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Robert Reoch Beats Boston Snow in Miami

Robert Reoch Does Miami

Robert Reoch Takes a Break From Boston Snow

I love Boston, but I was raised in San Diego. And even though I enjoy the Boston winters,  my other half sometimes needs a break from the snow—including the biggest blizzard in Boston history.  So, it’s my duty to go along peacefully when Joon decides we should fly to Miami for a few days. Who’s complaining?

We went from this:

Robert Reoch and Joon Blizzard street 512 x 384 Robert Reoch Boston Blizzard 2015









To this:Robert Reoch and Joon South Beach Miami March 2015

Bob and Joon on our yacht in Miami bay.  Robert Reoch Miami South Beach composite 2015

 Ah-h-h. It was a nice visit to Miami, but I’m happy to be back in Boston too.

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Robert Reoch Waterfire Providence Rhode Island

Robert Reoch Waterfire Providence Rhode Island

Robert Reoch partakes of Waterfire 2014 in Providence RI

Robert Reoch at Waterfire 2014 in Providence RI

Robert Reoch at Waterfire 2014 in Providence RI

It was a mystical night in Providence, Rhode Island for Waterfire 2014. Or maybe I should say, “mystifying” night—read baffling—in Providence… For more information about this unique event, visit:

Providence Rhode Island Gateway Arch Pine Cone

Providence RI, Federal Hill Gateway Arch Pine Cone

Providence RI, Federal Hill Gateway Arch Pine Cone

The Federal Hill Gateway Arch has suspended from it a sculpture of a pine cone (not pineapple). It’s the Italian symbol (La Pigna) representing welcome, abundance, and quality.

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George Island in Boston Harbor

George Island Boston Harbor

Robert Reoch’s Recent Visit to George Island

One of my bucket list items of late was to visit some of the Islands in Boston Harbor. We had a free afternoon and the weather was perfect, so we took a ferry to George Island. George Island is home to Ft. Warren, which was originally built to defend Boston Harbor from any type of naval attack. However, by the time it was completed it was obsolete and never used for its originally intended purpose. Instead, it was used to house Confederate prisoners of war during the Civil War.

Here are a few photos from our outing:

Robert Reoch inside Ft. Warren, George Island, Boston Harbor.

Robert Reoch inside Ft. Warren, George Island, Boston Harbor.

Robert Reoch cruising in Boston Harbor.

Robert Reoch cruising in Boston Harbor.


Joon standing on Long Pier Boston Harbor

Joon standing on Long Pier Boston Harbor

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Robert Reoch Goes to P-Town

Robert Reoch Visits Provincetown Massachusetts

Robert Reoch (that’s me) and long time partner (he’s Joon) recently spent a few days and nights enjoying the sunshine and warmth of Provincetown, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod. We stayed at the comfortable and stylish Provincetown Hotel at Gabriel’s. We enjoyed our stay there so much that we’re planning to return again—much sooner than we had imagined before this memorable visit.

Traveling to Provincetown, we used all means of transportation to reach our destination. We began by taking the bus (which stops very close to our door) to the subway station, then after taking the subway from Harvard Station, we took the Gray Line bus to World Trade Center downtown Boston. It was then a brief walk to the pier where we boarded a fast ferry to Provincetown. Now that’s the way to go (instead of driving)!

Here are just a few photos from our trip:

At the Provincetown pier

At the Provincetown pier

Pilgrims Monument, Provincetown Massachusetts

Pilgrims Monument, Provincetown Massachusetts

At the Pilgrims Monument and Cape Cod Museum

At the Pilgrims Monument and Cape Cod Museum

At the top of Pilgrims Monument

At the top of Pilgrims Monument

At Herring Cove, northwest tip of the Cape

At Herring Cove, northwest tip of the Cape

Herring Cove

Herring Cove

"Tourists" statue on Commercial Street in Provincetown

“Tourists” statue on Commercial Street in Provincetown

Oh my gawd, the food here is so good!

Oh my gawd, the food here is so good!

Happy Travels!

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deCordova Museum Visit Images by Robert Reoch

deCordova Sculpture Park Museum Visit by Robert Reoch

More Robert Reoch Images

A great way to spend a free day is by visiting the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts. On our second visit four years, it was delightful to see new exhibits on the beautiful outdoor sculpture park, as well as the indoor museum. Should you get hungry for a snack or a light lunch, the museum has a small cafeteria with some delicious menu items. The staff is personable and helpful. Now on with my photos. Here are just a few. It’s easy to see the lure of this gem hidden along the back roads of Lincoln, Massachusetts.

Robert Reoch deCordova Museum

Just one area of the expansive outdoor sculpture gardens.

Robert Reoch at deCordova

Robert Reoch deCordova terrace

The museum rooftop terrace currently features works by Roberly Bell.

Robert Reoch deCordova Balloon Man

This Balloon artist kept several children (and adults) entertained.

Robert Reoch deCordova Pipes

That’s the museum rooftop terrace behind me, up the hill.

Robert Reoch deCordova

A friendly creation by artist Roberly Bell.

Until our next visit!

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Robert Reoch Boston Seaport June 2014

Robert Reoch Boston Seaport June 2014

This past Saturday, Joon and I went strolling around the Boston Seaport area. There’s so much to see, one can make a day of it. There’s the Rose Kennedy Greenway, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, all the historic sites of Boston—the list goes on. Here are a few images from our Saturday.Robert Reoch Boston Seaport


Robert Reoch Boston

Guess where this is?

It's the Northern Avenue Bridge at Boston's Seaport. See the bridge rotating open?

It’s the Northern Avenue Bridge at Boston’s Seaport. See the bridge rotating open?


The Courthouse on Fan Pier

The Courthouse on Fan Pier

Robert Reoch Rose Kennedy Greenway

Along the Rose Kennedy Greenway

Boston Strong

Ever strong in Boston, even at this construction site at Fan Pier.

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Robert Reoch Writes “Mind Pastry”

Robert Reoch is Mind Pastry

Robert Reoch Bakes

Robert Reoch measures, beats, and sometimes whips ideas to death. Welcome to “Mind Pastry,” a bakery of thoughts from my mind to yours. 

Robert Reoch is the Name

My last name, Reoch, is pronounced, Rē’ŏck (rhymes with Reebok). That  image of a piece of cake floating among the palm trees in my page banner is a slice from a red velvet cake that I actually baked! Robert Reoch's Mind Pastry CakeThere’s more to Mind Pastry than just the analogy, though. I actually love pastry—and I bake it too!—but that’s another post.

Mind Pastry is Layered

I offer a dose of conscience to the Internet through many of my posts. I believe we have too many “reality TV” shows and deceptive news outlets in the media. Too often, issues are discussed from just one point of view in the news. Many pop “journalists” aren’t doing their homework. They aren’t getting out to the field to research their stories. Much of current reporting relies solely on popular social memes—mass hysteria, as I see it—rather than on verified facts and nuanced examination of the gray areas. Please, people, stop thinking only in black and white. Look for what’s in-between. Ask what is the back story you’re not getting from the media. I try to present layers and perspectives that encourage people to discover full truths. I live by three principles: Love, Truth, and Knowledge. I resent journalism that ignores these values in favor of ratings and profit. I hope you find something new and thought-provoking in Mind Pastry.

Robert Reoch Writes

I’ve written a couple of books of short stories under pen name, Robert George Reoch. I wrote my Travelers’ Shorts books with the traveler in mind, even though my stories not about travel. The idea was to provide short stories for the traveler who didn’t want to start a heavy novel. Short stories provide entertainment in manageable chunks for the person on the go. My short stories are written with taste and richness (just like pastry). These epic tales offer drama, adventure, and laugh-out-loud humor. You can order them here:

Travelers Shorts

Travelers’ Shorts: Stories That Move


Travelers Shorts 2: Tethers by Robert George Reoch

Travelers’ Shorts 2: Tethers

Please enjoy my books!

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Robert Reoch Welcomes You to Mind Pastry

Robert Reoch Welcomes You to Mind Pastry

Robert George Reoch Blog is Now “Mind Pastry”

Previously known as, I’m still reformatting some old posts that were moved to this new site. (GoDaddy eliminated their original blog platform and replaced it with this Word Press version.)

Robert Reoch is Robert George Reoch

I’m Robert Reoch, aka author Robert George Reoch. I’ve written and published two volumes of short stories under the title, Travelers’ Shorts.  If you enjoy variety, drama, and humor, you’ll enjoy my short stories, but keep coming here for stimulating blog entries too. The list of categories is to the right. I’ve got a mind to speak about nearly everything, although I don’t write every day. I rant, babble, and educate—and sometimes pontificate—when in the mood.  That’s how we do on blogs.

Mind Pastry Name

I love to cook and bake. My other hobbies include music, travel, and physical fitness. I’m also one of those genius folk who think a lot. I bake and I think; hence the title, “Mind Pastry.” Again, I don’t post on this blog frequently. My everyday life is ordinary (and busy) and I enjoy spending my time living rather than documenting every burp and fart here. If you want that, go to Facebook.

That’s what’s on my mind, for now. I think I’ll bake something.

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Robert Reoch Images New York City

Robert Reoch Visited the 911 Museum and 911 Memorial During Memorial Day Weekend

Robert Reoch, that’s me, aka Robert George Reoch took the train from Boston to New York City this past Memorial Day Weekend with his long time partner Joon. We stayed at the elegant Conrad (Hilton) hotel in Battery Park. We had a fabulous view and were just steps away from the 911 Museum and 911 Memorial. I’ve included a few photos in this post.

New York Memorial Day Weekend:

Robert Reoch Freedom Tower

We won’t be base jumping this.

The Freedom Tower also known as One World Trade Center, up close, seems smaller than any one of the original twin towers of the World Trade Center. In fact, the overall square footage is less, and it has fewer floors than either of the original towers. I found it underwhelming.

WTC Remnants

Remnants from an original tower reach upward toward the Freedom Tower.

From inside the 911 Museum, these remnants from one of the original World Trade Center towers seem to be reaching toward the new Freedom Tower outside.

Robert Reoch Brooklyn Bridge

Reflections on the Brooklyn Bridge

Here I am trekking over the Brooklyn Bridge Promenade (above). Reflected in my wicked awesome shades, notice Joon snapping the photo, and the distinctive architecture of the span.

Freedom Tower Topper: Antenna or Minaret?

Freedom Tower Minaret Antenna

Who designed the antenna? Intellectual honesty says it resembles strongly a Minaret.

Seeing the Freedom Tower up close for the first time, I am struck by the appearance of the antenna atop. If I’m being intellectually honest, the antenna clearly resembles that of a minaret (see left image above), which is the traditional tower on a Muslim mosque from where Muslims are called to prayer. I cannot possibly be the only person who has noticed this with concern. Is this structure complete as it is? Are they perhaps planning to streamline it with some type of architectural covering? Is it intended to resemble a minaret by design? What is the story here? I have been researching and have not yet found the answer. Apparently, a few separate creative entities have combined and cooperated to design and construct the antenna. I will continue to investigate and provide updates when I learn more. I’d love to be able to shed some light on this.

911 Memorial and Museum

I have a couple of final thoughts at this writing. The 911 Memorial with its World Trade Center Towers’ square-footprint-shaped pools of water cascading into a seemingly bottomless pit are a tad depressing. The water ultimately rushes down into those massive dark square holes in the center of each of the two pools. It evokes a sadness, even an echo of horror and loss, as though the victims are being drawn down into an abyss. Perhaps that is the intent, or maybe not. That’s just my impression.

The 911 Museum, on the other hand, is well thought-out. It pays tribute to victims in all three sites where jetliners were crashed due to the actions of radical Muslim terrorists. The remnants on display in the museum and the multimedia displays do well to convey the subject matter thoughtfully and with due respect.

Until next time, my deepest sympathies to victims, friends, and families of those lost on 9/11.

Robert George Reoch


Cold War Returns With a Vengeance

Cold War Returns

Vladimir Putin Revives the Cold War by Invading Ukraine

Yes, the Cold War has been resurrected with a vengeance as Vladimir Putin invades and annexes the state of Crimea in The Ukraine. The rest of the world reacts as though being rubbed inappropriately on the subway–lots of indignant gasps and admonitions, but nobody’s doing anything about it.

Watch as Putin continues his rapid campaign. Don’t be surprised if he takes even more territory while the coast remains clear. So far, he’s been met with no boots on the ground resistance. Does anyone really think a group of U.N. Observers is going to accomplish anything? It’s like having the local Ladies Club to go over to scold a gang that’s moved into their hood. Putin isn’t even buying his own bullshit, but everyone else is. It’s ridiculous the way Putin’s army keeps turning away the U.N. folks at gunpoint.

Vladimir Putin Makes a Grab for Crimea under False Pretext

Vladimir Putin is striking while the iron is hot and nobody’s standing in his way. It’s like a high-speed car chase where the police have broken off pursuit (although nobody’s even really tried to chase out Russia’s unmarked army). It doesn’t exist, right? Vladimir Putin says so, therefore it must be true. He says all of those soldiers are merely ethnic Russian Ukrainian locals supposedly protecting Russian Ukrainians from persecution at the hands of western Ukrainians. The rest of the world is being played while Soviet thugs take over Crimea. That’s what Soviets do. That’s our good old Cold War come back to haunt.

Given the rapid pace at which the Russian Army has deployed uncontested, look for Putin to grab even more. Soon, he’ll be occupying the rest of the Ukraine. His eyes are likely on a few other Post-Soviet states as well. I presume most people see the situation for what
it really is, despite U.S. television covering heavily the so-called diplomatic efforts by President Obama and Secretary of State, John Kerry. One thing is certain: nobody is speaking Soviet to Putin except Putin to himself.

Alternate Answer for Pro-Soviet Crimeans

Perhaps Ukrainian and European leaders could urge pro-Soviet Crimeans to leave the Ukraine and move to Russia. After all, Putin already wants to give them Russian citizenship. Why don’t we agree with Putin and allow him to “save” them by taking them in–in Russia?

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Robert Reoch Responds to French Travel Advisories in Boston Globe Editorial

Robert Reoch Replies in Boston Globe

Robert Reoch Offers Perspective as Students Rally Against French Consul General for “Bum Rap”

Crime in Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan is Topic in Boston Globe

I was recently privileged to have had another letter published in the Boston Globe. It never occurred to me to share this stuff on my blog, but that’s what blogs are for, right? This public discussion concerns a meeting with students from the Codman Academy Charter Public School in Dorchester, MA, who invited the French consul general, Fabien Fieschi, to visit with them that they may ask him to remove negative travel advisories to French tourists that depict their communities as being dangerous. The French consul general did not relent, however. He politely informed that his job is to protect and represent his fellow fellow citizens of France through unbiased travel warnings. I wrote to the Boston Globe to show my agreement with the consul general and to share my objective observations since moving to Boston from San Diego over ten years ago. My published letter follows below. Read more on the Boston Globe web site.

Robert Reoch Boston Globe Letter

ReC’est la vie in Dorchester” (Metro, Jan. 16): The idealism and naiveté of the students of Codman Academy Charter Public School are what spur progress. I appreciate their community pride. However, I cannot help but agree with the view held by Fabien Fieschi, consul general of France, that the communities of Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan have earned a bad rap.

When I moved from San Diego to Boston more than 10 years ago, I put a map of the Boston area on my wall to help me familiarize myself with the area. I used my map to locate stores and restaurants I’d seen in TV ads, or to identify communities from which news stories had come. I was finding my way around. Within three months, I realized that nearly all of the crime being reported was coming out of the same three neighborhoods: Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan.

Ten years later, this same observation is reinforced daily. Those same neighborhoods continue to be areas where innocent people are victims of gang- and drug-related crimes. Most of the violent crimes occur at night, though recently they’ve occurred in broad daylight.

Just as visitors welcome warnings about dangerous cliffs overlooking certain beaches, they also want to know how to stay out of harm’s way by avoiding any major city’s known crime areas. It’s common sense.

People outside of Boston, even outside of this country, make objective observations without the sentiment of community pride. We should pay attention.

I hope the bright students at Codman Academy take forward a goal to effect change within their communities, not just in spirit, but in reality.

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Beat Hotel Restaurant Harvard Square

Beat Hotel Restaurant Harvard Square

We tried the new restaurant, Beat Hotel, in Harvard Square last night.

I should blog more often. I’m lazy and lead an uncomplicated life. Be jealous. We do like to dine out a few times a month. I love hopping on the bus to Harvard Square. It’s only minutes away, so we don’t need to drive there. Tonight we tried a new restaurant called, Beat Hotel. For your edification, I’ve copied my Yelp review here. I hope, as you begin this second month of 2014, that your life is going smoothly and you’re enjoying good health. I’ll try to blog more often. Here’s my restaurant review:

Beat Hotel Restaurant

Although this was a disappointing first visit, I wouldn’t call it a total disaster. The atmosphere is inviting and wide open, softly lit and comfortable. The service was excellent, although the friendliness felt just slightly forced (fierce smiles). Here’s what we had and how it rated:

Two Appetizers: The Smokey Chipotle BBQ Spare Ribs were tender, flavorful, and fall off the bone easy to eat. Perhaps they could have been a bit more spicy (more heat), but we loved them! The Crispy Tuna Springrolls were excellent too. One large roll was sliced in half on the diagonal. The wraps were light and crunchy, the tuna and greens inside were fresh, and the sauce complemented well. Very well executed.

Two Entrees:

The FAROE ISLAND SALMON with Cous Cous, Lentils, Spinach, and Carrot Miso Puree was okay. The salmon was cooked properly. Most of the flavor was in the skin, but that’s fine. My dining companion enjoyed it, however the accompanying cous cous was undercooked and tasted of uncooked pasta.

The SKIRT STEAK with Frites, Peppercorn Jus, and Pickles was heinous. I believe skirt steak should not be on the menu if you aren’t familiar with its characteristics and how to prepare it. I ordered mine cooked MEDIUM because I know skirt steak can be stringy. Preparing it rare can be
disastrous. You can go medium rare if you marinate it and season it properly and then slice it with the grain into serving size pieces. Unfortunately, my skirt steak was prepared blood rare and served as one large piece plopped smack atop of a large pile of thinly sliced
undercooked very brown potatoes (frites). I struggled cutting the stringy steak. It had a minimum of seasoning. After a bite or two, I lifted the steak off the pile of potatoes and put it aside to try the potatoes. (Why did they plate the steak on top of the potatoes anyway?)
Trying to cut into a potato slice, my steak knife had a tougher time than with the steak. The potato was like leather. I was baffled. I chewed on a piece of potato. It was definitely undercooked and saturated in grease, which made it rubbery—really rubbery. I do not exaggerate. I had to stop trying after poking a few more potatoes with my fork and
knife and not being able to pierce them. What did they do to them?

After the nice appetizers, my skirt steak plate was a sad let down. I didn’t love the steak. I couldn’t eat the potatoes. They transformed them into something that bore no resemblance to potatoes. There was no white potato flesh to be found. Thin, brown slices of rubbery ick. (Okay, I’ll stop.) I shared my skirt steak with my dining companion, but it was slow work chewing on that. Our server stopped by soon after we were served and I pointed out that my steak was rare instead of medium, as I had ordered. She offered to take it back, but I declined because experience has taught me that sending back food is an exercise in futility. Restaurant food rarely comes back quickly, or improved, once you’ve sent it back. Besides, don’t you worry they might get a little funky with it?

As our plates were being cleared, I explained my disappointment to a friendly bus person who promised to pass along my comments. Soon after, the concerned manager came and listened with great patience as I explained my dissatisfaction with my entrée while at the
same time heaping praise on the appetizers. The manager explained that the restaurant is new and the kitchen was just trying out the potato dish. She expressed genuine interest in my feedback about the skirt steak and the frites, and she made every effort to make us feel valued. She also offered to pay for my entrée, which I felt was the right thing to do. It wouldn’t be fair to ask me to pay $24 for what was served to me. Including our appetizers and sodas, our bill (with the one entrée taken off) was about $75. We tipped well for the excellent service.

I’ll conclude by saying the vibe at this restaurant is very good. By the way, they have live music entertainment and plenty of bar seating as well as dozens of dining tables. The food
needs to follow suit in order to generate repeat business. Nothing should leave the kitchen that wouldn’t delight a patron. I would not discourage anyone from trying Beat Hotel for dinner. (For now, just take a cue from what I ordered and hopefully you’ll “skirt” any

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Robert Reoch Images

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Robert Reoch at Grand Tetons in Wyoming, U.S.

Robert Reoch Grand Tetons

Robert Reoch in Chatham Massachusetts on Cape Cod

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Robert Reoch Cape Cod

Robert Reoch in Old Quebec City, Canada

Robert Reoch Quebec City

Robert Reoch in Quebec City, Canada

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Robert Reoch in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Robert Reoch Amsterdam

Robert Reoch Amsterdam

Robert Reoch at Tanglewood in Massachusetts

Robert Reoch Tanglewood

The other place to enjoy the magnificent Boston Symphony.

Robert Reoch in Italy

At the top of Il Duomo in Florence Italy. It's only 422 steps to the top.

At the top of Il Duomo in Florence Italy. It’s only 422 steps to the top.











Robert Reoch in Venice Italy. Yes, it really looks like this. (sigh)

Robert Reoch in Venice Italy. Yes, it really looks like this. (sigh)









Robert Reoch writes short stories that have nothing to do with travel. Figure that out.

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Robert Reoch in Paris Brussels and Amsterdam

Robert Reoch Visits Paris, Brussels, and Amsterdam

Robert Reoch August 2013 Travel in Pictures

We took another vacation, Joon and I. We began in Paris, France this time. We also visited Brussels, Belgium, and Amsterdam, The Netherlands. It was an eye-opening and exhausting-in-a-good-way experience. We covered lots of ground including some of the great museums (The Louvre, in Paris, the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam, and several others). More bucket list items are now checked off. I feel richer for having made the the journey and covered an amazing lot of area.

Below are selected photos from the thousands we snapped. The great thing about the digital age is not having to worry about using up all your film. Now it’s about keeping a big enough memory chip on hand, but we were well equipped. The photos tell the story. I won’t bore you with too many details.

Paris, France

Robert Reoch Eiffel Tower

The strobe lights flashing on the Eiffel Tower at night.

 At the bottom.

Robert Reoch Eiffel Tower Base

To get to the top, you have to start at the bottom.

At the top.

Robert Reoch top of Eiffel

At the top of the Eiffel Tower.

Love locks on a bridge over the Seine.

Robert Reoch love locks

This is apparently becoming a weighty problem… c’est la vie.

The gardens at Versailles.

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The Hall of Mirrors at Versailles.

Robert Reoch Hall of Mirrors

Inside the Palace at Versailles.

Outside of the Louvre in Paris.

Robert Reoch at the Louvre

Heading in to the most famous museum in the world.

The most photographed thing in the world and still smiling.

Robert Reoch meets Mona Lisa

Not exactly how you pictured her, eh?

Brussels Belgium

Robert Reoch Grand Place

Belgium is lovely.  Robert Reoch Belgium 2013

The peeing boy statue, “Manneken Pis” (making piss?)

Robert Reoch Manneken Pis

This kid really has to go…

Galeries Royales Saint Hubert in Belgium. (It’s a mall.)

Robert Reoch Belgium

There’s lots of chocolate to found here. (Waffles too.)

Amsterdam The Netherlands

Robert Reoch Amsterdam Canal

Everywhere these canals enchant. So serene.

This is why the people of The Netherlands are among the happiest in the world. They’re smart, they’re serene. Maybe it’s what they smoke. (I think it’s in the water.)

Robert Reoch Amsterdam

Robert Reoch Amsterdam

 Revelers in the Red Light District of Amsterdam. It’s all here.

Robert Reoch Red Light District

Amsterdam at night in the old red light district.

Grasshopper Green Building

The Grasshopper Green Building

What is Amsterdam without a historic windmill?

Robert Reoch Amsterdam Windmill

This windmill dates back to 1755.

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Cape Cod July 2013 in Chatham and Sandwich

Cape Cod July 2013 in Chatham and Sandwich

Robert Reoch and Joon Visit the Cape Again

Joon and I spent a few days in the town of Chatham on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. We’ve been to the Cape in the past, visiting Hyannis and Provincetown on two previous trips. This time we did the “elbow” for a different perspective.

We stayed at the beautiful “Captain’s House Inn,” which turned out to be one of the finest guesthouses at which we’ve ever had the pleasure of staying. I could go on at length about the comfortable rooms, lush grounds and gardens, and the delicious breakfasts. Take my word, it’s worth every penny.

We toured the area by car. We also enjoyed a few strolls down Main Street in Chatham. We hiked along the shore at Monomoy Wildlife Refuge and snapped photos of the lighthouse and driftwood. You don’t have to go far to find interesting things to see and do.

Robert Reoch Cape Cod

We stopped in Sandwich during our return drive. There you’ll find the Sandwich Glass Museum. We were fascinated by a glass blowing demonstration as well as a superb multimedia presentation on local history, and the origins of glass manufacturing in Sandwich.

Robert Reoch Cape Cod

While in Sandwich, don’t miss Beth’s Bakery and Cafe! Stop in for a sandwich or some quiche, but especially for the spectacular selection of pastries. We pigged out on an éclair, a huge cream puff, a carrot cake/bread pudding, and a pecan tart. There were dozens of other handsome pastries too choose from too. If left to me, I would spend a day sampling one of everything. I’ll be working off those sumptuous calories for a few weeks before we head off to Paris, Brussels, and Amsterdam at the end of this month, where I’ll probably throw on the pounds again. What the heck, life is short.

Robert Reoch Captain's Inn

We stayed in the “Whirlwind Room” at the Captain’s Inn in Chatham

Our stay on Cape Cod was just right. We’ll be back. It’s fun to hit one area for a couple of days, then go back another time, and visit another region of the cape. I always recommend reading up (on the Internet) the places you visit before you go. Use Google maps at street level and gain a little footing in advance to minimize confusion.

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Monomoy Wildlife Refuge

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Georgia Aquarium

Georgia Aquarium

On my first trip to Atlanta, Georgia, we visited the Georgia Aquarium. It was just what I had hoped. There are an abundance of creative exhibits, and the dolphin show is spectacular! It’s all indoors, so you can visit anytime. Here’s a shot of some of the colorful fish there:
Georgia AquariumFish Tales

Speaking of fish tales, check out my books of short stories. Look for the links on this page. Travelers’ Shorts: Stories That Move

Travelers' Shorts

Travelers’ Shorts—Short Stories by Robert George Reoch


Happy travels!
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Robert Reoch in Hudson Valley New York October 2012

Robert Reoch Visits Hudson Valley New York

Robert Reoch Loves Leaves

During a particularly colorful fall week, we drove from Boston to the Hudson River Valley in New York State to enjoy the sights and surrounds of Poughkeepsie and Hyde Park. Our drive through Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York was spectacular. This was a great year for “leaf peeping.”

Among the sites we took in was the Walkway Over the Hudson, which is a recently completed footbridge, which spans the Hudson River with panoramic views in all directions. We also toured Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s home and museum, a must-see while in the area. Rounding out our trip was the Vanderbilt mansion tour, which proved just a little more tedious than edifying. If you have a couple of hours to kill, it’s just worth the stop.

Do not miss The Eveready Diner in Hyde Park! This is the real deal. It’s a beautiful classic diner-style restaurant with an extensive menu of traditional favorites. The food is as good as the best homemade fare, and the service and atmosphere are like stepping back in time. Order a vanilla malt! Incredible!

The photos below tell the story.

Autum Leaves Hudson Valley NY

Autum Leaves in Hudson Valley New York

Hotel Window View  on a Hudson Valley fall morning.

Hotel Window View on a Hudson Valley fall morning.

View from the Walkway Over the Hudson

View from the Walkway Over the Hudson

Hudson River as seen from Walkway Over the Hudson.

Robert Reoch Hudson Valley Fall


Leaves nothing to the imagination.

Robert Reoch Autum River View NY

Another view from our hotel.

View from the back deck of our hotel.

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Looking down FDR’s driveway.

The Eveready Diner

Eveready Diner

The Eveready Diner has that nostalgic aura and great food!

The Eveready Diner is hoppin’! YUM!

Eveready Diner interior (we sat on those stools). It was bustling and alive.

Eveready Diner interior (we sat on those stools). It was bustling and alive.









We sat right there in those stools. The place was packed.
I had the best Reuben with fries and a frosty vanilla malt!

Robert Reoch Fall Leaves

Brilliant leaves and all I see is my disheveled hair.


Robert Reoch Hyde Park

Hyde Park outside a Vanderbilt Mansion

Still thinking about diner food.

Robert Reoch over the Hudson River

Snapping shots over the Hudson.

Taking snaps atop the Walkway Over the Hudson.

Robert Reoch Vanderbilt shack.

The Vanderbilts built this summer shack.

The Vanderbilt “Summer Shack.”

Robert Reoch Vanderbilt Hudson Valley

Grounds of the Vanderbilt estate Hudson Valley NY

Robert Reoch Walkway Over Hudson

Another view from the Walkway Over the Hudson

Another view from Walkway Over the Hudson.

Robert Reoch Fall Leaves

Me and Joon enjoying the fall.









Joon and me and them purty leaves.







Have a nice fall!

Robert Reoch

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Jackson Hole, Grand Tetons, and Yellowstone

Jackson Hole, Grand Tetons, and Yellowstone


You’ll find lots of tourists in Yellowstone. And I do mean lots. It’s Disney World with cars, motor homes, and busloads of tourists on winding roads that sometimes get backed up. Foot trails are snaking lines of camera wielding humanity, but still, we’re talking natural wonders, not Disney rides—but almost as many people.

Grand Tetons

We began our trip south of Yellowstone in Jackson Hole at the base of the Grand Teton Mountains. The views and hiking around the mountains and lakes are amazing and not nearly as crowded as Yellowstone. Be sure to take the shuttle boat across Lake Jenny. You’ll cut out a lot of walking around the lake and get directly to the best hiking up the mountain on the other side. The waterfalls and viewpoints are spectacular.

Robert Reoch Grand Tetons

Robert Reoch and Joon hiking in the Tetons

Robert Reoch and Joon hiking in the Tetons

Jackson Hole has Crappy Food

I don’t suggest dining out in the town of Jackson. The food was awful. Don’t just take my word for it, read the restaurant reviews online. I won’t sugar coat this. It’s my blog and I’ll cry if I want to. Jackson Hole exists solely for the tourist’s dollar. That’s been their history since early settlers realized nothing grows there. And yet they still don’t know how to feed their paying guests properly. Unfortunately, they do know they’ve got you captive. I won’t mention the names of establishments we tried because they don’t even realize how bad their food is. Our hotel offered some decent free alternatives, but even the grocery store deli was a disappointment. Bottom line: Don’t dine in the town of Jackson if you can avoid it.

Downtown Jackson looks like Main Street in Disneyland with a more Western bent. Walking around, it resembles a Hollywood back lot of old west storefronts (but with bold paint colors like a modern mall). You won’t find a town with more t-shirt shops (except maybe Disneyland). Buy a shirt or a hat if you must, but I suggest you avoid Lee’s Tees. The proprietor of that particular trinket shop has a nasty attitude toward gay people and he  shows it in a cowardly way. My partner and I went in to shop quietly. We aren’t the animated types, just mild mannered tourists like most everybody else. I’m not in the habit of wearing touristy t-shirts, so I selected a logo cap with a subtle design as a souvenir. When I went to pay, I noticed the eldest male employee in the store (probably the owner himself) was conspicuously moving away from the checkout counter as I approached. I was certain he had seen me coming. He then took up position at a nearby table and got busy folding t-shirts, doing his best to actively ignore me—passive aggression, they call it. It became apparent he wasn’t going to ring-up my purchase. Just as I understood the man’s unfriendly behavior, a young female assistant approached and kindly handled my purchase. Ignoring the grumpy man as we were leaving, I could hear him behind us making faked coughing noises, apparently directed at us—he did this a couple of times, desperately trying to make some lame point. Coward.  Please don’t shop at Lee’s Tees. You can buy the same t-shirts and caps at nearby Visitors Centers at lower prices and without the dumb-ass attitude.

Jackson Lake Lodge

Moving away from Jackson, the good news is you can get a great meal at Jackson Lake Lodge just a few miles up the road! We went for a meal in the “Mural Room” restaurant with its breathtaking views. The real mural is the spectacular wall of huge windows framing the glorious panorama of sky and the majestic Grand Teton Mountains outside. It’s like being in a postcard and the food is superb. If you want to eat well while visiting the Jackson area, this is the place to go. Again, it’s The Mural Room at Jackson Lodge. I dined on their signature chicken pot pie (prepared with a flaky French pastry crust). It was amazing! There’s also a casual sports bar and grill at the lodge, as well as an additional family style restaurant. Something for everyone.


Onward north to Yellowstone: Yellowstone is definitely for families, tour groups, and anyone who can tolerate crowds and frequent parking challenges in order to experience the unique wonders that are Yellowstone National Park. Who knew Yellowstone was so mountainous? The entire park is elevated due to dynamic seismic action  pushing up the earth’s crust. The main visitor areas of the park are within the boundaries of an immense crater, or caldera, caused by a volcanic eruption 640,000 years ago. The ongoing subterranean activity generates the fascinating geothermal features that Yellowstone is famous for, such as geysers and bubbling mud pots. The average elevation in Yellowstone is around 8,000 feet due to several mountains within the park including Eagle Peak at 11,358 feet. Most of the time, you’ll be at around 2,000 feet. Because of the elevation, even the healthiest hikers will notice some shortness of breath.

Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone

Grand Prismatic Spring
Grand Prismatic Spring
Old Faithful Spouting Off

Old Faithful Spouting Off

Old Faithful. . . or was this whale watching?

We stayed at the historic Old Faithful Inn. It was rustic, tidy, comfortable, and noisy well into the night. The atmosphere is like that of a summer camp, perfect for families with children (but we saw many happy elderly visitors too). The Old Faithful geyser spouts off right near the front of the hotel at regular time intervals. They even post approximate times in the hotel lobby. I highly recommend this locale. The food is edible too. There’s a huge dining hall and a small deli within the hotel as well as a large gift shop. Next door to the inn is a large general store with a hundred-year-old soda fountain (an old-fashioned term for fast food joint) where they serve burgers, fries, and malts at a long marble counter lined with stools. It’s just like your parents and grandparents knew in their day. We loved it.

We drove and hiked Yellowstone for three days, which is not enough time to see everything (which would take weeks). However, many of the views and points of interest are redundant. Once you’ve seen one steamy geyser or hot spewing mud pot, you’ve practically seen ’em all. (Kind of like Washington D.C.)

Robert Reoch Yellowstone

Hot water is free here. Comes right out of the ground!

So now, Yellowstone is now checked off our bucket list. It was worth the trip. We planned each day carefully and stuck to our plan, which allowed us to see more than we had hoped. In addition to droves of humans, we also encountered many bison up close, including one large brown specimen, which we initially mistook for a grizzly bear. It was walking alongside some cars in the road ahead of us, and after frantically locking our doors, we discovered it was merely a slightly confused buffalo. We never did see a bear, which was a bit of a letdown. Of course, being mauled by a bear never was on my bucket list.

Hello Bison

The bear that wasn’t.

Thanks for reading!

Robert Reoch

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Maine Visit June 2012

Maine Visit June 2012

Cape Elizabeth Light Maine

We drove north from Boston and up the coast of Maine to Rockport. Along the way, we stopped at the Cape Elizabeth Light (it’s a lighthouse). Here are photos from some of our stops in Rockland, Rockport, and Camden.

Robert Reoch Cape Elizabeth Maine

Cape Elizabeth Light Maine



Cape Elizabeth Light

Robert Reoch Camden Harbor

Camden Harbor










Camden Harbor

Robert Reoch Camden Falls

Camden Falls









Camden Falls (smack in the middle of town!)

Robert Reoch Mount Batty

Mount Batty View







On top of Mount Batty. (Do these shorts make me look fat?)

Robert Reoch Rockland Jetty

Me and Joon at the Rockland Jetty







Me and Joon on the Rockland Jetty

Robert Reoch Rockland Jetty

That boat is available for tours.








You can sail on that schooner out there.





Get out and travel when you can! We are lovin’ New England!

Robert Reoch

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Stuck in the Airport Screeining Line? Read “Travelers’ Shorts”

Take your mind off those groping hands in pat downs and prying scans at airport security.

Take “Travelers’ Shorts” books with you and pass the time more quickly.

You can enjoy a clever short story in the time it takes you to wait in a long security line. Travelers’ Shorts makes the time go by quickly. Each book has a selection of engaging short stories that will take you out of the transit mode and into another more fascinating escape. These books are not travelogues or about travel. Instead, they are intended to read and enjoy while traveling, or anytime. Why start a heavy novel that you may not finish? Travelers’ Shorts gives you short stories you can enjoy, one-at-a-time. Read one or two, or all of them. You won’t be left with an unfinished novel when your travel is done, but you may still be thinking about these memorable stories long after.

Skip the usual newstand junk.

Take Travelers’ Shorts with you. Find both books in the series (thus far) at your favorite online bookstore. They are availabe online only. I suggest Amazon.

My Grade: A+ . . . of course! I wrote them!

Happy Travels!

Robert George Reoch


Copyright Robert George Reoch 2009-2013

Boston’s Beacon Hill on Halloween

Boston’s Beacon Hill on Halloween

                            A dozen afternoon photos say it all:


                                Happy Halloween!

                                                                            –Robert George Reoch

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Fascinating shorts stories.  Great for the those times when you don’t feel like a heavy novel. Not your typical newsstand fare. Engaging reading anytime. 

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On Top of Mount Mansfield in Stowe Vermont

Road Trip to Vermont for Fall Foliage

The short and sweet of it is that this was a 2-day road trip in slightly soggy weather. The leaves were beautiful, but not quite brilliant when not lit up by the sun (which was conspicuously absent for the entire two days).

The short and tall of it is that we did cut our trip short when we realized it was not going to get any sunnier, but we still managed to scale the tallest peak in Vermont–Mount Mansfield–which towers over the ski resort town of Stowe.

I’ll spare you the tale of the bed and breakfast in which we stayed in a small town about twenty miles south of Stowe. (Suffice to say, it is not worth mentioning.) Vermont is a spectacular state on many levels. I have traveled throughout the “Green Mountain State” extensively, including memorable visits to Burlington, Montpelier, and several other tall green mountains. These photos tell the gist of this story, our recent touring of the fall foliage.

                           The road to the top of Mount Mansfield. 


                  (The author) At the summit of Mount Mansfield.

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There’s plenty more to discover here on my blog, including my books of short stories. Click on the images below for more about those. My books are also available in digital formats for any computer, including wireless delivery. 
Fascinating shorts stories.  Great for the those times when you don’t feel like a heavy novel. Not your typical newsstand fare, either. Engaging reading anytime.


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Berkshires, MoCA, Tanglewood, Rockwell Museum, Northampton Road Trip

Berkshires Road Trip

I recently took a 2-day road trip through the Berkshires with a friend. We drove at a leisurely pace, heading west from Arlington, Massachusetts along Route 2. After about a hundred miles, Route 2 becomes the Mohawk Trail, in the northwestern-most corner of Massachusetts near where it intersects with Vermont and New York. We stopped in North Adams and toured the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA). The exhibits were varied and colorful to put it succinctly. A modern art museum is always another world unto itself, so I won’t do the injustice of trying to describe the exhibits in a story about a road trip. Suffice to say the museum is a premier showcase for modern art in this country. Our stop there made for a fantastic side trip in contrast to the natural beauty of the mountains as we toured.

Only minutes away, we drove the winding roads of the Greylock Reservation, up to the peak of Mt. Greylock, visiting the War Memorial Tower and enjoying clear summer views. The drive down the opposite side of the mountain was a spectacle of flickering light filtering through the trees along the twisting road. We had the windows down. The air was clean.

We continued southwest to the town of Hancock where we stayed overnight at the Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort. It was a large, very decent hotel. The hallways had a musty odor, as of old wood, which I found nostalgic and comforting. Nearby, we dined at a local establishment called, “Powder Hounds Restaurant and Tavern.” The modest restaurant hosted a mix of locals and visiting families with plenty of noise and delicious food. We ate a smoked trout appetizer served with perfectly crisp toast tips, fresh dill and sour cream dip, capers, and fresh chopped onions. I ordered the Jack Daniels drunk steak for dinner. It came with the butteriest mashed potatoes and delicious locally grown corn with red peppers and onions. We even splurged on dessert, a mud pie loaded with gooey caramel, chocolate, peanuts, and whipped cream on a base of creamy cheesecake. Our seasoned waitress was a charming, enthusiastic character who made the meal all the more special. For such a noisy and rustic place, I will long remember the stimulating food and atmosphere.

At our hotel, I found a brochure describing Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Noticing there was an open rehearsal the next morning, I made a point of detouring to Lenox to take advantage of the incredible opportunity to get up close to the music and the musicians. Tanglewood, I had quickly realized, was something truly unique and special that could not be bypassed or else be regretted for ages.

Without question, attending the symphony rehearsal outdoors at Tanglewood was the most memorable part of the journey even though it was not originally planned. Sitting in chairs on the hard earth floor of the “Shed,” we watched the orchestra rehearse on stage under a large, acoustically sound canopy. Observing the musicians in their street clothes, shorts, and sandals was a odd thrill. Although we weren’t far from the stage, I used my binoculars to spy on some of the players up close. Having played trumpet and french horn in school (including into college) I watched with interest as the players’ facial expressions changed with the music as they played and rested between passages in their parts. It brought back memories of what it was like to play in a live orchestra. All my musical knowledge and language came flooding back as I observed and listened.

At one point I was drawn to a small exchange I witnessed between two trumpet players behind their music stands. Did I actually see the third chair trumpet player (Thomas Siders) point out a missed accidental (missed note) to the second chair player (Benjamin Wright)? As Siders gestured at Wright’s sheet music, I watched Wright’s facial expression change from surprise to denial to shock, then concern. I could clearly recognize all the phases a musician experiences when a fellow player points out a flub. I had to chuckle. Perhaps it wasn’t specifically a missed note, but whether or not it was, I certain I had uncovered a secret debate between the trumpeters by watching the exchange between them. Fortunately, the two musicians behaved as adults and not as high school kids. Neither seemed offended. It’s hard to tell with trumpet players sitting on stage trying to look dignified, anyway. Whatever the drama, it passed quickly.

The music was as good as it gets. The acoustics of the outdoor venue were exceptional. Even while walking away from the covered area, the music could be heard with clarity and nuance from out on the park lawn, which sprawls away for acres.

We were treated to the music of Higdon’s Blue Cathedral and Sarasate’s Song of the Nightingale. Two guest violinists, Gil Shaham and Adele Anthony played J.S. Bach’s Concerto in D minor for two violins and strings, VWV 1043. Of the two, one had a clear edge in musicianship, but I’ll keep my opinion to myself as to whom. Other superbly played pieces were Poet and Peasant by Suppe (ethereal and thrilling in the outdoors) and Bizet’s familiar Suite from Carmen. Each piece being rehearsed was played in full. Only a few times did the conductor, Giancarlo Guerrero, need to stop to go over specific passages. All in all, the Tanglewood experience has been one of the most enriching for me since moving to New England six years ago.

Subsequent to the orchestra rehearsal, we made the obligatory gift shop visit to purchase a kitchen magnet. I picked up a CD of a Boston Pops concert which I had recently attended at Boston Symphony Hall.

Continuing our journey, we drove to Stockbridge and visited the Norman Rockwell museum. This had been on my agenda ever since moving to Boston. It wasn’t until our Berkshire’s outing that I finally put it on an itinerary. Although the museum itself was smaller than I expected, the guided tour made it seem larger. I learned intimate details about the life of Norman Rockwell and his early success at age 22 with his first Saturday Evening Post magazine cover. To see his works and to realize how brilliant the man was at age 22 was literally an eye-opener. His earlier works were just as impressive as those in his later years. Rockwell was obviously born with a genius for art. We are fortunate his talents were recognized early on. His works all show the same incredible feeling, detail, and often whimsical composition that sets Norman Rockwell apart.

We picked up another refrigerator magnet at the gift shop. My friend also purchased a copy of Rockwell’s painting, Stockbridge Mainstreet at Christmas (Home for Christmas), his nostalgic rendering of Rockwell’s final town of residence.

The Rockwell museum was our last scheduled stop, however we still had the energy for another detour. We decided to stop in the city of Northampton on the way home. The stories we had heard were that Northampton was full of crazy people. That’s as far as my friend would interpret what his friends from work had conveyed to him. After a long drive from Stockbridge, upon reaching Northampton, we parked immediately near the center of town. A parking space beckoned us from in front of a Thai restaurant, so we exited the car and dined early on spicy, well prepared eastern cuisine. We then proceeded to walk to the center of town to watch people. I had been observing a few individuals walking past our restaurant while we were eating our Thai food. They were a strange assortment of people going by in all manner of dress and gait. Once we were outside in the street again, the rest of the local circus crowd became our main attraction among the numerous other restaurants and shops.

In fairness to Northampton, this was just a brief snapshot in a very short visit. As we walked a 20 minute loop around the town’s center, it reminded me of a small seaside town in San Diego–Ocean Beach–which is a haven for hippie types and idle folks of all ages. I used to love ditching school and going there to look for trouble in my teens. Downtown Northampton, like a flea market or an outdoor rock concert event, had people gathering in small groups in front of doorways and at curbs.

We bought blood orange flavored gelato in a chocolate shop and a brownie at a Starbucks. I noticed people rolling joints on the sidewalk and one man walking a few steps behind another as he described a “fat baggie.” (Like I said, a flea market of sorts.) We stopped at an imports shop and I was engaged by a women (perhaps the owner) who did her best to pick my brain by asking a lot of questions. When I mentioned we had just come from Stockbridge, she storied me about a mental institution frequented by alcoholics there–not what I had hoped to keep as a lasting impression of Stockbridge. We moved along.

We still had a way to go to get home, so we left enigmatic Northampton debating whether to return again for a closer look another day.

It was a glorious 2-day road trip and not at all hectic in any way. Imagine that. We left early on Friday morning and arrived back home, Saturday night, having had just one overnight stay. Sunday was left to relax. We will likely do it again when the leaves are changing. It will probably be more heavily traveled at that point, but the leaves are always worth a drive.  We did the Adirondacks last year.

Just thought I would share….

Robert George Reoch

About This Site:

It is kind of fun to write an entry about travel on this blog. I might as well. The short stories in my books are not about travel. Those stories are about life and people, and not necessarily about places.

There is plenty more to discover on this site including my sensational books of short stories. Click on the images below for more information. My books are also available in digital format for any computer, including wireless delivery. 
Fascinating shorts stories.  Great for the those times when you don’t feel like a heavy novel. Not your typical newsstand fare, either. Engaging reading anytime.

Copyright Robert George Reoch 2009-2013