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January 2010 Blog Posts (27)

A Thimble-full of Memories

A Thimble-full of Memories

On our trips, we always save some “serendipity” days. These are unplanned days, often devoted to one of our special interests. In 2006, on a spring day in Sommersdorf, at the Castle,

I requested a visit to the Fingerhut Thimble Museum. Bruce, always up to satisfy my eclectic d adventures into the world of stitching, heads the Peugeot up the Autobahn to the town of Creglingen, off the Romantic Road. The museum is… Continue

Added by Joan and Bruce on January 27, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Spreading the word

Get this: Eleanor was taken to the hospital this morning in an ambulance. On the way to the
hospital, she wasn't talking about how bad she was feeling. Eleanor was
telling the EMS guy about Untours. Now that's dedication!

Apparently she has colitis. She will be checked tomorrow by a Gastroenterologist, who will probably hear a lecture about Untours.

Added by Bill Kover on January 23, 2010 at 6:44pm — 1 Comment

Driving in France

Not too late for us, and I hope not for you. Trick one: When following signs, find a major place further than you want to go. For example if I were in Colmar and wanted to go to a small town betwen there and Strasbourg, I would follow signs to Strasbourg knowing that before I got there I would see a sign to turn off for the place I really want to go. Sounds obvious, but it wasn't until we learned. That is instead of trying to go by route number which we tend to do here in the States and they… Continue

Added by jerrysandy on January 22, 2010 at 2:09pm — 1 Comment

A Love Letter from us.gov...

Oh. maybe not a *Love* letter, but an email saying my passport is on its way--huzzah!

My dearly beloved had conscientiously gotten his application for renewal in and had the document in hand before I had even gotten around to applying.

After the bureaucracy in my natal state had managed to misspell both my mother's Christian name and the name of her town of birth AND the bureaucracy at the passport office misspelled my (clearly printed) email address, I had begun to despair.

But… Continue

Added by Rosann Hickey on January 22, 2010 at 11:04am — No Comments

"You can't get there from here"

I'm willing to bet that virtually every rural culture has some version of the classic urban figure standing next to their gleaming Lexus/4-in-hand/spacecraft/whatever, confronting the local rube for directions. Said rube is scratching his/her/its head while pondering and then comes out with the immortal line above.

Funny, that's the way I'm beginning to feel about Monpazier. The destination for our Spring getaway is not exactly on a main line. One can get planes to it from Gatwick or… Continue

Added by Rosann Hickey on January 20, 2010 at 2:51pm — 2 Comments

Rail Schedules and Making Reservations

We are scheduled to have a two week stay in the Rhine Valley this year(July). After our stay, we would like to take a train to Berlin and then do a night train from Berlin to Warsaw, Poland. I have looked on the net for a complete German train schedule...no luck. When I attempted to make reservations for the train from Berlin to Warsaw, the company said it was too early. Any thoughts?

Added by Mel Grussing on January 19, 2010 at 9:57am — No Comments

Get ready, get set--

Today I'm remembering the olden days, when I could carry a 40 lb pack, fly in a cattle car, sleep on a beach in Greece and consider the whole thing enjoyable. Thirty-something years later, my life & needs have become considerably more complicated....

The plan is to get away from the long hard slog of winter in the Northeast Kingdom. Vermont may be a winter wonderland but, by March, we are sick & tired of snow & thaw & freezing rain.

I'd have been up for anywhere… Continue

Added by Rosann Hickey on January 18, 2010 at 3:17pm — No Comments

Top 10 Travel Destinations

Today's Travel Section in the Sunday Star Ledger listed the Top 10 Travel Destinations by New Jerseyans.

Added by Bill Kover on January 17, 2010 at 1:47pm — No Comments

Paris...getting in the mood

For weeks now Eleanor has been looking for the book "My Life in France" by Julia Child. Today I found it.....under a pile of my Paris stuff. It was under my nose the whole time. It wasn't my fault. I was busy thinking the book was somewhere else. Maybe it migrated to the Paris stuff all on its own. More than likely I probably put it there so I could find it later. That plan usually fails every time.

Now that the book was found, I was suddenly in the mood to read about Julia's… Continue

Added by Bill Kover on January 16, 2010 at 12:59pm — No Comments

Incompatible cards in Europe.

The following article by Ed Perkins appeared in this past Sunday's Newark Star Ledger:

"Incompatible cards. I've noted that automated ticket vending and toll machines in parts of Europe now require chip-enabled cards and don't work with U.S. magnetic-strip cards at all. Last year, Mastercard and Visa seemed to be ignoring this problem entirely, but I've heard recent rumblings that one or two U.S. banks are considering issuing compatible cards. Let's hope."

Has… Continue

Added by Bill Kover on January 12, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

(7) Zermatt & Gornergrat (Day 2)

(7) Zermatt & Gornergrat (Day 2)


Added by Bill Kover on January 10, 2010 at 11:47am — No Comments

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