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Our Next Adventure

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  We like to go to Europe for the summer. This summer we will be going for July and August. We start with a flight to London. We have enough FF Miles to fly free.  Next we are taking a cruise on the Queen Mary 2. It will leave Southampton and be gone a week. We will stop at 4 cities in Norway. The Queen Mary 2 is sailed by the Cunard Line. They specialize in old time opulence.  After that we will spend a few nights in London - then take the tunnel train to Paris. In Paris - we will stay with the Everhart 4. We will be there for the Olympics.  Finally - we will fly home on Delta in late August.  Our son and his family have been living in Paris the last 5 years. They are moving back to their old home in Washington DC and the kids will go to Washington Schools. 

Our Good Friend Mimi Is In Tahiti

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Mimi has been in the South Pacific for almost 3 weeks. She started in New Zealand and Australia. Then she was on a cruise going to all these exotic islands - and it ended in Tahiti. She flies home Sunday from Tahiti. She has lots of neat stories to tell. She is a tiny lady - 5 feet nothing - sub 100 pounds - but she is an excellent traveler. Not afraid of anything.   

Herbert Hoover Home - Museum - Library - in West Branch - Iowa

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Hoover was born in this cute tiny home. Herbert and Lou Helen Hoover are buried here. Herbert Hoover was born in the middle of nowhere in West Branch - Iowa. His parents died very young - a Herbert and this brother and sister were farmed out to an uncle in Oregon. He was raised in the Quaker faith. They have collected several buildings and produced a neat village around his boyhood home.  He was born in this little 2 room cabin. It had an outhouse toilet.  Hoover was an average student but excelled in math. That got him into the first class at Stanford University. He changed his major from math to engineering and geology. He was a successful mining engineer - and took a good job in Australia then China. He came wealthy.  He got a job in the Department of Commerce and became famous for managing help programs after World War One. He rose to the job of Secretary of Commerce. He was a good president - except the Great Depression started during his one term. He was blamed and Franklin Roose

The Czech and Slovak Museum in Cedar Rapids - Iowa

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On Wednesday Lulu was done her work - she had a chance to tour with me. This is a neat museum - but what was most interesting to me was that it was moved. It is a modern museum - but a few years ago - the river flooded and the museum was under water. It seemed like poor planning. But they build a full foundation with basement next door - then lifted the building and slid it on top of the new foundation.  There is a large population of Czechs and Slovaks. I lived in Pennsylvania where many Czechs and Slovaks came to work in  the coal mines. Czechs also were ice cutters. Before refrigerators - selling ice was a thriving business. Wood and Coal kept the houses warm - ice kept the food cool.  After the museum we enjoyed a nice lunch in the village. I had the best chicken ala king over fresh made biscuits. Then we were on the way  to the Herbert Hoover Museum and Library.  Decorated eggs Czech motorcycles There were many exhibits of  the end of communism in the Czech Republic  and Slovak Re