Switzerland’s Scenic Alps Part One, Matterhorn

Chur railway administration building

It wasn’t supposed to work out this way. We originally planned to spend a day in Zurich, followed by a day in St. Moritz and another day on an end-to-end train trip (from St. Moritz to Zermatt) on the Glacier Express, one of the most iconic and scenic train trips in the world. We didn’t [Read more …]

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 …]

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 …]

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 …]

What to do in Billings Montana

Billings train depot

Billings Montana With 110,000 citizens, Billings is Montana’s largest city. It was created by and named for the president of the Northern Pacific railroad who built a key rail stop a few miles outside of Coulter. Although it has long-since disappeared, Coulter was an established town and paddle-wheel steamer stop. The area grew into a [Read more …]

Other Montana Places of Interest

Gardiner town steet

In our last several blogs, we wrote about numerous places to visit in Montana. These included: Ghost towns such as Virginia City and Nevada City Billings Montana; and Side trips around Billings Montana This blog talks about some of the other places we visited in Montana. Gardiner Montana Gardiner Montana is a small town that [Read more …]

The National Parks in Wyoming

Jackson Wyoming town

Jackson Wyoming Jackson Hole is the valley encompassed by the Teton Range to the west and the Gros Ventre Range to the west. Fur trappers originally inhabited Jackson, followed by homesteaders. Today this 10,000 person town, is (along with the neighboring Teton Village ski resort) the entertainment, cultural and culinary center of Jackson Hole. The [Read more …]

Idaho: Rafting, Hiking and Exploring

Hells Canyon road view

Amazing but Joyce had never been to Idaho before. Tom’s only time there was on a very short business trip to Boise. This trip provided a very different insight for him into the state. We briefly explored a few of the state’s “major” cities and natural and historic sites. Our first, and primary motivation was [Read more …]

Monterey California

Green Gables PAcific Grove

Monterey is a 2+ hour drive from San Francisco. We periodically travel to Monterey and nearby Pacific Grove to take in the beautiful scenery, and of course, to visit some wineries in Carmel Valley. Oh yes, and to eat at nice restaurants (not the San Francisco’s restaurants aren’t great!) Our summer 2019 trip was no [Read more …]

Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park

King

Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, while created at different times and technically separate, are contiguous in the Southern Sierra Mountains. They contain magnificent sequoia trees are easily visited together. Kings Canyon Kings Canyon has three radically different sections, the: Canyon, for which the park is named. The canyon is the deepest in the country, [Read more …]