Wander, Linger, Savor Germany

Biking the Neckar (Baden-Wurttemberg region) And we’re off - again!  The wanderlust kicked in and so did the itch to return to our home away from home - the island of Crete. Living abroad for five years in a place of such unpredictable joys and challenges comes with its addictions. We keep going back again …

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ROME BY RAIN

  It was our first trip to Rome. We had just moved overseas for a few years and were determined to see as much of Europe as we could. If we weren’t already on a trip, I was home planning the next one. Pondering over a map and endless internet searches for the best deals …

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The Gem of Barcelona

One of our travels this summer took us to California where we visited the astonishing giants of the Pacific Northwest – the great Redwood forest. Anyone who has been there can agree with me when I say it fills you with awe as soon as you enter the shadowy depths of quiet. The air is …

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Pinchos “Pub Crawl” in San Sebastian

There are many things to love about the Basque gem of a seaside city, San Sebastian, or as the old locals still refer to it, Donastia. This city which lies on the Bay of Biscay in Northern Basque country is where the scenery is breathtaking, the history is rich, the people are over-the-top accepting and …

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La Rioja Wine Region

I confess, I'm much more comfortable with train travel than driving a car. I realize that this form of transportation is everyday routine for most Europeans but for this woman from the "land of many giants" (big cars on big freeways with big attitudes), there's something old world and bourgeois about getting from A to …

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Surprising Burgos

  Air BNB has never failed us in our travels but you also never know what to expect in the way of "tasteful interior design." Such was the case in Burgos when we opened the door of our apartment in the old city center. It could best be described as a nice sized flat with …

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Santiago de Compostela, Spain – A Pilgrims’ Pause

There's a reason why the area of Galicia in Northwest Spain is so lush and green - the "rain in Spain" in concentrated here along with dramatic scenery, great seafood and a glorious cathedral that has drawn crowds for centuries to Santiago de Compostela. This small Medieval city is the final destination point for wanderers, …

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Porto – on the river

Our intiation to Portugal was definitely enhanced by the hospitality of our friends but now it was time to venture out on our own.  After saying our farewells, we boarded the train in Pombal and headed north arriving a little over an hour later in the beautiful Porto train station. As is typical in old …

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Lovely Lisbon

Lisbon is thriving port city that takes great pride in its history of fearless navigation and exploration to the outer unknown regions of the world in the 15th and 16th centuries. The dramatic monument to the early Portuguese explorers leans out over the waters edge and seems to portray the urgency and resolve of these …

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Navigating Portugal

As we planned our excursion through northern Spain this August, It seemed appropriate to begin our trip from its southern neighbor because although tiny in size, it has an inpressive history of successful and innovative navigators and explorers. That, and the fact that our good friends opened their home and hearts to us inviting us …

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