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Juneau, Alaska

Juneau, Alaska

Southeastern Alaska is a land of many awesome sights, wildlife, and history. We visited a really unique place while exploring Juneau: Glacier Gardens.  This beautiful and idiosyncratic landscape on a steep hillside is the creation of a passionate gardener, Steve Bowhay, and his family.  Faced with a hillside of fallen trees (the result of a […]

Viking Denmark

We enjoyed a short but sweet visit to Denmark in 2018.   Our goal was to see some Viking historical sites, so we decided to bypass Copenhagen and go directly to the town of Roskilde in our rental car: driving in Denmark is very easy with light traffic and wide, smooth roads.  Signage is good and […]

Beautiful Brittany, France

The western-most edge of France is a world apart from the big city experience of Paris that most of us associate with a visit to France.  Brittany  (Bretagne in French,   Breizh in the local Breton language) is small-town and rural with many sea-side vacation spots popular with the French people.  (As in most rural areas, […]

Cairo, Egypt

Cairo   If you haven’t seen the Pyramids, you need to go! Prices in Egypt now are quite low, and things are safe for the alert traveler.  However, it is good to be realistic. Cairo is a very crowded and much of the city can’t afford to keep the buildings, streets, or sidewalks clean. Most […]

Salisbury, England

Salisbury, England

Another awesome home exchange in August of 2016 in the cathedral town of Salisbury, 2 hours southwest of London. Our quaint semi-detached home (that means duplex in Brit-speak) was quiet and relaxing and within walking distance of the town center. The historic center of Salisbury is fun to explore on foot for the chance to […]

Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire

  If you are in the Northwest of London area, you will undoubtedly visit Oxford, home of the “dreaming spires”. And a day spent exploring its lovely gardens and buildings is always delightful. Venture just a bit further west and you can spend a day exploring a truly magnificent palace: Blenheim. The family seat of […]

The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds

We spent a lovely month during the summer at a delightful home exchange in the small town of Charlton Kings, 2 hours west of Heathrow Airport, London.   Our exchangers were a lovely young couple with 2 children, who enjoyed our home in the wine country while we stayed at their unique, very English home: a […]

Greece: the Peloponnesian Peninsula and Hydra

Greece: the Peloponnesian Peninsula and Hydra

If you have the time to explore further than Athens, consider renting a car and driving south to the Peloponnesian peninsula: the pretty little town of Nafplio is just 2 hours drive on good roads. We rented a car at the Athens airport: from there you get directly onto a freeway to bypass the traffic […]

Chihuly Garden and Glass, Seattle, WA

Chihuly Garden and Glass, Seattle, WA

If you love colorful art glass and gardens, don’t miss the Chihuly Garden and Glass museum on your next trip to Seattle!  I have been a Chihuly fan for many years: I think his work is just fantastic, and now he has a new gallery purpose built to showcase his wildly extravagant creations: details at […]

Athens, Greece

Athens, Greece

Athens is a beautiful, friendly city and we spent our time in the vibrant old town centered around the Acropolis. We enjoyed a lovely three lovely days there, exploring the city on foot from our centrally located Hotel Hera: which is highly recommended for excellent rooms, service and a lovely rooftop restaurant with views of […]