The Ventitré

The Ventitré

We’ve had some interesting things come up with money in Europe. Our first stop was in Iceland. While Iceland is part of the Europe and some of their trade agreements, and also and participates in the Schengen agreement, they still have their own currency, the Krona. No problem, just go the ATM to get Kronas. […]

The Buildings of Old Town Prague

The Buildings of Old Town Prague

Prague is a beautiful city with a great feel to it. Because the weather was quite hot while we were there, I stayed indoors in the air conditioned apartment quite a bit. My strategy to deal with the heat is to go out early in the morning and late at night, so I did get […]

Where Are All the Forks?

Where Are All the Forks?

When we arrived in Prague a few weeks ago, we checked in to a 1 bedroom apartment that had great air conditioning. I was happy about the AC, as the weather was a bit too hot for me. Darren and I settled in to eat the food that we brought with us from Venice, only […]

A Walk in Venice

A Walk in Venice

Come with me on a walk in Venice. I’ll take you to my favorite place. I might be tempted to call it a “square” but it is a camp0, called Campo Santa Margherita. The Italian word for square is piazza, but there is only one piazza in Venice and that is the Piazza San Marco, […]

Update on Three Months of Slow Travel

Update on Three Months of Slow Travel

We have been on the road traveling for 3 months. In some ways it has gone by quickly, and in other ways it feels like we have been gone a very long time. Here’s an update, in my favorite format: a bulleted list! Emotions will come and go, and it is better to ride them […]

My Favorite Cafe in Italy

My Favorite Cafe in Italy

So, now that I’ve covered being homesick and dealing with grief in my last post, I want to let you know that it isn’t all doom and gloom. I’m feeling a bit better, and some down days and homesick feelings won’t be enough to stop the travels. I’m ready to keep traveling. We leave for […]

Of Lavender, Rocks and Love

Of Lavender, Rocks and Love

After 3 months of travel I’m having some difficult days. I’ve been homesick recently. I don’t have a house any more to go back to in the US, as we sold it before we left. I miss the comforts of “home” – the comfy corner of the couch that fits me just right, my familiar […]

Via Gerli Arioli, Gavirate, Italy

Via Gerli Arioli, Gavirate, Italy

The other day while out on a short walk by myself, I discovered a narrow street here in Gavirate, Italy. It is called Via Gerli Arioli, and has some great artwork on it. There are squares of stucco on the sides of the building where an artist has made an etching. The artwork is from […]

A Day on Lago Maggiore

A Day on Lago Maggiore

We spent the day on Lago Maggiore recently (lago is the Italian word for lake), and it was a lot of fun. There are ferries that go between various cities. Some ferries take cars and passengers, and others are passengers only. We started our day in our current city of Gavirate, and took the train […]

A Day Trip to Milan

A Day Trip to Milan

We took the train to Milan yesterday. The trip from Gavirate takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes. There’s a beautiful park and castle near the Cadorna train station in Milan, so we spent a few minutes exploring that. The park is Sempione Park, the castle is called Castello Sforzesco. If we go to Milan […]