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Europe » Greece » Central Greece » Delphi September 29th 2008

Delphi The drive up through the bare, sparsely inhabited mountains helped to prepare us for the granduer of the area. The day we were here, the sky was clear and the views made us stop in our tracks. This is Delphi. The Sanctuary of Apollo. This is where the oracle was said to have told fortunes and given advice. The oracle was a priestess who gave "advice" under the influence of the vapors coming from a huge crack in the earth. She was assisted by priests who interpreted for her. So little is left of ancient Delphi, but even so, the ruins are spectacular. It was thought of as the "belly button of the world"! Apollo had declared it the center of the universe. With the mountains falling down to the water of the Gulf ... read more
Apollo's sanctuary
high along Mount Parnassos
our ticket to the Olympic site

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens September 28th 2008

A good tour guide will instruct you on the correct pronunciation of the language. So here we are, in Athens, practicing "Kalimera!", meaning "good morning" in Greek. It is not pronounced "Calamari!" You always want to try to fit in when in another country, but saying "Squid!" first thing in the morning may give you away. One trip to Greece is not enough to see what this country has to offer. We thought of taking a beach vacation, but decided to see the ancient sites, and are still in awe of what we were able to see in such a short time! Keith has been reading the myths of the greek gods to try to put the temples and sights into perspective, but it is such a soap opera of relationships! We are going to be ... read more
full moon in September
seafood aisle
Parthenon

Europe » Poland » Lesser Poland » Kraków September 14th 2008

All we have to do is look out our window and we see history relived. This afternoon we were surprised to see soldiers in all kinds of custumes parading by the apartment. We quickly headed out the door and up to the square. There we found the stage set up and television crews. This was a presentation to commemorate the 325 anniversary of the Battle of Vienna. 12 September 1683, Jan Sobieski, Jan III, led 30,000 Polish forces, along with 50,000 or so, Germans and Austrians, to defeat the Ottoman Empire's advance across Europe. This "struggle" had been going on for 300 years. And we Americans think everybody ought to get along. War is the way of the world. Poland has been fighting for it's boundaries and independence for many centuries. Anyway, back to the 17th ... read more
Battle of Vienna procession
Polish banner
Winged marksmen in front of St. Mary's

Europe » Poland » Lesser Poland » Kraków August 21st 2008

We have dragged these kids all over the country. We've attempted to show them as much of our temporary home, in 12 days, as we could. So, no wonder that today, as I begin to write, we all are just plain lazy! We are either reading, catching up on emails, or doing laundry. Which by the way takes forever! The machine is a washer-dryer combination, and is supposed to be efficient, but it is being put to the test with the four of us! The day after we arrived back to Krakow we met one of our favorite town guides, Karolina, and she introduced the kids to the old Jewish district, Kazimierz. We crossed the Vistula River to Podgorze where the Jewish citizens were sent to the Nazi established ghetto, before being deported to the labor ... read more
hayfield near the city
"Eye of the Sea"
KT at the mound

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris August 11th 2008

Once our bike trip finished up, we said goodbye to our friends and guides, and returned to Paris by the train. Little did the kids know that their Dad and I were looking to forward to "touring " them all over the city! They followed us around like the obedient children they are! The look on their faces tells you that they had periods of extreme "fatique"! Even I had visions of sitting in Luxembourg Garden all day reading and snacking, but Keith really did have a "plan" to see the city. Took a quick trip out to the flea market, headed up the Champs-Elysees to the Arch then over to the Eiffel Tower. Katie was very happy to find a Starbucks for much needed caffine! Our last evening we found a little sidewalk restaurant in ... read more
Notre Dame
Eiffel Tower
Arc de Triomphe

Europe » France » Burgundy » Beaune August 9th 2008

Cote d'Or - "Hills of Gold" The hills of the Burgundy region of France, that we saw in this, the first week of August, were very green. But the hills were also colored with fields of golden wheat, and the bright gold of the sunflowers. Just when I was getting tired of pedalling my bicycle up another hill, our handsome guide, Matthieu ( or - our beautiful guide Christen!) would inform us that around the next hill we would be stopping for a break. And the scenery would be incredible! Sunflowers bowing their heavy heads to the overcast sky, or the next day, young plants with their heads searching out the sunny skies. Just the photo opportunity we were hoping for! After all the "teenage" years we spent telling the kids not to drink and drive, ... read more
riding through the quiet streets
sunny flower
field of sunflowers

Europe » France » Burgundy » Beaune August 5th 2008

Immediately after the trip to Gliwice, we hopped on a plane and flew to Paris to meet up with Katie and Hank!! We had planned for a biking vacation. Not something we ever dreamed of doing, but when the opportunity presented itself we took it. It turned out to be the best week we have had together in a long time. We were each out of our normal settings, and participating in something that none of us knew anything about - wine making and the subtleties of wine tasting! The tour begins in Beaune. A modern city whose old town center is still surrounded by the ramparts that have protected it since the 14th century. We soon realize that we will be in the lap of luxury for the next several days! Hank has already published ... read more
street in Beaune
Burgundian multicolored tiles
Rooster Weather Vane

Europe » Poland » Silesia » Gliwice July 31st 2008

First let me tell you where Gliwice is. It is close by, just west of Krakow, in southern Poland, a city of 200,000. Silesian Universtiy of Technology is here, attended by 32,000 students. One of the city's unique claims to fame, is the wooden radio tower. Perhaps the tallest in the world, 118 meters tall, (approximately 350 feet) But this trip wasn't for our usual sight seeing holiday. It was a chance for me to be of some use. In case you are looking for a different approach to travel, here's a formula that guarantees a memorable experience: -act on a whim. -build a house, one heavy cement block at the time -generate compassion within yourself "active desire to alleviate another's suffering" -form friendships with people from places you may never heard of. -just don't leave ... read more
hats of habitat
fountain in Gliwice
offered prayers

Europe » Italy » Liguria » Cinque Terre June 29th 2008

Our hike took us around 5 hours, but was filled with spectacular views! We skipped one segment between Vernazza and Corniglia, we wanted to make it all the way through, but I was holding us up taking so many photos. Once we got to the last town we took the train back to Monterosso. When we saw Vernazza, from the path, it was postcard perfect! We could hear the people splashing in the harbor, the day was so calm. After walking the footpath between Monterosso and here, we were ravenous. Our lunch was at a restaurant high above the harbor. On the way through the villages, we passed through terraced vineyards and olive groves. One place on the trail is very easy walking, just outside Riomaggiore going to Manarola. It was after the World War II ... read more
lines
Vernazza
narrow way leading to Vernazza's square

Europe » Italy » Liguria » Cinque Terre June 26th 2008

Italian Riviera This is the area of Italy along the Ligurian Sea, called the Five Lands, "Cinque Terre". #1 Monterosso al Mare, #2 Vernazza, #3 Corniglia, #4 Manarola, and #5 Riomaggiore. Picture this - tiny pastel towns, snuggled in ravines, against vineyard covered hills. Rocky harbors of sparkling clear blue-green water. And two content people lounging around the beach, the most crowded beach we have been to, but a beach none the less. The little restaurants are serving maybe the most delicious suppers we have had. I debated whether or not to write about this area of Italy. It needs to be kept a secret. But I'm pretty sure this blog won't cause it to be spoiled. The towns are old and had been isolated until the early 1900's, now there is a trail connecting the ... read more
rocky beach
docked in old town
towards Vernazza




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