Year One: What I Learned

On a boat Dalmatian Islands

After a full year on the road, we are back in the U.S. (enjoying sunny Florida) and catching up.  I’ve had time to reflect on our adventure and I realize that the greatest lessons for me have nothing whatsoever to do with the practicalities of travel (who needs another post on how to find cheap

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Cruising with Billy

On deck Independance of the Seas

  Billy is in full raconteur mode. “He was a lad about 17 and he’d been in a wheel chair all his life. He was traveling with his parents on one of my tours to Amsterdam and I volunteered to keep him busy one night while they went out on the town. I rolled him

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Vacation Rental Scams

Vacation rentals

I just started working on our 2015 accommodation schedule and I’m already spotting fraudulent listings on VRBO, Flipkey, Homeway et al. I usually spot a scam before I inquire about a property, but sometimes, after a long, late-night session on the laptop, I miss the telltale signs. Last night for example, I sent almost 20

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Chasing Marc Chagall

Chagalls grave St Paul de Vence France

“If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; If from the head, almost nothing.”  Marc Chagall It is late September and I am back in France for the third time this year. The summer tourist crowd has thinned a bit but the roses are still blooming. Cyclists are out in force, taking advantage of

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Ferry Tips: Split to Ancona

Split to Ancona ferry 1

Taking the overnight car ferry from Split to is a time-efficient and cost-effective way to get from Croatia to Italy. Unfortunately, the information available online through ferry web sites isn’t very helpful.  Here are some tips to make the entire experience easier and more pleasant: 1.) Operators: There are three operators: Snav, Jadrolinija, and BlueLine.

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Angels in Croatia

Dubrovnik at sunset

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of looking at things.”  Henry Miller We left Croatia a few days ago and headed for Italy on the overnight ferry. As we pulled away from the dock, I sat on the upper deck in the chilly sea air, watching the twinkly lights of Split’s

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Cycling Trip: Croatia

The Island of Orac Croatia

  Travelogue August 31st:  We are sitting in an apartment with our friends, Susan and James, in Split, Croatia.  The air conditioner is turned on high and none of us care to move  (except maybe for a trip to the kitchen).  Our legs are exhausted.  We are sleep deprived.  And, after a week on a

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Croatia Phase I

Sunset Trogir Croatia

It is August 23rd and I am sitting in our little apartment in Trogir, Croatia (not far from Split) looking out onto the harbor. Today we will board a boat that will take us round to about half a dozen of the Dalmatian Islands (Hvar, Korcula, etc.).  At each island, we will disembark with our

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Historic English Gardens

Zinnia garden at Hampton Court Palace

  I love history.  I love gardens.  Combining these two things is nothing short of a Meg Ryan moment for me (for those of you who don’t get the reference, watch the movie When Harry Met Sally).  Happily, I had more opportunities than I could possibly take advantage of during our English summer of 2014–

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Travelogue: Road Trip to Croatia

Stained glass by Marc Chagall in Cathedral Metz France

  Aug 18th, 2014: It is early morning in the Piltvice Lakes National Park in Croatia and I’m just about to scarf down a very large breakfast in preparation for a hiking and cycling day around the upper and lower lakes in the park.  We arrived in Croatia on the 11th of August after a

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