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Volcanos and Penguins and Wine Oh My:

October 21st, 2021

The 28 or so hours traveling here has proven to be more than worth itWhile the flight from Houston to Santiago was overnight and in the dark the three hours from Santiago to Punta Arenas were spent winging over the Andes. Amazing is a word overused i


Spring season in New Zealand:

October 21st, 2021

Premier jour Taupo.. o il ne fait pas spcialement beau L'occasion pour moi de revisiter mes premiers jours en NouvelleZlande


Raglan sunset:

October 21st, 2021

Premiers FishChips neozelandais face l'ocan de Raglan C'etait aussi le soir d'une clipse totale mais comme je suis hyper doue je l'ai pas vraiment vue et je ne sais donc pas quoi a ressemble


Hamilton Lake:

October 21st, 2021

Deuxime ville en compagnie de Dan l'english Hamilton Ville qui ne valait pas plus qu'Auckland a mes yeux car beaucoup trop de gros buildings et de d'industries Malgres cela j'ai su trouver un lac qui valait le dtour mais que beaucoup de personne


Hamilton Lake:

October 21st, 2021

Deuxime ville en compagnie de Dan l'english Hamilton Ville qui ne valait pas plus qu'Auckland a mes yeux car beaucoup trop de gros buildings et de d'industries Malgres cela j'ai su trouver un lac qui valait le dtour mais que beaucoup de personne


Auckland:

October 21st, 2021

Premiers pas en NouvelleZlande aprs 43heures de trajetAuckland n'est pas la ville que j'enviais la NouvelleZlande mais il me fallut bien trois nuits pour me remettre du jetlag et pour me faire quelques copains avec qui voyager Backpacker


Camping in Stockholms Archipelago Finnhamn and Ingmars:

October 21st, 2021

Got the wonderful suggestion from my boyfriend James that we start a travel blog together and keep a track of our trips and travels and of our expanding adventures as we get to see and learn more about our mysteriously beautiful planet. Being a bit of a


Hangzhou Tag 24:

October 21st, 2021

Der groe Wetterbuddha ist mir am heutigen Tag wohlgesonnen und beschert mir zumindest keinen Regen. Ich kann also ab 8.30 Uhr im chinesischen Stil noch einmal Hangzhou erkunden. Mit meinem klapprigen Fahrrad starte ich also meine Erkundungstour rund um d


Final leg:

October 21st, 2021

We spent our last night in Dar es Salaam celebrating my passing of the BCBA exam. We acted totally out of character and booked an executive room at the Serena Hotel and enjoyed all the benefits. We did look a bit out of place arriving to this 5 star establ


Marthas Vineyard.:

October 21st, 2021

Weather was going to turn on us to get to the next destination so our Captain decided to leave Newport early to bit the storm. The boss drove the rental car and took the ferry while we took the yacht Pretty odd. They got in to a little adventure that w


Day 2 Waikiki Beach in Honolulu Hawaii 14 June 2015:

October 21st, 2021

Day 2 Waikiki Beach in Honolulu Hawaii 14 June 2015 After a much needed sleep we were ready for the beach holiday. We had a fantastic breakfast at the hotel enjoying the scenes around and in the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The day was spent w


Up the East Coast of USA Cape May MD:

October 21st, 2021

Cape May is a city at the southern tip of Cape May Peninsula in


Well Hello Dalai Lama:

October 21st, 2021

Hello Dalai LamaWell Hello Dalai LamaIt's so nice to have you here while China's doing wrongYou're looking swell Dalai Lama We can tell Dalai LamaYou're still glowin' you're still crowin'You're still goin' strong.We feel the World sw


A starbucks on every corner...yes it's true:

October 21st, 2021

Hello everyone hope you're all okOur first night of hostel living was interesting quite a noisy and interrupted night so didn't get a lot of sleep no chance of getting over the jet lag there I really don't understand people who have showers at 4am


National Holidays:

October 21st, 2021

Hi AllSo I'm on holiday for a week for the national day celebrations. We went out for a ride on our bikes on Friday and Saturday and here are the photosEnjoyJah Bless


Paddling in the Yellow River:

October 21st, 2021

Hi AllWell with the weather being so beautiful at the minute we decided to go to the Yellow River yesterday. It's only 20 km north of the city. So we hopped onto a bus which was stuffed to the gills seriously the driver could only just shut the doors


Magdeburg Day 23:

October 21st, 2021

Whew keeping updated is difficult. By the time I leave work around 4pm find something to do for an hour or two around town and make dinner all I want to do is take a short walk and read. Funny how something so simple i.e. this travel blog can be so ex


Bolivia I:

October 21st, 2021

I made this Blog entry down in Lima with a faster internet connection. Therefore enthusiastically I uploaded many many fotos... BOLIVIAAfter a 20 hours busride from Sao Paulo to Corumba we crossed the border on 27th of April in the morning. Thi


4 Day Cruise to Cozumel Jan 711 2010. Carnival's Fantasy:

October 21st, 2021

I had not had a real vacation since April 2009 and I was going crazy for warm weather. Jason knew how badly I wanted to get away and gave me one of the best Christmas presents a girl could ask for a CRUISE I'm apologizing now for the lack of detail


Australia:

October 21st, 2021

It was a surprisingly long flight to Sydney from Bangkok around 9 hours. So we were pretty sleepy when we got there and after the bus back to the hostel we just chilled out and got our bearings. It was a bit of a party hostel and we were in a dorm but lu


Sydney Northern Beaches:

October 21st, 2021

Sydney's northern beaches ist ein beliebter Urlaubsort fuer Sydnysiders. Die northern beaches erstrecken sich von Manly bis nach Palm Beach.


Arequipa Volcanoes Condors:

October 21st, 2021

When I got to Arequipa a white city within view of three volcanoes in the middle of the desert I was really feeling the absence of Conny and Jennie. It was odd to suddenly be on my own again after 2 weeks of being part of a three. And for the four month


Trip 3 Mehoopany Pa:

October 21st, 2021

This trip started out a bummer because they split me and Caitlin up. I headed to Mehoopany Pennsylvania and she headed to Iowa City. We are both at Proctor and Gamble sites but our plants make different products. Our goal for these locations was to learn


Eightyeight Days for another 365:

October 21st, 2021

When you are homeless jobless and penniless there are few options open to you but to return to the family home even if it is in Australia With a degree behind him and a spring in his step Cieran tried so hard to start his career and settle into the next


Koh Tao Diving:

October 21st, 2021

We took the night boat to Ko Tao. At peak times it could be quite an experience as all the mattresses that are laid out on the boat deck are shoulder to shoulder for the western build. We arrived at 6 am in the morning and headed for the only open cafe on


Day 23 Ho Chi Minh City:

October 21st, 2021

After breakfast we mad our way to the Cu Chi Tunnels. It took around 1 and a half hours to get there. These were the tunnels used for battle during the Vietnamese war. This was very interesting and the tunnels were tiny. I wasn't brave enough to go down on


Tambopata 21.09.25.09.2010:

October 21st, 2021

Hallo zusammenIch und Stephanie von Canada ich habe Sie in Arequipa getroffen haben uns entschlossen einen Jungeltrip zu machen. Da der Nationalpark Manu so teuer war habe ich nach anderen Alternativen ausschau gehalten und den Nationalpark Tambop


Week 3:

October 21st, 2021

Okay so it's been a while but the last week and weekend were pretty well packed considering the combination of events and school work. The weekend before last the group attended an acrobatics performance which sadly I have no pictures from. There were


22 Sri Lanka:

October 21st, 2021

Hello from Sri LankaOur trip here has turned out quite well actually. After a fairly slow start at the beach town of Unawatuna we ended up climbing Adam's Peak or Sri Pada. It was the top of the mountain where Adam when thrown out of heaven landed a


I Dance Around Celebrity Ensues:

October 21st, 2021

Okay so I haven't yet skyrocketed to the top of the Chinese Alist and I don't think the foreignerdirected jeerscatcalls on the street invariably a snickering hoot Hellooo Yeah nihao to you too jackass these days are any different from


You know what they say about people with big feet:

October 21st, 2021

Big ShoesAfter eating lunch at Relish today Maria Scott and I took a taxi to the big shoe store. I found an address in the back of Chengdoo magazine. Since my flip flops broke I haven't had anything to wear with my black clothing so I needed some b


Sweethomeness:

October 21st, 2021

The past 6 weeks have flown by and tonight I'm off on Part 2 of my travel year. Although this is meant to be a travel blog it is also meant to document my 2010 journey. Let's just say that if I didn't record some of the highlights of being home I would mis


pleasure and pain:

October 21st, 2021

Hello slight break in the blog and alots been happening......so the journey continues onto Franz Josef glacier. There was some poetic licence in the description of the 'rain forest canopy' but the tree hut was very nice and comfortable and the


Long Overdue:

October 21st, 2021

I have been back in China now for a little over a month. I have been teaching for 4 weeks. I am worried that I have even less patience than I did last year. I have not taught a full week of the same schedule yet. It is frustrating. I have 22 classes and 8


random stuff like rain visas and movies:

October 21st, 2021

Sometimes I cannot believe that I actually live in this Central American country. It has been raining and raining and raining since we came home from Managua on Friday. Like the pants 7 pairs 3 mine that I washed in the rain on Saturday morning


Mongolia:

October 21st, 2021

17092010 23092010Next day me and Roman checked out the nearby park Terelj. Here we already had a good taste of the incredible landscapes Mongolia has to offer more was yet to come. We stopped also at the huge Djenghis Kahn steel statue for wh


BSF in Shanghai:

October 21st, 2021

Tonight at BSF I had a wonderful experience that I thought I would share. One of the questions readWhy do you think being carried off to another land would be a good thing for the peopleI took this question at face value since we are studying Isa


Arequipa:

October 21st, 2021

From Ica we took our first overnight bus 12 hours down to Arequipa. The bus companies in Peru don't have the most reliable reputations Cruz del Sur is supposed to be the most safe but a bit more expensive than the others. We got the last two tickets on


Day 24 Ho Chi Minh to Mekong Delta:

October 21st, 2021

We left HCM at 8.30 by taxi and arrived in Mekong Delta around midday. We met our guide Nam and boarded a long wooden boat to take us down the river making several stops along the way.The first stop was a brick factory where Nam told me about how bri


barcelona:

October 21st, 2021

a city one of no comparison that i have yet to stumble upon...with great pleasures my fingers do the electric slide across these keys to the rythm of my thoughts hoping to do justice to barcelona. arriving on a saturday morning roughly about the time


Chapter 6 The Only Thing on Time in Paris are the Strikes:

October 21st, 2021

Onward we go to the last known city on our itnerary ParisWe boarded a train from Nice to Marseille and then Marseille to Paris. I have to say having been a feast for mosquitos the last dew nights I was kinda glad to be out of Nice that morning.


Poetry Post:

October 21st, 2021

So this post will be a bit of a different one from the norm. I haven't done much poetry writing since I've been here but for some reason walking to school the other day I looked around and truly came to appreciate how gorgeous it is here in the fall. Next


Finally:

October 21st, 2021

Ok have finally packed.One day left at work.Gotta leave my boy at the kennels Saturday not looking forward to thatNext entry will be from sunny BangkokBring it on xxx


Ohhhh my dinner:

October 21st, 2021

This will be of interest to you all I think. Guess what sat out on the counter from about I'm guessing 1 pm when lunch was over til about 7 pm when I had dinner. If you guessed the ground meat that I ate for dinner you would be correct. Guess


Blog 1 Day 33:

October 21st, 2021

First of all recalling everything I39ve already seen is going to be difficult. We39ll start with my first impressions of China. My room as of October 1st.When I arri


Whirlwind and sandstorm:

October 21st, 2021

Day 5 30th September 2010Breakfast outside and then away to the Steppes for more headwinds and a puncture in my front tyre caused by those wicked prickly roadside plants. Furhter down the road I repaired a puncture for Kristine. which was the four


Day 28 Nha Trang to Hoi An:

October 21st, 2021

Treated myself to breakfast at 'Same same' instead of toast at the hotel.I then headed down to the beach and hired a sun lounger. I sunbathed a read my book for a few hours before it started raining and I so I went back to the hotel. I had a shower and


Leeds UT to Moab UT 925 10210:

October 21st, 2021

THE BASICS We're still amid Utah's gorgeous national parks. We have progressed from Zion to Bryce to Capitol Reef and now are in Moab to enjoy Arches and Canyonlands.THE FLUFFAt the end of my last blog I commented on the women I had seen wearing


Everyone's Different:

October 21st, 2021

Onboard Queen VictoriaYou know that feeling you get when you are in your bedroom laying down after just waking up where you have this moment of intense thinking and all you can imagine is how small you are compared to everything else in exi


Countdown Begins:

October 21st, 2021

Our feet are firmly set in the US still but only for a few more weeks. We are checking our lists of things to bring and Ranjit's mom has a list of obscure favorite items we'll be searching for prior to the trip. Jeet and mom have decided that we'll be vi


Rome:

October 21st, 2021

Went to the Vatican and St. Peter's Basilica for an utterly exhausting tour. The Vatican was really overwhelmingly amazing. Our tour guide droned on a bit. But I like hearing the information. St Peter's is also really amazing. The girls I was with kept ge


Ger baby. Very Ger.:

October 21st, 2021

If you asked us two weeks ago what the meaning of 'luxury' was we probably would have said 'a Porche' or 'dinner at a Michelin starred resturant' By the time we arrived back in Ulanbatar after our ten day Gobi Desert tour luxury meant running water a


national holiday:

October 21st, 2021

For the National Holiday we get a whole week off. On day one Helen and I had planned an excursion into Benxi to just explore it. We made it to lunch a pedicure and a nap. The pedicure however was rather interesting. It was more like we walked into a f


PACKED:

October 21st, 2021

We are packed and ready to go Its only 130am We have to be up at 6am ready for our ride to the airport by 8 or 815am....we should be in Nuremberg by 430am Eastern time on Sunday 103 my birthday....yay.


Expo and a whole load of catch up:

October 21st, 2021

It has been 6 weeks since we all started at Dulwich College and the time has just completely and utterly flown away. I can't believe it has been almost 2 months since we moved into our lovely new apartment in Jinqiao and our new life on 'the dark side' if


Brugge to Brussels no sprouts then mambo Italiano:

October 21st, 2021

sorry if you got 2 msgs re previous post Blog site said unpublished so did againthis is written the day after and its noon in Bruxelle as I was just so tired after yesterday that beauty sleep I referred to a catchup day mostly setting an alarm


Lares Trek:

October 21st, 2021

Hallo zusammenSo ich bin wieder zurueck vom Lares Trek. Es hat mir super gefallen. Leider war das Wetter nicht so optimal aber wir hatten Glueck dass es immer erst anfing zu regnen wenn wir bereits unsere Zelte aufgestellt habenSodeli von Anfan


Huaraz Laguna 69:

October 21st, 2021

Towards the end of an eight hour bus ride to Huaraz I opened my eyes from a fitful sleep and glanced out the window. Light was only just skimming the edges of the sky but I didn't need much light to see their bulk towering out of the night. I was back in


Croatia:

October 21st, 2021

Croatia was special for many things the scenery the history the fact it was warm enough to wear shorts but most importantly because my mom came to join my adventureI met Mom at the Zagreb airport where we rented a car yippee back behind the wheel


Kayaking to Monkey Island:

October 21st, 2021

The morning was a lovely day and so after breakfast we set out to lake Cocibolca for a bit of kayaking through the tiny islands near Granada known as Las Isletas. When first touring these islands it's best to do it on boat which I had done 6 weeks before.


Water Boy in the mountains:

October 21st, 2021

Here is a short video taken by my Canadian good friend Mark Takefman. We were on our month long trip from Delhi to Leh back through Spiti Valley. This was just one of a number of challenges we faced on the socalled roads. Mind you there were wonderful


1st Real Day of our Holiday:

October 21st, 2021

So now we are lying in our Holiday Inn room in a nice big King Bed at Los Angeles International Airport HOW EXCITING But what has happened up until now To be honest not a lot so here goes.....Left Cairns at 430am on the 2nd October to fly


'Cause I'm a Super Model:

October 21st, 2021

This is a frightening thought but I may be the most photographed person in all of China In my first few days here I kept catching people taking pictures of me on the sly and when I looked at them I noticed them waving but thought they wanted me to


Oklahoma City and albuquerque New Mexico:

October 21st, 2021

After leaving Texas apparently the best place in America according to the Texan cowboy even though he had been to less places in the USA than us basically if it's not in Texas then it must be rubbish seems to be their philosophy we headed to Oklamoma and


Florence day 2:

October 21st, 2021

Today was a day of shopping. It hit me that when I get back to the States it will be Christmas time. So I had to get gifts and it was super hard due to all the selection at the leather and scarf market in Florence. But I got a lot accomplished.The da


:

October 21st, 2021

Costa Rica this summer... I'm working on it


Now in Datong:

October 21st, 2021

Alrighty finally left Beijing and am now about 350 kms west in a city called Datong. Just arrived late last night so have only had really one full day here tomorrow I'm going to see some really cool sites. Let me catch you up since my last post. Wa


Just a note:

October 21st, 2021

We are home now but this didn't stay posted for some reason so I am reposting it just to have it there.Hi Sitting in a truck stop cafe that has free wifi...no internet for a week so no blog to post. We are well and continuing to have a good time


the land of elephants....:

October 21st, 2021

There is a strange thing that happens when you live overseas. People take weekend trips to Vietnam or Japan or Korea or in my case Thailand. In the states this would be like taking a trip to Florida or California or just to a random city in the midwest.


First day on the road:

October 21st, 2021

Well we successfully cycled over San Bernadino Pass and down into Italy biked on to Milan and spent a few days in Italy Lake Maggiore and Tuscany being the highlights. I couldn't really post any updates for a number of reasons Internet not availab


Chocolate Canolli's at Midnight:

October 21st, 2021

The weekend was very full as I had my allday program beginning at 11 a.m. and finishing around 9 p.m. In that course of time we practiced breathing techniques sang an old Rogers and Hart song to be prepared for next class engaged in all sorts of mo


Back to Darwin:

October 21st, 2021

Monday 4th OctoberWell after the last blog entry I wanted to be a bit more upbeat but we've not had the best of starts today. First port of call was the Darwin Dam Darwin Damn more like as there were barricades preventing any viewings. Never mi


Berkeley Revisited:

October 21st, 2021

Well I'm back here after spending the summer at my apartment in Paris with side trips to Marseilles and the Calanques county Dorset on the south coast of England London and oAmsterdam . On the way back to California I stopped off for a week in Bost


Last day in Brisbane then Home Sweet Home:

October 21st, 2021

Hi allWell we're home now safe and sound and seem to have adjusted to the different time zone after a few nights of broken sleep We're both enjoying looking back on on the blog and on what a brilliant time we had in Oz so thought we would wrap it all


23 India Week 1:

October 21st, 2021

Hello helloWell we did it. 1 week down 11 to go in India. It took most of the first week but we now have a room in a flat a reliable internet connection sim cards in our phones skype set up and a few Indian friends to boot. Still no running wat


Dobry Den from Prague:

October 21st, 2021

Thank you to everyone who's commented on our blog entries and apologies it took all of a month to approve them.Now log in to FB and check out the photos we've uploaded. They'll take you from Venice through to Budapest across the border into Vienna ove


Photos of Apartment and view from Balcony:

October 21st, 2021

Photos of my Guatemala City apartment and the view from my balcony. Photos 112.


Cusco and the Sacred Valley:

October 21st, 2021

We booked our overnight bus to Cusco with CIAL bus company it's a bit cheaper than the others so we decided to try out the cama class. Even though the seats recline back nearly into a bed I couldn't sleep. I think I was fearful the strike wasn't actuall


Elephants and Luang Prabang:

October 21st, 2021

Wow It's been so long since an installment that I almost don't know where to start but alas I will do my bestSo upon the recommendation of Chloe the three of us girls headed off on a 2 day Mahout Course to learn the fine art of Elephant training. Rea


Two months on ....:

October 21st, 2021

Internet connections in Indonesia have been pitifully slow hence there's been no opportunity to update our travelblog. We make landfall in Langkawi Thailand in less than one week about 450 miles to go and there's a better chance of high speed access


Tell them you cleaned up monkey poo...:

October 21st, 2021

Three weeks into our stint at Monkeyland. times are good sometimes too much spare time the volunteer house is very basic... and as sad as it sounds sometimes it is just nice to sit back and watch mindless or mindful TV. We keep ourselves busy though


Incredible India ...:

October 21st, 2021

Tako kot gre turisticni slogan Incredible India ...Ugotovila sem da lahko zacnem razvijati nov adrenalinski sport lov na vzlet letala Po tem ko smo za dve uri neplansko obticali na avstrijski cesti zatadi prometne nesrece kamiona nalozenega z 22 ti


Rurrenabaque Pink Dolfins Piranha FishingAnaconda hunting:

October 21st, 2021

Sept 27Oct 1stIt was really nice seeing John at the airport when I arrived. THe altitude of La Paz considering it is the highest capital in the world didnt affect me like I had assumed it would. I did purchase a coca cola which helps and John and I


Day Two:

October 21st, 2021

Today was a fairly mellow day and a good reminder how much I love Washington DC I lived here for two years and coming from Oregon many parts of the city left me looking like a deer in headlights. Remember Marion Barry He was Mayor while I was here


video posted on flagoz.com:

October 21st, 2021

oct 72010. momentum gaining. video now viewable on flagoz.com click on youtube. tom and i spent three hours yesterday cutting form the clips i'd done into a three minute collection of vox pop and flag waving. very exciting and rewarding that i've done i


Ludilo ctd.:

October 21st, 2021

Prav za prav bi lahko kar nadaljevala z vcerajsnjim naslovom ...Spala sem kot ubita z obcasnimi postanki za poslusanje huronskih nalivov skorajda 11 ur. Je bilo pac treba.Potem pa sem bila povabljena na frustk s svojo na novo posvojeno familijo. Ll


Day Three:

October 21st, 2021

Well let's start today off with a proud mom moment....As I left off last night....today is Sean's 16th birthday which is pretty darn hard to believe Jesuit played Beaverton tonight and he had a goal and an assist on Jesuit's way to a 41 victory What


How is this paradise It is but how:

October 21st, 2021

Would you stay in a place like thisAccommodation cramped dorms with outside toilets and showers only cold water and no soap or toilet paper. They were permanently dark and filled with comically offensive graffiti also without locks o


CANIA GORGE:

October 21st, 2021

Thanks to everyone who sent us well wishes for our travels. We like hearing from you We are learning fast the huge area of queensland that was affected by the january floods. Three of the places we have camped or tried to camp were totally covered


Travel Blog Invite:

October 21st, 2021

Hi GuysI have just set up my own Travel Bog and will update this whilst we are away and hopefully attach photo's.I have added you guys so every time I make an entry you will get an email.Just adding this now to test I have set it up correctly


Car rental:

October 21st, 2021

Got a reminder email from the car rental people so it's official.We're off in a few days.WOOHOO


Week 1 Part 3:

October 21st, 2021

280910 Port DouglasThe main beach here at Port Douglas is called the 4 mile beach and I have stupidly set the challenge to swim as much as possible one way and walk back the other. Bring on the 4 mile challenge...Well we didn't make the challeng


Athens:

October 21st, 2021

Today we left Cyprus for our Mediterranean trip with global learning semesters. Athens is really cool We went around PlakaI think and shopped. Then we tried to go to the Temple of Poseiden Didn't make it though as we missed the last bus. Hoping to go


Back on the Rancho:

October 21st, 2021

Back in the RVAfter a year and a half in a home without wheels Grace and I are back in the RV. We39ve moved to Santa Barbara county while we are shopping for a home in Santa Barbara. We39ve moved into Rancho Oso an old horse ranch


Hjemover:

October 21st, 2021

Ja da synger ferien p siste verset.Baggasjen er pakket skittentyog vi skal om to timer begynne p veien hjemover.Ruta hjem er som flgendeTuktuk 20 minutter over yaLongtail boat 5 minutterDrosje 5 minutter til flyplassen i Kra


Hysterical Journey To Historic Places:

October 21st, 2021

ltstrong stylemsobidifontweight normalgtSYLVESTER MOWRY Sylvester was born in October of 1830 and graduated from West Point in 1852 near the top of the class. As a sparkling new second lieutenant he went west and took part in the su


7 Banos Dirt Blog:

October 21st, 2021

Wrapped up my Banos trip focus was on Spanish classes but plenty of hiking opportunity and wanted to get dialed into vegetatation soils stability before Malinguapamba MP. Banos is warmer than MP and sets on metamorphic rock with volcanics above. Plent


Tag 22 Gardiner zum Old Faithful Inn 170 km:

October 21st, 2021

Zuerst Rafting auf dem Yellowstone River. Da dieser momentan sehr wenig Wasser fhrt duempelten wir langsam dahin und der Steuermann hatte groe Schwierigkeiten das Boot so zu steuern dass wir auch wirklich alle nass wurden.Das war sehr lustig.


Europa 2013:

October 21st, 2021

We should have taken it as a sign of what was to come a gruff taxi driver who reeked of cigarette smoke greeted us with little more than a grunt and yelled out arschloch half a dozen times during our short journey to the train station. One scary frau


Day 116 Dam Canoes and Hotel:

October 21st, 2021

Hungry Horse Dam Reservoir Canoeing on Lake McDonald and checking out Lake McDonald Hotel this was our agenda for the day. We had a great time learning all about Hungry Horse Dam and it39s power sources for the states of Montana Idaho Nevada Or


Reykjavik Halifax:

October 21st, 2021

SPdia 1He aprovechado la maana para hacer colada y secadora echar el correo y demas. El imprmeable sigue bastante cochino incluso despues de haber pasado por la lavadora asi que le he aplicado una sesion de cepillo y jabon quitamanchas en los


turkey's sour:

October 21st, 2021

kind of had a bad couple days in turkey. i wanted to try and paraglide. so i decided at 11am to arrange it with my hotelier in fetihye. he made a call and i was told to be ready for pick up at 1200. OK so good i'll stay here another night and go for the


Singapore:

October 21st, 2021

After what can only be called a slight lie in although the traffic on the road outside was dieing to wake us all up we went down for breakfast in the local restaurant underneath our 'hostel'. I think we've all learned by now that nothing starts the day l


Travel to Guayaquil:

October 21st, 2021

My travels to the largest city of Ecuador where pretty uneventful Nothing went wrong and everything ran pretty smoothly which was nice. I flew from Boston to Miami and from Miami to Guayaquil. At MIA Miami International Airport I met up with Gabriel whi


Carlsbad Caverns:

October 21st, 2021

Greetings from Carlsbad NM We made it here yesterday from El Paso Texas. It was an easy 160 mile day. We are staying at the Carlsbad RV Park just outside of Carlsbad. It is an OK park. There are lot's of oil worker staying here. Many are from Texas. It


New Zealand Way to Taupo over Gisborne East Coast Road Opotiki and Rotorura:

October 21st, 2021

Arrived in Hasting we're slept on a nice Campsite near a Beach. The german Couple was 3 Days before us there. Manu and Vera are now 9 Month in NZ and have a Working Visa for 1 Year. On the next Day our 2 Vans heading to the North. We visit the Peninsula Ma


ROTTERDAM:

October 21st, 2021

Docked 7.00a.m. Rotterdam ha arranged to meet our friends Karsten and Janette who live about 20 minutes out of Rotterdam at Alphen aan den Rijn Karsten and his team were our FIRST guests at Yarravillas in Williamstown Road when they were sailing 49ers i


HONOLULU:

October 21st, 2021

Honolulu from 7.00a.m. til 9.30p.m. Weather just so nice high 2039s with a nice breeze blowing. Seeing as we had been here before and done a lot of touristy sites decided to check out the shops have lunch and then went out to the Factory Outlets in the


Why I wear a whistle:

October 21st, 2021

still don't know that i want to post this especially considering that the last post was kind of negative. oh what the hell my camera won't connect so i am stuck with writing and this is a day in the life of claysome of the locals have asked why i a


a great ending to bulgaria:

October 21st, 2021

i left nesebar for Ruse bulgaria and it was a grand trip. i chatted up my seat mate a young coed who tried to help me navigate the streets of ruse. sadly she was a little off but the cute factor may have made me forget that i was toting my 12kg knapsack


we don't need no stinking guidebook.:

October 21st, 2021

i have decided to add a few countries to my itinerary. since i was only able to find a guide for turkey before my departure i am now travelling with less. somewhere along the way in turkey i had drawn a map adding romania serbia bosniaherzegovinia mon


Honfleur:

October 21st, 2021

29 September 2010 We left Etretat drove down the coast through Le Harve across the mouth of the Seine via the huge Pont de Normandie and into Honfleur where we are staying on its large campervan Aire.The afternoon was spent visiting this lovely


Cote Fleurie:

October 21st, 2021

30 September 2010 After another morning in Honfleur we drove through a succession of resorts along the Cote Fleurie the Northern Riviera and walked round the largest of them upper crust Victorian Deauville of race course fame.Then followed a jo


Rain and more rain:

October 21st, 2021

Hallo kidsso if anyone ever wants to go to Austria buy an umbrella No one ever told that this place is a rian forest I havent seen this much rain since I was in Prince Rupert It honestly has not stopped and makes doing things quite difficult. And th


An Epic Adventure in TransitParanoia in Thailand:

October 21st, 2021

So when I last blogged about our wonderful stay on Phu Quoc Island I was writing from an coffee shop in Saigon on Friday afternoon. I wasn't aware at the time but we had begun what would basically be 51 hours in transit as we blundered our way to an isla


Our last few days in Africa:

October 21st, 2021

After a few days alone in Vic falls me and craig wanted out of Zim but guess what happend we got stuck literally We tried the train fully booked we tried flights fully booked our only option was to get the chicken bus to Bullawayo and hope we co


Cambodia heat to Bali Cool:

October 21st, 2021

April 15th and just like clock work it looks like it is going to rain and not a minute to soon thought I was living in a giant sauna for the past month here in Cambodia. The Khmer new Year is going on and it signifies the beginning of the rainy season so


Chiang Mai:

October 21st, 2021

After a sleepless night on the train we arrived at Chiang Mai train station. We took a free lift from one of the hotel touts at the station entrance and ended up at SK Guesthouse in the middle of old Chiang Mai. The accommodation was a little basic for the


Lombok and the Gilis:

October 21st, 2021

G'day all can you tell where we are yetSoooooooo much to tell you and hopefully some pretty pics for you all to see now. There won't be too much today as i'm fighting the clock on the computer that keeps eating my 2...so flamin expensive here in Oz


A little China traffic story:

October 21st, 2021

Driving in China...or more specifically Wuhan. What an experienceLast Friday night we decided to go for a relaxing dinner out at Aloha restaurant normally a halfhour jaunt away by taxi or scooter. We should have known better Quiet Relaxing Ch


Days 2425:

October 21st, 2021

From Gettysburg to WilliamsburgWe spent the morning paying our respects to those who lost their lives in the Civil War. Visiting the National Gettysburg Cemetery was a truly humbling experience. I was glad that we were there early in the morning with


DAy 18 Siem Reap:

October 21st, 2021

Up very early this morning to get to Angkor Wat for Sunrise. We left the hotel at 4.45am It was a 10 minute drive to Angkor Wat and once we were there we paid a dollar for a drink and got a seat free with the drink We sat down in near darkness at around


Muscat Sink Hole Wadi's Wahiba Sands:

October 21st, 2021

Hi Allhere are some pictures of Oman. It took me a while to find a fast enough internet connection to upload them. I will write a bit more when I have a bit more time. Everything is good so far and I'm enjoying the sushine. Sometimes it's a little too


Zanzibar to Chitimba Malawi:

October 21st, 2021

These two days we traveled over 1000 km along the Tanzam HIghway finally crossing the border into Malawi in the afternoon of the second day. Here are some of the impressions from our travelsThe Tanzam Highway is paved but that doesn't necessarily m


Silk worms Buddhist monks Fireworks:

October 21st, 2021

After escaping the menace of free whiskey buckets we boarded a 'VIP' bus amidst a chorus of yuppies complaining that it didn't have AC or a toilet. I think they looked at the wrong photo when they were buying their tickets and by India standards at leas


Oktoberfest:

October 21st, 2021

Once again sorry dear readers for not writing in a weekMany people have been asking questions and I have been saying Check my blog I'll write soon and have not.Let me first talking about my past weekend my Oktoberfest adventure Then I wi


Lares trek notes in the margin:

October 21st, 2021

Okay how is everyone doing After 3 weeks I finally figured out how to use my blackberry on WIFI Now I will send out my updates without any issues....I forgot another couple of updates from the LARSE trekOkay so everyone know that I have d


Irving Dallas and Fort Worth:

October 21st, 2021

Howdy from Texas...Fri 24th Sept Managed to find the train station from the greyhound station in downtown dallas got the train to Irving a suburb where the hostel was a woman and her daughter gave us a free lift from the train station to the hostel


Toronto Taxis for Shame:

October 21st, 2021

In my mad dash to get to the airport for NYC the taxi driver popped the trunk so I could haul my luggage without any assistance into the trunk...the trunk sprung open like an animal trap and smacked me hard in the eyebrow...I was bleeding all the way to


Cracker in Melaka Part 2 and tioman:

October 21st, 2021

Welcome to part 1112 of the blog.continued from cracker in melaka ...The morning after the hindu procession i awoke to find Reuben and Livia had backed their bags and left for Cherating. After moving into a single room across the hall I went for s


You Wat:

October 21st, 2021

As soon as we arrived in Chiang Mai I fell in love with the place. Bangkok was cool and crazy and as it was the place I first arrived at I will always have fond memories of it but Chiang Mai is gorgeous and has a really chilled vibe. You still get hassle


New Zealand Taupo and Mordor:

October 21st, 2021

In Taupo we slept one Night near the Lake. The next Day was Hammer Time again. 15000 feet Skydive. Unbelievable Feeling. At the same Day we driven along the Desert Road Highway 1 to see Mt. Doom and Mordor from the Lord of the Rings. Very cool Scenerys


El Colibri for dinner:

October 21st, 2021

Anyone who's dined at El Colibri in San Juan del Sur knows why I forgot what happened the rest of the day leading up to it. In truth we took it slow today sleeping in and tooling around the small town of San Juan so Robyn could get to know the place. We


Unbelievable...:

October 21st, 2021

My day started off in a fabulously stylish greasy diner at 1000 a.m. when I spied out of the corner of my eye a very handsome diner...as I drank my fabulously strong coffee I noticed that he was nursing a glass of white wine...Chardonnay no doubt to comp


AFL Grand Final 2010 Take 1:

October 21st, 2021

R WritesApparantly I have to take the blame I've been told well by Carmel anyway. On Friday night the five of us were making our predictions on who would win the big game. All of the girls were tipping the Saints I think more for the fact that they


Third Times a Charm:

October 21st, 2021

I had scheduled a meeting with a government official from the State Administration for Foreign Expert Affairs SAFEA. I've been working on obtaining permits since March so that I can introduce foreign teachers to Chinese schools. I had made a pretty goo


The North Cairns and Townsville:

October 21st, 2021

We left Bob and Lyn's Alex and Shirley's spoilt and rejuvenated but ready to see some more of Australias' sites. We flew to Cairns and arrived to a slightly warmer stickier climate. The hostel we had booked into was at the back of cairns town but only


A little package from home...:

October 21st, 2021

It has been awhile since I last posted I hope I have not kept you all waiting.... Well. To be honest this last week or so has been very busy and filled with a lot of ups and downs. The main thing to report is that my dad came to visit He came the


As I sit here in the stairwell:

October 21st, 2021

I just realised I saved this blog but never published it. So it's a week late but here it isI am supposed to be working right now but with only 14 stayovers of about 10 minutes each and the need of a full days pay I am chilling in the stairwell unti


Istanbul:

October 21st, 2021

We arrived in Istanbul last night without too much trouble although our taxi unexpectedly went via a car ferry so we got a short trip across the Bosphorus from Haram to Eminonu. From there is was a short drive to our hotel which is in the heart of Sultanh


Leaving OregonCrater Lake:

October 21st, 2021

After hearing horror stories about driving down the coast in a big rig we decided to head through central Oregon south to California. We camped at Cascade Meadows RPI because Bend Thousand Trails has no sewers and our new motorcoach is a primadona with a


Chai Espresso:

October 21st, 2021

Gotta love a city that makes something called a chai espresso The old imagery of hot dog stands and pretzel stands needs to move over...in my many miles of walking already I have come across carts that sell souvlaki sushi tacos and even specialty dri


The Forgotten Coast:

October 21st, 2021

92910Left the Moose Lodge in Panama City headed for Port St. Joe. We stopped at That Boot Store and tried on some things but nothing was perfect...I've been looking for a new pair of cowboy boots since we left California...but the owner of the shop


Time for a New Blog:

October 21st, 2021

Thank you for following my blog for the last year. It's been a pleasure for me to share my experiences and wonderful to hear your thoughts and stories in return. Two months ago I decided to leave Laos for a number of reasons and to pursue a cooking c


AFL Grand Final Take 1 The Game:

October 21st, 2021

R Continues..... As we made our way to the ground you couldn't help but notice the signs a lot of people were holding.... wanted ..one ticket for desperate fan ..... was here in '66 ....pleeeasee give me a ticket . In a way it was sad and in anot


Les plaines de Meseta:

October 21st, 2021

Nous parcourons entre 20 et 25 km par jour. Les paysages changent regulierement. Au debut c'etait montagneux et mainetenant nous sommes dans les plaines ou plutot sur les plateaux de la Meseta. Dans tous les villages il y a une eglise au centre. Il


More Maine:

October 21st, 2021

Greetings from rain soaked Maine. We have been here in Scarborough ME since Sunday and were going to leave yesterday but then it rained so we stayed an extra day. Now we are experiencing remnants of Hurriance Iris or whomever and so we are hunkered dow


Pay Day and National Holiday:

October 21st, 2021

We got paid today OO man was I happy to go to the bank and get my first real paycheck. Tomorrowtoday we are going to Hong Kong for 5 days so I will keep you updated on how that goes. Becca and I went to trivia tonight with her friend Tom and some o


Bazaars:

October 21st, 2021

Today we tackled the bazaars. The Grand Bazaar was really good. Bigger than I expected and certainly a lot to look at. We browsed around and made a purchase although we were offered many more. After a coffee stop we continued indirectly unintentionally


Tuscany:

October 21st, 2021

I am running out of adjectives to use as every where I go is totally beautiful gorgeous and stupendous. Since leaving Milan we have based ourselves in Siena and done day trips from here. We have been to Florence and San Gimmiano as well as exploring Siena


HUSK at tilmelde jer vores mailliste:

October 21st, 2021

Hej igen..Vi er gjort opmaerksomme paa at man ikke kan se de nye blogs uden linket der bliver sendt ud til jer paa mail saa derfor beder vi jer der ikke har tilmeldt sig maillisten om at goere det saa i kan faa det hele med. Vi tror det er pga. d


Peurto Lindo Panama to Cartegena Columbia on Tango:

October 21st, 2021

Puerto Lindo the tiniest sailing village was our home for 3 days whilst we waiting for our boat. Here we mingled with the sailors learning lots about boats lighthouses and round the world ship voyages Sunbathed on the beautiful surrounding islands. Ha


Barmaid in Southern Cross:

October 21st, 2021

Well here I am in Southern Cross population 1000. There is nothing around here but mines farms and desert. My new boss Jo was at the train station to pick me up when I arrived. She drove me into town and took me to the local coffee shop. Not much varie


Blog will be completed soon.....:

October 21st, 2021

We fly home tomorrow but the blog is not complete as I have not been able to get to a computer for ages so I promise to finish it off next week once home.Fingers crossed that all goes well at the shipping agent in the morning with getting the bik


Some Old Pictures:

October 21st, 2021

Here are a bunch of old pictures I haven't put up


Sulawesi part 1 Bunaken:

October 21st, 2021

Finally after yearning for years to go to Bunaken and Lembeh I got thereAfter a delayed flight from Bali to Manado that was already scheduled late I had a very late night and not much sleep before I got picked up by two fish divers at 6.45 the


A train journey to remember........:

October 21st, 2021

And how could we EVER forget it 87hours four nights 5 time zones and 5185km on a 55 year old train that smelt of man sweat and cigarettes lolWe started our journey by getting the metro to the train station not an easy feat when you have the eq


Cambodia:

October 21st, 2021

Cambodia is weaving its way into my heart. The frustrations of working here pale into insignificance when confronted with the Khmer people's history and the devastation from the past that continues today.During my Khmer lesson I ask my teacher Bunliang


5th Impressions:

October 21st, 2021

The overall 5th time I come to Italy yes but uncountable times I crossed the border since I camped on the border many years ago with a friend on the top of a mountain between swizerland and the aforementioned country I currently find myself in.Trag


5th Time Impressions:

October 21st, 2021

The overall 5th time I come to Italy yes but uncountable times I crossed the border since I camped on the border many years ago with a friend on the top of a mountain between swizerland and the aforementioned country I currently find myself in.Trag


Latin Men:

October 21st, 2021

To be honest I didn39t think I would still be here in Buenos Aires one month into my trip. Last night Sally and I planned some of our travel which made it all a reality and pretty exciting. We went out after as well and we get on very well. It looks


Athens:

October 21st, 2021

Went to the Acropolis today. It is pretty amazing but way too many people taking pictures.Then went on a 2 hour bus ride to the Temple of Poseidin. Watched a beautiful sunset over the sea. And then back on the bus for 2 more hours back to Athens.


Poros:

October 21st, 2021

Went to the Greek Island of Poros today with 3 friends.It was pretty funny because we had planned on going to the island of Hydra. When we got to the Port of AthensPiraus we asked at the ticket booth which ferry was going to Hydra. The man directed


Rome:

October 21st, 2021

Flew from Athens to Rome today. Rome is so beautiful and I feel like I appreciate the architecture and history a lot more then when I was here 2 years ago.Our hotel is really nice Upon arrival we went down the street to a good Italian restaurant. I ha


Huanchaco:

October 21st, 2021

The further south I go the more delighted I am. After our first lovely experience with Bus Cama where the seats recline almost all the way flat sleep we arrived a little blinky but for once well rested in Trujillo. Trujillo is just a big roaring city


The Audacity of Hope:

October 21st, 2021

Okay here goes with my first blog post ever.I'm two and a half days into my adventure and I'm still alive so that's a great start. The first thing that needs to be said which I'm sure most everyone has heard before is that the smog here is crazy


We've Moved But we still want your business....:

October 21st, 2021

Thanks for sticking with me through this guys... but since I'm not really travelling well at least not to any interesting places much anymore I thought it more appropriate to do a regular blog. Please follow mehttpthefakesarah.blogspot.comAl


First Class:

October 21st, 2021

Yesterday was Orientation and I met my fellow classmates. I was incredibly nervous and really anxious...funny how the shoe changes foot from teacher to student and I really appreciate what they go through. Of course the teacher leading us through the


Welcome to IHF Thailand:

October 21st, 2021

I have had the privilege of being at the IHF centre in Thailand for just over two weeks now. It has been quite the adventure but as life is an adventure I have loved every minute of it well most of the minutes. I arrived on the night of the 15th of Septe


Last Update:

October 21st, 2021

Left Varna for Sofia on Thursday and it's the first time I have nearly missed a plane I was literally the last person on the plane. If it had not been for someone coming to the Hotel and waking me up I would have missed it altogether. 2 uneventfull nights


Cape Town to Namibia:

October 21st, 2021

Hello AfricaI arrived safely and relatively rested after my 24 hour Emerites journey. It was a thrill to fly with a full service airline after all those AirAsia flights. The free socks eye mask toothbrush and hearty meals including wine were not w


Great days in Singapore.:

October 21st, 2021

Hi evryone and thanks for all the comments and messages it really makes me feel good to get them. If you are new to the blog thingy the difference between making a comment and a message is that when I accept the comments they public on the blog so a


Litchfield National Park:

October 21st, 2021

Tuesday 28th September cont...Later that same day fuelled with a bit of dutch courage and convinced that we'd been imbued with some local knowledge through the consumption of a Kangaroo Crocodile and Barramundi mixed grill we decided to enter a lo


An adventure in Khao Sok National Park:

October 21st, 2021

The journey from Koh Samui to Khao Sok was pretty much a nightmare we were woke up arround 730 by someone who couldn't speak english pointing to a piece of paper that said 800 bus. We had booked on the 12 o'clock bus and had arranged to pick our washi


Laos:

October 21st, 2021

Message du 29 septembre 2010 apparrement il y a eu un petit probleme et le message n'apparraissait pas donc voici un copiecolle Bonjour a tous Voici une petite mise a jour de notre voyage. Nous sommes maintenant a Luang Prabang qui se dit etre la


Andalusia:

October 21st, 2021

AndulusiaYeah I know it has been a while. We had 8 days in Andalucia in a mansion owned by a tight arse Pom who was fighting with Spanish Telstra so therefore we had no Internet. Was disaster and peace at the same time.Anyway this blog is about wha


Florence:

October 21st, 2021

Ok finally made it to Florence after about 9 hours in a bus It was painful. But the scenery was amazing and beautiful and more than I'd imagined.We stopped at the tower of Pisa which really does lean. There are some beautiful religious buildings aro


Nitmiluk National Park Katherine:

October 21st, 2021

Friday 1st October KatherineLong drive today from Litchfield to Katherine via Pine Creek. Encountered loads of road trains Dave's heard that in some parts of the country they get up to quarter of a mile long. You would think by now we'd had enoug


Our Last Week in Namibia:

October 21st, 2021

After the excitement of the desert we then headed to Luderitz a small town sandwiched between the Namib Desert and the battered Atlantic Coast. There is little plant life here just dry barren rocks and colourful German heritage buildings.We drove to


Hello sunshine:

October 21st, 2021

Hoera het zonnetje komt eindelijk tevoorschijn boven Sydney Dat was voor Heidi en mij gisteren reden genoeg om absoluut niets te doen en een heel dagje in het park te vertoeven. Ook zijn we vaoor een avondje van hostel veranderd...een groot nadeel geen


another day in paradise:

October 21st, 2021

Bula everyone from Fiji Tropical isle very hot amazing resort. We finally came out of the jungle and the rain. There was no phone reception TV or anything else apart from trees toads frogs crocs and box jellyfish called stingers which can sting you to dea


canada:

October 21st, 2021

Still sitting in Victoria counting the days. We leave Wed.


Kakadoo National Park:

October 21st, 2021

Sunday 3rd October Kakadoo.Well the much anticipated Kakadoo was a major disappointment after Litchfield and Katherine National Parks. Granted it is the dry season so the waterfalls wetlands and rivers are not at their best but in our opinion it


Bullfinch and baby joey:

October 21st, 2021

Well i've really started to get to know some locals guys that come in quite a bit. One of my fav regulars Dan is a kiwi but has been over here and all over the world for a long time. Anyways he's 38 years old and has just retired. He's got it pretty go


Switzerland:

October 21st, 2021

Ciao TuttiMy Italian is already perfect as you can tell. I.m in Sorrento on the Amalfi Coast and I was definately not expecting to come here until later in my trip. Two days ago I was in Interlaken Switzerland. The weather was a little bit sketchy


Free Hop on Hop off Bus in Perth:

October 21st, 2021

It's great to have a local show you round and Anna has been taking me around the sights of Perth today. Great to see some old buildings have been preserved amongst the soaring modern ones. There is quite a bit of digging up main roads and new developments


National Day:

October 21st, 2021

The first of October is Chinese National Day and I figured it would be the right time to check out Tian An'Men. Approximately half of China's population had an identical thought and as the pictures show it was crowded. I bought a little Chinese flag becaus


Datong Day Two:

October 21st, 2021

So are you tired of me yet I know I just posted yesterday but have to show you what I saw today. Plus there is only one english channel CCTV and really it's only news. So with that on to the blogToday I did go to the Yungang Caves as I menti


budapest concert Neo:

October 21st, 2021

Been to a concert with our hosts and drunk some legal absinthe. Thx Kitti and Adam for their hospitalityhttpwww.youtube.comwatchvw3nRAKOcZEo


In lovely Ventosa:

October 21st, 2021

Hello allI have moved through so many towns and now cities that the names are blurring and at times the experince feels unreal I am now starting to wake up and not having to orient my self. So far the experinces have been all they describe in the books


Cairo to Siwa:

October 21st, 2021

Am back in Perth but will return you all to Egypt. Actually found a pub and had a few drinks and a meal before boarding the sleeper train for Cairo. The train was very old slow and not so clean. It broke down a few times and once was outside a village whe


Sun Kissed and Running with the Wild Ajummas:

October 21st, 2021

After a week or so of the kind of weather that made me want to curl up in bed or in front of a fireplace the sun decided he wanted some time in the limelight and came out to strut his stuff over Guemsan. Thank god because I crave vitamin D like a crackhea


Week 2 Revised:

October 21st, 2021

300910 Cape Tribulation We hired a car today for a day trip to Cape Tribulation an area that Captain Cook ran aground on with 1 of his ships. On our way to Cape Trib we went up to the Daintree River and got on a crocodile spotting boat trip where we


Sydney 101:

October 21st, 2021

Well our introduction to Sydney was a bit roughAn outstanding flight on Asiana again but after collecting our bags we did several laps around the baggage hall while various people gave us conflicting directions to the Express exit. Car rental w


Barcelona:

October 21st, 2021

So far Barcelona is my favorite. As usual I have to report that it is really beautiful. Our hotel room has a balcony that has an awesome view of the city.Tonight we got a tour through downtown by the Barcelona GLS coordinator. We were reminded at least


A few more pics:

October 21st, 2021

Mum and babies are now at home doing fine. Although the night feeding is exhausting with the two of them often waking at the same time. Thanks to all those that emailed.


Rwanda but no photos...:

October 21st, 2021

Hi fewIt seems the blog is not read much but for those who followhere goesForget about photos... Dial up modems everywhere and so it is impossible to upload anything and often keyboards are unpractical...Rwanda is amazing pure beauty... Tho


A Day of Travel DenScotland:

October 21st, 2021

A day of travel is never uneventful and this was true for me as well My flight from Denver to London was great I got a middle row seat in the front of the economy section so I had extra leg room The steward was really friendly and thanks to the eventfu


In St some thing:

October 21st, 2021



People and queues:

October 21st, 2021

People can't explain 'emHi AllAs a finale to my blog I would like to ask a simple question. Well actually it is a question with a long lead in and probably has no answer but I'll ask it anyway.Consider this. Most people nowadays have flown o


Chipmunks Everywhere:

October 21st, 2021

Well in less than two months Banff will be covered in snow and the ski season will have started. This means that all the animals are getting everything done before it gets cold bears are fattening up elk are making babies and the chipmunks are storing nu


Head Shoulders:

October 21st, 2021

I is an English teacher now.Today will be my third day of teaching and I am starting to get the hang of it. OK not really. Putting the kids at ease making them laugh and helping them with their pronunciation is not a problem I seem to ha


Things I Have Learned The Second Time Around...:

October 21st, 2021

While I was upset that I was unable to lockdown travel plans for the weeklong National Holiday...staying in Guilin has given me the opportunity to learn a little bit more about the city and the culture and a few other things as well.1. They save th


Goodbye China Hello Myanmar:

October 21st, 2021

Having spent 2 months travelling to the north south east and west of China it is time to leave.After a lot of consideration our next port of call will be Myanmar. Human Rights violations decrease in areas where there are international visitors


Chapter 7 In Bruges the Live Action Experience:

October 21st, 2021

It has been an unfortunate eternity since I was last at an available computer to tap out our latest adventures. Right now I am currently in Berlin and I have yet to even write of Belgium or our time in Amsterdam. So let me get to that right away.Au


KL Thats Kuala Lumpuuuur:

October 21st, 2021

Greeting from Malaysia.We have been here for around a week now and have enjoyed every minute kind of of it. After the hustle and bustle of Bangkok then the tranquility of Koh Tao driving south into Malaysia and to Penang seemed a good idea. Pena


New York 6:

October 21st, 2021

httpvimeo.com15603864Filmpje van mijn stage waarin ik een hele erge grote tekst heb. Gemaakt door een van de videointerns


Sweetest Love Hangover:

October 21st, 2021

If you are going to nurse a hangover nurse one in New York City...yesterday became very spontaneous and boarded the Staten Island Ferry and had an opportunity to look at Lower Manhattan and Miss Liberty herself from a respectable distance. I am so amazed


sorry about the delay folks...:

October 21st, 2021

Hi everyone I must apologize for the lack of recent posts... nothing new and exciting has been happening here recently. It's funny because now that I have been here for over a month it really feels like I live here so it isn't BRAND NEW anymore. Bu


Auckland city:

October 21st, 2021

Day 1 in Auckland. After a tiring day yesterday plane was late time to pick up campervan. Driving the roads we found the camp site. After shopping it was time for dinner and a drink.We have woken to a sunny day. After a 1 hour bus ride into Auckland.


While I Was Reading . . .:

October 21st, 2021

Okay so in a moment of sanity I actually decided to take it a bit easy yesterday and not run around like a mad man probably a result of having climbed a 7000ft mountain Hua Shan the day before. So I spent half of yesterday visiting the Army of Terra


So much has happened:

October 21st, 2021

Hey everyoneI really need to start writing blogs more often because now I have soo much to talk about lol Ok let me start a couple days back. On Tuesday we had orientation in the morning but in the afternoon Puran and Bikash took us out to get to kn


still in fiji:

October 21st, 2021

Hi guys still lots of sun sea and swimming we eventually gave up on the photos but I think Mum's got about 3000 to show you when we get home. Went into Nadi yesterday that the largest town locally about the size of Wallasey village but Mum managed to


WONDERFUL PEOPLE I MEET:

October 21st, 2021

Dear allsometimes it is very awkward to undertsnad how people that hardly know me or just have briefly meet me trust me and help me with money to support my projectsthe last 2 ladies that helped me were 2 amazing spanish ladies I prefer not to dis


Colombia Dec 2012 Jan 2013:

October 21st, 2021

Pamplona. Friday 28th Dec 2012We left Cucuta at 7.30 on a bus for Pamplona where we had planed to stay the night. The night before Bernie asked how long would it take to get from Merida to Pamplona. I did my lonely planet calcul


Yangshuo:

October 21st, 2021

Yangshuo Aka Western backpacker heaven.Yangshuo is an outdoors enthusiasts dreamworld. It39s located 40 km downstream from Guilin where the Yulong joins the Li River. Popular activities include bike riding rock climbing river hiking raftin


The rest of New Zealand what an incredibly beautiful country.:

October 21st, 2021

Hello everyone I hope you are all well and enjoyed the half term break. Since I last wrote I have been busy exploring more of New Zealand so let me fill you in on what we have been up to whilst visiting the South Island. Mount CookWe spent a n


Royal Temples at Polonnaruwa:

October 21st, 2021

19th Feb Pollonaruwa part of the Cultural Triangle. Today we went to a museum to see lots of statues of the person Buddha. There were lots of beautiful beads. Then we went to some Buddhist houses and palaces. The homes had lots of statutes of the Buddha


8 Quick visit to Latacunga Rotary:

October 21st, 2021

After last day in Banos including one last visit to guitar shop traveled to Latacunga which is Capital of Cotopaxi Province and home to Latacunga Rotary local club supporting efforts in Malinguapamba MP and having excellent track record on many project


Hot Springs Arkansas Days 45:

October 21st, 2021

We played a lot of cards today and just lazed around. We went out to eat lunch at Colton39s Steakhouse as there was a coupon in the paper for 2 lunch entrees for 12.99. It was a great deal as most of our entrees were over 9 originally. I made a Mock L


Marseille Arles Avignon in Southern France 9 and 10 Aug 2013:

October 21st, 2021

Marseille Arles Avignon in Southern France 9 and 10 Aug 2013 After driving towards Marseille pronounced Marsay just before lunch we hit the bumper to bumper traffic of the French Riviera in summer holidays again. We crawled along but finally got


Hot Springs Arkansas Days 67:

October 21st, 2021

Wayne had the FULL bathmassage experience at the Buckstaff Bathhouse this morning. He loved it I shopped around downtown while he was there. The nicest shop I found is called Girlie Girls. They design their own jewelry and it is beautiful. If you are th


Methuselah on The Move Blog Update.:

October 21st, 2021

Hi All Just to update you I have converted my Travel Blog from Private to Public as several people could not register with their email addresses. Not all addresses are accepted for some reason. Anyway now public. This time next Sunday I will


New Zealand Day 2:

October 21st, 2021

I have totally lost track of the days. Today was jammed pack of learning and fun. Many of you know I always like an adventure and try something fun. It is winter here and snow is on the mountain tops. This morning several of us opted to take a jet boat rid


Day 30 Torino:

October 21st, 2021

Slow start again we started packing everyone was sharing photos etc. After lunch of rolls tomato prosciutto and cheese we headed into the Antonettiano Mole one of the symbols of Torino and home of the Museum of Cinema. The museum was very cool with a


Wanderings through Little India:

October 21st, 2021

alskdfjdsjiw bangs head on computer. Okay I was just about done with this entry when my hostels crappy internet failed and I lost everything I39d written so here we go again.So since classes have started I haven39t had much time to explore


Charlottetown Confederation Bridge Cap Pele 113km Total 4962km:

October 21st, 2021

SPAl final hasta las 10 no he salido del hostal ya que habia desayuno incluido. De ahi por la carretera transcanadiense directamente hasta el puente. Un seor puente 13 km de largo hubiese sido divertido recorrerlo en bici pero esta prohibido y


Salty soak in Salt Lake City:

October 21st, 2021

We came close to learning the meaning of life in Salt Lake City. Visiting the Mormon capital of the world of course we had to check out some Mormon activities at their headquarters Temple Square. There is a building called Tabernacle which has very spe


countdown:

October 21st, 2021



Callan Waterford:

October 21st, 2021

Somehow I missed this entry so adding it a month later.After a leisurely start to the day we headed off on a scenic route which would take us through Waterford along the coast and back to Callan. Apart from the motorways there is no fast way to get


koh chang and the end of the trip is almost nigh..:

October 21st, 2021

Koh chang has been all about the relax and what a beautiful island to have picked. Its very laid back with lots of cute little towns to explore we defo needed a motorbike to do this as the taxi service is very expensive and seen no sign of a local bus ser


Less than 24 hours:

October 21st, 2021

We leave the house in about 26 hours...Bill is busy packing the bikes in their boxes...discovered that the clips for the front bags are on the touring bikes at the bike shop so will have to pick them up later today. The bike ride free so long as they weig


DAY 1 Update:

October 21st, 2021

No photos as internet connection in hotel very slow. Will need to wait until tomorrow.Day 1 Siem Reap to Battambang. 172km. Saddle time 6hrs 59 mins. Total time 10hrs 1 min. Avg Temp 34 degToday was a reminder of what a wonderful country Cambodia


The not so small summer cottage.:

October 21st, 2021

Well this weekend has been an absolute blast for me and my family First after a long drive we arrived at this cottage that wasn39t really a cottage more of a large Cabin. Lasse39s friends were there and it was their cottage. His friend designed an


Auckland and the Northland:

October 21st, 2021

The next chapter of our trip started with a few problems getting out of Australia. We found ourselves standing at the checkin desk listening to the lady behind the counter tell us that she could not check us in until we had our visa sorted to return into


Domkerk Utretch Netherlands:

October 21st, 2021

From much of the city of Utrecht the very tall Dom Tower is visible. This tower is part of the Domkerk church complex including a nice enclosed courtyard for this old church compound. There I found a small open air market with live intertainment with ma


Tag 12 Fahrt von Leon nach San Sebastian:

October 21st, 2021

Nach dem Frhstck und dem Checkout habe ich mich auf den Weg nach Santiago de Compostela gemacht. Dabei besuchte ich auf dem Weg zwei ehemals rmische Attraktionen. Zuerst die Goldminen von Las Medulas die zu den grten im rmischen Reich gehrt


Portugus Camino Day 4:

October 21st, 2021

Ok determined to keep the pace slow and enjoy what we see. After 2 more beautiful days along the coast we decided to take a day and enjoy the town of Barcelos. Plus do laundry it has been surprisingly hot and humid. And transfer to the Central rout


The Start of Our Time In Marmaris October 13 Oct 19 2021:

October 21st, 2021

As is the case when we come into a port we always check for the wifi password and when is the local fruit and vegetable market. We found that the large market is held on Thursdays and a smaller version is at the same location on Sundays. With arriving


A Trip Much Needed:

October 21st, 2021

As my 36ltsup stylefontfamily 'Times New Roman' serifgtth tax season has now ended we decided to take a second try at some time on Block Island. The trip was originally scheduled for the week after the first half of tax season was over in


Normality Returns to HCMC:

October 21st, 2021

Since July HCMC has been in the throes of a savage lockdown. Now in midOctober the lockdown is all but over. The shops are open we are allowed to go out for nonessential journeys the taxis and xe oms are back. The only things not functioning as norm


Jumping Crocs:

October 21st, 2021

This morning we head out along the Arnhem Highway to the Adelaide River where we've booked to watch the Jumping Crocodiles. We drive past seemingly endless fields of mango trees. Absolutely endless. There must surely be enough of these delicious fruit gr


Our Travels Between Fethiye and Marmaris Turkey Oct 8 Oct 12 2021:

October 21st, 2021

Yes as Tsamaya is a sailboat we were finally able to leave Fethiye and head toward her winter home f which will be at the Marmaris Yacht Marina. It isnt that far away but we decided with the weather forecast we could take a few days more in order to


A Distant But Precious Memory:

October 21st, 2021

I am reading one of great travel writer Paul Theroux's Deep South. He talks at length about what travel writers write about usually some part of the journey that stands out either really great or really bad as in arduous troublesome and memorable.


Britain's Smallest City:

October 21st, 2021

Since Fiona was unable to get us more than one night at the Monk Haven Manor she managed to get a couple of nights at Ty Boia BB in St. Davids. St David's is about 24 miles north from where we've been staying. It is well known for being the


Tag 11 Leon:

October 21st, 2021

Heute bestand das Frhstck nicht aus einem Buffet sondern es war ein einzeln zubereiteter Teller mit Ei Speck Wrstchen Brtchen Obst Kaffee und Orangensaft. Das hat aber auch gut geschmeckt. Danach verlie ich das Hotel und ging zur nahegelege


Evora with Ease:

October 21st, 2021

A Unesco TownWhile our time in Spain had temporarily come to an end we were thrilled and excited to be moving on to Portugal. A new country a river cruise on the Douro River and reuniting with Travel Brendan . We havent trave


a chauffe dans l'Okanagan:

October 21st, 2021

Le 14 aot 2021La journe commence par un petitdjeuner absolument gargantuesque servi dans des sacs de papiers bruns la mode covid19. a nous cale l'estomac pour les prochaines heures et peu aprs nous quittons Revelstoke en direction de


Lisbon at Full Throttle:

October 21st, 2021

After a good nights sleep and a hearty breakfast we set off on our adventure of the day. Lisbon has many hills trolley cars and similarities to San Francisco where we had all lived at different times. Our mission if we chose to accept it and we did


First Week in Kansas:

October 21st, 2021

So everyone has asked me why I was going to Kansas for a MONTH and why Wichita My response was it's a days drive East and why not People warned me it would be boring there's nothing here to do it's flat the people are awful there's no hiking and th


Old World Wines:

October 21st, 2021

Have you heard of Spanish Priorat wine During the Middle Ages as the story goes a villager had a vision of angels ascending and descending a stairway to heaven in the region. The next year King Alfonso II of Aragn founded a small town and Carthusian


Tag 10 Fahrt von San Sebastian nach Leon:

October 21st, 2021

Heute musste ich relativ frh bis gegen 0930 frhstcken wurde offiziell nicht spter angeboten und machte mich dann auf den Weg weiter nach Westen. Erster Halt war dabei die fr den Jakobsweg wichtige Stadt Burgos. Dort lief ich etwas im Stadtzent


Edinburgh 3 Portraits and Plants:

October 21st, 2021

Another day another breakfast. I decided to go for the Vegetarian Full Irish and was happy that I didn't have to wait as long as the day before. The breakfast was really nice and there was a lot of choice on it. There were poached eggs baked beans veggi


Conspicuous Cliffs Peaceful Bays and a Valley Full of Giants:

October 21st, 2021

Limping into Pemberton after walking 110km in five days on a left foot sporting multiple injuries I was finally able to call a halt to proceedings to give my foot the time it needed to heal. And if this decision was initially cause for disappointment un


Durdle Door:

October 21st, 2021

Just shut up surrender and follow the love is something a friend said this week. I was so taken by the sentiment I took the liberty of writing it down and quoting it here. It is oft said that when we get out of our own way and allow life to be as it is


Portugal Camino day 1:

October 21st, 2021

Arrived in lovely Porto on Friday morning and enjoyed 2 days of wandering the city. Beautiful blue sky day. We stayed at a small 7 room guest house Cale guest house in a great central location. Sitting there the first morning eating breakfast lis


Tag 9 San Sebastian:

October 21st, 2021

Heute war ich also in San Sebastian. Beim Frhstck hat man das mit spanischem Kse und Schinken gemerkt die ich beide probiert habe. Dann startete ich meinen Spaziergang. Die grte Sehenswrdigkeit ist die Seepromenade am Playa de la Concha. Mein


My Mallorcan Dream:

October 21st, 2021

So here I am on the Spanish island of Mallorca. The island is 98 km by 78 km with 550 km of coastline. Typically this is not my normal type of trip since I prefer bigger cities since the entire island holds a little less than a million people. Only


Some Final Hellenic Thoughts:

October 21st, 2021

My second trip to Greece in less than six months may not seem very adventurous to you. But I plan to make up for what little I saw last May when the weather was too hot to do anything. So I am hoping for weather in the 70s cooler evenings and more ou


Life After Death:

October 21st, 2021

Wow. Yes I'm back.The last time I posted to this blog I said that was going to take a break from travelling for a while and that I didn't know when I would be posting next. Never in my wildest imagination did I think that it would be a break of two a


202110 Mexico Cruise Puerto Vallarta:

October 21st, 2021

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October 21st, 2021

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TERROR...or just a bad trip:

October 21st, 2021

Fear is like a gas...a cloud that can linger...weakening if breathed in.Being an anticipation...like a gas it can be blown or simply drift away.I have often experienced fear...but rarely terror.Terror is like a liquid...beyond anticipation...be


A Fifty Year Dream:

October 21st, 2021

I had no idea how I would fill the middle part of my trip. I started as you know in Frankfurt. Though mostly a large cold metropolis it seems to be developing a heart. I even found a Chinese hot pot restaurant near my hotel. One of my primary reaso


The Clouds and Storms Will in Time Pass Away:

October 21st, 2021

The day started with me going down to the lobby to collect our breakfast boxes while Mom stayed in the room. One unfortunate reality of coronavirus times was that those hot breakfast buffets where you and all your fellow road warriors would chow down bef


Climbing in Spain and Portugal:

October 21st, 2021

My friend Amanda and I met up in the Algarve in Portugal and climbed for a few days and took in some beach views.A few days later we headed out to camp and climb in Marbella Spain. The first night we set up a tent in the wilderness and started hear


Tag 8 Fahrt von La Rochelle nach San Sebastian:

October 21st, 2021

Heute habe ich im Hotel Pancakes gefrhstckt und mich dann auf den Weg in den Sden gemacht. Insgesamt waren fr den Tag ber 400 Kilometer geplant und nach gut 2 Stunden machte ich die erste Tank Drink und Toilettenpause. Etwas spter erreichte


"Sweetheart":

October 21st, 2021

First stop this morning is the Darwin Museum and Art Gallery well the museum at least. It seems that the art gallery bit is temporarily closed while they get it set up for a major exhibition.The Museum includes a large section on Cyclone Tracy which h


Walking in England Blea Tarn Friday 1999 August 20:

October 21st, 2021

We had the most beautiful walk today following more passes and valleys than spectacular ridges. We started from the hotel and walked gradually uphill through the valley then angled more steeply up to a pass. We crossed to the next valley by way of a pond


Skomer Island:

October 21st, 2021

Upon a recommendation from some girls on my China trip I had stated to my partner that I really would like to visit Skomer Island to see the Puffin birds. To my surprise she had paid for a short break to Wales to visit Skomer Island and St David's as a b


Tag 7 La Rochelle:

October 21st, 2021

Da ich gestern Meeresfrchte gegessen hatte nahm ich das Frhstcksangebot mit Schinken aus Bayonne und Kse und Baguette dankend zum Ausgleich an. Vorher natrlich die obligatorischen Corn Flakes. Auf Croissant und das leckere Pain au Chocolat verzi


Lisbon You Get An A:

October 21st, 2021

Wow it has been a long time since I traveled for pleasure. After the amazing trip to Australia I put travel on hold so I could search for a new job in a new city and new state. yeah I have wanderlust in my everyday life too. 2019s vacation was repl


Exploring Andalusia and the Sister City of Toledo:

October 21st, 2021

RondaThere is just something about train travel.not exactly sure what that is but maybe its because were Americans who grew up in the suburbs of our respective cities in the 1960s and 70s and as a result always arrived everywh


Tag 6 Fahrt von Nantes nach La Rochelle:

October 21st, 2021

Nachdem ich diesmal schon in den Regionen Champagne und LoireTal war habe ich heute den Atlantik erreicht. Von Nantes bin ich also in Richtung Sden und zuerst habe ich in der Region La Rochelle am alten deutschen UBoot Bunker vorbei geschaut. Der ist


Our Last Week in Fethiye Turkey September 30 October 7 2021:

October 21st, 2021

The last week of our time in Fethiye continued much like the first couple of weeks waiting for the engine to get finished working on some more projects on the boat walking into town to go to the weekly market on Sundays and Fridays eating out while


Paddy Moloney and The Chieftains:

October 21st, 2021

Paddy Moloney has died aged 83. He was the face of the Chieftains their cofounder leader and business manager and a consummate musician. He composed arranged and produced music and was a master of the uilleann pipes and tin whistle. So integral wa


52 hours of slow travelling on the Blue train from Pretoria to Cape Town...:

October 21st, 2021

Sometime it's not the destination that count but just the journey. Here we are for one of those journey and potentially one of the most luxurious longhaul train in the South Hemisphere. Thanks to the Covid the Blue train is offering a super dis


ALBANIE 2021:

October 21st, 2021

BonjouratousRicou retaille la route il est temps. Aprs quelques petites vires covidiennes franchouillardes grecques ou espagnoles tranquilles depuis mon rapatriement en urgence dInde en mars 2020 oui dj la bougeotte me reprend. Ja


A Standoff With a Particularly Stubborn Cow:

October 21st, 2021

The workshop was over so the early start today was selfinflicted. I got up at the usual 6.30am and headed off to Combestone Tor to try for what would effectively be fourth time lucky.As I drive into the car park with my headlights on fullbeam it l


Laying Down in The Political Promises:

October 21st, 2021

According to the weather forecasts it was due to be foggy again so we were anticipating going back to Wistman's Woods to try and get there before the fog started to clear again. The forecast was wrong so it was a change of plan again and instead we al


Solving an Old Dartmoor Mystery:

October 21st, 2021

As is usual with these photography workshops it was an early 6.30am start for the sunrise but at least the October sunrises are not too antisocial. We drove to Combestone Tor but it was too foggy for any photographs so we decided to return to the hote


Old School Navigation Saved The Day:

October 21st, 2021

Just before the dreaded lockdown started in early 2020 I went on a fantastic photography workshop to Rannoch Moor in Scotland see . Now that that lockdown is finally coming to an end I took the opportunity to go on another photography wo


Tag 5 Nantes:

October 21st, 2021

Heute bin ich durch Nantes spaziert. Mein erster Besuch datiert ja aus dem Jahr 1992 whrend meiner InterrailReise. Diesmal ging ich zum Schloss der Herzge von Burgund und besichtigte dort das Museum ber die Stadt. Es setzt etwas spt in der Geschic


Haven't we seen this road before:

October 21st, 2021

So we left you on a cliffhanger... had the parcel arrived well of course it hadn't so we decided to cross the border completely unnoticed into Slovenia. Our idea was to stay close to the Border so we could drive back when or if the parcel arrived.It


Tag 4 Fahrt von Tours nach Nantes:

October 21st, 2021

Heute habe ich wieder gut gefrhstckt u.a. wie gestern mit Croissant und fuhr dann zum Chateau d'AzayleRideau. Das war gewissermaen zum Aufwrmen. Auch dort kann man schn ohne Fhrung herum laufen und es gab auch einige Mbel in den Zimmern.


Nemecko 6.tyzden opat domov:

October 21st, 2021

pondelok 04.10.2021Noc nic moc najskor vykrikoval noe potom dusik a do toho chrapanie ludi.Tentoraz nevyuzivame ranajky v ubytku ako tomu bolo predchadzajuce 2 noci. Ranajky stali 8os svedske stoly salam syr pecivo mlieko..


4th and 5th Week in Colorado:

October 21st, 2021

Well 3 weeks broke my previous record but I think all my other travel blogs had about 3 or 4 entries in a shorter time. I'm back Let's see if I can remember what I did...Sept 26Oct 1 work threw some mandatory OT on us for the first time ever. I am st


Saudi Arabia Al Ula and beyond:

October 21st, 2021

I have spent most of 2021 working Northwest Saudi Arabia on various projects. It's been exhausting but the scenery is completely gorgeous. Without going into detail here are some highlights Al Ula Take 1We previously worked h


Tag 3 Tours:

October 21st, 2021

Heute habe ich es etwas ruhiger angehen lassen meine Fe geschont und nach dem Frhstck nur die Kathedrale von Tours besichtigt. Der Kreuzgang ist auch sehenswert aber Montags geschlossen. Von dort ging ich zum Starbucks und habe dort eine Kaffeepa


'The Observer's Book of Birds':

October 21st, 2021

'The Observer's Book of Birds' was my first bird book. I still have it minus the dustjacket but carefully wrapped in brown paper. It has been with me since May 1964. I know this because I wrote dates in the index next to the birds names an


Two years in the making......:

October 21st, 2021

Remember a time long long ago in far far away lands when we were allowed to do a thing called travel When stateterritory borders were merely a welcomesign photo opp and quarantine was something we only heard of watching Border Patrol on the TV


So after a full year of backpacking travel it comes to an end:

October 21st, 2021

It was a late rise the morning after the rush trip back from Africa but the sleep was really needed. Back at the flat at Hammersmith again we had a really civilised breakfast of porridge followed by bacon and eggs. I rang Ruth and made arrangements for J


Tag 2 Fahrt von Reims nach Tours:

October 21st, 2021

Heute habe ich nach dem Frhstck Reims verlassen und bin dann in den Raum Tours gefahren. Dort wollte ich das Chteau de Chenonceau besuchen und habe dieses auch problemlos gefunden. Trotz Sonntag und schnem Wetter musste ich weder beim TicketKauf n


Bishop Auckland:

October 21st, 2021

The bus journey from Durham to Bishop Auckland took about half an hour or so and it was a nice drive through some small towns villages and the countryside. I loved all the green fields. The bus stops in the marketplace in Bishop Auckland and I got off the


Tyson Fury v. Deontay Wilder III October 9th 2021:

October 21st, 2021

The Tyson FuryDeontay Wilder boxing trilogy came to a spectacular end on Saturday night in Las Vegas October 9th 2021 when Fury knocked out an exhausted Wilder in the 11th round. This was only the fifth trilogy between heavyweight champions


A quick transit through Spain back to London:

October 21st, 2021

Crossing over the Spanish border at Ceuta which was still in Africa was surprisingly easy given the likelihood of drug trafficking. We finally reached Ceuta itself on a Spanish bus for the last 7km and with clocks going forward an hour we only had aro


East Texas Poultry Festival Center Texas USA:

October 21st, 2021

I drove East on Texas Hwy 7 about 50 miles to the downtown Center Square for the Poultry Festival. Raising chickens is big business here in East Texas. This small festival is limited to the square dominated by the Shelby County Courthouse Museum. Though


Our farewell to Northern Africa in Algeria and Morocco:

October 21st, 2021

We had a really memorable couple of bus trips that afternoon taking 5 hours for the 150kms. The first to the TunisiaAlgeria border at Bou Chebka had several social stops two mechanical breakdowns and even an embarrassing pee stop for Joan. No hassles


day 7 summit dayhigh camp:

October 21st, 2021

Summit day was obviously the hardest day of the trip. I woke up at 10pm after about a 2hr nap from dinner to get ready. It had been snowing and there was fresh 12 of powder on the ground. At 1030 we quickly ate something and then started hiking up to t


Tag 1 Fahrt vom Raum Nrnberg nach Reims:

October 21st, 2021

Heute habe ich eine 4wchige Urlaubsreise nach Frankreich Spanien und Portugal begonnen. Die selbe Strecke bin ich vor 30 Jahren mit einer Jugendgruppe als meinen ersten groen Urlaub ohne Eltern entlang gereist. Nachdem ich also bei meiner Mutter fr


Crocs in the Swimming Hole:

October 21st, 2021

Today we'll be heading a hundred kilometres or so south down the highway to Litchfield National Park.We stop for a break in the centre of the small town of Batchelor. Town is probably stretching it a bit. I'm not sure we've been to too many other set


Chilling out with a homestay on an Oasis in Tunisia:

October 21st, 2021

The ferry from Trapani in Sicily across to Tunis left at 11am and while the day was overcast the sea was relatively calm for the trip. We mixed on board with a number of people including Kiwis Nev Liz Ed Heather the brothers Leek whose old man wor


Looking for America:

October 21st, 2021

The bus is getting crowded because everyone is leaving town. That is the first line of a poem my mom wrote this spring during the height of the lockdown. We had just come through our own battles with the dreaded coronavirus but unfortunately even though w


The Heart of China:

October 21st, 2021

We arrive in Beijing late afternoon and checkin at our final hotel of the tour. The tour ends after two nights and I've decided to spend 1 additional night here before heading home. In the evening we visit the Red Theatre to see The Legend of Kun


Tag 2 Fahrt von Bad Kissingen in den Raum Nrnberg:

October 21st, 2021

Am zweiten Tag in diesem Kurort gingen meine Mutter und ich nach dem Frhstck durch den Kurpark und am Casino vorbei auf einen Hgel auf dem sich ein Sissi Denkmal ein Tempel und eine kleine Walhalla befindet. Auerdem hat man von dort oben eine sch


Tag 1 Fahrt vom Raum Nrnberg nach Bad Kissingen:

October 21st, 2021

Gestern sind meine Mutter und ich vom Raum Nrnberg zum UNESCO Welterbe Bad Kissingen gefahren. Dort haben wir im Hotel eingecheckt und spazierten durch die Kleinstadt. Wir waren im Caf in der Altstadt beim Brunnenausschank in der Wandelhalle und kurz


Cory Got His Knee:

October 21st, 2021

Thats right. Monday October 4th was surgery day for Cory. Using robotics Dr.Johnston gave Cory a left total knee replacement. Everything went super. He spent one night at the Celebration hospital as an observation outpatient. He was almost in the sa


Visiting Botanische Tuinen Botanical Gardens Utrecht Netherlands:

October 21st, 2021

I was staying at my hotel in Utrecht for only four days so I had no time to waste. The nice people running my hotel told me about the botanical gardens and told me how to find them. I took a bus to the gardens.I got to Botanische Tuinen and paid a small


Avignon:

October 21st, 2021

Avignon is our home base for this part of Provence. Avignon is located in Southeastern France. It is located on the left bank of the Rhone river. Between 1309 and 1377 the center of the Catholic Church was here and home to seven consecutive Popes. In 1348


In transit to Northern Africa:

October 21st, 2021

The flight from Tel Aviv reached Athens by 11.15am and I made it back to Constitution Square an hour later. I picked up mail from American Express and had a very fond reunion with Joan. We returned to the hotel for a catch up for each of us on the events o


Walking in England Levens Park Thursday 1999 August 19:

October 21st, 2021

Once again thank goodness the weather forecast was wrong. No showers of any sort light cloud and occasional gusty wind.We mainly walked along a limestone ridge and Vince led. Andy took a day for paperwork to my mind an odd decision in the midst of


Three Traditional Ballads:

October 21st, 2021

I discovered the English and Scottish and Irish ballads mainly through the music I listened to as a teenager and young man. Folk rock bands like Pentangle Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span as well as traditional singers like Martin Carthy recorded


A brief introduction to kibbutz life in Israel:

October 21st, 2021

The Olympic Airways flight from Athens to Tel Aviv was pretty uneventful apart from a special airways meal of trout veal and veges with cake cheese and biscuits to follow. And I was able to double up on most from the dieting pair of English girls Lyn an


FontainedeVaucluse and Gordes:

October 21st, 2021

Today we drive to a cute village called FontainedeVaucluse. Humans have occupied the area since Neolithic era. Only about 500 people live here now. The village is on the River Sorgue. The river is fed by water that comes out of an underground spring at t


Winding it up in North Carolina:

October 21st, 2021

10621Our drive to Apex on 10121 was only half a day so we decided to take a scenic drive to get there. We left the hotel at 845 and 67 degrees and pointed the car NE. We drove through more of the heartland of AmericaOld Fort North Cove Cross


Wrexham County Borough 51 Bangor on DeeReturning home to normality the itch that most definately is not going away:

October 21st, 2021

Day 547 of lockdown in its various forms . We have arrived home and things are returning to normal whatever that is . My walks continue despite not finding anywhere new to explore. I cover old ground . The road has reopened to Overton . The track along the


Back into the warm Greek sunshine again:

October 21st, 2021

Joan and I took off from Hammersmith on a Saturday morning at the horrible hour of 8am by tube to Victoria Coach Station where we had no problems getting on the nonstop ugh London to Athens bus run by Pimlico Travel GBP21.50 each for the entire trip


Tag 2 Fahrt von Zrich nach Mnchen:

October 21st, 2021

Am zweiten Tag meines Aufenthaltes habe ich u.a. mit Bircher Msli gefrhstckt und berlegt ob ich zum Museum focus Terra gehen soll. Aber das wre leicht auf einem Berg gewesen und da ich noch viel vor hatte habe ich das auch den nchsten Besuch


Uzbekistan Samarkand:

October 21st, 2021

Question Does anyone know why my portrait photos look like crap all of a sudden They are not shown properly After arriving in the wee hours of the morning in Samarkand we made our way to the next hotel where we were actually going to be able


Time to say goodbye:

October 21st, 2021

We are sad to say goodbye to the lovely people birds fish colors and weather of Aruba.One last time to visit the Spanish Lagoon and say goodbye to the humming birds and Mr. Shoco. Actually we added a total of 9 birds to our life list this time.


Nemecko 5.tyzden kolin:

October 21st, 2021

pondelok 27.09.2021415 smerujem k miriam nakladam sa do auta a smer ga a vlak.Regionalny prichadza nacas rychlik meska 15.min. Ja idem prvym vlka dost natrieskany som necakal ze takto skoro pojde tolko ludi i ked je pondelok.


Land of Fire and Ice:

October 21st, 2021

Iceland Day 20 to 22 of 22Hi allWe've resisted for all the Iceland blogs so far using the oft repeated Fire and Ice in a title but after the last 3 weeks we felt it was both about time and appropriate.We are starting this blog whilst still


Granada's Gifts:

October 21st, 2021

Food is everything we are. It's an extension of nationalist feeling ethnic feeling your personal history your province your region your tribe your grandma. It's inseparable from those from the getgo.


My Most Cherished Possession:

October 21st, 2021

There is no doubt that my ancient laptop an Asus purchased in 2012 is my single most important possession. It enables me to connect with friends read the news gather information listen to music watch movies write blogs like this one play ches


Saying farewell to the Motherland:

October 21st, 2021

Following Roys Gay Hat Party I was certainly not feeling too flash when woken next morning around 9am. I was out on the road soon after with a lift from Mary but I didnt manage to get a hitch until an hour later. I then got a lucky run of around 20


October 4th last full day:

October 21st, 2021

Our last this and that As all good things come to an end all bad things do too of courseWe said goodbye to our Turtles on the N.W. side of the island. We were the first car there followed by 2 other middleaged women we chatted to afterwards


Tag 1 Fahrt von Mnchen nach Zrich:

October 21st, 2021

Weil zum Jahresende bei meinem Kunden das Budget etwas knapp wird habe ich 5 Wochen Urlaub genommen. Also zu einem gewissen Teil zwangshalber. Da ich aber dieses Jahr noch nicht gro weg gefahren bin werde ich dies nun nachholen. Erste Destination ist a


Edinburgh 1 A Stroll Along the Royal Mile:

October 21st, 2021

After a lovely journey up the coast on the train we arrived at Edinburgh. It was a short walk from the station to where we were staying. Checkin was smooth and I loved the view from our room across the Grassmarket. I have only really briefly been to the


October 3rd:

October 21st, 2021

We started Sunday with birding at the Spanish Lagoon. Its easy to get up early because our hostess likes us to keep the outdoor lights on so the light comes in the windows a bit. Of course we said hello to the burrowing owls and then stood watch at


A visit to Tyneside and Roys Gay Hat Party:

October 21st, 2021

Back in London again and sponging accommodation off the Canberra nurses in Hammersmith the first task for the day to renew the rego on the Kombi which we did with no problems. I then caught up with cousin Peter for lunch before making my way over to the


Birthdays Independence Day Work Days...:

October 21st, 2021

The bad news is times flies the good news is you're the pilot. I think I gave you all enough time in between blogs not to bore you too much. Since my blog of Sept. 12th I can say this work pleasure trip to the fab Riviera Maya


day6 Karanga camp to upper base camp:

October 21st, 2021

Day 6 is sometimes referred to as a mini summit. It's basically the start of the summit push as you get up at 6 and simply straight hike to base camp. This day was cold and rocky as well as very sunny. The terrain is pretty straightforward as you aim tow


AixenProvence:

October 21st, 2021

Aix is an hour drive from Avignon. We visit the Musee Granet named after famous local painter Francois Marius Granet. The museum houses a collection of French painters from 16th century on. We get an audio guide and enjoy art by Picasso of course his art


Road Trip:

October 21st, 2021

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On to Nice via a trio of gorges:

October 21st, 2021

Moustiers turned out to be a pretty village clinging to the side of a tall limestone cliff. A rushing stream runs right through the middle of the village dividing it into two parts that are joined by two or three bridges. Above there are two tokens of rel


Uzbekistan Bukhara:

October 21st, 2021

My latest adventure with Trekkup was a whirlwind weekend tour of Uzbekistan Silk and Spice weekend. I had been trying to do this popular trip for over a year now thanks Covid and Saudi. I was a little mentally exhausted due to my busy busy work schedul


Where did all Aussies head for in West Germany in late September:

October 21st, 2021

Shirley and I were ejected from the first class compartment on the train from Brussels to Stuttgart but got to share a second class compartment with USA cuties Colleen and Pattie as well as some other foreigners. We chatted with the girls at odd times an


October 2nd:

October 21st, 2021

It was pouring cats and dogs by 545 am a lovely sound on the tin roof so no birding or snorkeling this morning. Having our readytogohome Covid test seemed the only alternative. The clinic was up near La Cabana open from 7 am to 10 pm and had been


By Hand or Cork:

October 21st, 2021

I learn so much from Karen at Winespeed. Here are two very interesting facts. Can you believe it costs 90 to pick a ton of wine grapes in the San Joaquin Valley Minimum cost is 90 to hand harvest one ton of wine grapes in the Central Valley of


Montreal:

October 21st, 2021

Visiting another City through the eyes of two heygo guides.Patrick as part of his eastern Canada a road trip was passing through Montreal.Several days with ones tour startin not far from the Clock Tower erected in 1921 to commemorate the brave Mer


Arequipa:

October 21st, 2021

Arequipa The White CityArequipa is known as the White City because of its architecture built with white volcanic stone called sillar.Elizabeth gave a great insight into the history of this city. We learnt about the stillfunctioning Santa Catali


New York High Line at night:

October 21st, 2021

Stretching 1.45 miles through the Meatpacking District and Chelsea along the west side of Manhattan the High Line is one of New Yorks most innovative green spaces. Built along an old elevated railway the original tracks are still visible along the pat


French Riviera Walk along the Red cliffs of Dramont:

October 21st, 2021

Walk along the Red cliffs of DramontSet against the natural backdrop consisting of the Esterel mountain range Saint Raphael on the French Riviera is a well known seaside holiday resort halfway between Cannes and SaintTropez.With 36 kilometres of


Quebec:

October 21st, 2021

Quebec through the eyes of two heygo guides.Patrick who usually guides in Banff was on a road trip of Eastern Canada he spent time during different parts of the day to show us around Quebecs interesting and picturesque locations.As the only F


Crocosaurus Cove:

October 21st, 2021

We wake to the news that COVID case numbers are skyrocketing in Melbourne and the consensus seems to be that a five day circuit breaker lockdown is not going to be nearly enough to hit this outbreak on the head. The situation is even worse in Sydney an


Snorri saves the day:

October 21st, 2021

Iceland Days 16 to 19 of 22After the shenanigans of weather avoidance of recent days our pace has slowed somewhat for the remainder of the holiday.We had never intended to spend time in the middlingWest and certainly not in the Golden Circle e


Arles:

October 21st, 2021

Today we drive to Arles 56 minutes by car from Avignon. Arles was once a Roman city and the old town has narrow streets and is know as a place Vincent Van Gogh lived and worked. We park near a large outdoor market. Mark buys a hat and I buy some handmade s


SIKH and ye shall find:

October 21st, 2021

We met Tony Glenda in Tasmania in 2014...fossicking secluded beaches at Mt Willem NP for little things.Told by firemen their house had been lost in the Blue Mountains fires only to find it still standing...most holidays in Oz deserts in 'Matilda' the


October 1st:

October 21st, 2021

A very eventful day even though we didnt get in the ocean What happenedWell first thing we went birding at the nearby Spanish Lagoon and met Armando who happens to be a professional birder and artist. After looking at the pair of owls he of


Further solo travels heading back into mainland Europe:

October 21st, 2021

The 3.5 hour ferry trip from Dieppe in France to Newhaven in England travelled over remarkably calm seas for the English Channel. We disembarked in England with no hassles and the comfortable train trip into Victoria arrived around 6.30pm. I left Christin


Better or Just Different:

October 21st, 2021

From Tony Bourdain's brother Here is this guy who has had these travel experiences that nobody could ever have. And yet in some respects I've had better travel experiences in the last couple of years. Because I can wander aimlessly for five hours al


Doing It All:

October 21st, 2021

We are trying anyway..to do it all. before Cory goes under the knife. Not much time left to squeeze in all the things we want to do before he becomes incapacitated. I am already planning on what type of patient he will be. Hes already calling me


Making 'beaucoup des nouvelles amies in my French travels:

October 21st, 2021

The 11.30am ferry from Sassari in Sardinia to Bonifacio in Corsica took just on an hour all of which we gained back by putting our watches back that same amount on arrival. I joined up on the trip with the German couple who had helped me with my currency


Travel Quotes JulySep 2021:

October 21st, 2021

I am getting so busy I almost forgot to start up a new quarter's worth of quotations for you. Since I get very little feedback this particular email may go to rest at the end of 2021. Please share your favorites I always include Robert Frost my favo


Kentucky and Tennessee:

October 21st, 2021

93021This will be the last travel entry for a while as we are stopping at our daughters house for a couple of weeks. During that time I will post a final entry summing up this trip. Thanks for reading.Last night we were in Cave City KY just ou


Thursday the 30th:

October 21st, 2021

Our day started with a visit to the Spanish Lagoon to visit the burrowing owl both of them this time We noticed that one of them at least has been banded.David also got much better photos of the Ruby Topaz humming bird but still not up to his usu


Amantan Island and the travel agencies that take advantage of host families:

October 21st, 2021

After my article about Amantan Island was published in Fodors I decided to go back to the island to see what the impact


Valencia has a Vibe:

October 21st, 2021

When we got off the train in Valencia Spain we received a very warm and familiar hug from the humidity. It felt great as one of our days in Segovia was a bit cool. Even though we know fall is knocking on the door we are not ready for these temps just yet.


35.den tirana syri i ciklopit:

October 21st, 2021

Tak ako vcera i dnes ideme skusit stastie na juhovychodny bus terminal vcera sme tam cakali pol hodinu 915945 nuz sme predpokladali ze bus pojde o celej a on ozaj isiel.Taka stara hrklavka nas vezie na konecnu do dedinky krrabe.Finish bol r


Branching out on my own in Italy:

October 21st, 2021

We travelled straight down to the SwissItalian border through wine country with the terraced grape fields quite striking. It was a very steep climb up to the St Bernard Pass with the countryside very reminiscent of the Snowy Mountains in summer. We deci


Mom May 1 1928 September 22 2021:

October 21st, 2021

Mom passed away on September 22nd. This is not news you ever want to hear but it definitely hits hard when you are so many miles away. I hold on to the memory of my last visit with Mom on the 8th of September. It was a good visit


Finally Back on Tsamaya in Fethiye 2 Years Away Is Not Good for a Boat:

October 21st, 2021

After a very long trip and 7 time zones we are back onboard Tsamaya. Our trip started Sunday September 12th at 8AM with our friend Lisa picking us up to drive us to the Albany airport where we then picked up a shuttle service to JFK. The driv


Tall Timbers Rushing Rivers and a Date with the Devil's Butthole:

October 21st, 2021

After enjoying a dayandahalf of rest and relaxation at the wildlife utopia of Donnelly River Village I endeavoured to leave on Monday morning 20th September only to find myself lingering as I passed mobs of kangaroos lazing about in the sunshine on t


An extraordinary journey to....our HOMES:

October 21st, 2021

Out of suffering comes the serious mind out of salvation the grateful heart out of endurance fortitude out of deliverance faith. Patient endurance attends to all things. Teresa of Avila A lockdown This word i


Tout dpart.... finit par .... un retour.... et un nouveau petit dpart...:

October 21st, 2021

Si bien nous connaissons les dates de nos dparts. Dieu seul connat souvent celles de nos retoursCest ainsi que ce voyage avait t dcid avec un dpart pour le 27 aot et que nous avancions selon nos dcouvertes mais aussi selon


Are We Well and Truly Fucked:

October 21st, 2021

In this fine article George Monbiot argues that a growing world population and economic expansionism mean we are heading for disasterhttpswww.the


Wednesday the 29th:

October 21st, 2021

We tried birding in the Spanish Lagoon area just after 8 and were rewarded with TWO burrowing owls in the roped off area and a new humming bird not such a good photo though. Then off for a 2 hour drift snorkel at Mangel Halto no ocean triggerfish or


Mammoth Cave National Park:

October 21st, 2021

92921Last night was a night to remember. We checked into our hotel in CincinnatiFlorence and discovered that we were very close to the interstate. And the windows were no help in keeping the noise out. So I figured it was going to be a long night. W


Walking in England Keswick Wednesday 1999 August 18:

October 21st, 2021

Free day today. Many of us including me needed it but some people planned extra hikes. I went to Keswick in a Range Rover driven by a professional chauffeur Tom. He and his brother John are Lo


Les lacs en rappel et en canot:

October 21st, 2021

Le 11 aot 2021Aujourd'hui on se fait plaisir et on retourne voir deux des merveilles du parc national de Banff le lac Louise et le lac Moraine. Nous y tions passs en septembre dernier pour observer un lever de soleil plutt gristre et moro


Between gorges:

October 21st, 2021

After crossing the Rhone and stopping in Chateauneuf du Pape for a delicious lunch accompanied by a glass of the famous red wine we had a day climbing though another spectacular gorge. I think the authors of the guide we're following have a passion for


Nimes:

October 21st, 2021

We are in Paris instead of going to Avignon where we are staying we take the train from Paris to Nice. We are hoping to find our stolen bag. We checked the hours of the lost and found at the Nice Ville station. The lost and found is open all day every day


An abundance of Mountains and Lakes in Switzerland:

October 21st, 2021

We were across the West German border by 10am and it was a good road through some pretty flat Swiss countryside so with the van now performing a little better again we reached Zurich by midday. By then it was a real scorcher so after lunch we spent mos


Greece on a Beast:

October 21st, 2021

Not really unless you consider a bicycle a beast of sorts. When I was here in May it was too darn hot to go on any bike tour morning afternoon or night. But I think October now is going to work out. Here is what I am going to do. First take a


More Grecian Greece:

October 21st, 2021

Let's try to step further out of the comfort zone as I see more of Athens than on my last visit. The weather is conducive to walking sitting at cafes and enjoying this greatltbr stylewebkitfontsmoothing antialiased gtMetaxourgeio is not a


Greek Cheese:

October 21st, 2021

Most of us think about feta when it comes to Greek cheese. And it is Greece's most popular cheese. According to Greek myth Aristaeus the son of Apollo learned how to make cheese from the nymphs and later taught mere mortals the gift of cheese making.


Olive Picking Season in Greece:

October 21st, 2021

From Culinary Backstreets website Fall marks the start of the olive picking season throughout Greece. From Thrace to Crete from Corfu to Lesvos and even in the suburbs of Athens landowners lucky enough to have olive trees will start harvesting their f


Athens Update:

October 21st, 2021

Since I was just in Greece in May I will try not to repeat anything I sent whether Athens or Santorini. But I am back though perhaps in a different mode. I assume the pandemic still requires caution but I hear the Greeks are almost 50 vaccinated an


The Weatherman Dictates:

October 21st, 2021

October in Europe is generally a great place to visit assuming the weather is still good in spite of global warming. Most everywhere in southern Europe is still nice. But northern Europe where I want to visit is getting quite cold. Highs are in the


Who Was Frau Rauscher:

October 21st, 2021

Most Germans prefer beer and wine. But Frankfurt's favorite drink is apple wine. Frau Rauscher was a rather feisty woman who achieved legendary status thanks to her love of apple wine. According to legend she stole apple wine from unsuspecting patrons


Five Wine Regions Near Frankfurt:

October 21st, 2021

While Frankfurt may not be wine central it is just an hour some less some more train ride to numerous wine regions. Mainz is only 30 minutes away. From Mainz it is easy to reach some of the best German wine regions including Rheingau Nahe Mosel


Frankfurt am Main:

October 21st, 2021

Frankfurt on the Main means on the Main River only 19 miles upstream from the confluence with the famous Rhine River in Mainz. I will spare you the history lesson and only highlight Napoleon who made it the seat of government for the Republic of the Rh


My Best Meals in All 50 States:

October 21st, 2021

Having visited all 50 of our United States I thought I would list some places totally from memory I might add. Some are holes in the wall some are local recommendations and most are totally by chance. Very few are Beard or Michelins. Best just mea


day 5 Barranco wall to Karanga camp:

October 21st, 2021

Day 5 was the most technical part of the climb. It involved going up and over the Barranco wall. The wall is 287m high about 800ish feet and does require some scrambling. None of the scrambling is incredibly difficult and typically just requires smart h


Tuesday the 28th:

October 21st, 2021

Its our elder daughter Heathers 8thwedding anniversary with Dario so we had to sing our usual song and send it by WhatsApp after taking our breakfast outside on that amazing patio.Then it was off to Mangel Halto for a drift snorkel of


Lake Erie Waterfront:

October 21st, 2021

92821We didnt have that much territory to cover today so we did not leave the hotel until 855. But the real reason is that we are on the far west side of the eastern time zone and it is still dark at 7 AM. So we did not wake up until after 730.


Nemecko 4.tyzden cesta domov:

October 21st, 2021

pondelok 20.09.2021V poste ma cakala plastova bahncard a zdravotna karticka. Zdravotna karticka ma cip jak u nas obcanka a obsahuje aj fotku tu sme nahrali cez web. Z druhej strany karticky je klasicka europska karticka.julia mi spra


Bay of Fundy and conclusion:

October 21st, 2021

We continued then South to Bay of Fundy the place in world where the tides are the highest.First attraction there is Hopewell Cape a place where you can witness these tides and the beautiful effect of erosion. Some of the structures are called 'flo


My Literary Epiphany 'The Winter's Tale':

October 21st, 2021

I am a retired English teacher. I taught for 39 years all over the world in the UK Africa South America and Vietnam. My greatest love in English teaching was teaching Shakespeare and poetry. I often reflect on the epiphany I had in 6th for


Fixing our van and relaxing in the old West Germany:

October 21st, 2021

We crossed the border from Austria into Liechtenstein around 7pm and were into Vaduz soon after. We stopped long enough to take some snaps of the castle on the hill above the main street then drove up a hill just out of town for the night where we got a


Moving to our AirBnB:

October 21st, 2021

What a great turtle hunt we had this morning 12 from about 715845. Plus FIVE flying gurnards and an eel. And 2 men on those powered underwater things which scared away our turtles We had to check out from La Cabana by 10 and we managed tha


Mike Beal Stalwart of Old Swinford Hospital R.I.P.:

October 21st, 2021

I have just learned of the untimely death of Mike Beal from cancer. Apparently he died two or three years ago. He must have been no more than 65. Here are my memories of him.Mike joined the staff of Old Swinford Hospital to teach Science in 1976 my s


Lake Erie north of Sandusky OH:

October 21st, 2021

92721First let me say there was no blog entry yesterday. It was purely a moving day500 miles across the interstate. There was really nothing to report except perhaps the new hotel that we stayed in last night. La Quinta in State Rd 933 in South B


Snow Poles to the Rescue:

October 21st, 2021

Iceland Days 14 15 of 22Hi allSundayThe plan for today and Monday was to take our time on the 450km interesting roads journey from our perchedabovethesea guesthouse in Skagastrnd via a midway stop at Hlmavk at the entrance to the


Porquerolles:

October 21st, 2021

We leave Nice and head south to an island called Porquerolles. We take tram two then tram one to get to the train station Nice Ville. The train takes us to Toulon. In Toulon we take a train to Hyers. In Hyers we take a taxi to the port at Tour Fondue. At t


Waltzing through the old Czechoslovakia south into Austria:

October 21st, 2021

We were up early due to a lousy nights sleep attributed to the van being parked on an angle on the side of the road lesson learnt We made the last few kilometres to the PolishCzech border by 9am where we had a relatively hassle free crossing al


Sunday the 26th:

October 21st, 2021



Third Week in Colorado:

October 21st, 2021

Highlights from this week Sunday Great Sand Dunes National Park. This was my 7th National park since I started on my mission to visit them all. The park has the tallest Sand Dunes in North America at 750 feet. Being the tallest Sand Dunes in Nort


The Quarantine Camp:

October 21st, 2021

We're still keeping a very nervous eye on the list of COVID exposure sites back home. I wonder whatll happen if anywhere weve been to does pop up on the list. Im starting to have nightmarish visions of squads of heavily armed guards breaking down


Above the gorge of the Ardche:

October 21st, 2021

After Mende we spent two more days wending our way through the quiet green hills of the Cevennes. Then yesterday we stumbled into Tourist France. The first hint was the flotilla of multicoloured kayaks floating down the Ardche river. Then we reached Po


Spiritual Soporiferousness in Rishikesh:

October 21st, 2021

It's a bold blog title I know. Especially to describe the 'home of yoga' and a spiritual mecca of sorts ever since the Beatles visited the ashram of Maharishi in the 60s. However. One can find God if indeed that is what one is seeking or Enlightenment


Saturday the 25th:

October 21st, 2021

One week in Aruba and it was a very interesting day.First off to hunt turtles off the 3 Steps place and was rewarded with 12 Plus David saw an ENORMOUS fish that really stumped us until we figured out it was the biggest sharksucker we


Dodging Downpours with the Band of Brothers:

October 21st, 2021

Returning to the Bibbulmun Track after a relaxing couple of nights in Collie it didn't take long for me to hit my stride despite the presence of a pesky blister on one of my toes that I had picked up on my interminable waterlogged trudge from Possum Sp


Mnchen Sdkoreanisches BBQ:

October 21st, 2021

Nachdem ich 2002 rund 6 Wochen ein Projekt in Sdkorea gemacht habe und dort fast jeden Tag zum sdkoreanischen BBQ eingeladen war habe ich immer wieder bei uns nach so einem Restaurant gesucht und bin nun in Mnchen fndig geworden. Dort wird am Tisc


Day 42 Thursday 17 October From Italy via Doha back to Perth:

October 21st, 2021

Day 42 Thursday 17 October and we head back to PerthMore than 24 hours later than we expected and we get to head home.The day chilling at the hotel wasn't all bad and gave us a chance to rest up. Every stop we made throughout


Day 41 Wednesday 16 October 2019 Dohar:

October 21st, 2021

Day 41 Wednesday 16 October 2019 DoharAfter all the unknown Qatar were so super organised at the Dohar end we got shuffled to a special counter given water organised a hotel and breakfast lunch and dinner plus transfers back. We got upgr


Day 40 Tuesday 15 October 2019 Venice and to the airport:

October 21st, 2021

Day 40 Tuesday 15 October 2019 Venice and to the airportLast day. Decided not to waste it and got online to book some tickets for Doges Palace 52. Really interesting place. Bought some list minute souvenirs including a gorgeous charm fo


Day 39 Monday 14 October 2019 Murano:

October 21st, 2021

Day 39 Monday 14 October 2019 MuranoIts so misty its like a white blanket. You cant see anything from the ferry. Turns out that to get to Burano we have to go to Murano wait another hour for a ferry and then 1.5hrs ride to Burano


Stocking up the van in Poland:

October 21st, 2021

It was an early up and about at 5.30am on the Swedish ferry for another hot shower and to watch the boat approach the Polish coast at Swinoujscie. It was a smooth crossing and we had quite adequate sleep inside the van. Customs were pretty prompt and we


Republic of Georgia Land of the Dogs:

October 21st, 2021

I think of dogs as being a lot like men. As with men and with dogs I have a definite type. You know that look personality or demeanor that I gravitate toward even though I like most all dogs and men. I bet you have a type also if you think about


Saint Paul MI:

October 21st, 2021

92521We woke this morning in Duluth to 46 degrees. So we dressed for cold weather. By the time we left at 845 it was 49 degrees but the overcast skies that loomed over us for most of the day kept the temperatures on the chilly side. The trees along


How to Taste:

October 21st, 2021

It takes only 15 milliseconds for the human body to register a taste. According to Dr. Hildegarde Heymann at the University of California at Davis taste perception is swift because the tongue and mouth assisted by the nose are the bodys prima


Silver of the sea:

October 21st, 2021

Days 12 13 from 22Hi thereAkureyri Iceland's 2nd city city selftitled and also referred to as such by my brother but Pip objected to that so Phil fired back with municipality by population but to then get really really picky


Parc Phoenix Nice:

October 21st, 2021

It is our last day in Nice. We pack and we decide to head to Parc Phoenix. We have passed the Parc several times and decide it would be a nice easy thing to do on our last day. It is a Parc with different gardens located in a large hot house. There are als


Dodging COVID Bullets:

October 21st, 2021

We wake up in a cold sweat and check the local COVID exposure site list yet again. We also found ourselves checking it nervously about every ten minutes as we sat in front of the TV last night. We're supposed to be flying out to Darwin this morning but if


WATER WATER:

October 21st, 2021

We have water Finally Remember how we told you about our broken water system Well its not broken anymore. We have water.yes water..Im repeating myself. Tom from RV Force came and fixed our problem. Yay for Tom Cory had ordered the neede


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October 21st, 2021

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October 21st, 2021

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October 21st, 2021

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October 21st, 2021

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20218 Everglades National Park Florida:

October 21st, 2021

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Biscayne National Park Florida:

October 21st, 2021

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20218 Keys West Florida:

October 21st, 2021

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20218 Nassau Bahamas:

October 21st, 2021

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20218 Ocean Cay Bahamas:

October 21st, 2021

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20218 Crystal Cove NewPort Beach California:

October 21st, 2021

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20218 Gilman Peak Yorba Linda:

October 21st, 2021

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First Friday in Aruba:

October 21st, 2021

Another lovely day less cloudy perhaps than some others and more windy. High 80s But our car said 96. We did not try for an early morning turtle safari and arrived at Arashi the most northern beach around 915. The current was strong so I didnt go


A quick transit through Sweden on our way back to mainland Europe:

October 21st, 2021

We set off from Oslo around 1pm with Norway offering us showers right up to the end. We went straight through the border around 2.30pm and as we did we clocked up our first 5000 kms of our European Kombi venture. We drove along a poor road through to Ka


Lake Superior Shores:

October 21st, 2021

92421We woke this morning to a cold and blustery day. It was 56 degrees and although the weather app on my phone said the wind was 8 MPH due to my experience from my flying days you could not convince me that it was anything but a 25 knot wind. At


Le clou du voyage... Suisse Sigriswil... la dsalpe:

October 21st, 2021

Et oui... pour moi c'tait le clou du voyage... Voir les vaches descendre de la montagne... participer au concours aux fromages...Un morceau de tradition suisseChaque anne au mois de septembre les paysans se runissent dans le Justista


De dcouvertes en dcouvertes Suisse:

October 21st, 2021

Dans une valle creuse par les glaciers le lac de Sarnen formait aprs la dernire re glaciaire une surface deau continue avec le lac des QuatreCantons. Entre temps des cnes de djections accumuls par les alluvions fluviales lont tra


The Journey begins........ Segovia:

October 21st, 2021

Not all those who wander are lost J.R.R. TolkienIt was simply bugging the hell out of us....we would talk about it imagine it even attempt to make plans in the hopes that we could travel....somewhere. We've somewhat mollified this urg


Martian craters:

October 21st, 2021

Iceland days 10 11 from 22Wednesday After yesterday's weather fun we were hoping for something more stable weather wise and on the whole that is what we've had over these two days albeit at a noticeable cooler temperature than we've had over the


Fjords and Stave Kirkes in Norway:

October 21st, 2021

After crossing the border from Sweden into Norway it was then another 100kms drive on to Oslo through heavy traffic on a hilly forest road. We sneaked in and helped ourselves to a free shower and a tidy up at the Youth Hostel a pricey 25Kr per night but


Great River Road Minnesota:

October 21st, 2021

92321BRRRRR. We woke this morning in La Crescent MN to 46 degrees. I had to get out my jeans this morning. It was not a day for shorts for sure. And as the day began we were in a shroud of fog on and off for quite some time. I guess the chill is


Thursday already:

October 21st, 2021

Thursday alreadyWe tried the Tres Tapis 3 steps entry to hunt for turtles today and we can see why this is gaining in popularity since they installed a few palapas and signage the swim out to the seagrass is not as far as from the entrance at


Ladder of Cattaro:

October 21st, 2021

Short stop in Kotor traveling from Croatia to Albania. Short blog entry too. Did the same trip in 2012 but in reverse. This time I had planned to ascend the Ladder of Kotor Cattaro is the Italian name the trail is an old route to Cetinje before roads co


Landshut Besuch der Stadt:

October 21st, 2021

Seit gut 8 Monaten habe ich ja 100 Home Office und Mnchen nicht mehr beruflich verlassen. Da war es ganz interessant dass ich letzten Sonntag einen Ausflug nach Landshut gemacht habe. Ich glaube zum ersten Mal bin ich 1994 durch die Stadt auf dem Weg z


Along the Lot:

October 21st, 2021

Since we left the Perigord we've been following the Lot river. Some of the time we've been riding right beside the twisting river through narrow gorges as well as places where the valley widens out and the flat valley bottom is carpeted with farmland. Ou


day 4 Moir Hut to Baranco camp:

October 21st, 2021

The 4th day was the second climitization day. It involved hiking up to the Lava tower to climatize about 15k feet and then come back down to around 13k feet at the Barranco camp. Every day gets us up at 6 so again up at 6 hiking by 7. This day of hikin


South to Jarbidge to the Start:

October 21st, 2021

The Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route starts in Jarbidge Nevada a few miles south of the star line. Don't ask me why we have to drive 170 mi South from Board to get there. I think the route designers wanted to showcase the high desert. So that when you f


Wednesday in Water Wonderland:

October 21st, 2021

Every other day we try to do a morning swim with the turtles. Having heard a tip about getting in slightly not as far as Boca Catalina at Three Steps we got into the water by 815 again finding the turtle grass closer in than our usual entrance. Sa


Great River Road in IL IA and MN:

October 21st, 2021

92221Each evening when I sit down to write this blog I have no idea what is going to come out. And the same goes for right now. So lets see where we go.This morning I was up before 7 and ready to roll at 730 but as things go and preparatio


Heading into Scandinavia via Denmark:

October 21st, 2021

The departing group of Bob Andy Julie Peta myself left Earls Court on the Sunday morning at 9am for the start of our big European Kombi trip in very overcast weather. We made it down to the Hastings by 11.30am where two of the guys from the Sundowner


Kouchibouguac national park:

October 21st, 2021

We arrived at the coast. We slept in a small BB in SaintLouis de Kent village called Ancrage bb. This is a wonderful place comfortable and with very good breakfasts. Its a few minutes from the national park.National park has a general flat topogr


34.den tirana bunkart:

October 21st, 2021

Povodne sme chceli ist dnes k syri i ciklopit lenze na Southeastern Albania Regional Bus Terminal nikde vypisane busy a ani nikto nic nevedel.Tento terminal je ozaj regionalny oproti nasmu prvemu je toto uplne prtaveMensia rodinna hadka a prichad


33.den tirana na vrchol dajti:

October 21st, 2021

Dnes mame na plane vrchol dajti.Oproti zastavke busov na letisko odchadza bus az k lanvoke co smeruje na tento kopec.Bus neni vobec plny vyskakujeme na konecnej i ked tam na nas nieco sprievodca pokrikoval.Pesi ideme asi 10.min k startu lano


32.den presun tirana:

October 21st, 2021

Pesibusom sa vydavame na vzdialeny bus terminal. Ako kazdy den i tento riadne pripeka.V plane je machiato a nieco sladke no takato kombinacia v tunajsich kaviarnach neni.Zalozny plan je pekaren ale ani tu nikde nevidime zlate macedonsko.Nak


Sentier du Littoral hike around SaintJeanCapFerrar:

October 21st, 2021

We are headed to SaintJeanCapFerrat to hike on a 4.8 km trail. We take the number 2 tram to Nice Port. We walk a few blocks and take the number 15 bus to SaintJeanCapFerrat. It is sprinkling when we arrive so we find a outdoor restaurant with larg


Tuesday the 21st:

October 21st, 2021

Tuesday the 21st 50 years plus one monthWhat a full dayFirst we stopped at Lindas Pancakes to give the Grace Mercy coins to our two new friends then off to Mangel Halto for an excellent drift snorkel. It was choppy but not a bad


Walking in England Helm Crag Tuesday 1999 August 17:

October 21st, 2021

Into our stride now walk to a mountain up one end across the top or two and down the other end. Once again the views were stunning and again the bad weather didnt materialize although it was worse than yesterday no sun but a few very short


Great River Road in MO and IL:

October 21st, 2021

92121We woke up this morning to a rainy Arnold MO. It was dark and gloomy when I got up just before 7 AM. Eventually the rain went away but the clouds stayed for good part of the day. So my photos may not be the best.Because of the weather turn


Checking out the Motherland and preparing for Europe:

October 21st, 2021

I was met on arrival at the Sundowners base in London by my Sydney girlfriend Sue and we hung around for about an hour lining up accommodation collecting letters and luggage and saying my various goodbyes to all my fellow travellers of the last 80 da


4 seasons in a day:

October 21st, 2021

Iceland Day 8 9 of 22Monday You can tell that this place be it Iceland in general or Egilsstair in particular has a lot of American tourists given that it has a pretty authentic diner as a place to eat. We stopped off for a breakfast of amer


Tour of New Brunswick:

October 21st, 2021

The pandemic still lingers. Land borders are closed and international travels are not recommended. It's better to travel local in these conditionsThis summer the Quebec's region of Gaspesie was flooded with tourists and all accommodations hotels m


Day 38 Sunday 13 October 2019 Venice Italy:

October 21st, 2021

Day 38 Sunday 13 October 2019 Venice ItalyOpti Shuttle 9.15am to Venice was the quickest easiest and best value. Picked up on the corner near our accommodation. Long trip on a mini bus but very comfortable good speed with a pit stop at a


How to Travel Solo:

October 21st, 2021

Most of you who know me know that I travel with my good buddy Mr. Mike or I travel solo. Mike is the BEST travel buddy ever. We are not joined at the hip when we travel though we have similar interests. And we never I repeat never talk about mone


Great River Road Central:

October 21st, 2021

92021 We left West Memphis this morning at 845 and 77 degrees and found our way back onto the Great River Road. And it has occurred to me today what took me days to figure out last time we drove the riverit isnt about the river. You can dr


Caon City CO:

October 21st, 2021

Great Bend KS is named after the curve in a river which now runs dry. Route 50 and the Santa Fe trail follow the course of the Arkansas River back to the Rockies in search of the water now made scarce by the drought and by the many impoundments along t


Back into the free world again and finishing our bus trip in London:

October 21st, 2021

We were away from the campsite at Warsaw by 7am and reached the German border 500km some 9 hours later after a short lunch stop. The countryside was still devoted to farming but much less intensive than in Russia with greater variety and a nice contrast


Monday in Aruba:

October 21st, 2021

Monday alreadyTime to hit the ocean to see turtles before the Jolly Roger type boats arrive. When we arrived at Boca Catalina at 815 there was just one local bouncing gently in the sandy entrance Edwin we recognized him for many visits and c


Summer 2021 East Coast USA wChicago Texas:

October 21st, 2021

YOU CAN CLICK ON ANY PHOTO TO ENLARGE IT RECOMMENDED THEN GO BACK TO THE BLOG OR GO THROUGH THE 34 PHOTOS CLICK ON NEXT OR PREVIOUS IN THAT ENLARGED FORMAT. I PUT LOTS OF INFORMATION IN THE PHOTO CAPTIONS SO YOU CAN SKIP THE NARRATIVE JUST LO


Across the Mississippi to Washington MO:

October 21st, 2021

The day started on the North bank of the Ohio in the beautifully renovated red brick town of Madison. It had been an important center for my friend Susan Cutshaw growing up in Kentucky and I spent a little time documenting what it looks like now. Rode b


Shropshire 15 Battlefields 1403 hurrah for Hotspur hung drawn and quartered the boys in search of battles and gore .:

October 21st, 2021

Well you think it would be easy wouldnt it Plan a trip out for a mammoth a sheep two humans and Alfie Dog . It had been a while since the boys had met up and that visit had involved knives and all things metal . Woolly had made a suggestion . Denbigh


Day 37 Saturday 12 October Predjama Castle and Postojna Cave:

October 21st, 2021

Day 37 Saturday 12 October Its a small bus group and we head to Predjama CastleThe Predjama Castle is amazing. One of the best. Its built into the rock and you get a great feel for how they lived. It extends right back into the hi


Day 36 Friday 11 October 2019 Ljubljana:

October 21st, 2021

Day 36 Friday 11 October 2019 LjubljanaThe town is very pretty wonderful atmosphere. We explored the art district which I can say was very different and almost scary they ask you not to take photos with them in because the peop


Day 35 Thursday 10 October 2019 Lake Bled to Ljubljana:

October 21st, 2021



Villa Rothschild:

October 21st, 2021

Today we take the number 2 tram to the Girabaldi stop. We check out the numerous cafes in the large plaza. When Mark spots fish and chips on one menu our decision is made. We both have the fish and chips and it is very good. We then catch the number 15 bus


Across West Virginia on Route 50:

October 21st, 2021

I wanted to start off on Route 50 in style show it who was in charge. Instead of just going down George Mason getting on at the Unitarian Church and grinding through 15 stoplights to exit the Metro area I climbed onto I 66 and headed West figuring I'd


Finishing off our venture into communism in Poland:

October 21st, 2021

Given the potential border delays we took an early 6am start from the Minsk campsite with a view to beating the Excelsior bus to the border which we successfully did. We reached Brest around 11am after a good ride in very overcast weather. A very modern


The Mississippi Delta:

October 21st, 2021

91921This morning we left our hotel at 835 and 79 degrees and headed west to meet the Mississippi River. Our target was Vicksburg and our plan was all about the Great River Road. Before we ever got to Vicksburg we hooked up with the entry point to


Sunday in Aruba:

October 21st, 2021

Good SundayAfter refreshing sleep we were up at 7 and had no problem getting to church by 945 except that when we got there the doors were locked Still just meeting virtually The only good thing was that we were able to practice our Spanish


Madison on the Ohio:

October 21st, 2021

Crossing the Ohio was a milestone. I felt the Midwest taking shape defined by the river invisible to the eye but always present. Parkersburg was large and surprisingly industrial. Barges traveled the waterway. A huge lock lined the Eastern Shore. I felt


Iceberg dead ahead:

October 21st, 2021

Iceland day 6 7 from 22No need to be up with the lark on Saturday as we are staying local ready for a late afternoon treat or at least when we woke we thought our booking was for late afternoon. Hostel kitchen facilities for our travelling bre


Day 3 Shira 1 camp to Moir Hut:

October 21st, 2021

Day 3 was the longest distance wise hike of the whole trip. It mostly consists of making up the rest of the westward travel towards the base of the mountain by crossing the shira plateau. This was the first day that the affects could be felt in full forc


1891 New Birmingham Cherokee County Texas:

October 21st, 2021

A few years ago I purchased a book on 1891 New Birmingham Texas. I got pics from that book before I lost the book. The book documents the third year of five years that New Birmingham was a national boom town before it went bust in 1893.In 1888 Ander


And we're home.. after a really wonderful trip.:

October 21st, 2021

Packed up and ready for a speedy getaway.Smart Arse hitched onto the back of Welcome and we're off.Slow departure from the campsite because of the very very narrow railway bridge between the campsite and the road. Involved pushing passenger mirro


RETOUR vers le Nord en passant par la Suisse....:

October 21st, 2021

Nous voici donc nouveau en Suisse... toujours pas de contrle douanier ni de certificat Covid...Il faut bien s'arrter quelque part pour dormir... c'est ainsi que nous avons choisi Buochs... L'tape suivante sera plus amusante et intressante...


My Bubbly Fascination:

October 21st, 2021

I just signed up for a course on what else champagne. Why not I always want to learn more about my favorite adult beverage. Speaking of here is some interesting information from Winespeed What is remuage Toward the end of its long resting period


Nemecko 3.tyzden futbal werder:

October 21st, 2021

Pondelok 13.09.2021Dnes krasny slnecny den vyuzivame na prechadzku do vojenskeho arealu Grosse Hohe. Areal je podla julii volne pristupny. Za nasim mesteckom delmenhorst miname farmy a rozsiahle polia kde sa obcas pasu kravy kone ci ovc


A little piece of Italy in St.Petersburg:

October 21st, 2021

The impressive Olga's and Tsarina's islands were created between the years 1830 to 1840 on the order of the emperor Nicholas I. They are dedicated to his spouse Aleksandra Feodorovna and their daughter Olga.Anna always brings history to life in her t


Out of the Prigord:

October 21st, 2021

We've just spent three days crossing the Prigord. We stayed in Les Eyzies where we visited the Font de Gaume a cave with marvellous prehistoric wall paintings. It's the only French cave with multicoloured wall paintings you can still visit. Lascaux f


Finally in Aruba again:

October 21st, 2021

Well we are hereUp at 3 am Saturday of course but it was amazingly clear sailing all the way from making every green light in Streetsboro to sailing thru the convoluted paperwork for Covid testing it turned out that all those papers we printed o


Paris Umpteen Deja vus:

October 21st, 2021

As I have mentioned before I am enamored by France perhaps since it was the first country that I lived outside India. Or because I believe it kind of represents values that I believe in liberty diversity pride Anyways when we relocated to Fr


Konkan in the rains:

October 21st, 2021

After 18 months of no vacation and stuck at home in Pune India we make that as I really wanted to travel. Perhaps it was revenge travel but I was hell bent on going to nearby beaches even though the weather was not perfect and neither the roads. Had


Monaco:

October 21st, 2021

We are off to Monaco today. We take the number two tram to Parc Phoenix then walk to St Augustine train station. There are eight young adults around the only ticket machine. They take forever and a line forms behind me. After we finally get our tickets a w


Getting bumby:

October 21st, 2021

Anyway the clouds of yesterday were gone clear blue skies and top notch landscape endless going up and down and curves galore the Pyrenees are definitely a hidden gem more people on bicycles than motorbikes which probably is because parts of Tour the F


The Mona Lisa Curse:

October 21st, 2021

I have just watched an outstanding art documentary called The Mona Lisa Curse. It is written and presented by the eloquent and discerning art critic Robert Hughes. He investigates how the worlds most iconic painting the Mona Lisa


Kakheti Georgia A Stroll Through History at Tsinandali Estates:

October 21st, 2021

Tsinandali is a tiny little village in Kakheti Georgia surrounded by vineyards and peach orchards. The village has become popular because of the historic vineyards that continue to work to ensure the preservation of Tsinandalis legacy as the cradle of


Remembering the old days of the USSR:

October 21st, 2021

We were up early for what was for me to be hopefully the highlight of the trip our visit to the USSR as the main reason I chose this particular Sundowners itinerary was because most of them bypassed the communist countries and made it straight from At


The Florida Panhandle Beaches:

October 21st, 2021

91721This morning at 930 AM and 83 degrees and it seemed like 100 humidity we put Satellite Beach in our rear view mirror and headed for the panhandle of Florida. For anyone who has made this trip you know well that it is less than interesting


Second Week in Colorado:

October 21st, 2021

Highlights from this week. Make sure to scroll to the bottom to see all the pictures. Sunday Went Hiking with Copper at Hidden Mesa Open space. It was a nice 4.2 mile loop trail. At first we seemed to be hiking into a thunderstorm but the thunders


Lovely cliff top walk and then down to Swanage pier:

October 21st, 2021

Wonderful day today our last before we leave for home tomorrow so even better that the weather so kindly rewarded us with another absolutely perfect blue sky day.We decided to drive round the country roads to see where they took us. Past quite a few s


Europe's Other Riviera:

October 21st, 2021

There is another European Riviera in Croatia starting about an hour south of Split and centered around Makarska. I stopped there not to schmooze but to tackle the second highest peak in Croatia S


French Revolution it was Iceland's fault:

October 21st, 2021

Iceland Day 5 of 22Today finds us around 23rds of the way across Iceland's southern coast.Taking a reasonably early start we actually back tracked towards Reykjavk for the first couple of hours. As seen in yesterday's blog the view from atop I


Home with everything ticked:

October 21st, 2021

Remember back at the start of this trip we said we had a number of foci. We wanted to get to The Painted Desert. We did it albeit with some adventures to make it there. We wanted to be in Roxby Downs for Fathers Day.


Wilmington and Alligator Gorge:

October 21st, 2021

We spent the final 2 nights of this trip in the Beautiful Valley Caravan Park in Wilmington so we could spend some time visiting Alligator Gorge. It has been many many years since either of us have been to this gorge. Whilst in Port Augusta we pu


Getting an early taste of Communism before the real thing:

October 21st, 2021

We had virtual nonstop rain all the way from Platamon to the GreeceBulgaria border which we reached at around 1.30pm. We had no real hassles on either side of the border except that changing money into Bulgarian leva took more than an hour. There was no


Let's see what 2021 has in store:

October 21st, 2021

61421It has been a difficult year and a half for everyone. One of the things we missed in 2020 was our annual road trip. This year we are spending a lot of time with our daughter and her family. So this trip is rather disjointed. It will not be our



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