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July 30, 2020

Gigi, R.I.P.

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Gigi ball in mouth on her last day

In late October 2010 we traveled to see a litter of puppies at their Modesto foster home. The pups had recently been rescued from a stray litter in Sacramento. We sat and watched the pups play awhile. Eventually one of the pups came up behind us and licked our ears. Whether the puppy knew what she was doing or not, she had picked us to be her humans. Soon we left Modesto with a puppy sitting comfortably in Becky’s lap like she had been there all her life. (more…)

October 4, 2019

Italy: Bologna, Ferrara or Bust and the Portico di San Luca


The Portico di San Luca works its way towards central Bologna.

The best-laid plans don’t always work out. (more…)

July 29, 2019

Italy: Bologna, Porticoes, Floors, and Bathrooms

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Bologna’s Portico di San Luca, at 3.8 km in length it is the city’s longest arcaded structure.

In Bologna porticoes line many of the streets. The city is famous for its arcaded walkways; Bologna’s 40 kilometers of covered sidewalks is enough of a characteristic feature of the city to warrant a submission to UNESCO as an entry on the list of World Heritage sites. The shade of the arcades protects beautifully crafted walkways of stone tiles or terrazzo. It is a simple but very appealing design that beats the heat of summer.


April 26, 2019

Slovenia: Piran

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Piran’s small harbor gives boats shelter from the sea.

Slovenia barely escapes being landlocked. The country, sandwiched between Croatia to the south and Italy to the north, includes a modest stretch of land along the Adriatic coast roughly 27 miles in length. Short as it is, the Slovenian coast is attractive. A popular destination on the water is the attractive commune of Piran. Situated at the tip of a peninsula the town has a population of around 3,900. (more…)

April 5, 2019

Slovenia: Ptuj


The view of Ptuj from its castle

Three weeks into our road trip we reached the commune of Ptuj Slovenia. By this time in the journey we had crossed European borders ten times. We were completely confused about the language. Even the polite words we knew in the language of the country were in were lost in confusion. Not that we knew any words in Slovene anyway. (more…)

March 26, 2019

Hungary: Border Crossings

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The Hungarian side of the border, partially reused as a gas station

On our way from Bratislava Slovakia to Graz Austria we crossed briefly into Hungary. At the end of the day we’d crossed an international border on nine occasions in the nineteen days since our road trip began. All this crossing of borders was made easier by the Schengen Agreement, which has eliminated the need for border checkpoints.


March 21, 2019

Slovakia: Bratislava, A Dog with a View

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Soon after we arrived in Bratislava Gigi was at the window checking out the street scene.

Since she was a small pup Gigi has traveled together with us. Indeed the first weekend after she picked us to be her humans we took her to Healdsburg California for the weekend. There she discovered the joys of hotel elevators, stairs, and left over food service trays in the halls. Each was a big adventure. Each remains a pleasure today. (more…)

February 18, 2019

Germany: Lindau (Bodensee)

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Lindau Germany

Due to circumstances not entirely within our control, 2018 turned out to be for us a year for European road journeys. In September we hit the highways for our fourth and final road long trip of the year. From our base in Saint Jean de Losne France we headed east. Our first stop was Lindau. (more…)

February 11, 2019

France: Brittany, Cap Fréhel and Fort la Latte


Cap Fréhel’s current lighthouse, the third built in the area

Cap Fréhel is located on the rugged northern coast of Brittany. The Breton coastline is famous for its 148 lighthouses, 80 of which are still in operation. Cap Fréhel has had three. (more…)

February 2, 2019

France: The Carnac Alignments

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Massive stones of the Ménec alignment

Near the village of Carnac in the Brittany region of France are a collection of megalithic structures. One such monument, the Ménec alignment, extends more than a kilometer in length. This alignment has eleven rows of massive granite boulders partially buried in the ground. Estimates say that the structures are around 5,300 years old, which puts their date of construction near 3300 BCE.   (more…)

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