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July 16, 2017

Sicily: Scicli


San Bartolomeo, one of several attractive churches in Scicli Sicily.

I must admit to having a minor obsession with completing travel orientated lists. If I read an intriguing list of places to see, there’s a risk that it could become a goal. For example, several years ago Frommer’s published a list of the must see alpine passes in Switzerland. We’d planned on driving the southern route through Switzerland. Once I saw Frommer’s list, we added detours to our route so that we would visit all five passes Swiss passes mentioned in the article. As it turned out the passes were a worthy goal; the route is spectacular. Nevertheless, even if Frommer’s list was completely lame, it was unavoidable that we would visit all of the passes. Lists must be completed. (more…)

July 8, 2017

Sicily: Viadotto Guerrieri

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One of Sicily’s many road viaducts

As we left Modica Sicily last December we passed under a high viaduct. Pulling to rental car to the side of the road, we paused to take a few pictures. Latter, with a little research, we learned that we were looking at Viadotto Guerrieri, one of the oldest and highest viaducts in Italy. Completed in 1968 at a height of 394 feet it is notable even in a country that is quite fond of spectacles of civil engineer. (more…)

Sicily: Modica


Monochromatic Modica

Sicily’s southeastern corner is our favorite area of the island. This portion of Sicily includes a cluster of communes that UNESCO designated as a World Heritage site in 2002. Collectively UNESCO refers to this area as the “Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto.” (more…)

May 14, 2017

Sicily: Erice

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A composite picture of two sides of Segesta’s temple

After a twenty-minute search we found the boarding entrance for the Tirrenia ferry in Cagliari Sardinia. This overnight ferryboat would take us from Cagliari to Palermo Sicily. Though we were staying near the port and had walked by the car entrance several times, it was not clear where we were supposed to enter. Oddly the ferry car loading entrance was not well marked in English, Italian, Sardinian, or Swahili. It seems like they only expect regular travelers who know where they are going on this route. (more…)

April 29, 2017

Sardinia: Bosa

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Bosa

It is true. Sometimes we stop at a place just because we want to take our own version of a picture that we’ve seen. So it was that we paused for a lunch and photo break in Bosa on our way from Alghero to Oristano. Lunch wasn’t very successful; every restaurant we tried was closed. On the other hand, we did find good places to take pictures. The pictures we had saw did not lie: Bosa is photogenic. (more…)

April 28, 2017

Sardinia: Alghero

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Alghero’s waterfront

Before we arrived we expected Sardinia to be much like Corsica. It seemed intuitive that the two adjacent Mediterranean islands would be similar. And they are similar, sort of. But they are also surprisingly different. (more…)

April 23, 2017

Corsica: Bonifacio

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Early on a cool morning the ferry’s top deck is not very popular.

From Provence we crossed the Mediterranean to Corsica’s most northerly ferry port in Bastia. Soon after we arrived we searched Google to find a ferry that we could take to continue our trip to Sardinia Italy in about a week. Google told that if we wanted to see Corsica from tip to tail, the logical choice would be to depart from Corsica’s most major south coastal harbor, Bonifacio. From Bonifacio we could take a ferry to Santa Teresa at the northern tip of Sardinia. (more…)

April 10, 2017

Corsica: L’église Sainte-Julie de Nonza

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L’église Sainte-Julie de Nonza

Driving down the west coast of Corsica is slow. Twisty two-lane roads clinging on hillsides keep cars’ steering wheels spinning. Add in an occasional “goat jam” and you best not expect to make it to the next stop quickly. Not that you’d want to. Traveling in this area Corsica is more about the journey than the destination. The drive down Corsica’s rugged and wild west coast is not something that is soon forgotten. (more…)

April 9, 2017

France: Bastia Corsica

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Last fall, on the 9th of November, we left the rain and cold of Burgundy and headed south by car. Our route would ultimately take us to the island nation of Malta. Malta is further south than Gibraltar and Sicily; it was furthest south in Europe that we could practically reach. The mission was to find warmer and drier weather. (more…)

France: Great Saltworks of Salins-les-Bains and the Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans


A tunnel beneath the saltworks at Salins-les-Bains brings brine to the drying pans.

Salins-les-Bains and Arc-et-Senans are in the Jura and Doubs departments of France, respectively. Both administrative departments are on France’s eastern border with Switzerland. As of 2015 Jura and Doubs were part of the larger administrative region of Franche-Comté, the only region of the continental portion of France that we hadn’t visited. But by the time we first arrived in Franche-Comté in 2016 it turned out that we already had visited all of the administrative regions of continental France. How did that happen? At the start of 2016 Franche-Comté was consolidated into a larger region, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté. A legislative act eliminated Franche-Comté before we could visit. (more…)

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