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(23) Swiss Heartland Untour (Day 24) Zermatt, Day 2 (Gornergrat)

Swiss Heartland Untour - May 6 to June 4, 2014

Thursday, May 29, 2014

 

We were both up at 5:00am. Eleanor took an Aleve after waking.  Her right knee cap was throbbing and sore, probably due to all the walking.  Entry into the shower required stepping up a foot or more, a dangerous move for Eleanor.  It would have been even more dangerous when stepping out of the wet floor of the shower.  So…

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Added by Bill Kover on March 5, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

(22) Swiss Heartland Untour 2014 (Day 23) Zermatt, Day 1

Swiss Heartland Untour - May 6 to June 4, 2014

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

We were both up at 4:25am before the alarm went off.  At 5:30am, when I opened our door, the cat…

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Added by Bill Kover on February 2, 2015 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Eating in Istanbul

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Added by Vickie K on January 23, 2015 at 5:56pm — No Comments

(21) Swiss Heartland Untour 2014 (Day 22) Reunion with Barbara

Swiss Heartland Untour - May 6 to June 4, 2014

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

We were both up at 4:58am.  It had rained overnight again.  At 5:33am the thermometer showed a temperature of 60 degrees Fahrenheit.  The skies were overcast.  

The Sunnis Bakery opened at 6:00am.  The saleslady was just putting out the morning delivery of pastries when I walked in at 6:10am.  I had been a regular customer for at least two…

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Added by Bill Kover on January 22, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

(20) Swiss Heartland Untour 2014 (Day 21) Interlaken Ost and the bird's nest

Swiss Heartland Untour - May 6 to June 4, 2014

Monday, May 26, 2014

I was up at 4:58am, followed by Eleanor at 5:35am.  The skies were overcast.  It rained during the night.  I was out the door arond 6:05am for a bakery run. 

First stop was Sunnis Bakery for two apfelstrudels.  Total cost 4CHF ($4.48 U.S. dollars).

Next stop was Cafe zum Stein Bakery for our favorite bread,…

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Added by Bill Kover on January 14, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Home again

Well, after indeed blowing my nose all the way home, we had an uneventful trip to the USA.  Direct flight from Paris to Cincinnati is the way to go!  Of course, we then have a hour and a half drive, but that is do-able.  We are tired, happy to be home, and yet missing Paris.

Realizing that we were only a few blocks from the terrorist attacks that happened a couple of days ago, and that Republique square is steps outside our…

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Added by Susan Umberger on January 10, 2015 at 11:45am — No Comments

Tuesday October 14 2014

Today was a day for packing in earnest, all the clothes were dry ( no dryer but it worked out fine--electricity costs too much to dry clothes with it!)  We walked to the caramel store-Jacques Genin-to purchase more caramels for our house sitters and pet sitters, then strolled around our neighborhood.  My scratchy throat has developed into a real cold, and I am glad it happened late in the trip--I can blow my nose all the way home!

We make our way to Notre Dame and Pont St. Michel,…

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Added by Susan Umberger on January 10, 2015 at 11:40am — No Comments

Last days in Paris 2014

Monday October 13 2014

Today we started to do some laundry and experiment with packing to see if our cheese and champagne would fit!  We brought our big suitcase (it's purple and we call it Barney) on wheels but it was mostly empty when we came.  And I always try to bring very few outfits, and even leave or discard some stuff along the way.  For example, I brought old trail hiking shoes and old nike flip flops to Amalfi and left both behind--I needed new ones and could buy…

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Added by Susan Umberger on January 10, 2015 at 11:29am — No Comments

Sunday October 12 2014

Today was mostly a relaxing day--it was cool and rainy again.  We decided to shop a little at the Carousel under the Louvre, and then decided to have some onion soup while we were out.  Found a wonderful  little restaurant near the Quai Branley Museum and went in to a cozy homey atmosphere.  Wonderful soup, and they were quite OK with that being our order.  We waited out some rain showers then went past the wonderful vertical garden wall into the Museum.  This is a museum of indigenous art…

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Added by Susan Umberger on January 10, 2015 at 11:19am — No Comments

Saturday October 11 2014

Today was another big day for us--we decided to go to the Paris flea market at Clignancourt.  There is a famous gypsy jazz (manouche) guitar school there along with a restaurant called Les Chopes des Puces.  So, mustering up our maps money, and good walking shoes, we took off.  It was a gorgeous day, and this part of Paris was a revelation.  Sooo many poor refugees here, so much poverty, so little beauty...

The flea market was…

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Added by Susan Umberger on January 10, 2015 at 11:12am — No Comments

Days 10-12 Paris

Friday October 10 2014

Today was a day full of tours, the walking kind!  Before we left, after a lot of research, I had booked a tour through an organization called Paris Greeters.  These tours are free, guided walks led by Parisians of some of their neighborhoods. They had contacted us before we got to France and asked about our interests and dates that would work for us.  I had noted Rhea's interest in woodworking and guitar making, and mine in…

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Added by Susan Umberger on January 10, 2015 at 11:02am — No Comments

(19) Swiss Heartland Untour 2014 (Day 20) Second Grandmother's Walk attempt

Swiss Heartland Untour - May 6 to June 4, 2014

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Despite going to bed very late, we were both up at 5:25am.  When daylight arrived, the skies were clear.  This was our chance.  We decided to make another attempt to walk the Grandmother's Walk, one of the most famous footpaths in the Alps.  It begins high above Wengen at Mannlichen and extends about 3 miles to Kleine Scheidegg.  The path is relatively…

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Added by Bill Kover on January 8, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

(18) Swiss Heartland Untour 2014 (Day 19) Laundry and Raclette

Swiss Heartland Untour - May 6 to June 4, 2014)

Saturday, May 24, 2014

I was up at 4:50am followed by Eleanor at 5:35am.  The skies were overcast with a…

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Added by Bill Kover on December 28, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

(17) Swiss Heartland Untour 2014 (Day 18) Dining in total darkness

Swiss Heartland Untour - May 6 to June 4, 2014

Friday, May 23, 2014

We were both awake at 3:03am, couldn't fall back to sleep and finally got out of bed at 5:05am.  Outside our…

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Added by Bill Kover on December 17, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Taking that trip across the country (or across the globe).

This is from the Huffington Post:

Taking that trip across the country (or across the globe).



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It's no secret that planning a trip can help boost your emotional wellness. But research points out a huge problem: We aren't using our vacation days. So, it might be time to take the leap. Have you always wanted to visit the west coast? Italy? The Caribbean? Do it. You won't regret it: Studies show experiences --…

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Added by Bill Kover on December 4, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

(16) Swiss Heartland Untour 2014 (Day 17) Luzern and a lakeboat cruise

Swiss Heartland Untour - May 6 to June 4, 2014

Thursday, May 22, 2014

I was up at 5:00am followed by Eleanor at 5:17am. The bird outside our window was again singing its morning wake-up song at 5:12am.  We were starting to take it for granted.  So I took advantage of the opportunity and recorded the sound of morning at Britschgi Chalet.…

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Added by Bill Kover on December 2, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Days 7-9, Paris 2014

Tuesday October 7, 2014

Today was designated as a shopping day--for souvenirs and mementos to take back home to the wonderful folks who care for our house and pet while we are away, for family, and for our 30th anniversary!  We did not get an early start, being a little tired from the day before, but after a relaxing morning we ventured out.  First we took the bus to Opera, and from there walked to Lafayette Galleries.  What an amazing glass dome in the department store!  It…

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Added by Susan Umberger on November 24, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Days 4-6 Paris October 2014

Today was Tower Day! We started off early to get to Montparnasse Tower, a huge skyscraper that gives a wonderful view, from the roof, of the Eiffel Tower and of Paris and its other landmarks. We got there at opening, and though there were lots of tourists, we were soon whisked up to the top floor. From there, we ignored the picture taking ( just say "non, merci"and go on), and then we climbed another two or three flights to the roof. The views were spectacular, even tho the day was not the… Continue

Added by Susan Umberger on November 22, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments

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