2017: The Year in Photos

The past year was a bit strange for us as we traveled much less than we usually do. We made it to eight countries (not counting the U.S.) including only one we hadn't been to [...]

Time Zones, A Photo Exhibit, Minneapolis, March-July 2017

This is a catalog, of sorts, of my travel photography exhibit at Icebox Gallery in Minneapolis, March 25-July 29, 2017. Hours are Thursday-Friday from 10-6, and Saturdays from 12-5. The gallery is also open by [...]

Seasoned Traveler Finds European Adventure with Competitours

Sherry and Vanessa toast to the next challenge: destination unknown. Last year we wrote about a company that calls its competitive European mystery tours “SightDoing” rather than sightseeing. This year, a competitor from [...]

By | 2017-02-23T15:10:45+00:00 February 23, 2017|Categories: Belgium, Europe, Germany, Interviews, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland|Tags: |0 Comments

St. Bavo’s Cathedral, Ghent, Belgium

St. Bavo's Cathedral in Ghent, Belgium, is home to the spectacular Ghent Altarpiece. But it also has some very nice windows and a nice organ. I really love how the pipes are hung high on [...]

By | 2016-01-14T19:40:47+00:00 January 15, 2016|Categories: Belgium, Europe, Photo of the Day|Tags: , |2 Comments

Discovering European Capitals of Culture

Museum of Alchemy in Prague, a European Capital of Culture in 2000 Since 1985, the European Commission has been designating one or two cities per year as European Capitals of Culture (ECOC). That’s [...]

Our 2014 Travels in 50 Photos

2014 was our biggest year of traveling yet. We visited 19 countries, including a long driving trip in the western United States. We saw, in order, the United States, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, [...]

The Plantin Moretus Museum, Antwerp

A Roman Missal printed by Jan Moretus in 1613, now displayed in the Plantin Moretus Museum. The missal contains two illustrations by Peter Paul Rubens. The Plantin-Moretus Museum in Antwerp, Belgium holds a [...]

The Grand Place, Brussels, Belgium

One of the things I love about Northern Europe, as opposed to say, Spain and Italy, is that the main plazas of the cities revolve around civil rather than religious structures. That is certainly the [...]

By | 2014-05-28T02:17:56+00:00 May 28, 2014|Categories: Belgium, Europe, Photo of the Day, Unesco World Heritage Sites|Tags: |2 Comments

Boat Lift on the Central Canal, Belgium

There are a series of four hydraulic boat lifts on the Central Canal of Belgium. These 19th and early 20th Century feats of engineering allowed a connection between the Meuse and the Scheldt rivers, which [...]

By | 2016-01-15T10:55:52+00:00 May 27, 2014|Categories: Belgium, Europe, Photo of the Day, Unesco World Heritage Sites|Tags: |2 Comments