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Alaska – An Epic Loop to the Arctic Circle

By On August 31, 2015

He was our neighbor for six days in Fairbanks and we spoke every morning and evening, but I knew nearly nothing about the man; nothing except that our dog, who usually barks… Read More

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Japan – Coloring Inside the Lines

By On April 30, 2015

Contrasted with the sweat and strain of Southeast Asia, we found Japan a nation of sublime balance where strife and urgency are juxtaposed against natural beauty and human aesthetics. We arrived in the… Read More

Art

Prague – Eternally Beautiful

By On November 1, 2014

They say that Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but we arrived at night so had to wait until morning for proof. Our train from Budapest to… Read More

Architecture

Budapest – Where Everyone is a Local

By On October 29, 2014

Hungary has been free from the Soviet puppet show for 25 years, but my formative years were in the midst of the Cold War. It was the Eighties with Reagan in office… Read More

Architecture

Vienna – We See the Fall

By On October 25, 2014

It was late October and we hadn’t yet experienced cool autumn weather. Other than our time in Iceland, most of the weather had been warm or hot. We really wanted sweater weather,… Read More

Architecture

Croatia – A Leap of Faith

By On October 22, 2014

Leaving the town of Split in broad daylight was a lot easier then entering it in the dark. We decided to skip seeing Diocletian’s Palace as most of the reviews compared its… Read More

Nature

Croatia – An Illyrian Garden

By On October 16, 2014

Croatia was a tabula rasa for me. I knew it was part of the former Yugoslavia and that it inhabited a long stretch of beachfront along the Adriatic, which I imagined was… Read More

People

Venice – The Papal Blessing

By On October 13, 2014

We spent quite a bit of time debating whether to skip Venice in favor of somewhere less touristy. Surprising perhaps given the city’s rich history, sheer beauty and standing in the world of… Read More

Nature

Switzerland – Wanderwege und Bahnhöfen

By On October 10, 2014

BRITTANY TO BASEL…BARELY There should be a Nobel Prize offered for travel coordination. After all, the underlying mechanics are complicated – factoring in distances, speed, language proficiency, transfers, pick-ups and drop-offs, petrol… Read More

Architecture

France – Normandy & Brittany

By On September 28, 2014

ESCAPE FROM PARIS After picking up our rental car at Gare du Nord and navigating a mid-size station wagon out of a compact size parking spot and up an economy size ramp,… Read More

Food

England – London Eye & Mad Eye

By On September 12, 2014

The high-speed train from Edinburgh to London’s Kings Cross station was uneventful and put us at our hotel by late afternoon, which meant we’d begin our city exploration the following day. In the… Read More

Food

Scotland – Nessie, Whisky & Naughty Zoot

By On September 9, 2014

Our journey was from Portree to Inverness, which has about 60,000 residents and is one of the fastest growing cities in Europe. The route was only about 160 miles but would take… Read More

Places

Scotland – Castles & Lochs

By On September 4, 2014

Our travel day from Reykjavik to Glasgow was spent packing, walking, riding, flying, driving and surviving customs and queues, bad GPS and miscellaneous frustrations. It didn’t help anyone’s mood that we woke so… Read More

Nature

Iceland – The Wild Finish

By On August 31, 2014

Technically it was still summer, August 28th, and the sky harbored a bright and shiny sun. But the air smelled like fall. The hosts at the Hildibrand Hotel had set us up with… Read More

Nature

Iceland – Flirting with the Arctic Circle

By On August 27, 2014

It was Monday, August 25th, and the weather was blustery and dark with powerful wind gusts that climbed the bluffs and pounded our car. Even the short 50 meter walk to breakfast… Read More

Places

Iceland – The Western Fjords

By On August 24, 2014

The rental car shuttle bus that was supposed to pick me up at 9:00a was a no-show, and I stood outside while Angela and the boys left for, enjoyed and then returned from… Read More

Travel

California – Ferns, Fires and the Golden Gate

By On August 10, 2014

We wanted our final stop to position us for a short drive to Half Moon Bay, our temporary “home” south of San Francisco, and keep us close to the Redwood National & State Parks. Luckily we… Read More

Travel

Road – Boise to Vancouver

By On August 1, 2014

It was a long driving day from Boise, Idaho to Vancouver, Washington (just north of Portland, Oregon). We stopped only briefly in Baker City in eastern Oregon for fuel and lunch, and… Read More

Travel

Jackson to Boise … Sideways a Little

By On July 29, 2014

As much as we enjoyed Wyoming, it was time to keep moving toward the Bay Area so that we could coordinate the next leg of our travels. Near Idaho Falls we stopped at Frontier… Read More

Travel

Togwotee Pass & Grand Teton National Park

By On July 21, 2014

Today was a travel day – going from Thermopolis, Wyoming to the Colter Bay Campground at Grand Teton National Park. Wyoming has a wonderful feature to its highway system in which it… Read More