Page 5 of nancic123 Travel Blog Posts

One part of planning a perfect trip that often doesn’t get enough attention is the arrival. It’s likely that most travelers are so anxious to start their vacation that they probably pick the quickest way to a destination. The fun will be had once you get there, not on the journey. Arrival by air is often a necessity in the fast paced world of exotic destinations and short stays. Perhaps some choose transportation based on cost. Lots of people going? Can they all fit in the minivan? Some destinations lend themselves to a certain type of arrival. While rarely mentioned, I think the popularity of Venice, Italy is due in part to the necessity of taking a boat up the Grand Canal at arrival. Gliding past opulent Palazzo on both sides of the canal you naturally ... read more
Empress Hotel at night
Sheringham Point Lighthouse
Victoria's Inner Harbor

It didn’t take long to get into the swing of things. We couldn’t get the key from the lockbox to open the dead bolt, so we had to spend a couple of hours at the rocky beach on the inlet waiting for the owners to come and let us into our new apartment. There were lots of people on the nearby beach. Mostly retirement age people, but a few had young children, probably grandchildren visiting during the summer. We watched the Kite man for a few minutes. He flew several kites at once from the back of his black SUV. We noticed most of the beachgoers were searching for something on the beach. They would walk a few steps and bend forward to rake a small area. We ask and found out that they were looking ... read more
Sol Duc Falls
Bella's Truck
Olympic National Park

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver May 27th 2015

When we left our jobs to travel the world in 2011, we hesitated to refer to what we were doing as retiring. Retiring sounded like something very planned and thought out and perhaps even a little boring. We knew that it would be a challenging task to live non-stop as vagabonds, nomads, transients and maybe in the best of times simply travelers. To start off our journey with the mindset that we would be constantly relaxing and living carefree lives didn’t seem like a good idea. However, we did entertain thoughts of one day driving over some far-away hill and discovering a place where we could settle down once and for all. Of course we would have to permanently put the travel bug to rest first. Or at least quench the desire for daily life changes ... read more
Lions Gate Bridge at Night
Vancouver Skyline
Granville Island

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague April 28th 2015

Eventually it had to happen. The third time is not always a charm. Good things come in threes…but not always. My initial reaction to our 3rd city in Europe wasn’t very good. I just didn’t like Prague. After a dreamlike visit to Venice and a surprisingly excellent first trip behind the old Iron Curtain in Budapest, perhaps it was due to happen. We left Budapest and enjoyed a comfortable train ride through northern Hungary, parts of Slovakia and a fairly large section of the Czech Republic. We arrived in the late afternoon at the main Prague train station. Our friendly enough AirBnb host helpfully met us at the station and after a quick look around our new neighborhood, dropped us a few minutes later at our new apartment for our month long stay. The apartment is ... read more
Charles Bridge Sunset
Old Town Square
Cubist "Lightbulb" Stairway

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest April 6th 2015

We are approaching our time to move on and again leave our newly adopted home behind. It is always an exciting time getting ready to get on the road again, but also a bit of a sad time as it seems we have just gotten used to being here. For most of the last 4 years, this has been how our life has been. We have spent a month or two in many great places around the globe. After our first couple of weeks of busily getting used to our new surroundings, learning our way around and visiting most of the main tourist sights, we normally have a bit of a down time trying to figure out how we will fill the last two weeks of our month-long visit. It is in these last two weeks ... read more
Keleti Train Station
M4 Metro Station
Imre Nagy and Parliament

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest March 19th 2015

After a final ride down the beautiful Grand Canal, we sadly left Venice. The beautiful lights of the Palazzo blinked their goodbyes as we headed towards the Ferrovia. We were catching the night train to Vienna where, after a short layover, we would be on our way the next morning for our new home of Budapest, Hungary. We had a choice of private sleeper, four-person sleeper, six-person sleeper or regular seat. We decided to save a little money and take our chances with the 6-person. We hoped it wasn’t a full house. No such luck on this trip. David spent an uncomfortable night squeezing in a top bunk made for small children at best, and Nanci felt she had hit the lottery when she luckily traded an Argentine backpacker for a middle bunk. Attempting the wobbly ... read more
Chain Bridge at Night
The Spiral Staircase
Liberty Bridge

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice March 4th 2015

We were sitting on a bench in Campo Santa Maria Formosa, one of the larger squares in Venice, when a very stylish couple set down on the bench next to us. The man pulled out a map and began studying it intently. To make conversation, I mentioned to the lady that I thought I spent way too much time studying maps myself. She surprised me by telling me that she never bothered reading them at all! Perhaps she didn’t have to be bothered with maps because her husband did most of the work, or possibly she had come upon a travel philosophy that I had not put into practice very often. After a few minutes, her husband folded the map up neatly and they generally walked off in the same direction as they had come from. ... read more
On the Grand Canal
Burano Island
Burano Island

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice February 17th 2015

It is easily noticeable that men stand a little straighter when they are in her presence. Women hold on to their husbands hand a little tighter when they are around her. She has a magnetism and allure that is unquestioned and feels fleeting, but can be quite attainable. Perhaps everyone already knows her, but she was original to me. Of course, I should have been more familiar than I was. Her beauty and sophistication is legendary. Once you see her, her charms are obvious. She has an accent that sounds familiar, but you can’t quite place it. Latin origins, of course. Italian tones, yes. Certainly European and privileged. She speaks many languages but doesn’t always use a voice to communicate. Her outward appearance may show a little wear, but her style is as classic and rich ... read more
Venice Sunrise
Elaborate Costumes

North America » United States » Utah » Cedar City January 30th 2015

The phone rings loudly in the dark room. It’s a little disorienting at first. The noisy heater cycled too often during the night and we really never went all the way out. We just pick the phone up and put it back in the cradle without saying anything. It must be the wake-up call we ask for last night. Nobody else would be calling this early. It’s 2 ½ hours before sunrise and we have to get going if we’re going to make it. Luckily the night desk clerk has made coffee for himself. We grab a cup without asking, we don’t want to take a chance that he’ll say no. It’s off season and he seems a little startled that anyone is up this early. Outdoor recreation is what Moab, Utah is known for and ... read more
Desert Tower Sunset
Virgin River Sunset
Arches National Park Sunset

North America » United States » Arizona » Sedona December 25th 2014

From Billy the Kid to Wyatt Earp, General Custer to Geronimo, the American West was filled with legendary characters. Novelists and short story writers blended fact and fiction to create bigger than life characters and made them famous in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Thousands of young and old readers living on the East Coast of the United States followed the stories of the daring men and women who tamed a frontier seemingly filled with danger and adventure around every corner. The cattle ranches were immense, the women were beautiful and the native people were both respected for their traditions and feared for their warrior-like aggression. According to the writers, the men who settled the west had to be brave, strong, wise and probably quick with a gun. They walked a little taller and talked ... read more
Horseshoe Bend
Highway 163
Lower Antelope Canyon

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