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Top Memories in Europe

May 16, 2017
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Our five-week trip to Europe has been a whirl of professional development and business activities sprinkled liberally with many, many great travel experiences. Sometimes the…

Bella Roma

Apr 30, 2017
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We are spending nine nights in Rome in April of 2017 during an exhibition of Gregg Simpson’s paintings at the Arte Borgo gallery just around…

Chilling in Hobbiton, the Coromandel, and Auckland

Mar 21, 2016
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Our three-week odyssey is winding down. After leaving Rotorua, we have just six nights left before we must fly home to Vancouver. Our first stop…

Steamy New Zealand

Mar 18, 2016
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We are in the simmering center of the North Island. We spend two nights cavorting among the volcanoes in Tongariro National Park and another two nights…

Windy Wellington

Mar 17, 2016
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After arriving back from our Abel Tasman tour, I throw a few loads of laundry into the machines at the Grand Mercure in Nelson—the same…

Awesome Abel Tasman

Mar 17, 2016
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It’s evening of Day 6 and two sturdy black carry-on style duffle bags are waiting for us in our room when we check into our…

Winding West Coast New Zealand

Mar 13, 2016
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Blog 2 of our New Zealand Adventure starts on Day 4 still in Queenstown, then moves up to Wanaka and out to the West Coast…

South Island Sensational

Mar 8, 2016
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After a pleasant fourteen-hour flight that involves a surprising amount of sleep in addition to three feature-length movies, we land in Auckland, New Zealand, in…

Top Ten Things to do in Venice

Sep 15, 2015
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Here in no particular order, are my suggestions for the top ten things to do in Venice. 1. Buy A Vaporetto Pass Buy a vaporetto…

Venice is For Romantics

Sep 14, 2015
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  Europe overflows with towns and cities and landscapes that evoke romance. Consider how many poets and composers and writers and painters drew their inspiration from…

Whirlwind Barcelona

Sep 4, 2015
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My favorite Europe guidebook writer, Rick Steves, states in his Spain guidebook that trying to see Barcelona in a day is insane. Rick is right of course, but…

Girona Sightseeing

Aug 29, 2015
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Girona is the main town about a fifteen-minute drive from the Castel d’Escales and well worth a full day visit. The town is a bit off…