Category Archives: Europe

Escape from the Valley of the Temples

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Sicily has the right to be the proud of its stunning collection of ancient Greek and Roman-Hellenistic temples dating from the 6th century before the Christian era. The settings are majestic, the artistry is admirable and the colossal dimensions are a wonder. It is so cool to be able to climb through many of them and imagine what it might have… Read more »

Driving in Italy

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The DIY approach to travel has long been our favorite, and that makes driving ourselves one of the best ways to do it. You go exactly where you want to go, exactly when. No waiting in train stations or in lines at the airport. No tour directors telling you what to see when, or arriving in a restaurant with a… Read more »

Veneto – bellisimo! Part 1: Trieste

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Continuing our journey through some of the underrated cities of Europe, our Slovenian friends drove us to Trieste – sort of like driving to, oh, maybe New Haven. After three vineyards and one enormous lunch we arrived to the evening light that has so captivated artists throughout the centuries. We were not immune. Yes, a little gritty around the edges,… Read more »

Along the Dalmatian Coast

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  When our daughter invited us to join her and her family in Croatia we jumped at the chance! Our last trip to the country formerly known as Yugoslavia was in 1972 when we camped along the coast before driving inland and south to Greece and Turkey. At the time, it was not only a barren and rocky landscape, but… Read more »

Mariage à Marseille

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Can’t believe I never posted our adventures in Marseille–currently our favorite French city! Adrienne has been our friend since before she was born, but when we were first invited to her wedding in Marseille, we decided we really couldn’t afford a long weekend in Marseille. Then one summer evening, a glass of rosé in hand, Ray said “We should go to… Read more »


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Knowing that my dad had sailed up the Norwegian fjords as a young musician in the thirties added to my obsession to experience Norway from a boat. The tourist office had many combinations of boats, trains and buses, but we opted for one that sailed right from in front of our hotel, wound its way through the coastal islands and… Read more »


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Monday We really envisioned traipsing off to the train station in the pouring rain. That’s how dismal the forecast was. And it did rain all night. But we had a blissfully dry walk to the train station, and then once we pulled out of the tunnel the sun came out! The train to Bergen is known for the stunning beauty of… Read more »


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Saturday The Oslo Airport is amazingly attractive, with lots of intriguing restaurants and gorgeous lighting fixtures (important to R & G), but we whizzed through to get to the Flytoget airport shuttle. So easy! You register your credit card on their website from home, and then just swipe the card to get on the train. You then get an email… Read more »

Magical Iceland

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We had been through Keflavik Airport a few times. Each time, we had the same impression. What a weird, lunar, perpetually gray landscape! And yet we kept hearing about how great it was. So on our way back from Norway we decided to stay for a couple of days to see what the fuss was all about. We got hooked…. Read more »