Biking through Wine Country

The Freiburg/Marbach area of Germany is famous for its wines made from Riesling (white), Topplinger (red) and Lemberger (rose) grapes. The hills in this region are covered with terraced vineyards between small towns nestled at the water’s edge of the Neckar. One of our favorite stops was at Besigheim. It oozes charms of the old …

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Navigating the Neckar River

Today I celebrated my birthday in Eberbach on the Neckar River in southern Germany. We are five days into our bike tour and feeling stronger than ever. Two days ago I couldn’t honestly say that, but tonight I think I turned a corner. Or maybe I'm just in denial about being another year older. Either …

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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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