Bo Dagnall

BoDagnall

Bo Dagnall




Europe » Germany » Bavaria June 27th 2017

Let's talk about Germany - where the men wear lederhosen, the woman carry fistfuls of large beer mugs and the taxis are Mercedes. Germany was our final destination on this trip. We covered a fair bit of ground including; - Two fun days in Munich - A beautiful drive down to the Alps - A nice but brief stay in Austria - Rapid transit along the famous Autobahn - The natural beauty of the Black Forest - And visits to several German towns Along the we way ate schnitzel and pretzels, listened to German music, gawked over Gothic buildings, admired the vast greenery, thundering mountain peaks and thick forests, and consumed a fair share of German beer. A busy, exhausting yet mostly successful trip by most measures. Days 1 and part of 2 were spent in ... read more
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Europe » France » Île-de-France June 23rd 2017

Ahhh.... Paris Paris is truly a great city. This is my third time here and I expect to comeback again some day. The sights, the mood, the architecture, the art and the food. OH MY GOD the food is good here. It's like we never ate before! How is it that McDonalds and Burger Crap sell food by the boat full but the French creperies have not taken oven the rest of the world? If any food deserves to be franchised and mass marketed across the Milky Way it's French Crepes! And not just crepes; fondue, fromage, baguettes, croissants, spreads and dips, sauces, some of the worlds best pizza. Even the kids liked it (but they still said Idyllwild Pizza Company is still their favorite - kudos to Kenna). But we did more than just eat. ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Lancashire » Blackpool June 19th 2017

Manchester airport security sucks❗️✈️✈️✈️😡 Ok. Got that out of my system We spent the last three days in blackpool England visiting family. I used to visit here every 4-5 years but this is the first time back since Geneva was a baby. So Blackpool..... how does one succinctly capture the oddity that is Blackpool? It's a resort town and destination for "holiday makers", but mostly it attracts stag and hen parties, rowdy bar crowds or really old people wanting to visit the Blackpool Tower or walk along the famous promenade. We reckon it was a terribly exciting place to visit in the 1950s or so. Just about every attraction it has is dated and surpassed by more contemporary attractions in other places. It is chock-a-block with arcades, gambling machines, discount retailers, fish/chips and ice cream stores, ... read more
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Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin June 16th 2017

Skipped a day… been enjoying the Guinness and triple distilled Irish whiskey a little too much. Bo kissed the Irish for good luck, but it's been the same set of lips he's kissed for the last 20 years. As we write this, we are enjoying our new favorite drink: Irish ice tea. Discovered it while visiting the Teelings distillery. We hope to buy some bottles in duty free to share with friends and family when we get home. Teelings is the only operational Irish whiskey distillery in Dublin. There used to be many many more, until the US prohibition combined with changes in whiskey technology obliterated the Irish whiskey industry in the early 20th century. We don't have the natural beauty of Iceland here to enjoy, so we mostly partook in the local customs: Guinness, Irish ... read more
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Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin June 14th 2017

Not much to report today. Spent the day in Reykjavik doing laundry, sending post cards and shopping for knick knacks. We were amused to find only one laundromat in Reykjavik (the biggest city in Iceland), and it only had 4 washers! I guess Icelanders think washing clothes is for wimpy tourists. Had a nice flight to Dublin and got in close to midnight. These kids are getting good at burning the midnight oil. We of course did the obligatiry Ireland task: enjoyed a lovely, well-poured, full body, frothy, creamy, dark and viscous Guinness. Ah....... In lieu of adventure blogs, we offer a few small tidbits and anecdotes about Iceland: - We never saw the night or the stars - Toilet paper is stronger - All tap water is drinkable but some has sulfur - Gas is ... read more
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Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Selfoss June 13th 2017

Our final full day in Iceland. Wow, what an action packed week. With darkness never coming, there are no visual cues or time pressure to get activities done before dark. We have missed dinner at the local restaurant or shown up right before closing every night we've been here. Today was no exception. Didn't even check into our hotel til midnight. Yep, we're those people... After a late breakfast we headed back towards Reykjavik wth a few stops in mind. There is an old WW2 bomber that crashed on the southern beach just west of Vik. It was a long cold walk to get there, but it was an interesting thing to see. As the pictures show, much of the plane was still intact. Unfortunately, it hasn't escaped dumb ass tourists and graffiti idiots as well ... read more
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Europe » Iceland » South » Vík June 12th 2017

I asked my kids to write today's blog but they fell asleep on me so you're stuck with me again. I'll try this get their perspective another night. Spent the morning at Skaftafell National Park - a popular place for camping, hiking and glacier tours. We did a relatively short hike to Svartifoss water falls. The unique feature of Svartifoss is the hexagonal basalt columns surrounding the falls. Very picturesque. From here, we drive back down highway 1 to Vik. Highway 1 is Iceland's "ring road" circling the entire island. I hope to return some day and spend a month exploring all the other regions we missed this trip. I recommend it for anyone traveling here in the future. Vik is a large town compared to most we've seen. By large I mean it has a ... read more
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Europe » Iceland » South » Höfn June 11th 2017

Day 4. Time is flying and yet we also agree that if we wrapped up the trip now we'd be fulfilled. Today was special even by Iceland standards. They call this place the land of fire and ice. Don't know about the fire part - no active volcanoes at the moment thank god - but we got to experience the ice part first hand today. Started out with an amphibian boat (aka frog boat) on the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. Icebergs calve off the main Vatnajökull glacier (the largest glacier in Europe) at an increasingly alarming rate and float into this Lagoon that didn't exist 80 years ago. The good folks of Iceland live the impacts of global warming every day. It makes for amazing pictures as white and blue icebergs laced with dark stripes of volcanic ... read more
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Europe » Iceland » South » Höfn June 10th 2017

So its my turn (Ginger) to jot down our adventures for the day. I may not be near as witty but definitely funnier than my wonderful husband. Where are we? I woke up at 7:30 thinking it was at least 10am and no way of telling. No alarm clock, no dinging of a text, no wall clock and the sun had rose but then again it never sat. I decided to venture out on my own in search of a grocery store or something that I could grab eggs, pb&j, milk etc. So after 1.5 hrs later passing by roundabouts I've already seen I decided to hit the gas station/convience store. $50 later (things aren't cheap) I headed back to our airbnb with no Google, maps or cell phone, to find family still sleeping. Made some ... read more
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Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Selfoss June 9th 2017

After a great nights sleep I think we are dialed into this time zone. Never seeing darkness is still a little strange though. Took a couple hour drive up the coast then inland to the Golden Circle. Drove through lava fields that looked like Martian landscape. I could count the number of trees we saw today in one hand (slight exaggeration). Lava rocks aplenty combined with logging and erosion turned a once vibrant birch forest into grassy open fields. Amazing how far you can see. First stop was Kerik - a large crater lake left from a long ago volcano. Very cool. From here we headed North towards the town of Geysir - the town where the western word for geyser came from. Along the way Geneva noticed what looked like low lying clouds on the ... read more
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