California, Road Trip, The World A to Z, Travel

S is Also for Sniff

On our recent California road trip, with the top down, Greg and I realized you can smell all kinds of things you’d miss with the windows rolled up.  It reminded me of family trips when I was a kid. We had a great big station wagon with wood panels on the side. On vacations, we’d… Continue reading S is Also for Sniff

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Breaking the Rules: S is for Sip, Savor and Sightsee

When I started my 26-year-plan to see the world alphabetically, I had only two rules: Never go back to a place you’ve been before and the trip has to be outside the 48 contiguous United States.  “S” is for Sip, Savor and Sightsee broke both.  I blame COVID-19. International travel is nearly impossible in this… Continue reading Breaking the Rules: S is for Sip, Savor and Sightsee

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P is for “Psoaring”

Okay, I made up that word (because I'm a bit psycho), but when we booked our trip to Hawaii (see “P is for Pu’uhonua”), we bookended the flights to Honolulu with stops in Los Angeles to break up the long flights from the East Coast.  On the first of those LA stops, Judy and I… Continue reading P is for “Psoaring”

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P is for Pu’uhonua

My plan to see the world from A to Z continued in 2017. When I started the plan in 2001, I had two rules: Don’t go back to places you’ve been before (at least as part of the A to Z plan), and wherever you go, it must be outside the 48 contiguous United States.… Continue reading P is for Pu’uhonua

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D is for Dublin — a do-over

My first trip to Dublin was disappointing. My travel partner didn’t want to check out the pubs in a city that is known for its nightlife. He said no to a visit to the Book of Kells at Trinity College. He turned up his nose at shopping. I describe the whole trip as D is… Continue reading D is for Dublin — a do-over

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O is for Orseolo

The best part of having your own plan to see the world is being able to make it fit your personal wishes. That was especially true of the “O” trip. Greg and I wanted to go somewhere romantic, European and hopefully Italian. Neither of us had ever been to Venice (well, to be fair, I… Continue reading O is for Orseolo

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Prague Part 2 – And now, for something completely different…

Before we even got to Prague, we knew that we needed to go to the Prague Castle.  There it was outside our airplane window on our approach to the airport, sitting on top of a ridge overlooking the entire city.  As we got out of our taxi at the hotel, there it was above us,… Continue reading Prague Part 2 – And now, for something completely different…

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Prague – As Good as You Expect

Nearly two decades ago, an English girl I briefly dated suggested a trip to Prague would be a worthwhile adventure the next time I crossed “The Pond.” The relationship didn’t last, but the desire to visit Prague did. Its old world architecture and charm, bridges over the Vltava River…even the still sinister nature of its… Continue reading Prague – As Good as You Expect

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N is for Nürnberg

Christmas in Germany is magical, at least for me. The Germans are the best at Christmas markets and somehow walking around a market square sipping gluhwein and shopping for seasonal specialties feels very Christmas-y. That’s why we decided to head to Nürnberg for the “N” trip. The Christmas market there is known around the world… Continue reading N is for Nürnberg

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M is for Montreal

2014 was a monumental year for many reasons. First, I got married. Greg and I tied the knot at the end of the year in Key West, Florida. Second, it marked the halfway point of my 26 year plan to see the world. M, of course, is the 13th letter of the alphabet. That meant… Continue reading M is for Montreal