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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…)

April 8, 2017

Switzerland: Bern


An interesting fact: Switzerland has no formal capitol. Instead the country has a federal city, the place where most of the federal governmental buildings (parliament, executive, administration) are located. That city is Bern. (more…)

France: Arbois, Maison Pasteur

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Pasteur’s laboratory

In the Jura department of France, near the border with Switzerland is the commune of Arbois. The town of around 3,500 people is known for its cheese-centric food, theft-worthy Comté cheese, and wine. Indeed, in 1936 Arbois’ viticulture areas became the first designated “Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée” or A.O.C. in France. Today the Burgundy, Bordeaux, and Champagne appellations are more famous, but Arbois was the first. (more…)

April 1, 2017

Switzerland: Jungfraujoch


The Wengernalp railroad between Grindelwald and Kleine Scheidegg

The commune of Interlaken is located around 50 kilometers from the geographical center of Switzerland. As suggested by its name, Interlaken sits between two lakes, Brienz to the east and Thun to the west. It is a pretty place that has justifiably been a tourist destination since the start of the 19th Century. (more…)

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