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Month: September 2015

Epic Rome Sept 24-29, 2015

Epic view from our rented Pigneto apt:   Epic meltdown: It’s a perfect storm—PMS, fatigue, nothing in the way of predictability and routines, late nights, food deprivation for long periods while we sight see, raucous noise, pollution, everybody around us smoking… Trish blows and has her customary trip meltdown. Then of course she feels guilty for […]

Florentine Confessions Sept 19-23, 2015

          The white and green marble of Sienna’s Il Duomo   We Blabla’ed our way from Padua to Florence, Europe’s car share service. Sharing a car comes in at half the train costs and a chance to meet someone interesting, maybe. Daphne for example breeds rag doll cats, when she isn’t […]

Lorella Sprtiz in Venice Padua

You Venice:   Chicken or beef? Red or white wine? Love or hate Venice? It’s easy to see why there are two distinct camps. Hordes of tourists, the worst and most expensive food in Italty for starters vs a stunningly beautiful backdrop.We were in one camp then switched. They say Venice is sinking. Likely beneath […]

Dump the Dumplings

(You may figured this out but if you’re viewing this on anything other than a smartphone, many pictures are getting cut off) Looking towards 14th cent Our Lady Before Tyn Cathedral, Prague Castle in background.     I’ve so hyped up cities like Hong Kong and most recently Amsterdam that they could never meet Trish’s […]

Honourable mention: Koln aka Cologne

This post centres around the Cologne Cathedral,  a gothic and German- catholic icon, it’s also the  most visited landmark in Germany. Everybody told us there was nothing in Cologne except a train out. While their old town is rather lame-o after Utrecht, the cathedral is eye-popping, and it’s right by the train station. Started in1248, […]


We know many of you think it strange that strangers take us into their homes. But if you met the hip,urbane Gulla (who waited up until 1a.m. for our arrival) who regale us with stories of trolls, elves, politicians, musicians and Vikings, you wouldn’t it was strange anymore. Then theres my fav chess genius,Bobby Fischer. […]

Don’t Call Me Iceland

We brought longjohns, gloves n toques and havent needed them so far…and only now, on our 6th and last full day in Iceland  have we met significant rain. It’s a good day to peck away at this blog. While we’ve seen glaciers and snow, we wonder if they have anymore than we do. And with […]

Waterfalls and Squirrels

You know how tourists come to North America and go crazy over squirrels? Well Icelanders must chuckle as we marvel over the hundreds of waterfalls (foss) surrounding us. It’s gottten so common that Trish and I have becomes foss snobs. Quietude and crowd-free are a must, and of course size doesnt matter. I say that […]