Monthly Archives: February 2014

Mussels in Montenegro

montenegro-23Our tour left promptly at 8:15 and, as we stumbled into the shuttle with 4 other people, I silently wished for more sleep. Montenegro and Croatia are part of former Yugoslavia (as well as the other neighboring countries). We were given a few history tidbits along the way as well as many cultural jokes about Montenegrians. One of which was about their laziness and it proved rather true as the line at the border crossing grew longer and longer and no one came rushing out to open a second check station.

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Around the Islands of Dubrovnik

Brian and Bonnie on their boat tour

Brian and Bonnie on their boat tour

Summer has arrived! Or rather, we have arrived to summer. Our Valentine’s celebration kicked off with a relaxing dinner in the fancy piano bar of our luxery hotel. Brian ordered the “Valentino” meal and I, of course, ordered the “Love” special. The ocean lay before us, shrouded in darkness with only the twinkling stars and city lights to illuminate the waves. As we toasted our champagne glasses to 7 months of wedded bliss we reflected on our blessings and our first adventure to The Bahamas that led to our engagement.

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Umbrellas in Lisbon

At the top of Christ the King

At the top of Christ the King

Fact: European weather channels are never correct. I don’t mean like “oh we actually got an extra inch or two of snow” I mean “oh, sorry, we said it would be a beautiful sunny day and instead it’s been a torrential downpour for the last 13 hours”. So, with this in mind, we check the weather, laugh, and head outside armed with hats, gloves, rain coats, umbrellas, sunglasses and many, many layers. While we pity those caught in the “polar vortex” of Upstate NY we greatly enjoy having winter only when we feel like it.  If we want to go skiing we head to the Alps, if we want summer weather we head to the coast. Living out of a suitcase is much easier than we had worried ourselves into thinking. Continue reading

My Goodness My Guinness: A Pint in Dublin

Leprechaun and his pot of gold.

Leprechaun and his pot of gold.

Airbnb is one of the best innovations of our time.  For those of you who don’t know airbnb allows travelers to connect with hosts to find lodging, either to rent a room or a whole apartment. We used it in Dublin with great success.  James, our host, met us at the bus stop and walked us 10 minutes to his apartment where he handed over the keys after giving us a few maps.  Staying there we were able to have a full kitchen and be right in the heart of Dublin, just across the River Liffey from the Temple Bar district. Continue reading

Dachau

Dachau Gate

Dachau Gate

It was with trepidation that I got off the bus at the Dachau concentration camp. Perhaps I had mentally psyched myself out, letting my imagination fill my head with horrific scenes from movies and pictures from history textbooks. The weather wasn’t stellar, and we were bundled against the wind and cold. The audio tour led us from the welcoming and warm visitors center towards the old camp. Continue reading