Une Promenade dans Paris

“A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life. -Thomas Jefferson Paris is rainy. We are not taking it personally – just different hues for the eye and camera. Our first task after … Continue reading

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Mellow Velo: Les Villages de Bourgogne

“If you’re afraid of butter, use cream.” – Julia Child Hop over les Alpes via Brussels and we are delivered in Geneva, gateway to promises of lush plaisir awaiting us in Burgundy. Exercise, adventure, and epicurean delights are our mission … Continue reading

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Down the Danube: Bratislava and Budapest

“ It is pleasant to have been to a place the way the river went.” – Henry David Thoreau Peering east from Vienna, we “Google” Slovenia incorrectly, and end up in Slovakia! (just some EU humor) Bratislava is 80 kilometers, … Continue reading

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Lord of the Ringstrasse

  “When you set out to take Vienna, take Vienna.” -Napoleon Bonaparte We take our seats for dinner at stylish restaurant Huft. The man at an adjoining table politely removes his leather portfolio occupying my chair. Sheaves of fresh music … Continue reading

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Mass in C minus: Salzburg and the Wachau

  “Without music, life would be a mistake.” ~Friedrich Nietzsche Easter has hatched Xmas this year, measured in Celsius (-1 degree). No complaints, we add a couple of layers of down and sweaters and prepare to accept cozy Salzburg on terms … Continue reading

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Stations of the Crossing

“O, how this spring of love resembleth The uncertain glory of an April day; Which now shows all the beauty of the sun, And by and by a cloud takes all away.” – The Two Gentleman of Verona   North … Continue reading

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Cercando il cuore della Toscana

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“Everything you see, I owe to pasta.” – Sophia Loren Dante Alighieri, if he were today conjuring torments for seven rings of hell, would certainly include driving in Italy as a critical component of his Inferno. The autostrada between Firenze … Continue reading

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Niccone Valley and Hill Towns of Umbria

“You may have the universe, if I may have Italy.” – Giuseppe Verdi After a maddening hour spent at the car rental counter in Rome’s Termini Station observing the tragicomic, yet friendly, staff bedeviled by the limitations of IT firmly … Continue reading

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Roma a Sconto

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When thou art at Rome, do as they do at Rome. – Miguel de Cervantes Rosa Maria, host for our stay in Rome, graciously awaits our hired car in front of 19 Viale delle Mura Aurelie. For the next 4 … Continue reading

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Awakening with the Rising Sun

“Japan never considers time together as time wasted. Rather, it is time invested.” ― Donald Richie, A Lateral View: Essays on Culture and Style in Contemporary Japan Our annual New Year’s pilgrimage in support of our Japanese business partner, consultants … Continue reading

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