1975. But, both are in use. We stayed at the InterContinental Asiana Residence Saigon where we used our once-a-year free night that came as a perk for using the IGH credit card. We had lunch at their Market 39 Restaurant where they had a Vietnamese pancake station. We asked Chef Josh, the executive chef, if he would share the recipe and explain how they were made. He was happy to do so.

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Sandra Scott Travels: Relaxing On The Beautiful Beaches of Thailand

Summer at Regent Cha’am Beach Resort

The much-loved Thai king, Bhumibol Adulyadej, also known as Rama IX, has reigned since 1946 making him the longest serving current head of state and the longest-reigning Thai monarch. When the king and the royal family want to enjoy a beach getaway, they head three hours south of Bangkok to the Cha’am/Hua Hin area. International tourists, especially North Americans, usually head south, too; but to Phuket, Phi Phi Island, Ko Samui, and other places that are reached by plane.

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Sandra Scott Travels: The Amazing Ngapali Resort Beach

The view from our room

To my way of thinking the best beach in the world is in front of Amazing Ngapali Resort. When people ask us what our favorite place is we usually reply, “Where we are now.” However, there is only one place we have returned to eight years in a row even though it is a half a world away. For every five nights we stay we get extra benefits that include a free massage and a dinner; but, it is more than that. The staff is outstanding; the beach is wide and long with soft sand; the water is calm and warm, and it is very safe.

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Sandra Scott Travels: The Golden Rock Offers An Amazing View

The Golden Rock is a popular Buddhist pilgrimage site.

John and I have been to Myanmar many times but the most amazing site in a country of many amazing sites is the Golden Rock. On our recent trip, we stayed at the Park Royal Hotel in Yangon. The hotel is wonderful with great service, a bountiful multi-ethnic breakfast, and a wonderful staff. The Golden Rock is amazing and defies the laws of nature as it balances precariously on a table rock and has for more than two thousand years.

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Sandra Scott Travels: Enjoying The Sights In Mui Ne, Vietnam

The view from our Shades room.

John and I have visited many places in Vietnam including the beaches between Danang and Hoi An. This time we decided to try some place different – some place that would be warm. Mui Ne is about 135 miles due east of Saigon. After some searching, we decided to stay at Shades Resort. The rate was reasonable; it was on the water and had a pool so it fit our needs.

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Sandra Scott Travels: There Is So Much To See and Do In Today’s Saigon

cooking pancakes

Ho Chi Minh City has been the official name since the fall of Saigon in 1975 but both are in use. Once again being a loyal customer paid off. We had a free night with InterContinental Hotels due to using their credit card and being a member of their IHG Rewards Club so we booked a room at the InterContinental Asiana Residence. We didn’t realize just how lucky we were until we saw our accommodation. We had two huge rooms.

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Sandra Scott Travels: On A River Cruise It’s one ‘Kodak Moment’ after another

Cambodian dancer

There is something sublime and magical about a river trip. I feel like I am part of a “National Geographic” special as I cruise pass one vignette after another. The Mekong is the 12th longest river in the world and borders many countries. John and I have taken a river cruise on the Mekong between Laos and Thailand. This time, we boarded the RV Mekong Pandaw in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on the Tonle Sap, a branch of the Mekong.

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Fulton’s Memorial Day Salute Set Saturday

FULTON, NY – Fulton’s Memorial Day Salute is set for Saturday. The entertainment will feature The Billionaires, one of the very best and most experienced bands in Central New York. Joshua Batstone will also be showcased. Other festivities include a … Continue reading


Health Department Announces Clinic Services for Week of May 26

The Oswego County Health department offers a variety of services to all residents of Oswego County, including preventive health services, certified home health care, certified hospice, and a maternal and child health program.

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County Legislature Recognizes Older Americans

The Oswego County Legislature’s Human Services Committee recently presented a proclamation designating May as Older Americans Month. Since 1955, the Older Americans Act has provided services that help older adults remain healthy and independent.

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SUNY Oneonta Students Recognized for Leadership

SUNY Oneonta recently recognized 356 students who attained one of three leadership levels in the college’s LEAD (Leadership Education and Development) program.

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Oswego County’s Joanne Gardner Honored By Senator Ritchie At State Capitol

As part of New York State Senior Citizens’ Day, State Senator Patty Ritchie recently recognized Oswego County resident Joanne Gardner for her contributions to her community.

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