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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London April 17th 2015

Geo: 51.5002, -0.126236Arrived today around noon. We left Charlotte about 11 p.m. - running a little late due to a sick crew member. No, we did not get much sleep. We tried. It is hopeless. Dozed a little here and there. No problems with baggage or customs or anything. Everything went smoothly.This afternoon we explored our Notting Hill area where we are staying and walked through the Portabello Market, which is this very long street full of cute shops and then today and tomorrow they add stalls in the street for a street market day. All kinds of stuff. Really fun environment. Lots of treats and weird looking people.Check out the photos for more info. It is 7:45 p.m. and we are still awake. We are doing good.Tomorrow will be busy, full touristy day.... read more
Chris & Dot & Paddington Bear
Dot on Notting Hill

North America » United States » Missouri » Saint Louis April 16th 2015

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North America » United States » Missouri » Saint Louis May 29th 2013

Geo: 38.6276, -90.199Lessons learned & other observations:I don't usually do the blogging on vacation because I spend the evening hours researching our next day's itinerary. I have to write down all the available train schedules, restaurants & gelato places, etc. It's a tough job but someone has to do it. Mary & Paul went off on their own the third day in Italy and managed to take the wrong train thus ending up somewhere going the wrong way!Our first day in Sarlat, France was a market day. It was a little drizzly & I had my umbrella up, but people were everywhere. Not seeing very well in the middle of a square, I ended up tripping over some little old lady's shopping cart she was dragging behind her. Some stranger helped me up & I just ... read more

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan May 27th 2013

Geo: 45.4637, 9.18813We reached Milan safely, by walk, train, bus and shuttle. Shopped around Rapallo a little this morning killing time. Dee had her three or four gelatos. Met May and Paul at the train station. Freakishly early of course. Everyone here walks into the train station 2 minutes before departure except for us. Dot splurged and booked first class seats for the 2+ hour train ride to Milan. The problem was, we didn't know which end of the train was going to be first class, the the trains are really long. We are hauling all our luggage and backpacks and bags, and of course, we guessed wrong. We start walking to the other end, and everyone was already on the train. We were afraid it would leave us, so we hopped on about 4 cars ... read more

Europe » Italy May 26th 2013

Geo: 44.3522, 9.2308Today was our last day in the Cinque Terre. Tomorrow we start making our way to Milan to fly home on Tuesday.Yesterday it was raining in the morning so we had a lazy start to the day. Every morning we eat breakfast at our huge buffet downstairs with our cute waiter who caters to our every need. He was so upset our first day because he didn't have any diet coke for Dee. Every day after, he brings it as soon as we sit down.Mary has been popping over in the morning (she is at the hotel across the street) to visit. Mary and Paul dumped us after our first day together in Italy. Of course, first day they dumped us they took the wrong train. I'll let her tell you about that.After our ... read more
Chocolate on chocolate..yumm
Three of us enjoying a Leisurely lunch
Of course

Europe » Italy May 24th 2013

Geo: 44.3522, 9.2308After a delicious buffet breakfast at our hotel, we hopped on the train to vernazzo. It promised to be a gorgeous day, sunny and high of 60. Perfect hiking weather. we are going to do the big hike from the town of Vernazza to the town of Monterossa. It is a rugged 2 hour hike with lots of climbing, steps, narrow pathways and great views.We shopped around a bit in Vernazza and then hit the trail. Though steep, it wasn't as difficult as when we did it several years ago, but we did all 4 hikes the same day last time. Speed touring. One of the reasons we came back with more time.We warmed up quickly and shed our jackets. It was much more fun this time, taking the hike at a leisurely pace ... read more
Mary and Paul in Vernazzo
Here we go..the start of the hike
view of vernazzo as we hike away

Europe » Italy May 23rd 2013

Geo: 44.3522, 9.2308We had a wonderful day in Italy today. Beautiful sunny skies, warm temperatures. You can tell from our pictures, the jackets are gone.We started here in Rapalla with market day, but it can't compare to the markets in France, where it was all about the food. Here it more clothes and junk. We went through it quickly, had a few morning gelatos and then headed off on our adventures. We decided to walk to the town of Santa Margerita since it is only 2 km. Santa Margerita is also a port town with lots of interesting shops, and many restaurants and gelato options. There were 2 of Rick Steve's recommendations that were must tries. One dips their gelato in chocolate and the other just has really good gelato. We tried both and are undecided ... read more
Mary and Paul
Cat Suit
Fresh pasta

Europe » Italy May 22nd 2013

Geo: 44.3522, 9.2308 From Dee:It has been a wonderful stay in France. The Dordogne area is wonderful and the people are very nice. The owners of the B & B were wonderful although they spoke very little English. Phillip always wanted to talk to us about our adventures and was always apologizing for his ability to communicate with us. Of course, we were not apologizing for our limited French. They were very gracious with our antics. Our rooms seemed to always be burning out light bulbs, we asked them to reboot their Wi-Fi a few times, used a cooler for our day trip sodas and I broke my shower curtain holder. We are traveling back to the airport to catch our flight to Italy. We stopped off in Sarlat for market day and of course bought ... read more

Europe » France » Aquitaine May 21st 2013

Geo: 45.2792, 0.215607Yesterday we went to the fort in the cliffs and then did my favorite activity, canoeing down the Dordogne River to the three medieval towns. The weather wasn't as nice as last year. It was windier, which made it harder to paddle, but we were just about the only nuts on the river, so it was pretty cool. Good upper body workout.After our first wonderful meal we are having a little trouble eating. We haven't wanted to make reservations because we didn't want to commit to anything and we never know what we will be doing. We breakfast at the B&B and then start snacking pretty quickly on pastries, breads, etc when we are out and about. So we aren't hungry for lunch until about 2 or 2:30, and that just doesn't meet the ... read more
crazy bridge our gps took us over
Mushroom display at the super mushroom store
one of the cute towns we visited today

Europe » France » Aquitaine May 20th 2013

Geo: 45.2792, 0.215607Mary fell sleep before she could blog and this morning it is time to get moving to another adventure. More later... read more
Chris left in the dungeon to starve
crazy toilette
Chris and dee, pro paddlers

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