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 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 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

Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 13

Jan. 24, 2016: Pompeii This morning, having recovered from our bumpy-bed, goosebump temperature night, we proceed to the station and hop on a train to Pompei, a modern city that’s a short walk away from the ruined ancient city with the confusingly similar name: Pompeii. En route, we pass the first campground we’ve seen in… Read More Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 13

Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 11

Jan. 22, 2016: Rome/ Vatican City Today’s destination is the Vatican, which though smack dab in the middle of Rome, is officially both a city of its own and a country of its own. We take a bus this time, a bus so inhumanly jammed with passengers that there’s no way we can squeeze in… Read More Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 11

Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 10

Jan. 21. 2016: Rome Today’s destination is the Roman Forum. But we have to walk a couple of miles to get there, and we have plenty of occasion to take in the splendor of The Eternal City. One thing we are amazed by is the way ancient ruins are casually interspersed among bustling contemporary buildings,… Read More Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 10