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Cotswold Countryside

Cotswold Countryside

Today we drove through the countryside in search of beautiful views and old buildings. Afternoon Walk We started our adventure today with a lovely drive through the countryside. Even though I was born here, and have spent the better part of 50 years between England and America, there is something about the patchwork green of the countryside that makes me feel as though I’m home. One of my earliest memories as a child is flying to England with my mother…

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Cotswold Cottage Fantasy

Cotswold Cottage Fantasy

It’s been a week since I’ve updated . . . We have relocated from Birmingham, to the last part of our trip. Cotswold Cottage Our friend Mouse owns a lovely cottage in the village of South Cerney in the Cotswolds. This cottage is perhaps the most idyllic place I’ve ever been. In it’s former life, the cottage was known as Draycott – the cart house for the mill up-stream. When sitting inside it is easy to imagine it as a…

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From Schnitzel to Strudel and Back Again

From Schnitzel to Strudel and Back Again

My time in Vienna draws to a close. I wait for my next adventure to begin, two weeks in England, enjoying the tastes of my childhood. But, as I sit here in the airport lounge, I find myself waxing nostalgic about the last two weeks. Impressions of Vienna Beauty. Art. Culture. History. Coffee. Sacher Torte. Apricots. Music. One of the best parts of travel is collecting memories. Living pictures in my mind I can visit at will. I am still…

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From Bratislava to Budapest

From Bratislava to Budapest

Over the past few days we traversed the distance between Vienna and Budapest, with a stop in Bratislava. Never having been to a Slavic country before, I was surprised at the beauty of both Slovakia and Hungary. Bratislava We enjoyed an afternoon stroll (in the pouring rain) through the old town of Bratislava. The architecture was an interesting mixture of buildings erected throughout the ages, including their time behind the iron curtain. But, the old town section was charming, and…

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Onward We Go

Onward We Go

My First Riverboat Trip . . .     Having been on a lot of cruises I was apprehensive about a riverboat experience. The size of the vessel is much smaller, and there appeared to be less to do each day. Well, I couldn’t be more wrong. The boat is far more luxurious than an ocean-going ship, and gliding along the river is smooth. Because we are in a river, there is scenery every step of the way. We passed…

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Vienna: The Adventure Continues

Vienna: The Adventure Continues

Disclaimer before I write any more — I don’t mean for this post to sound pretentious, but there is a high likelihood that it will . . . Crystal River Cruises We checked out of our hotel and check into the Crystal Mozart, Crystal Cruises first riverboat. So, this might be the most luxurious trip I’ve been on. We were met at the dock by an uniformed staff member, complete with top hat and tails. Check in consisted of a…

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Vienna: Schonbrunn and Schnitzel

Vienna: Schonbrunn and Schnitzel

Day Three and the eat-a-thon has commenced! Vienna might just be my favorite city in the world, at least for now.  There is something truly magical about this place.  Alleyways lead to tiny, picturesque doorways and cobblestone courtyards.  A thousand years of history sits at every street corner. Schonbrunn Palace We started our day with the Grand Tour of Schonbrunn.  Here’s another Rick Steves’ tip that worked like a charm.  Purchase the “Sisi Pass” online ahead of time.  It gave…

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Vienna . . . Day Two

Vienna . . . Day Two

I’m sitting here at the end of another magical day in Vienna, sipping a glass of white wine, quite content with myself.  We awoke this morning to the delightful sounds of a thunderstorm.  Heavy rain drops pelted against our window panes lulling us back to a warm, cozy sleep. Hofburg Palace But when we finally did rise, the Hofburg Palace called.  The spectacular opulence of the Hapsburgs laid out before us.  Jewels and furs, ornate furnishing and the remnants of…

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Welcome to Vienna

Welcome to Vienna

So, I’m a few days late in starting my blog. Here’s a recap: San Diego to SFO, overnight with the in-laws (Hi Ma!) Then SFO – CDG – VIE.  It all sounds so easy … that is until you find yourself halfway through a 6 hour layover in Paris(CDG) when you’re jet-lagged and sleep deprived.  Then you alternate between feeling as though you’ll make it (barely) and feeling as though you will literally die standing up.  It’s during said six-hour…

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Of Body Bags and Peanut Clusters

Of Body Bags and Peanut Clusters

(Otherwise known as the joys of traveling.) SO, I recently had to fly up to the bay area for a family event. (Reference my post about reflections). I chose an airline because of price and schedule, rather than comfort or miles. The actual flight experience was quite good. Perhaps because I had low expectations, I was pleasantly surprised. Both flights were efficient, fast, and to the point. No frills. But, that’s what I paid for. Great People Watching One of…

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