Kiev Ukraine

Kiev - Maidan Square

Kiev Ukraine is one of the oldest cities in Eastern Europe. It has been a major commercial center since at least the 5th century when it was on the trade route between Scandinavia and Constantinople. Like Lviv Ukraine, it has had a tortuous history. The Vikings first conquered in the 9th century. The Mongols completely [Read more …]

Lviv Ukraine

Lviv city hall

The current political controversy had put the Ukraine has been in the U.S. news recently (fall 2019). But we planned a visit to the Ukraine long before all of this. The Ukraine’s current struggle has its roots in Mikel Gorbachev’s 1991 decision to grant Ukraine its independence. Today it is mired between Vladimir Putin’s para-military-based [Read more …]

Octoberfest in Munich 2019

Munich Old Town Hall

It’s been years since we have been to Munich—decades since we have spent any time here. While we were once here (decades ago) for the Christmas Market, the closest we came to Octoberfest was a breakfast beer at the Hofbrau the morning of the day Octoberfest was to open (before we had to leave for [Read more …]

London England

Olafur Eliasson models 01

We have been to London England many times. On this trip, we only had a few days there. We spent our time visiting with friends, hitting a few museums, seeing a play and walking around some of our favorite neighborhoods (and a new one, in the case of Southditch). And of course, we tried some [Read more …]

Snaefellsnes Peninsula Iceland

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The Snaefellsnes Peninsula is at the westernmost edge of Iceland. It is home to quaint fishing towns, mountains, waterfalls, beaches, dramatic scenery, a national park (Snaefellsjokull) and a glacier and mountain that are reputed to be the most picturesque on the island and the setting for Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth. [Read more …]

Iceland South Shore

Seljalandsfoss

So many visitors to Iceland only travel Iceland’s Golden Circle. But Iceland has so many additional places to explore. The south shore, for example. We drove the eastern part of the south shore from Landayjahofn to Vik and the western part from Porlakshofn to Grindavik. Landayjahofn to Vik Driving the eastern part of the south [Read more …]

Iceland Golden Circle

Pingvelie National Park rift

The Iceland Golden Circle is a circular route of 26 designated stops is the most popular introductions to Iceland’s amazing inland landscape, natural features and historic sites. Some of the natural highlights that we stopped at include: Pingvellir National Park Pingvellir is the heart of the rift valley between the Eurasian and North American tectonic [Read more …]

Iceland: All Roads lead to Reykjavik

Reykjavik the settlement exhibition - relief map of Iceland

It has been decades since our first and only trip to Iceland. We decided to return this past September to: Re-explore Reykjavik and the Golden Triangle and discover a few other areas around the Island’s south and west coasts that we have not previously visited; and Capture our first ever views of the aurora borealis [Read more …]

Billings Montana Side Trips

Little Bighorn National Park - soldier dress

You don’t have to go too far from Billings Montana for some interesting side trips. Little Bighorn Battlefield National Park One Billings Montana side trip is sixty miles away–The Little Bighorn Battlefield National Park Memorial. It commemorates the spot of General George Armstrong Custer’s famous Last Stand. It portrays the battle not as an individual [Read more …]

San Francisco PinotFest 2019

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OK, we admit it. We’re suckers for Pinot Noir and Pinot Noir wine events. Even better when an event takes place in San Francisco, our home town. PinotFest, The Great Big Bacchanalia, is one of those local SF events that we try to make every year. The 21st annual event will take place on November [Read more …]