David Paulsen

Along the way

David Paulsen

David is a retired analytical chemist who now, at age 65, has time to travel. He is trying to better understand why "things are the way they are" in a social and political context. The developing areas of the world are of particular interest and has plans to travel anywhere and everywhere.
Barbara is a semi-retired dietitian who hasn't completely given up the life of work, but is also excited to travel and see and learn. She is particularly interested in the food experiences of other cultures.

North America » United States » Nevada » Boulder City October 10th 2015

Sorry we didn't send more postings while traveling, but much of the time we didn't have a strong internet connection; at the cottage none at all. The trip was fabulous. Country was beautiful as you might expect, but also lots of interesting things in terms of archeology, geology, and history. Weather in mid- 60's entire trip, but far less rain than expected. We had some misting on many days, some beautiful sunny days, and only two or three with significant rain. But remember, there is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing. We came prepared so the weather didn't stop us. Our Ireland adventure started in Dublin where we spent 3 days. Highlights were doing a literary tour of the city, visiting Trinity College and seeing the Book of Kells bound writing of the ... read more
Impressive View at Knowth
Group at the wall
Patio Cages 2

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin September 16th 2015

Trip has been exciting. Sarah's bags lost. Finally found yesterday. Weather so far better than expected. Only had rain on last morning in London. Didn't stop us from visiting the Tower of London. While in London went to British Museum (could spend days there), Natural History Museum, and Victoria and Albert Museum. We wandered through vendor stands in Covent Garden, walked through Hyde Park, and attended evensong at St. Paul Cathedral. Highlight of the 3 days was going to Gypsy at Savoy Theater starring Imelda Staunton as Rose, mother of Gypsy Rose Lee. An amazing performance in a musical with many great and familiar songs. Can't talk about trip without talking about food. Went to Gordon's Wine Bar arrival night for wine and great cheese and bread. Gordon's is located in an old cellar extending under ... read more

North America » United States » Nevada » Boulder City September 6th 2015

We haven't posted in awhile, but we are getting ready to leave for London and Ireland on Sept. 10; traveling through Sept. 30. Has been on my list for a long time so very excited. We are traveling with our daughter Sarah and friends Don and Wanda. We have a busy agenda, but hope to get in some blogs so watch from news from across the pond! Barb... read more

Europe » Italy » Abruzzo » L'Aquila October 25th 2013

Has been aa few days since last entry. Since then we have been south to tge southern tip of Italy, back to Naples and niw in Fontecchio, a small hilltop village near L'Aquila,with our friends. Great day yesterday visiting historic sites under restoration from the earthquake in 2009. Fascinating work following huge devistation. Hope I can get some pictures attached. Anazing meal last night. Birthday party tonight. We will be prepparing sone of the pasta for the neal. Wish us luck!... read more
View from our B & B
Nught view on streets of Fontecchio.

Europe October 19th 2013

I think part of the previous message didn't go through. The lunch first day in Naples - was fabulous . See pixs from previos post. Also had pizza Napolitano style. Interesting to watch them put wood in the oven and remove coals. Today we took the train to Salerno and then the ferry to Amalfi. The Amalfi Coast is all they say it is. See pixs. Wandered through the marketplace and then had dinner. Food marvelous! Fashion tip - skinny jeans, tall boots and scarves arein. . Can't get pixs to load so sending eithout them.... read more

Europe » Italy » Campania » Naples October 17th 2013

Took the express train to Naples - 45 minutr trip at approx. 140 mph. We're staying in a hotel/hostel that reminds me of some fixer uppers I've seen onse house Hunters International on HGTV. Only 4 flights up without an elevator.... read more
3 flights to go
vino blanco

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome October 15th 2013

Lots of walking today. Started with the Trevi Fountain and then on to the Spanish Steps. Lots of people since it is fall break for school. We then went to the Pantheon and finally to the Campo de Fiori market. Looked like rain most of the day, buy none til back at our hostel. Great lunch - shared prosciuto with melon. Then I had risoto with tomato and basil; David had turkey and roastrd potatoes. After more walking we shared snickers gelato. Delish!!! I will try again to add some pixs but system changed from last trip so this old dois needing to learn the new system. I... read more
alter in Pantheon

North America » United States » Nevada » Boulder City April 21st 2011

Some of you already have received this message. Neil and Suzanne had a baby girl at 7:33 AM on April 19. The due date was April 29 so she came about a week early. Sophia Rose entered the world at 7# 11 oz. and 19 1/2 inches. What a beauty! We spent the night at the hospital. Suzanne's labor progressed quite quickly for a first baby, but baby just wouldn't drop into position so after 3 hours of pushing they decided to do a c-section. Mom, Dad and baby are all doing well Grandma and Grandpa are estactic!... read more
Sophia Rose
Mom and Baby

North America » United States » Nevada » Boulder City January 30th 2011

Barbara Has returned home. Weather and flood derailed the week RVing in Australia. David is doing train travel across Australia now. Decided to give you a final message and pictures on our time in New Zealand. After leaving the thermal pools in the Waikite Valley we headed north past Auckland. Rained most of the day, but turned nice as we approached Whangarei on the northeast coast of the North Island. Relaxed the rest of the day in a very nice, small, family-owned campground located only about 500 m from a beautiful waterfall. Waited until the next day to walk to the waterfall and then on to a Kauri tree forest. Kauri trees are very old (many 500 years or older), but disappearing in New Zealand with only a few protected areas left. We should not have ... read more
Whangarei Falls
Mouth of the Cave
Waipu Cave

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Whangarei January 21st 2011

More Weather and Bugs The ferry trip from the South Island to the North Island was a relatively smooth ride considering the winds in Wellington when we arrived. Not surprised at the wind since Wellington is known for its wind and it was windy when we were there the first time. Sprent the night in Wellington and several times during the night felt the RV shake because of the wind. Got up early the next day, still windy and RVs leaving the park like rats abandoning a sinking ship. We soon followed heading north. Had a long day to get to the south central area. Good roads with fewer hills and curves, but extremely windy so a difficult drive for David. Finally arrived in Waikite Valley for the night. Found out that there had been a ... read more
 Mist at Waikite
Pool at Waikite in Early Morning Mist
Beach at Orewa

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