Spain

5pm, New Year’s Eve, Atlanta:    We are flying to Madrid through Atlanta on New Year’s Eve, just us and a few tens of thousands of our closest friends (not).   I (Vickie) haven’t flown much since we got the motor home.   I’m just fascinated to see a goodly number of dogs in the…

Return to the US

We had an uneventful train trip from Lille to Hamburg, and spent a pleasant day in the city. One of the things we did was to tour a U-boat. We wanted to continue our WWII focus even through the final days of the trip, but when we started reading the signs, which were in German…

Cologne and a bit of Belgium, starting Sunday, August 3, 2018

Our drive to Cologne from Nuremberg took most of the day, but we poked and took our time, listening to the concoction that the collaboration between James Patterson and Bill Clinton developed into. I didn’t really expect to like it, but I did. We listened to the whole 13 hour book on tape (Audible) in…

Bavaria, Birthplace of Nazism

I grew up hearing the word Bavaria, and images of blond pigtailed girls in dirndl skirts and boys in Lederhosen would pop into my mind. The Sound of Music, beautiful mountains, skiing, great cheese. All true. What I hadn’t realized until this trip, was how political conditions in particularly Bavaria supported the formation and rise…

The Beautiful Blue (well, ok, sort of green) Danube

We wanted to take a European river cruise for a long time, but just hadn’t found the right opportunity until now. Our modus operandi so far in this trip has been to stay about a week in each area, in a kitchenette apartment, cook a few meals at home, eat out some, do day trips….

Salzburg, City of Mozart

On our way to Germany, we spent two nights in Salzburg, one of my favorite cities. I haven’t spent that much time in Salzburg – this was my second visit so maybe 5 nights total – but such a musical place! We stayed at a hotel, not an apartment this time, but were lucky enough…

Italy

We arrived in Italy on the 29th of June. Our first stay was for a week in a tiny town called Borgomaro, not too far from San Remo to the south and Imperia to the east. We were roughly 20k from the Italian Riviera. Flowers have been amazing all through both France and Germany. Great…

“THE” Italian Meal (!)

We both like Rick Steves, have bought several of his European guide books, and have spent quite a bit of our drive days listening to his podcasts which are free for downloading on the Rick Steves Travel App. In several of the podcasts focusing on Italy and its culture, Steves and his guests talk about…