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Travel Blog 2017-01-12T21:28:26+00:00

How To Have A More Authentic Travel Experience

Authentic Travel Experience I've come to believe there are two basic types of travel. Travel for leisure and travel for curiosity. Sometimes you want to just get away and relax by a pool in the [...]

Paragliding In Glenwood Springs Colorado

Paragliding Glenwood Springs Colorado Joyce and I just returned from a two week vacation of road tripping from national park to national park in Southern Utah. On our way back we decided to spend some [...]

Booking The Perfect Hotel Online

Booking the perfect hotel online. Hotels are a big part of travel. And booking a hotel online gives you plenty of options to choose from. Booking The Perfect Hotel Online Sometimes the hotel is the [...]

Santorini – Part 1

From the port in Athens at Pireaus, we took an 8 hour ferry ride to the island of Santorini. Santorini is a place I’ve been seeing in photos for quite some time and every time, [...]

Athens and Ancient Greece

While we were sitting in France, planning this section of our trip, we had decided after Istanbul, we'd move on to Santorini, a place I've been wanting to visit since I saw that first photo. [...]

Istanbul Highlights

Some of the amazing things we saw in Istanbul. The Basilica Cistern - the largest of the ancient cisterns under Istanbul built by the Byzantine Emporer Justinian I in the 6th century.   The Hagia [...]

Impressions of Istanbul

We weren’t really sure what to expect from Turkey. We had friends and fellow travelers who raved about Istanbul, but after Morocco we were a little leary. What we found in Istanbul was, in some [...]

Moroccan Architecture

Going back to Morocco to share some architecture from the Bahia Palace, Saadian Tombs and Koutoubia Mosque - all in Marrakech. And a few Moroccan kitties.  

Venice – Italy’s Most Romantic City?

Next we were off to Venice by train. This 5-day trip to Italy was really just a case of making use of layovers. To get from Morocco to Istanbul we had to fly through Europe [...]

Milano – An Intro to Italy

After our less than ideal experiences in Morocco, our welcome to Italy could not have been better. We arrived in Milan, met up with our Couchsurf hosts, Mattia and Claudia and were welcomed to their home [...]

Sahara Camel Ride

One of the challenges of travelling only by public transport is that we tend to see far more of cities than countryside. Since I’d consider myself a bit more of a country girl, this is [...]

Morocco – The Good and the Bad

The medinas of Morocco are a vibrant and hectic places, where streets are narrow alleys between two and three-story buildings crowded with people and donkey carts. There are scooters noisily weaving in and out of [...]

Impressions of France

Impressions of France... First, I love France! The French appreciate beauty, quality and enjoying life. When we arrived in Paris after being in cities in 15 other countries, we immediately felt that Paris and France [...]

Small Town France

After our 2 very busy days in Paris, we took the train to Blois, a relatively small town about 2 hours SW of Paris. We have friends from Fort Collins who are currently living in [...]

Paris Catacombs

In Paris, what was originally a quarry for mining building materials has become something much more fascinating. I honestly knew noting about the catacombs before we went on the tour, Daryle got us signed up. It [...]

Welcome to Paris

Being in Paris even for just a few days was amazing. Unlike some places we’ve been, most people are familiar with Paris to some degree. Whether you’ve been there or not you have some image [...]

Impressions of Scotland

We found Scotland and Ireland to have a number of similarities, and of course a number of differences as well. Both are primarily rural countries with a lot of livestock. Both have their own Gaelic [...]

Greyfriars Bobby

We first heard the story of Greyfriars Bobby on a visit to the Edinburgh Museum on our first pass through the city. When we passed through again, our host pointed out the statue and related [...]

A “Scottish” Day in Edinburgh

After returning to Edinburgh from the Highlands, there were still a few key “Scottish” thing we hadn’t experienced and I was determined to find some haggis and some bagpipes. As far as tourist attractions, the [...]

Highland Highlights

I’ve always wanted to visit the Highlands of Scotland. Already being so close and having family in the region, we figured the time was right, even if the weather most likely wouldn’t be. My aunt [...]

Impressions of England

And by England I really mean London, since that is where we spent our time. The first thing we noticed when we got to London was that it was a lot like the US. England, [...]

Save Money By Eating Like A Local

A wonderful part of traveling is food. It’s certainly one of my favorite parts! And you can save money by eating like a local. So what do you do if you’re budget doesn’t allow for [...]

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