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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…)

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January 6, 2019

France: Tournon-sur-Rhone, Train de l’Ardèche


Train de l’Ardèche works its way up the Doux River valley.

Near Tournon-sur-Rhone is one end of the Train de l’Ardèche, a historic steam train that runs up the rugged River Doux valley. Today the historic railway functions as a tourist train. (more…)

December 24, 2015

Spain: Seville, The Hop-on Hop-off Bus

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Near a bus stop is Hospital de las Cinco Llagas, the current seat of the Parliament of Andalusia.

Near a bus stop is Hospital de las Cinco Llagas, the current seat of the Parliament of Andalusia.

Many large cities throughout the world have hop-on hop-off tourists buses. We generally avoid them thinking that we are more likely to find the unexpected if we walk. One day in Seville a tout on the street told us that we could take our pooch Gigi along with us on one of these buses. There’s a pleasure in seeing the world through your dog’s nose-eyed view but taking a 25 kg canine along comes with access compromises. As a result we are always looking for things to do where we can take Gigi with us. Touring Seville via the double-decked tourist bus suddenly became an option worth considering. A few days later we boarded the bus with our occasionally well-behaved canine. (more…)

December 11, 2015

Spain: Ronda


Inside Ronda's famous bullring

Inside Ronda’s famous bullring

Ronda in the Andalusian highlands of southern Spain is a popular tourist destination. Surrounded by steep hillsides and split by a deep gorge, the whitewashed town is protected by its geology from the encroachment of modernity. (more…)

January 9, 2013

France: Caen


Église Saint-Pierre (HDR)

Église Saint-Pierre (HDR)

Our travel plans mandated a stop in or near Caen France.  On the English Channel (or la Manche as it is called in French), Caen is the largest town near Ouistreham, our point of (more…)

December 19, 2012

Portugal: Porto


A tram rolls through Porto's streets

A tram rolls through Porto’s streets

Twenty years ago during a particularly pleasant work related boondoggle I visited Porto Portugal for the first time.  Though I include the stop on my travel resume, the visit was (more…)

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