The Cat Herder and His Wife

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The Cat Herder and His Wife

The Cat Herder and his wife are a retired couple residing most of the year in Northeastern USA. Since retirement we have taken a liking to traveling, sometimes with a large group of our friends, other times with our long time friends and travel companions, John and Diane. The term "Cat herder and his wife" originated from our first Med cruise. There was a group of 12 on that trip, all retired. Watching us try to keep everyone on schedule and in the right place, one member stated it looked like herding cats. The name stuck. We plan on traveling until it becomes physically impossible or we run out of our children's inheritance.

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris September 26th 2023

Well, here we are at the end of another spectacular vacation. This morning before our departure to Paris we visited The 101st Airborne Museum in Bastogne. We have been to many World War I and II museums, but this by far is one of the best. This three story building was constructed in 1936 as a mess hall for Belgium officers. In 1941-1944 it was in the hands of the German Army, and then after the end of the war by the United States and given back to the Belgiums. For those of you not familiar with the history of this area the Battle of the Bulge was fought here in Bastogne. The artifacts of the war that are throughout this museum are incredible. These, along with the scenes depicting the battle with life like figures, ... read more

Europe » Belgium » Luxembourg » Bastogne September 25th 2023

Today was lovely day. We woke up to some delightful Fall weather. After breakfast Ray headed out to pick up our car which was parked on a nearby street. Not sure if I mentioned that the parking on the street was free from Saturday until Monday morning at 9:00 am. While he was gone I struck up a conversation with the concierge regarding the parking situation in Strasbourg. He said that normally the street parking was $35.00 for three hours. You pay for it at one of the stations located all around the city And you input your license plate number. If you should need more time, you must move your car to another location. They purposely make it difficult to encourage people not to drive into the City. He also said that he pays an ... read more

Europe » France » Alsace » Strasbourg September 24th 2023

Such a perfect day here in Strasbourg. The weather was perfect, and after having breakfast we headed to the parking garage to get the car and head out for some sightseeing. Being that we were so close to the border of Germany, we decided to take a ride along the wine route. It was very picturesque with miles and miles of vineyards. We stopped at a local wine tasting facility and walked around a bit before heading back to Strasbourg. Luckily we found a parking spot and walked to an area known as La Petite France to find a place for lunch. It’s quite a neat area laced with canals and half-timbered homes and cobblestone streets. This area is for pedestrian traffic only so it is easy to wander through. We found a lovely restaurant in ... read more
A German winery

Europe » France » Alsace » Strasbourg September 23rd 2023

Holy S—T! Woke up this morning to snow! This trip has been continuously full of surprises. At the sight of the snow Ray and I knew that Diane would be catatonic about our switchback drive back down to Chur. It was however, a beautiful sight looking like a Winter Wonderland. Fortunately the snowfall stopped after breakfast so we were on our way. The clouds had begun to lift, and the scenery was amazing. I forgot to mention that during the snowfall large groups of people from the area headed out to go hiking. These Are truly hardy people. There were so many Kodak moments during the trip down, that I finally had to stop myself from taking any more. The road travel today after coming down from Arosa was all highway and it almost felt boring ... read more

Europe » Switzerland » South-East » Arosa September 22nd 2023

Woke up to more rain. The clouds lift and descend around the mountains, teasing us with scenery, then taking it away. We had a wonderful breakfast, again, more food than you can eat. This hotel is incredible. It’s been completely remodeled, and apparently was done by an artisan. Upon checking out, we found the room was only $43 Eu each and that feast we had for dinner was $25 EU each. Unbelievable. I set the GPS for Arosa. There are numerous ways to get there from here, so I figured the GPS would send us the quickest way. Off we went, and within minutes we were climbing and switchbacking on the most scenic road I’ve ever seen. This was the heart of the Alps, and the mountains were incredible. Between the heavy rain and the clouds, ... read more
Lake Livigno
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Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Bormio September 21st 2023

Today we woke up to overcast skies, but still a beautiful view of the lake. I started my morning off with a bit of a glitch. our hair dryer decided to die about a quarter of the way in, so I ended up going down for breakfast with wet hair…attractive. The breakfast here unbelievably was even better than it was in France. There were assorted pastries , eggs, yogurt , fruit, you name it. The coffee was also delicious. After stuffing ourselves, (going to need to diet when we get back), we headed out to our next destination, Bormio, Italy. Once again we encountered tunnel after tunnel. Our views on this leg was mostly concrete. We ventured off the highway for a stop in Como in hopes of spending time viewing the lake. Once again there ... read more
Our hotel in Stresa

Europe » Italy » Piedmont » Stresa September 21st 2023

Well, we woke up to a beautiful morning here in Chamonix. Our plans this morning were to have breakfast, check in with the para gliding school, and for Sandy to do laundry. So, after a wonderful breakfast, we took off to find the laundromat. The first one we found only allowed you to drop off your clothes and come back later in the day, as they would do the laundry. Took off from there, and finally found another one. Although most of the machines were broken, Sandy managed to find one that worked and got started while I took off to call the school.. Hooray, they advised that the flight was on,and I left for the gondola to meet my pilot. The lines to get on the gondola were incredibly long, but we managed to sneak ... read more

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Chamonix September 19th 2023

Well, today was a beauty in so many ways. The chateau de Trigance sits at the top of a hill and has an unbelievable view of the surrounding area. We woke up to the sun peeking over the mountains with the valley shrouded in fog. After breakfast we headed out through the gorges. The road brought us down to the bottom of the canyon with the hairpin turns that Diane loves so much. The views were spectacular, however, we all agreed it was not like the Grand Canyon. The road continued to bring us up and down the surrounding mountains for about two hours before hitting a highway. I think by that time we were all ready for some flat roadway. Around 12:30, after driving for over 3 hours, we decided it was time for lunch ... read more

Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Trigance September 18th 2023

Woke up to beautiful sunny skies. After breakfast we packed our bags then headed out for a short walk while waiting for our luggage to be picked up And delivered to the parking area outside of the walls. It was quite a unique experience staying in the walled city overnight. During the day it is bustling with activity, but is a whole different scene at night. The streets get very quiet, and you can almost imagine the sentries making their rounds with their torch lights. That’s what a bottle of wine will do to you. We took a walk over to the Basilica, as it was now open to the public. It was quit impressive. If you’ve never been to a midevil church, read “Pillars of the Earth”, and you’ll get a sense of what we ... read more
Basilica in Carcassanne

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne September 17th 2023

A little tired this morning after the problem we were having with down loading pictures to the blog. We were up past 11:00 trying to figure out the problem. Ray has a lot more patience than I do, I would have flung the ipad out of the window! We really enjoyed our stay here at Le Hautes de Gageac. We had stayed here five years ago and loved it so much we wanted to return. The B&B is situated half way up a mountain, and traveling up to it can be a challenge. The last of the road to the Inn has about 140 degree turn with the road being 9 feet wide and stone walls on both sides. In order to get up you have to back up the road then proceed up. Thankfully, Ray ... read more

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