Category Archives: Travel

MIAMI BEACH BLIND by Peter Nolan Smith

Rain, drizzle, snow, and ice pellets greeted Boston on the first dawn of 1975. Equally foul weather met January’s second morning, but by noon the temperature rose into the 40s and I walked from my Beacon Hill apartment to the Mass Pike in Chinatown. The on-ramp was the good place to start a trip across […]

BOXING DAY BLIZZARD by Peter Nolan Smith

December 23 was my last day of work for the holiday season for 2010. Richie Boy and I had worked three weeks solid without a break. An extra hour was added to the schedule in hopes of last minute shoppers. There were none. Jewelry was x-ed off Santa’s list this year, although Richie Boy held […]

TWA Terminal Redux

The TWA Terminal was opened in 1962 at Idlewild International Airport. Eero Saarinen designed the structure terminal to reveal the beauty of thin-shell construction of a concrete shell elegantly supported by legs diminishing at the corners. Saarinen died in 1962, but his wife honored his dream as an ode to the modern world. The sparse […]

Singapore To Bangkok By Train

In 1990 I bought a second-class ticket from Singapore to Bangkok with stops in Penang and Suranthani. The old Pearl of the Orient was too clean for me. The Chinese president had ordered the city-state’s police to fine people for chewing gum or not washing their hands after using the WC. Effacing the walls with […]

FRENCH AIR STEWARDESSES by Peter Nolan Smith

Air stewardesses were sex symbols in the 60s and 70s. These elegant airborne beauties flew from city to city and country to country with a smile. The uniforms were designed by fashion houses. Air travel was cool and the stewardesses were sexy in a good way. The sexiest air hostesses were from foreign countries with […]