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Homeward Bound

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Homeward Bound

October 7, 2015

Hello there – we have missed you! Feels like we are back talking to old friends again. Speaking of which, we saw lots of family and friends over the last month+. That has helped with our gradual ease back into reality. Having loved ones around again, sharing stories of our year and theirs while we… View Article

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When In Rome…..

August 18, 2015

Ciao from Rome! We had a great time here so of course the blog is long – sorry about that! Hope you enjoy….. Overview of Aug 1 – 15 We spent these first two weeks of August in Rome, during Italy’s summer holiday period. There were some restaurants and shops closed but many remained open…. View Article

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Amalfi Coast

August 3, 2015

Ciao from Southern Italy – our Italian adventure continues! Our Eurail Pass got us business class train tickets on the highspeed train from Florence to Salerno – so cool, classy and peaceful! Salerno was another port city that gave us a short-lived, but bad first impression. As we made our way from the train station to… View Article

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Under The Tuscan Sun

July 27, 2015

  Florence (Firenze) – Ciao from the beautiful Tuscan Region of Italy! Tuesday, July 14 – Friday, July 24 We loved our first apartment in Florence (Firenze); especially the air conditioning! While the location was not very central to the centre, we were able to walk there within 20 minutes. A walk doesn’t usually bother us… View Article

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Cinque Terre

July 16, 2015

Ciao! Bongiorno!   We hope you are having a little reprieve from the heatwave. Looks like we will be in the high 30′s for the next while. :0 Please enjoy our tour of the Cinque Terre….we loved it! The Cinque Terre is a string of five coastal towns along the Italian Riviera between Pisa and Genoa…. View Article

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Now, That’s Italian!

July 9, 2015

Hello from Italy – our home for the next six weeks! We have waited a long time to visit here again.   July 1-5 – Venice Venice (or Venezi in Italian) was our first stop on our tour of Italy. Venice is in northeastern part of the country, spanning on a group of 118 small islands, separated by… View Article

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Rolling on the River

July 3, 2015

Hello! We are very happy to share our Danube River cruise adventure with you! The post is long (sorry!) but it was very hard to cram 13 days, 11 cities and 5 countries into one post. Plus I had a few technical difficulties which caused a wee delay. In an effort to save time, I… View Article

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It’s All Greek To Me

June 18, 2015

Thessaloniki, Greece We re-entered the Schengen region without a hiccup – hello Greece! Thessaloniki is a commercial port and is the second-largest city in Greece with a population of 1.1 million. It was named after Thessaloniki, half sister of Alexander the Great. It is here that the Apostle Paul first brought the message of Christianity (50 A.D.). Thessaloniki is… View Article

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Zagreb, Croatia

June 11, 2015

  Hello from Zagreb, our final destination in Croatia. We are really going to miss this country!   Friday, June 5 – Thursday, June 11 Zagreb is the capital and the largest city of the Republic of Croatia with a metropolitan population of over 1.2 million. It is located in the northwest of the country, along the Sava river, at the southern slopes of… View Article

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Zadar and Opatija, Croatia

June 4, 2015

Hello and welcome back to more Croatia! This country is just full of non-stop beauty!!   Sunday, May 24 – Saturday, May 30: We arrived by bus to a small village outside of Zadar and our next home for a week, in a nice ‘balcony with a view’ apartment. We weren’t actually in Zadar, but… View Article

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Makarska and Split, Croatia

May 25, 2015

Hello and welcome back to beautiful Croatia!   Wednesday, May 13 – May 16: Makarska, Croatia We travelled 3 hours via bus from Dubrovnik to Makarska today. To our surprise, a small piece of Bosnia, a city called ‘Neum’, interrupts the Croatian coastline. It was interesting and meant two unexpected passport checks. Makarska is a small… View Article

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Dubrovnik, Croatia!

May 13, 2015

Hello from the gorgeous country of Croatia. You have to visit here just to see the colour of the crystal clear water – love it here!   A Short (Recent) History of Dubrovnik…. Croatia’s Adriatic Sea coast contains more than a thousand islands! The country’s population is 4.28 million, most of whom are Croats. Croatia is a World Trade Organization (WTO), NATO and joined… View Article

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Montenegro Part 2

May 5, 2015

A Few Things We Learned About Montenegro…. A waiter told us one night, with some concern, that Russia plays a big role in the Montenegrin economy. We discovered Russians own majority shares in 32% of foreign enterprises here. The Russian press claims that Russian citizens (politicians and billionaires) own at least 40% of real-estate property in Montenegro…. View Article

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Montenegro Part 1

April 26, 2015

Hello family and friends! We are enjoying incredible blue skies and colourful water while loving the warmth of the coast.   Sunday, April 19 – Podgorica, Montenegro! The mountains looked incredible from the plane – we were excited to be here! Arriving in a new country is always something we look forward to. Podgorica (rhymes with… View Article

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Sarajevo, Bosnia

April 18, 2015

Hello! Wow, Bosnia was an eye-opener for us. And we are still confused as hell. Perhaps you have a clear understanding of the recent history in Bosnia-Herzegovina, but here is what we now understand from this learning experience: Sarajevo is the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina (abbreviated BiH) with a population of 430,000 people, nestled in a colourful valley. Sarajevo… View Article

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Belgrade, Serbia

April 13, 2015

Hello there! Are you ready for another history and geography lesson? Hope you don’t mind us sharing our discoveries with you – it has been fascinating! Monday, April 6 Our flight today was from Tirana, Albania to Belgrade, Serbia and it really got us thinking. These two countries do not have the best relationship. And… View Article

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Albania!

April 4, 2015

  A Few Days in Tirana, Capital of Albania We spent the first two nights at a spa hotel, exploring, relaxing and re-energizing after our tour of Turkey. Then we moved to a quaint hotel that our Albania tour company uses for tour guests. Two totally different hotels and areas of the city. Loved the… View Article

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Turkish Delight

March 22, 2015

This is Part 2 of Turkey…if you didn’t see the post ‘Istanbul’, please start there!   Turkish tales… The Evil Eye The Evil Eye belief in Turkey is when someone ‘eyes’ your good fortune with jealousy or gluttony, bad luck in some form is bound to befall you. The Turks believe, even if you mean… View Article

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Istanbul!

March 20, 2015

Hello family and friends! We are really having fun in Turkey and are learning so much about the history, culture, religion and people here. We have made lots of new friends and the weather is showing promise too!   Monday, March 9 – Istanbul! Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey with a population of… View Article

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Meanwhile, Back in Paris….

March 9, 2015

  Our Paris adventures continue! So sorry this post is so long; but covers over two weeks. Won’t let it go that long again. Saturday, Feb 21 Our first destination today was to the Love Lock bridges. (Thanks Brian Kerr for the suggestion!) Sweethearts inscribe their initials on a padlock and lock it to the… View Article

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Paris – City of Love

February 20, 2015

  Bonjour from the beautiful city of Paris!  We have settled in and are happy to have a short break from packing and unpacking. Sunday, Feb 8 – Paris Great trip into Paris on a high speed, double decker train. Man we were moving! Our Airbnb apartment is on Oberkampf in the 11th arrondissement (division)…. View Article

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Le Tour de France

February 7, 2015

Hello again….France is fantastic and we are seeing and learning many things about this wonderful country! Saturday, Jan 31 – Annecy, France Annecy greeted us with a big snow display today. It was our first real snow experience so we thought it is quite beautiful! We had an Apartment/Hotel in Annecy that was very central… View Article

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The French Connection

February 1, 2015

  Bonjour from France!! This post is intermixed with both of us writing. We hope you enjoy it. Wednesday to Saturday, Jan 21-24 – Toulouse, France Our first stop here is Toulouse, also known as Ville Rose (“the Pink City”), from the extensive use of the unique, pinkish terracotta bricks. Such a pretty city! Toulouse has two UNESCO World Heritage… View Article

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The Rain in Spain

January 22, 2015

It’s not raining and only has once or twice in Spain….just had to use that title! Actually we saw our first snow of the year in Burgos on January 16. It was beautiful…..but only lasted a few minutes. We just wanted to mention how much we love traveling by train. It’s wonderful! You arrive 15… View Article

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A Tale of Two Cities – Porto and Santiago

January 13, 2015

    Hello friends and family! So nice of you to stop by our adventure …… Monday, Jan 5 – Porto, Portugal Porto is located along the Douro River in Northern Portugal and is one of the oldest European centres. Porto’s historical core was proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCOin 1996. We were lucky our apartment was located in this district –… View Article

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Portugal!

January 6, 2015

  Sunday, Dec 28 – Albufeira: Portugal! Our first bus trip! We journeyed from Seville to Albufeira, Portugal by bus; it was relaxing and comfortable. As we approached Albufeira, several of the small towns the bus stopped in appeared rundown and the locals were a little rough looking. The stop before ours was in an… View Article

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Out of Africa!

December 27, 2014

Hello all! We know this is an extremely long post but it was an incredible week and couldn’t skip any details. Enjoy! Thursday – Dec 18: Granada We arrived via train into the beautiful city of Granada. The snow capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada seemed so close on the train; now in the city… View Article

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Madrid!

December 19, 2014

Hola from the very beautiful country of Spain – our first touchdown on our European adventure! Thursday/Friday – Dec 11/12 We flew today from Atlanta to Philly and then at 7PM, had a 7.5 hour flight into Madrid. We arrived at 8:30am the next day. Man that was brutal jet lag for a few days!… View Article

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Thirty-Two Beds and Counting!

December 11, 2014

Whose counting? We are! We have completed our Quebec and USA tour over the last 96 days and have had a fantastic time! And yes, we have slept in 32 different beds.   So hello from Atlanta – just a quick update before we head to Europe! Saturday, Dec 6 – Tuscaloosa, AL We stopped… View Article

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New Orleans!

December 7, 2014

    How y’all doing? Here are the last few days in Gulf Shores and then on to our New Orleans trip!   Friday, Nov 28 – Black Friday in Gulf Shores This was our first official Black Friday – sure wish we had something to shop for! We did pop into The Pottery Store;… View Article

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Sweet Home Alabama!

November 28, 2014

How y’all doing? This post includes one day from Florida and the rest from Alabama. Loving the South!   Thursday, Nov 20 – Tallahassee FL We left St. Petersburg last night and arrived safely in Tallahassee. We awoke to the news of a shooting at the University here; not far from our hotel. How senseless… View Article

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Life’s a Beach

November 19, 2014

Hello all! So nice of you to drop by. We are starting to see signs of Christmas in our travels. Where has the time gone? Can you believe we are almost into our 12th week? Nearing the quarter mark! We still look forward to each new day and the adventures it brings us. We hope… View Article

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Georgia On My Mind

November 10, 2014

Monday, Nov 3 Hello again  - on our way to Savannah! Stopped for lunch in Metter, Georgia, on the way to Savannah, at a place called Jomax BBQ. It was packed with people and the menu was shocking! Small salads were $1.50, hamburgers were $4.29, sandwiches $5.99. Meals included 3-4 sides. So cheap compared to… View Article

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Charming Quebec City

November 5, 2014

Hello Family and Friends! The story continues….we hope you will enjoy it! Tuesday, Oct 28 – Old Quebec City After a pleasant drive from Sutton, we arrived in Quebec City. The main road into Old Quebec was under construction so we had to follow a lengthy detour. Signed well, but threw Joe the driver for… View Article

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Bonjour Canada!

October 29, 2014

Sunday Oct 19 – Montreal Bonjour – Hello Canada – nice to see you again! We arrived in Montreal after an uneventful flight from Boston. We went directly to apartment #1, a one bedroom in the up-and-coming neighbourhood of Griffintown. The host and apartment were great and we were very central. Tonight we had a… View Article

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New England Road Trip – Week Two

October 19, 2014

Hello again! Here we are, back for week two of our New England road trip. We logged 1,536 miles! Here is a short video of the ride down Sugarloaf – hope this works! http://youtu.be/rAtsXpKMBfg Monday, Oct 13 – Maine to New Hamshire Today we sadly said goodbye to Sugerloaf Resort; our favorite spot so far…. View Article

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Road Trip! Week One

October 15, 2014

Week in Review Hello there! We are having a fantastic time! We are not sure if we are fans of making hotel reservations at the spur of the moment. We find we spend so much time looking for the perfect spot when we arrive at our destination, that it consumes a good part of the… View Article

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Massachusetts!

October 7, 2014

First, The Truth of the Matter I’m sure you are wondering how it is really going with ‘us’ – spending every waking moment together in sometimes tight quarters. Well, I will summarize how it so far; after one month: We wake up and go to bed when we are awake or tired and when we… View Article

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New York, New York!

September 28, 2014

“A New York Minute” A New York minute is an instant. Or as Johnny Carson once said, it’s the interval between a Manhattan traffic light turning green and the guy behind you honking his horn. (this so true – they love to honk their horns here!) Friday Quote: Friday, Sept 19 Saw our first subway… View Article

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Good-bye Chicago and Hello New York!

September 19, 2014

Monday, Sept 15 Chicago con’t Hello friends! Thanks for comments on the last post – miss you all! Today I decided we should get on the subway and travel backwards, away from the centre of town and find somewhere else to explore. I did a ‘little’ research first. We hopped on the train and by… View Article

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Chicago!

September 14, 2014

Wednesday Sept 10 Arrived safe and sound in our first US destination! No problems with our carry-on; think we have a good packing system now. Here we are arriving at the Chicago Airport. What you see is all of our luggage for one year – pretty good, huh?     Took a taxi to our… View Article

Last Minute Shopping in Vancouver

September 7, 2014

Forgot how much walking we do in Vancouver – the Seawall is always packed with runners, walkers, cyclist, young and old. Went to MEC today for a shoe bag that was small enough to count as a second carry-on. We bought a Murse for Joe to use – Joe has a Murse! Seems to like it… View Article

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Wahoo Whalley World!

Had a great couple of days in Whalley – thank you Randy and Ann for being so hospitable! Dale Mcdougall along with our  dear friend Louise Baert (whom we had’t seen for 25 years!!) joined us for a great BBQ on Thursday. Enjoyed some wine, hot tub, walks and lots of stories during our stay…. View Article

First Stop – Kelowna!

August 24, 2014

Once we were ‘homeless’ in West Kelowna, we stayed in a wonderful basement suite in Kelowna! It had everything we needed and allowed us to keep Salsa with us for the last two weeks before we leave for Vancouver. IF YOU CLICK IN THIS POST YOU WILL SEE IMAGES AND BE ABLE TO ADD COMMENTS…..the… View Article

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