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Welcome to the online blog for traveler/writer/photographer Steven Barber. Come in. Relax. Take off your shoes and socks -- or any other article of clothing, this is the internet. Have a look around. I hope to intrigue, amuse, entertain, and maybe provoke you just a little. I love to find adventure. All I need is a change of clothes, my Nikon, an open mind and a strong cup of coffee.

Monday, May 29, 2017

IN HONOR OF OUR WAR DEAD



Memorial Day is set aside to give thanks and to honor those who have 
given their lives in defense of this nation.


NAVY - ARMY - COAST GUARD - AIR FORCE - NATIONAL GUARD

Their sacrifice is often lost in family get-togethers for barbecues and games.

Take a moment in silence to thank those thousands of men and women of various faiths, ethnic groups and national origins, who have given you the opportunity for this life.


Their lives are honored this day.




Friday, May 26, 2017

THE FRIDAY MARTINI - MARTINIS 101



It's Friday, and that means Martinis!

A special event this week. As part of the planned promotion for the book
CHASING MARTINIS, we're setting up a series of events at local bars and night spots.

Martinis 101, a half hour (or so) presentation on the history and mixing of one of the most classic beverages at your local watering hole.

Tonight we have what we are calling the 

MARTINIS 101 "Not-so-dry" Run Through!

Have a great weekend!



Thursday, May 25, 2017

LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA - THE QUEENS' CITY



A decade ago, in 2006, the Queen Mary 2 paid a visit to her linear predecessor, The Queen Mary.

Too large to fully enter the inner harbor near the original queen (that's how much bigger she is), the QM2 floated in the middle of Queensway Bay, blowing her horn and receiving a blast from the original Queen in return. 

Since this original visit, Cunard has made a tradition of new ships visiting and paying respects to the Queen Mary, including visits from The Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria.

By the time of the RMS Queen Elizabeth's visit, the cruise ship port next to the original Queen had been depend  enough to allow her to dock next to her sister.



Wednesday, May 24, 2017

LUDLOW, CALIFORNIA - DESERT TIME



I have noted, a few times, that my
"escape zone" is in the Mojave Desert, a few hours to the East of the Los Angeles area.

There's a serenity there. A solitude. It puts you back in your place and 
settles your mind on the importance of things quite nicely.

Particularly at dawn or dusk, when the world seems to hold its breath for an instant.

As a kid I hated the desert. Too boring.

Now, though I would never consider living there,
the desert is one of my most important "Happy Places".

I hope, soon, to get a visit scheduled to help settle my unsettled mind.