Between Adventures: Smithfield, RI to Hudson, MA

In our second Act!vated Between Adventures, we begin in Smithfield, RI, where we stumble upon a colorful old family cemetery. Coincidentally, the family buried there is named Smith. Then on to Johnston, RI, where we stumble upon a whole park full of old Corvettes and other curious antique automobiles, assembled by the New England Corvette… Read More Between Adventures: Smithfield, RI to Hudson, MA

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 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 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