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Europe » Germany » Berlin » Berlin September 17th 2012

As children growing up in the mid-western part of the U.S. in the 1960s, we heard of the Cold War and the Iron Curtain. There were fallout shelters and we practiced drills at school in case of a nuclear attack. We grew up with spy stories, neighbors and parents considering building shelters, and of course the evil empire of the U.S.S.R. and its puppet states. Fast forward to 2012 and there we were, right in the middle of a now free Berlin, once the home of the Third Reich, the DDR and of course, the infamous Wall. Berlin is now a vibrant, free-spirited city that is quickly establishing its new identity in today’s world. Both of us admit that we never imagined ourselves in Berlin anytime soon as it wasn’t on the travel radar. Not that ... read more
The Berliner Fernsehturm
Brandenburg Gate
Beer Bikes

Europe » Denmark » Region Hovedstaden » Copenhagen September 11th 2012

We find ourselves quite pleased to be in a city again! From a rather remote location in the northern part of the Shetland Islands, three flights and two transfers later and there you are; the bustling city of Copenhagen. This is one of those cities that has a distinct pulse and is alive with activity. We look around and all of sudden we notice that everything is quite flat. This bodes well for the plethora of bicyclists who motor around on their faithful steeds, secure as they actually have their own lane to travel here in the heart of the city. As Americans, we have to keep a watchful eye on those bike paths as the pedal pushers will mow you down and move on. As well the bikers need to take care. Our first hour ... read more
Scenic waterfront
Waterfront houses
Game day

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Shetland Islands September 7th 2012

In 2005, we spent two weeks exploring Scotland and fell in love with the country. Hopping off our flight in the Shetland Islands, we acknowledged that it is good to be back on Scottish soil. The green rolling hills and craggy coastline are so inviting. Our day started early leaving for the Reykjavik airport at 5am giving us plenty of time for airport security and all the other nonsense that you encounter when traveling. We landed safely in Glasgow and had a 7- hour lay over waiting for our flight to the Shetlands…. as you can imagine there are only so many flights to the islands. The initial plan was to do a little driving and sight seeing and also catch some local music that we had read about. More on that later. We find ourselves ... read more
Rugged Coastline
Craggy Coastline
The Ponies of Shetland

Europe » Iceland » North » Mývatn September 2nd 2012

Travel tip # 32:Iceland is a whole lot bigger than you can imagine, so get smart fast and plan more time than you think you need. In the 14 days or so that we have been here, we really have only scratched the surface on all there is to see and do. As we now sadly bid farewell to Iceland, we can say we have enjoyed our time here. No, wait a minute, strike that…… we have been witness to great natural wonders and wonderful experiences that will last a lifetime. We will surely miss the days that allowed us to see twenty or more new waterfalls in a few hours or the day that we saw ten rainbows in just one day. We have used up all the adjective possible to describe what we have ... read more
Dettifoss & rainbow
Sunset Myvatn

Europe » Iceland » Northwest » Ísafjördur August 28th 2012

One of the many things we have observed to this point is that there does not appear to be many trees here. The relative youth of the nation geologically precludes their growth. To this point, our guide asked if we knew what to do if we got lost in an Icelandic forest. After a few seconds of thought on our part, she told us “you stand up!” Okay then…. Visitors to Iceland usually attempt one or both of the familiar routes when exploring this unique land. One is the Golden Circle, which can be seen in one day or the Ring Road, which we’re told can be done in as little as five days (although that is certainly rushing it). This will normally satisfy the average traveler and they are able to return home safe in ... read more
Dynjandi Waterfall
Breathtaking scenery

Europe » Faroe Islands » Streymoy August 24th 2012

We seem to possess a certain proclivity to be present at opportune moments. In other words, sometimes we just step in it. Our arrival and check in at the domestic airport in Reykjavik went uneventfully. Next, the boarding processes had us ready to venture to the Faroe Islands for some more exploring. At the gate, there was a slight delay due to the weather and the next thing we know, a gentleman breaks out his guitar and starts kicking out a few tunes. Nice strumming and an equally nice voice. And wouldn’t you know it, he was one of the musicians that was in town from the Faroe Islands for Cultural Night in Reykjavik. Wait…it gets better. Turns out that he is quite famous in the Faroes and most of the crowd knew all of his ... read more
Mysterious & Amazing
Home cooked meal
The Puffin Dance

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík August 20th 2012

One of the first things you need to know is that when you visit this land during the days of seemingly unlimited daylight is that there is in fact very little ice to be seen unless you look up at the mountains and glaciers. At least for us here in the southwestern part of the country that is the case. Not that this is or could possibly be any kind of problem. The main reason is that Iceland is a geothermal delight and they make great use of all this natural gaseous supply to heat and light almost the entire land. tells us that anytime you see “reyk” as part of any name is an indication there is natural geothermal steam about. Look at enough geyers, mudpots, and thermal springs and the next thing you know ... read more
Beautiful architecture
Lava Falls

North America » Greenland » West Greenland » Ilulissat August 18th 2012

North of the 69th parallel – Ice Camp Eqi & Ilulissat We’ve experienced a mere glimpse of Iceland and yet Greenland beckons. Our research has indicated that while you can reach Greenland by boat or air, you must travel from Copenhagen or Reykjavik, and only on certain days. It’s not like folks wake up one morning and say, “ I think we should pop over to Greenland for the weekend. What do you think?” This is a land of only about 55,000 inhabitants and let’s face it, unless you like your holiday rather chilly you are left with a small window of time to visit this most unique spot. Subsequently, there are limited people heading to Greenland so flights are not available every day. We needed to interrupt our time in Iceland to catch a flight ... read more
Unique neighborhoods
Sunset at Eqi
Seafood Bisque

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Grindavík August 12th 2012

Some stories begin in the middle and work their way backwards ……this story begins on day two of our trip with us soaking in the healing waters of the Blue Lagoon, Iceland discussing the events of the previous two days. The Blue Lagoon, along with the excellent hotel of the same name would prove to be the best medicine for these two weary travelers. These waters are heavenly and the rich mineral content of sulfur and silica are said to have medicinal value, especially to those suffering from psoriasis. We found them to be utterly relaxing and if they do indeed possess extra value due to their content, all the more reason to hop in and enjoy. The waters are courtesy of the nearby geothermal plant, which takes the vented water from the ground all for ... read more
Their chef can cook!
View from our room
Icelandic Beer

The feeling inside you just continues to grow and it can be ignored quite successfully at times, but yet it is always there. The need. And with it comes the accompanying discussions and planning on how to do it, and more importantly, when. By now you have been reading long enough to know exactly what we’re talking about. It’s time to go out and have a big look around again. And so we find ourselves, at the cusp of another adventure. It consumes our thoughts at times and begs to be recognized. When this is all sorted out and pretty much finalized, it’s time to go. This is where we find ourselves. But now we have to say goodbye to that City by the Bay, and all the great memories and friendships known. Incredibly fortunate to ... read more
Golden Gate glows at night
Point Reyes Lighthouse
A tasting

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