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Sant Pau rooftops Barcelona Spain
October 3, 2015

BARCELONA – LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT

BARCELONA, EUROPE, SPAIN

I remembered that I needed more toothpaste while I was walking back to my hotel to grab my luggage before heading to the train station. I saw a farmacia along the way and stepped inside. I saw the boxes of oral care products along the...

Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar Zaragoza Spain
September 21, 2015

ZARAGOZA – A STUDY OF CONTRASTS

EUROPE, SPAIN, ZARAGOZA

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...

Watch Road Trujillo Spain
September 12, 2015

VAUGHANTOWN IN TRUJILLO, SPAIN

EUROPE, SPAIN, TRUJILLO

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...

Plaza Mayor costumes Madrid Spain
August 24, 2015

DISCOVERING MADRID

EUROPE, MADRID, SPAIN

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...

Rick Steves tour group
October 12, 2013

MY REFLECTIONS OF EUROPE

EUROPE

I thought it would be easy to wrap up my final blog relating to Europe. I decided to give myself a few days to rest, trying hard to work through jet lag. It is especially bothersome because, when I arrived from L.A. to Amsterdam, I hit...

Italian breakfast Florence Italy
October 9, 2013

EUROPE – HOMEWARD BOUND

EUROPE, FLORENCE, ITALY, ROME

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...

Cyclist umbrella Florence Italy
October 8, 2013

FLORENCE – MY PERFECT MEAL

EUROPE, FLORENCE, ITALY

When I had arrived back at the house at approximately 4:00 or 5:00 p.m., I was expecting to find Rosanna preparing dinner like the guy I photographed from a restaurant kitchen window while I was heading back to Rosanna and...

Paoli Florence Italy
October 7, 2013

DRENCHED IN FLORENCE

EUROPE, FLORENCE, ITALY

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...

Pantheon domed ceiling Rome Italy
October 6, 2013

ROME AND THE VATICAN CITY

EUROPE, ITALY, ROME

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...

Canal boat Venice Italy
October 4, 2013

VENICE – GETTING LOST BY CHOICE

EUROPE, ITALY, VENICE

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....

Hotel de Ville Beaune France
September 27, 2013

THE COBBLED TOWN OF BEAUNE

BEAUNE, EUROPE, FRANCE

I messed up…I thought we were on to Switzerland next, but we were heading to Beaune, France! First of all, I want to say something. When I began planning this trip, I was most hesitant about visiting Paris because of all of the...

Notre Dame Cathedral Paris France
September 23, 2013

PARIS – THE MAGNIFICENT NOTRE DAME

EUROPE, FRANCE, PARIS

I woke up very early the next morning in Paris because I had paid for a “Skip the Line: Notre Dame” at 9:45 a.m. And I wanted to photograph a bit before the tour began. Back on to the 69 bus, I went, feeling smug in knowing...

Champ de Mars Park Paris France
September 23, 2013

THE GRANDEUR OF PARIS

EUROPE, FRANCE, PARIS

I headed out for Brussels Midi train station early in the morning for Paris after my fabulous one night’s stay in Brussels. I wish I had been able to stay longer because I missed seeing much of the city due my not being able to...

Bicycle steeple Bruges Belgium
September 17, 2013

BRUGES – MARKT AND LOVELY CANALS

BELGIUM, BRUGES, EUROPE

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...

Antwerp train station clock tower Antwerp Belgium
September 14, 2013

THE ANTWERP CENTRAL TRAIN STATION

ANTWERP, BELGIUM, EUROPE

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...

Travel info Europe
September 3, 2013

THE COUNTDOWN TO EUROPE BEGINS!

EUROPE

As many of you already know because I cannot stop talking about it, I am boarding a plane for a three-week adventure through Europe, departing on Monday, September 9th. Other than several vacations to Hawaii and one vacation to the...

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