Vail Colorado

Slackline demonsration

Vail Colorado is in Eagle County in Colorado. At over 8,000 feet it is home to the highest ski mountain in Colorado. It is not one of our favorite towns. We are not skiers and we tend to not like these types of tourist cities. But the Swiss-themed city is conveniently located for when we [Read more …]

Denver Colorado 2021

Capital Hill Mansion B&B

Denver Colorado is the main place to fly into from San Francisco if you are heading to the Colorado mountains. In June 2021, we managed to hit the city during one of its hot spells, with temperatures around 100. Having only a single afternoon in the central city area didn’t give us a lot of [Read more …]

Bruges—From Fishing Village to Tourist Mecca

Bruges - Swans

The Rise of Bruges Belgium Bruges Belgium began as a small fishing village in the 2nd century AD. As citizens began raising sheep. the village evolved into a trading port around wool exports, and increasingly around the cloth that it wove. While it initially traded with a growing number of communities, it was vulnerable to [Read more …]

Beaune France

Beaune Town Hall or Hotel de Ville

What’s not to love about visiting France’s Burgundy Region? We love its foods, its wines and its atmosphere. We were last there 7 years ago and it was time to get back. Beaune France is the largest city that is specifically in the Burgundy Wine Region. It is also one of our favorite small French [Read more …]

Geneva Switzerland

Geneva - place des trente immortelles de geneve

The importance of this global, cosmopolitan city belies its small size of fewer than 200,000 residents. Although Geneva is a second-tier financial center, its more important role is as the headquarters city for more than 250 international organizations including the United Nations and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent (the latter of which was [Read more …]

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 …]

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 …]

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 …]

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 that San Francisco’s restaurants aren’t great!) Our summer 2019 trip was no [Read more …]