Abilene, Midland and Odessa: Storybooks, Cartoons and Meteors

Driving across the country to our next engagements and appointments, we have been passing through Texas. And passing. And passing. To relieve the monotony of tumbleweeds and cattle aroma, we stop at whatever interesting pit stops we find along the way. In Abilene, we checked out the Adamson-Spalding Storybook Garden, a little garden of sculptures… Read More Abilene, Midland and Odessa: Storybooks, Cartoons and Meteors

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 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 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 12

Jan. 23, 2016: Rome to Naples/ Torre del Greco This morning at about 9:00 as we’re getting our things together at a leisurely pace, “Helena” knocks on our door and asks if we’re about ready to leave, as she has another guest arriving in 45 minutes and needs to get the room ready. This lady… Read More Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 12

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 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

Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 1

Jan. 12, 2016: Atlanta to D.C. to Reykjavik “Let’s go to Europe!” Kimberly said one day out of the blue. And now, a mere three weeks later, we’re soaring into the blue on a Frontier Airlines airbus that will take us to Washington, D.C., where we’ll catch an IcelandAir flight to Reykjavik, and then another… Read More Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 1