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Enjoying Portugal

Jul 21, 2019
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We spend the last week of our six-week trip to Europe exploring northern Portugal, spending time in Figuera da Foz, Porto, and finally Lisbon. These…

Exploring the Algarve

Jul 14, 2019
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Driving to the Algarve A scenic and virtually traffic-free, two-hour drive takes us from Seville to the little town of Luz in the western Algarve.…

Sweating Through Southern Spain

Jul 11, 2019
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Holy Toledo The drive to Toledo from Zaragoza is long and tedious through mostly flat lands that give way to urban sprawl around Madrid which…

Over the Pyrenees into Spain

Jul 4, 2019
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Climbing Over the Pyrenees We leave Albi and drive west toward the Pyrenees. Today is the first day of our entire trip (actually, the only…

Heading into Western France

Jul 2, 2019
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Dropping Off the Paintings Before we can properly start the vacation part of our vacation (as opposed to the exhibition part), we need to drop…

Surviving the Canicule in Style

Jul 1, 2019
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The Heat Wave Hits It’s all over the news—even back home. We get emails and Facebook messages about the French heatwave—the canicule. How are we…

Exhibiting in the South of France

Jun 26, 2019
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We Arrive At Our New Home for Two Weeks By the time we pull into the driveway of our new home away from home, we’ve…

Arriving in the South of France

Jun 14, 2019
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Onwards to Colle-sur-Loup We have a short day of driving from Lyon to the tiny town of Colle-sur-Loup on the road leading north from Cagnes-sur-Mer…

Heading South to France

Jun 13, 2019
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Getting On the Road–Picking Up Our Leased Car Our two days in Amsterdam are a relaxing prequel to Phase 1 of the trip—a four-day, three-night…

Jetting Off to Amsterdam

Jun 12, 2019
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It’s June of 2019 and time for another trip. Gregg and I have decided to make the most of our current health and the relative…

Top Memories in Europe – 2017

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

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…