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 7

Jan. 18, 2016: Marseille to Pisa Off at 7:00 this morning, after saying goodbye to our host, Simon. It’s about an hour later than when we rolled into town yesterday, but it still isn’t daylight yet. As we make our way through the narrow streets and alleys toward a (different) train station, we pass merchants… Read More Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 7

Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 6

January 17, 2016: Marseille We don’t have high expectations for the second-largest city in France. We hear that it’s dirty and high-crime (though still lower crime than most major U.S. cities) and there isn’t really much there here. So it isn’t on our must-see list, but it does provide a convenient place to break up… Read More Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 6

Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 4

Jan. 15, 2016: Paris Eiffel Tower? Notre Dame? The Louvre? Well sure, these and many other attractions are on the must-see list when visiting Paris for the first time. But none of them is at the top of our list. To get to the top, we have to go underground. Our first priority is to… Read More Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 4

Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 3

Jan 14, 2016: Versailles We sleep in much later than we’d expected, past 10 o’clock, which amounts to about 12 hours and is really snoozing overtime for a chronic burn-the-candle-at-both-ends-and-in-the-middle chap such as myself. But we needed it. And once we get going, we feel gratefully rested to tackle our half-day, as opposed to full… Read More Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 3

Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 2

Jan 13, 2016: Paris/ Meudon We land at Charles de Gaulle Airport at about noon Paris time, which is approximately ass o’clock back home, but who’s really keeping track anymore? As expected, nobody here checks our passports. This is actually a disappointment in a way. It would have been nice to collect a passport stamp… Read More Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 2