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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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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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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Travelogue: Aug 8, England

Lowther Castle

Travelogue, August 8, 2014:   I am sitting beneath the white cliffs of Dover waiting to board the ferry to France.  Our English summer has come to an end and we are on our way to Croatia. We spent our last week in the Lake District/Cumbria resting up and finalizing preparations for the big road trip

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Scotland in July

Hiking along the Banffshire Coast Scotland

NOTE: We have been traveling internationally for more than 6 months and I realize that my memory is beginning to blur a bit so beginning this month I’ll write a weekly travelogue. This is primarily to preserve my own memory; hopefully it won’t be too boring for the rest of you who are kind enough

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Castles & Cathedrals: Spain

Coarto Dorada Alhambra Granada Spain

  For the past few weeks, we have been on a mad dash across Spain, France and England, stopping for only a few days in each city we visited.  Unfortunately, our “Castles and Cathedrals” road trip allowed no time for blogging, so I am officially several countries behind in my updates.  I’ll catch up in

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Portugal: The Algarve

Boardwalk at Cabanas de Tavira

  Picture this: We are stuck in a traffic snarl on a narrow little road in the Algarve region of Portugal.  Several cars — and one horse-drawn cart carrying a family of gypsies — have come to a full stop while a shepherd crosses the road with his flock.  The shepherd carries a tiny, newborn

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Tarifa

The beach Tarifa Spain

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting, he thought, as he looked again at the position of the sun, and he hurried his pace. He had suddenly remembered that, in Tarifa, there was an old woman who interpreted dreams.” [from The Alchemist]. The little town of Tarifa sits on the southernmost point of

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