A Magical Stop

Posted by on Sep 20, 2019 in Europe, Hiking, Italy | One Comment

“If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.” Neil Gaiman Last Sunday we had one of our toughest days of hiking, ever. But the ending was…magical. We left at about 8:00 am because we knew it was going to be hot and the guidebook classified the […]

Walking the Italian Hill Country

Posted by on Sep 15, 2019 in Europe, Hiking, Italy, Travel Update | 6 Comments

In America, one must be something, but in Italy one can simply be. Pietros Maneos We’ve left behind the big city of Florence and walked into a different Italy, the Italy of small towns in the mountains connected by quiet forest paths and roads. An Italy where mushroom hunters prowl the forest paths and bring […]

A Trek Across Italy

Posted by on Sep 12, 2019 in Backpacking, Europe, Italy | 5 Comments

It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching. Francis of Assisi Yesterday we set out on a month long walk across Italy from Florence to Assisi to Rome. Our objective is not only to experience the beauty and history of this country, but to seek a higher purpose for […]

Snoozing in Saint Patrick’s

Posted by on Mar 17, 2019 in Europe, Ireland, Just for Fun | No Comments

While living in Dublin in 2016, we heard an interesting story at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral about Jonathan Swift. Swift, the well-known author of Gulliver’s Travels and A Modest Proposal served as the dean of the iconic cathedral from 1713 until he passed in 1745. Seems that during his sermons, Swift would be pushed around in a mobile pulpit which was mounted […]

Homes for Vagabonds: The Airbnb Life

Home is where the heart is. Pliny the Elder When we let our apartment lease expire a year ago and committed to a lifestyle of traveling, we knew we’d want places to call “home” for extended periods of time. We have friends who do the RV lifestyle and enjoy it, but that’s not for us. […]

Packing for a Walk Across Spain

This list is focused on hiking the Camino de Santiago. But other travelers might get good tips on how to travel light. When we walked the Camino de Santiago we knew that packing light was going to be key to our success. Every extra pound meant more stress on feet, and knees, and energy required. […]

A Journey Across Spain: Hiking the Camino de Santiago

Posted by on Jan 8, 2017 in Europe, The Camino, Travel Update | 5 Comments
A Journey Across Spain: Hiking the Camino de Santiago

Laurie and I were blessed to be able to journey across the northern breadth of Spain last April and May as we hiked the Camino de Santiago, a twelve hundred year old pilgrimage to the tomb of Saint James in Santiago de Compostela in the Galacian region of Spain. We then completed the walk to […]

The Space Needle of Brighton Beach

August 2016 Hove-Brighton, England When Walt Disney visited the 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle and saw the newly commissioned Space Needle he predicted there would be, “…Space Needles cropping up all over after the success of this one.” During our stay on the English Channel we had a chance to visit a new tourist attraction […]

A City Reborn

Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in Berlin, Europe, Germany, Travel Update | 8 Comments

October 4, 2016  Berlin, Germany Most of our time since we left the United States on April 3rd has been spent living in and exploring new territory like Portugal, Ireland, Scotland and southern England. Our last week abroad is in a city we visited before, but the change since our last visit here is so profound […]

In Search of the Mythical Red Squirrel

September 29, 2016 Ventnor, Isle of Wight, England Among the many things the Isle of Wight is noted for are extensive hiking trails and a cute little redhead—the native red squirrel. Laurie and I decided that we would explore our home for the month of September by hiking the 67-mile-long coastal path that circumnavigates the isle, […]

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