MUNICH – CONTRASTING OKTOBERFEST WITH DACHAU

I wanted to love Munich. Really! But perhaps it was due to a time constraint that I didn't see this lovely city as thoroughly as I should have that caused me to love it less than the other wondrous cities that I had just visited on this trip. Could I have slaughtered...

BANGKOK – DAMNOEN SADUAK FLOATING MARKET

Monic, our private tour guide, arrived at our hotel with a driver before 7:00 a.m. to take Carolyn, Efren, and me on a tour of the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Old Bangkok, and Chinatown. Bangkok to Damnoen Saduak is about a 1-1/2 hour drive, but the time flew by...

VAUGHANTOWN IN TRUJILLO, SPAIN

Unless I'm mistaken, I believe that all of the Anglos in VaughanTown Trujillo walked with the Spaniards to Plaza Mayor every day during our one-to-one sessions.  Because of our hour-long time constraints, they were always short walks, but we made the most of our time,...

TUSCANY – SIENA, SAN GIMIGNANO, AND PISA

I woke up fat(ter) and happy the following morning after my scrumptious dinner with Marco, Rosanna, and their family. But this was a new day, and an early one to boot, because I had a twelve-hour day tour planned through Tuscany! Marco knew I had to be at the train...

EUROPE – AT LONG LAST

Good morning, sunshine! After what turned out for me to be a fitful night's sleep from waking up at every half hour, and waking up with a sore jaw (man, I must have been more apprehensive about traveling alone than I thought!), Steve and I arrived at the airport and...

ROME AND THE VATICAN CITY

Buon giorno! We were at the Monterosso train platform to meet Sandro for our last drive together to Rome! As it turned out, our hotel in Rome was located on the third floor (uh, that is the fourth floor) of a building, the bottom floor being a church! One of the tour...

BRUSSELS – A GRAND PLACE EVENING CELEBRATION

I heard an orchestra playing, followed by a smaller band.   I was in Brussels, heading towards Grand Place.  I had to take a look! But when I saw this only to be followed by this and then this. I have to say that I completely lost it.  I videoed, but unfortunately...

DRENCHED IN FLORENCE

As I was packing my luggage for my train ride to Florence the following morning, I checked my train ticket, only to discover that my train wasn't leaving until 9:20 a.m.! I had told everyone that I wasn't going to see them for breakfast because I thought my train was...

BANGKOK MARKETS AND WAT PHO

Do you know how both nervous and excited I was to meet my tour buddies for the first time? You never really know if you are going to mesh with the group but I have to tell you, we all hit it off immediately from the moment we said our first hellos. I was thrilled!...

EUROPE – HOMEWARD BOUND

Have you ever done something knowing it's for the last time, and you've said to yourself, "This is the last time I'm ____"? That was my standard line to myself on my last evening before leaving for my flight home from Rome. Every sentence ended with the words "...in...

BRUGES – DISCOVERING HIDDEN TREASURES

Can we please start this blog off properly by posting something so decadent that it might only be found in Belgium? And, no, I didn't, buy these, but only because there was no room in my luggage! ;) I should have checked the price of these, for curiosity sake only!...

VENICE – GETTING LOST BY CHOICE

I thought I had my day all planned out knowing that I was going to explore Venice. I was looking forward to getting an early start after coming down from yesterday's high. The two sisters, Sue, and Kathy, were going to St. Mark's Basilica in the morning and I begged...

BARCELONA – SAGRADA FAMILIA AND FLAMENCO

I woke up before sunrise in Barcelona because I had reserved the earliest time slot to tour Gaudi's Sagrada Familia. You'll be happy to know that there is no need to wake up that early to stand in line for the earliest reservation. I quickly discovered that as soon as...

THE ANTWERP CENTRAL TRAIN STATION

I wanted to add a couple more images of Delft taken on my one full day there. The elderly woman in the picture above could not have timed her turn onto the street any more perfectly for me. I was very pleasantly surprised by my visit with my Delft host, Lara. We got...

BANGKOK – THE CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS

I arrived at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport early in the morning. I was thankful to be wide awake after an 18-hour flight because I wanted to explore Bangkok during the day and I had paid for a tour that evening. I wasn't thrilled, however, when I was approached by an...

DISCOVERING MADRID

You know you're going to have a wonderful trip when you discover a double rainbow outside of your airplane window. The flights from Los Angeles to Madrid were relatively uneventful, save for the thunder and lightning rainstorm at Dulles, which delayed our flight due...

HIKING FROM LAUTERBRUNNEN TO GRINDELWALD

One of the things we had all experienced since arriving in Paris, and perhaps those of us who had arrived several days before, was rain. Every. Single. Day. At first, I thought it was charming but, geez, after a while, let up already! By the time I had arrived in...

BRUGES – MARKT AND LOVELY CANALS

I am sitting here in my twin bed (what?!?) in my Paris hotel room in the early evening of Day 8 writing about Day 4 in Bruges! I would write more if I only had the time and energy, but I am hitting the ground running every morning and crawling into bed at night from...

ZARAGOZA – A STUDY OF CONTRASTS

After my fun last evening eating dinner in Madrid with several of my VaughanTown friends, I headed out to the Madrid Atocha train station early the next morning with my buddy, Pat (from VaughanTown) to catch separate trains. I was on my way to Zaragoza! I must say...

BRUSSELS – A DRIZZLY DAY AT GRAND PLACE

Charm 'n Bruges is an aptly-named bed and breakfast inn. I loved to wander through the courtyard and the breakfast room to see the beautiful vignettes. The jars of Côte d'Or were milk and dark chocolate spreads. The jams were outstanding. Thank goodness this was a...

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