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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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Sandra Scott Travels: Today’s Cambodia Becoming A Tourist Destination

View from Frangpani Royal Hotel

One of the great things about traveling in Asia is the many budget airlines. We often fly Air Asia and buy the tickets early to get a promo fare. From Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, our ticket was about $60 including 15 kilos of luggage. John and I have been to Phnom Penh several times but not for five years and the changes were dramatic.

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Sandra Scott Travels: Enjoy Touring The Sanctuary of Truth

The Sanctuary of Truth temple

There are many things to do in the area including elephant rides and shopping but we opted to visit The Sanctuary of Truth, which we could see off in the distance from our balcony. Had we known we would have planned to spend several hours there because there was a lot to do. The elaborately carved wooden structure was built in 1981 but has the look of an ancient temple. The temple carvings showed the relationship between humans and the universe.

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Sandra Scott Travels: Waldorf’s Signature Salad Is A Hit World-Wide

Boldt Castle

John and I have visited the 1000 Islands many times and love to tour the grounds of Boldt Castle where George Boldt, the owner of the Waldorf Astoria was building a European-style castle in the early 1900s. Waldorf Salad was an instant success when it was created by the Waldorf Astoria’s maître d’hôtel, Oscar Tshcirky in 1896. The original version contained apples, celery and mayonnaise served on a bed of lettuce. Chopped walnuts later became an integral part of the dish. Boldt insisted that it always be on the hotel’s menu.

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Sandra Scott Travels: Shanghai Is A Pleasurable Experience Today

Pudong skyline from the Bund

Today, I think people would love to be shanghaied as Shanghai, China, is truly amazing. But, back in the 1800s, most adventurers were heading to the west coast of America, especially the gold fields of California.
The practice of Shanghaiing was prevalent in San Francisco, California; and Portland, Oregon. Shanghai is the largest city in China and ranks as one of the largest in the world depending on how you define “city.”

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Sandra Scott Travels: Presidential Sites Abound In New York State

Celebrate President’s Day with a visit to a presidential site. In the quiet little town of East Aurora, which ironically is west of Aurora, NY, is the law office of Millard Fillmore, the nation’s 13th president. The small 1825 building has been restored to that era and includes some of the original Fillmore furniture. Fillmore was born in a log cabin in Summerhill, NY.

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Sandra Scott Travels: Zoo Treks Offer A Glimpse Of Wildlife

giraffes search for a snack

I, like many people, enjoy seeing animals in their natural habitat and have done so in many places. John and I went on safari in Kenya where we saw thousands of wildebeests and zebras migrating. I was most impressed with the height of the giraffes. When I tell people that we have spent a lot of time over the years in the rainforest I always add that we have more wildlife in our backyard than we ever saw in the jungle. The best place to really see and observe animals is in a zoo.

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Sandra Scott Travels: Enjoy The Great Flavor Of Haiti

the Hotel Nicole on the beach in Jacmel

I am always impressed with how hospitable people are – worldwide. This was the case when we were in Haiti. It is an interesting destination, but it is not on many travelers’ radar. In the 1700s, Haiti was the glory of the French colonies and one of the richest colonies in the world. In 1804, Haiti became the first black independent nation. Over the years, poor leadership and other issues caused economic troubles from which Haiti has never fully recovered. I had expected beaches and I was not disappointed.

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Hundreds Freezin’ For A Reason Raise Thousands For Special Olympics

An estimated more than 300 people, young and old, subjected themselves to the “Ultimate Polar Shower.” “This really says a lot about our community,” the mayor said. “It’s like 15 degrees and the windchill is even colder and all these people have come out to help support Special Olympics. This is really a great turnout for a great cause!” Due to the hard-packed snow and ice in the harbor – the ‘plunge’ was re-invented as The Ultimate Polar Shower.

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Fulton Firefighters Extinguish Porch Fire

Firefighters were call to a fire under the front porch of 717 Emery Street, Saturday evening (March 28). When unit arrived on the scene flames were visible. The fire was quickly extinguished.

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‘Crinkleroot,’ Critters, Creating Art To Enliven Rice Creek Spring Programs

Story Hour, Sustainable Art and Rice Creek Rambles programs at 11 a.m. on selected Saturdays will celebrate spring at SUNY Oswego’s Rice Creek Field Station. Rice Creek will accept registrations through early June for two summer programs: Exploring Nature for children and Conservation Field Studies for teens.

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Clarinetist, Accompanists To Perform Range Of Classical Music

SUNY Oswego faculty member Trevor Jorgensen will present a clarinet recital featuring works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Claude Debussy, Gioachino Rossini and Aram Khachaturian at 7:30 p.m. April 21, in Sheldon Hall ballroom. The date represents a change from the original for this event in the schedule for Focus on Faculty, a series presented by the SUNY Oswego music department.

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Cooking Can Be Murder Coming To Hannibal Stage

Hannibal High School’s drama club, Purple Gallery, will present “Cooking Can Be Murder” by Eddie McPherson on April 15 and 16 at 7 p.m. in the Lockwood Auditorium. This parody murder mystery is a silly comedy filled with puns, gags and ridiculous situations.

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