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A quote from the book "Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's History Making Race Around the World."

A quote from the book "Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's History Making Race Around the World."



"It turned out that she (Elizabeth Bisland) loved to travel. Travel she had discovered, was a delightful means of gratifying the intelligent curiosity that Dr. Johnson had called the root of all wisdom and culture. "I go to bed exhaustedly happy," she wrote in her notebook, "and wake up expectantly smiling."

Sounds like…

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Added by Bill Kover on April 1, 2016 at 5:04am — No Comments

Monetary memory of our first trip to London, England

In July 1973 Eleanor and I took our first trip to Europe.  It was called the Free Lance Tour.  Included were several days in four cities : London, Vienna, Rome and Paris.  In each city you were on your own except for a 1/2 day optional bus tour with glimpses of the major sites.  We tried the 1/2 tour once, only to realize that it was a waste of time.  The rest of the trip we spent pretty much on our own deciding where to go and when.  One of the memories that sticks out in my…

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Added by Bill Kover on March 30, 2016 at 6:29pm — No Comments

Fairy Tale - A True Story

Fairy Tale - A True Story  (April 22, 2004)



This really happened. It seemed like a fairy tale. But it is a true story. It was during our Swiss Heartland Untour in 2004. We had decided to spend the day in Brienz. It was a beautiful sunny day. The lady in the Tourist Information Office suggested that we take a walk in the older section of town. The streets were empty. We had the scenery all to ourselves. At the corner of Krummgasse and Oberdorfstrasse, the voices of a ladies choir…

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Added by Bill Kover on December 1, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

Cultures from opposite sides of the world meet in Bourton-On-The-Water

It is special moments like this that make travel truly enjoyable and memorable.  I posted this several years ago.  But it is worthwhile posting again in view of the fact that Untours is now offering trips to the British Isles.

"While driving through the Cotswolds in England in 1997, we came across two young Japanese girls in Burford who were at the Tourist Information Office trying to get a bus to Bourton-On-The-Water. There were…

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Added by Bill Kover on August 17, 2015 at 4:33pm — No Comments

Remembering Switzerland.

Remembering Switzerland

Added by Bill Kover on June 6, 2015 at 3:41pm — 1 Comment

"the Women on the 6th Floor"

There is a movie called "the Women on the 6th Floor." It is set in Paris. We had watched this film before. I had marked the film "excellent." It is a love story. We watched it again. My opinion hasn't changed. Now we long to return to Paris.

http://www.rogerebert.com/r…/the-women-on-the-6th-floor-2011…

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Added by Bill Kover on May 18, 2015 at 6:30pm — No Comments

(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 — 1 Comment

(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

(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

(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

(15) Swiss Heartland Untour 2014 (Day 16) Lunch at 9744 feet

Swiss Heartland Untour - May 6 to June 4, 2014

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The songbird and I were both up at 4:50am.  The skies were clear, and the temperature was already up to 60 degrees Fahrenheit at 5:30am when Eleanor got up.

Breakfast included yogurt, 1/2 banana each, corn flakes with milk, orange juice and coffee.  The large box of cornflakes was purchased soon after arriving in Sachseln.  It wasn't…

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Added by Bill Kover on November 17, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

(14) Swiss Heartland Untour 2014 (Day 15) Pilatus

Swiss Heartland Untour - May 6 to June 4, 2014

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

We were both awake at 5:10am, as was the songbird outside our window.   Unable to fall back to sleep, we finally got up at 5:35am.  It was a sluggish start to the day.  Late nights and less sleep were beginning to have an effect on us.  The thermometer registered 60 degrees Fahrenheit, and the skies were clear and blue.  The predicted high for Sarnen…

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Added by Bill Kover on November 6, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

(13) Swiss Heartland Untour 2014 (Day 14) Aareschlucht Gorge and the Untours Party

Swiss Heartland Untour - May 6 to June 4, 2014

Monday, May 19, 2014

We were both up early (Bill - 5:22am, Eleanor - 5:35am).  Eleanor's travel humidifier didn't work for the second straight day.  She needs a…

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Added by Bill Kover on October 30, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

(12) Swiss Heartland Untour 2014 (Day 13) Walking from Sarnen to Sachseln, then Alpenmacaronen

Swiss Heartland Untour - May 6 to June 4, 2014

Sunday, May 18, 2014

It wasn't until 6:34am that I crawled out of bed.  Seven minutes later Eleanor followed.  At 7:02am the…

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Added by Bill Kover on October 21, 2014 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

(11) Swiss Heartland Untour 2014 (Day 12) Luzern, Lungern, Brienz and Gemeinschafts Konzert

Swiss Heartland Untour - May 6 to June 4, 2014

Saturday, May 17, 2014

We awoke to the sound of the songbird.  By 5:07am we were out of bed.  Outside the skies were clear.  The thermometer showed a…

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Added by Bill Kover on October 11, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

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