Category Archives: Europe

6 years of testing to find the perfect home

We spent 2,250 consecutive days living in 388 different houses, apartments, hotels and campsites in our own country and around the world.  Who does this?  We are happy to say it was a wonderful travel opportunity. It was also a … Continue reading

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Trial and error travel planning

Traveling with others is always a bit of give-and-take. So it went when we flew to Amsterdam with our two pre-teen grandchildren.  We put aside our usual travel style for one that would accommodate them.  Not everything worked, but when it … Continue reading

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The Humiliating Ride

We planned to take our two oldest grandchildren to the Netherlands.  We envisioned them delighted to be in a truly beautiful country, enjoying the arts, the food, the biking. So, you wonder, what could go wrong? When we arrived in … Continue reading

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New travel companions

We’re picky about who joins us as we travel.  After all, we have things we want to see and our own routines.  We require enthusiasm and openness, ability to walk (and then walk a little more), and good company.  Twelve … Continue reading

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A travel discovery for us

After 5.5 years of continuous travel, we still marvel at the many discoveries of great destinations out there. Case in point: Bologna, Italy.  After our stay in Ravenna, we planned to fly back to the US, and the best nearby … Continue reading

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One thing leads to another

As we travel, we find one thing leads to another.  We discover some interesting historical reference, and that sends us on a search for more information.  It never ends there.  We follow the new leads, and pretty soon we’ve opened … Continue reading

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Where’s the body?

We could have sworn Dante was buried in Florence because we saw the tombs of Michelangelo, Rossini, Machiavelli, and Galileo when we visited the Basilica of Santa Croce. After our Florence visit, we took a train to Ravenna, Italy.  Our … Continue reading

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It looked so easy

Before Beth started making her first mosaic piece at the Mosaic Art School, she had no idea there was more than one way to make a mosaic or how technically challenging making a mosaic could be. There were many steps … Continue reading

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500 days to wait for her 1st day of school

Almost two years ago, Beth’s friend, Nan, highly recommended a mosaics class she had recently taken in Ravenna, Italy.  Beth started to dream about how wonderful it would be to take the class, too.  She wrote to the Mosaic Art … Continue reading

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Oltrarno orphans

Every day in Florence seemed like a special day.  Our last days in the Oltrarno (the Florence neighborhood south of the Arno River), we rambled through the neighborhood as if we were trying to walk every street and take in … Continue reading

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