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The Grannies on Safari hosts Pat Johnson and Regina Fraser bring healthy doses of fun, spunk and adventure as they travel the world. Follow along as they tell you how they do it - and highlights along the way.

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Seeing the Real Beijing: The Hutongs – the Old Fashioned Way

Posted on 03/14/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

TravelFor the last leg of our Trans-Siberian railway journey, we spent almost three days in Beijing.  There we enjoyed seeing the city’s modern architecture, soaring skyscrapers, colorful shopping districts and first-class hotels. Towards the end of our visit, our guide reminded us that we had one more urban adventure on the agenda – a visit to Beijing’s Hutong district aboard a bicycle rickshaw.  I wasn’t sure what more there was to see in the city, so I looked at him …

Mongolia: Nomadic Life in the 21st Century

Posted on 01/26/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

TravelOur next big destination along the historic Trans-Siberian Railway was Mongolia.  As we left the hustle and bustle of Moscow, I was eager to experience how life in this large expanse of terrain would unfold. I had known some of the country’s history even since grammar school when I had read about the great Genghis Khan, but I really had no idea what to expect as I made the 6,000 mile journey across the Russian steppes into Siberia and through …

Put a Lock In Your Love in Siberia

Posted on 01/11/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Travel1st stop along the Trans-Siberian Railway — Russia! Never in my dreams did I expect to be on a luxury train traveling from Moscow to Beijing!   So when we began our trip, I was delighted to journey into a part of Russia that I only knew from films and stories about the Cold War. I was in Siberia and in Ekaterinburg, one of oldest cities in Russia that is near the crossroads where Asia and Europe meet – wow!  Like …

Bargain like the Grannies: A Guide

Posted on 09/1/2011 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

TravelI travel all over the world and I am known as one of the greatest shoppers ever! No flea market, neighborhood store or thrift shop in any part of the world, is missed by me. I have bargained in Europe, Africa, South America, Asia and well ….all over the United States. When you think about it, bargaining has been the way all cultures have been set up for thousands of years. It’s only in modern times with big box stores …

No More Shop til I Drop

Posted on 08/18/2011 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

TravelTextiles with strong geometric patterns, stylized jackets representative of ethnicities of countries in Africa, Asia, South America, and Europe and wall art that captures daily life in settings around the globe made up the major items on my travel shopping list for several decades.  But recently things changed. I downsized my living accommodations significantly, precipitating the selling and giving away of some furniture and prized belongings. This so called ‘editing’ process included not just many of the dozens of items …

Grannies on Safari: Willow Pond

Posted on 07/22/2011 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

TravelMost people think we only travel to far away and exotic places to shoot our television travel series, and in most cases that would be the case; however, I found a wonderful place to spend a weekend or even a week, and it’s not to far from my home. “On Willow Pond” in Bangor, Michigan is an ideal place to visit all year long because there are a lot of things to do in each season. It’s small and private …