Slow Travel and Impulsive Travel Decisions

Every Tuesday we join an international group of globe trotters who gather on Twitter to discuss various topics related to travel. Last Tuesday, or as we endearingly call it “#TravelTuesday”, “slow travel” was the topic for “The Road Less Traveled” (#TRLT) and “impulsive travel” was on the minds of the “Travel Talk on Twitter” (#TTOT)… Read More Slow Travel and Impulsive Travel Decisions

Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 29

Feb. 9, 2016: Paris This morning, as I’m in the kitchen brewing my tea fairly early and Kimberly is still snatching some winks, Kim enters, readying for his day trip to Germany. As the rain is pouring rather steadily, I ask him if he’s sticking to his announced plan to bike to the train station.… Read More Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 29

Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 28

  Feb. 8, 2016: Paris Today, we return to the Eiffel Tower. But this time, we’re not just eyeing it from the vantage point of the peasantry gazing upward. Instead, we’ll be surveying humanity from the heights of the structure. We just have to climb it. Because it’s there. Our apartment window itself offers a… Read More Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 28

Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 27

Feb. 7, 2016: Amsterdam to Paris So it’s a very early start this morning as Joost drives us to the Amsterdam Central Station. Seeing the city in the pre-dawn light of Sunday morning,  it feels positively apocalyptic in comparison to its beehive status we’ve seen before. We say goodbye, and then we’re back to spending… Read More Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 27

Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 26

Feb. 6, 2016: Amsterdam Another day of exploring Amsterdam, with its many canals… … and bicycles… … and windmills… … and its idiosyncratic architecture. One type of “bicycle” we encounter is more of a customer-propelled bar on wheels. It has seats and pedals for about a dozen people and a bar in the center where… Read More Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 26

Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 25

Feb. 5, 2016: Amsterdam This morning we walk the short distance from Joost’s house to the Beverwijck train station. There is no attendant on duty to check our Eurail passes, and we can’t get through the turnstile. But fortunately there is an assistance phone on the wall, and equally fortunately, the lady who answers speaks… Read More Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 25

Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 24

Feb. 4, 2016: Berlin to Amsterdam/ Beverwijck Our gracious host Jens has to go to work this morning, so we make an early start of it, having coffee in the kitchen before saying goodbye, hoping that we’ll be able to stay longer next time. Then we’re off to make our way eventually to the train… Read More Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 24

Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 23

Feb. 3, 2016: Krakow to Berlin Up fairly early this morning, we reluctantly say goodbye to our cozy cabin on a riverboat on the Vistula. The lady at the front desk, who has been here during most of our stay, asks us if want breakfast before we leave. We politely decline and I tell her… Read More Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 23

Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 22

Feb. 2, 2016: Krakow and Auschwitz It’s one of those things that you know isn’t going to be a great deal of fun, but you feel that you have to do it anyway. Especially being this close. You have to go pay a visit to the former site of the infamous concentration camp known as… Read More Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 22

Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 21

Feb. 1, 2016: Krakow I must admit I’d initially had reservations about our reservations in Krakow; it seemed that 3 nights might be too long to spend here. I’d always had the impression that Poland was a rather drab country; but what I’ve seen so far indicates that such an impression was quite mistaken. Katowice… Read More Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 21

Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 20

Jan. 31, 2016: Vienna to Krakow So early this morning I’m downstairs preparing my tea and Kimberly’s upstairs in the bathroom with the squeaky hinge (the one complaint I have about this hostel) when the alarm on my Samsung pad detonates and sends her scrambling from the bathroom to shut it off before all of… Read More Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 20

Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 18

Jan. 29, 2016: Venice to Vienna Having packed our gear, we say arrivederla to the woman of the house, who kisses us each on both cheeks — that’s 4 kisses total, for those keeping score — and tells us (as we clearly understand even with our primitive grasp of Italian) that if we ever return,… Read More Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 18

Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 17

  Jan. 28, 2016: Venice Yes, today’s destination is the fabled city of canals, Venezia. We walk to the train station in Musestre, stopping along the way to pick up some grub at a mom and pop shop. About halfway to the station, we realize that Kimberly has neglected to bring along the Eurail passes… Read More Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 17

Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 16

  Jan. 27, 2016: Florence to Venice/ Musestre Our train to Venice doesn’t leave until this afternoon, so we have the morning to wander around Florence some more. We ask Giulio if it’s okay to leave our gear behind, and he says it’s fine — unlike our hostess in Rome, he doesn’t have someone else… Read More Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 16

Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 15

Jan. 26, 2016: Naples to Florence Having passed the midpoint of our tour at approximately midnight last night, we get up early this morning and start packing for the next leg. The policeman is at home, and we communicate with him via the translator app on his phone (if you think WE finally had access… Read More Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 15

Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 14

Jan. 25, 2016: Sorrento and Naples As it turns out,  this is a day to be played by ear. We’d originally entertained thoughts of visiting Herculaneum, another ancient city destroyed by Vesuvius. But for various reasons, we decide against it, and so it leaves us with a free day. My recommendation is that we hop… Read More Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 14