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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 Vatican, The Netherlands, Belgium, Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Liechtenstein, Portugal, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, 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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Friday, May 27, 2022

Neuschwanstein Castle Plus One


Neuschwanstein Castle

Across the valley is this castle built by the creator of Neuschwanstein Castle (King Ludwig)
for his relatives. Still not bad.


 

Thursday, May 26, 2022

The Alhambra, Granada Spain

Situated on a high hill overlooking Granada is the Alhambra. I was introduced to it by my in-laws who visited years ago and brought me "Tales Of The Alhambra" by Washington Irving. It became a goal then. We planned a road trip out of Madrid with this in mind. You have to book ahead - likely with a guide - and travel up the hill by bus. It is crowded because it is interesting and beautiful, so don't let crowds scare you away. Every place there is a photo opportunity. 
 

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Interesting Bridge In Amsterdam

     Lots of interesting bridges in Amsterdam. We chartered a small tour boat and spent the good part of a day exploring the canals. The photo is of a double draw bridge with a regular tour boat going under. The bridges also, because of the railings, are often crowded with bicycles locked up.
 

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

South African Safari

One of my favorite photos which I use as screen wallpaper on my tablet.
Photo by my then 12 year old grandson, Lucas

 

Monday, May 23, 2022

Cortina d' Ampezzo. Italy

Cortina d'Ampezzo is a city in the Italian Alps (Dolomites) which was host to the Winter Olympics. It is lovely and well worth a visit. The center city is a great place to walk (after parking in the provided lots outside) and you may see sculpture like this one. I do not remember the name and must admit it looks like something from Spain. Take my word for it, it is in Cortina d'Ampezzo.

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Brussels Belgium - sleeper

Brussels does not jump into mind when thinking of European cities to visit. It should. It is a great city with lots of places to see. It is the home of the European Union and a center of ecomomic activity.  It has a long history of being a city that provides leadership.

Because Belgium does not have a prominant airline, to visit you will likely go throught Paris, London or a German city. I suggest Paris. At CDG you only need to go downstairs from arrivals and catch a traing to Brussels. Not expensive and very convenient. 

While in Brussels you must have Belgium waffles and Belgium fries (French fries were invented in Belgium.) You will eat your fries with mayonaise if authentic.
 

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Spending Money

     When we were on safari in Africa, the native villages sold wonderful crafts but asked for American dollars. We carried stacks of very crisp one dollar bills for trading. They did not want worn bills. They would accept fives if crisp. Not hard to do.

     When we first went to Europe twenty years ago, the Euro was worth $1.56. The exchange rate was a little tough. As I write this the Euro is only worth $1.05 and may be equal (1 to 1) when our planned trip to Europe happens this summer.