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Trip Totals: Accounting for our Whereabouts

Apart from toting up income (not enough) and expenses (too much), we endorse counting up other important things in your life, especially at tax time. Count your blessings; count your cousins; count your freckles, calories, or steps. How many times did I swear today? We’re acknowledging our inner accountant by sharing these trip totals from […]

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Discovering European Capitals of Culture

Since 1985, the European Commission has been designating one or two cities per year as European Capitals of Culture (ECOC). That’s thirty years of work, recognizing more than fifty cities, and resulting in thousands of events and special exhibitions. How did I miss this? For most of that time, I must have had my head […]

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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, Finland, Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, back to the United States, Greece, England, France, Switzerland, Italy, and Slovenia. I made […]

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The Panoramic Trains in Switzerland five "Big Screen' new meaning

The Lowdown on Travel with a Eurail Pass

Our Itinerary The hardest part about traveling with our Eurail pass, good for 15 travel days within two months, was deciding where to go. We studied the maps, solicited ideas, hemmed and hawed, started in one direction and changed course midway. Now that we’re at the end of our two Eurail months, I’m beginning to […]

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THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME London Theatre

The Two Best Reasons to Go to London

We’ve said it before, but one of our very favorite landing places is London. There’s (obviously) a lot to London. But you can pretty much keep the Tower and London Bridge and the Tate Modern as far as I’m concerned. For me, there are two reasons to come to London: the British Museum and the […]

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International Use of National Parks

Last summer, while on a driving tour of the UK, we joined the National Trust. It’s essentially the historic preservation and national park organization for all of the UK: “We look after historic houses, gardens, mills, coastline, forests, farmland, moorland, islands, castles, nature reserves, villages… and pubs.” It was founded in 1895. The “joint” membership for […]

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2013 in 50 Photographs

Kris and I visited 13 foreign countries this year. In order: Spain, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Canada, England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Japan, back to Spain, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, and Hungary. Our travels within the US included trips to Napa, California and Hawaii, both new to us as well. Here are 50 photos I made along […]

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