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This blog is about the adventure of traveling and especially the interesting people that you meet. We will share stories about people and places we have encountered from around the United States, Ireland, Scotland, England, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, France, Canada, Spain, Mexico, The Netherlands, Belgium, Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and more. This is not a travelogue -- we leave that to Rick Steves -- this is a collection of fragments in the journey of life.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Bars and Pubs discovered

Some tapas in Barcelona, Spain
     Taking a extended break in the middle of the afternoon is standard in many countries. Having tapas and wine in Spain is a great idea.
      Not that I have tried every bar and pub in every city I have stayed, I have found a favorite in almost every one. There is a pub across from the post office in Kings Cross that made London home. I found refuge from the rain in a great wine bar in Kilkenny, Ireland. In Paris there is a corner cafe near the Louvre that counters any complaint that the French are not welcoming. If you find yourself in Florence, I have a recommendation for you,
     What makes them good? There is a Pub in Dublin in Temple Bar that is an example. You are welcomed. It has the right balance between noise and quiet, they serve a good product, and when you come back they remember you. Best view: the bar at the Chateau at Lake Louise, Alberta Canada,

Monday, January 15, 2018

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Sundown on the Zambezi, Zambia

This photo from this summer makes me wonder if the current President of the USA has spent time 
in Africa ... but, you understand, Africa in a continent, not a country. 

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Near the Top of the Vee, Ireland

     I suppose that we all have photos around that remind us of special times. They may not be great photos, but they capture great moments. The photo above was taken from near The Vee in County Tipperary, Ireland. The Vee is a "V" shaped turn in the road in the Knockmealdown Mountains. The road runs from, in my case, the Rock of Cashel to Kinsale.
    Taking that road is wonderful, but you have to plan for a long day as it is narrow and winding. We ended up having to stop in Lismore which was not in our plans. Worth it. The view is so... so... Ireland. (Photo by Mike McLellan)


Friday, January 12, 2018

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Island Fortress Of The Coast of France

      It was a beautiful day for a boat ride and the boat had wheels in case the tide went out. The Island contained an old fortress, a marine biology station, and plenty of flowers. This is the embarrassing part; it was lovely and I have forgotten its name.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018