“Self-Inflicted Wounds” (Tyrol, Bavaria, Frankfurt, and Paris – July 16, 2018 to July 27, 2018)

Apparently, there was an issue with the profile of our boarding passes as somehow we were classified as students under age 30. I recalled we had a similar issue back at LAX but it didn’t result in…

“These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things” (Austria – July 2, 2018 to July 16, 2018)

…even after trying to apply the brakes, I leaned too far backwards and managed to fall back onto the track. I felt something on my elbows immediately but I was more concerned about Tahia…

“Bavarian Fantasy Works” (Black Forest and Bavarian Germany – June 21, 2018 to July 1, 2018)

At this point, I then walked back through the village and started asking people if they had seen “eine frau und eine tochter”. The firefighters near the trailhead said they hadn’t seen them…

“French German Interludes” (Northeast France, Western Germany, and Luxembourg – June 13, 2018 to June 20, 2018)

…the losing of the power plug on my laptop was definitely not-so-great news. And so I was mentally already in the mindset of finding a stop to find such replacement parts (if they still exist)…

“Independent Minds” (Basque Country and Catalonia, Spain – June 15, 2015 to June 23, 2015)

..we pretty much spent the next few minutes arguing with this guy as he wouldn’t let the issue go. When we tried to explain to him that we had already done what he advocated that we do this instant…

“Heart of Spain” (Central and Northwestern Spain – June 1, 2015 to June 14, 2015)

Next, I continued onto the next hairy part of the scramble. This time, there was a bit of a longer and more involve wade through knee-deep tide pools and rocks. Again, since I was prepared to get…

“Spanish Inquisitions” (Andalucian Spain – May 23, 2015 to May 31, 2015)

…I drove up to the machine controlling the barricade, inserted the ticket to open the lever guard on our way out, and then suddenly when I pulled forward, we heard a brief crunch…

“The Remaining Kingdoms” (Wales, UK and Cornwall, England, UK – August 31, 2014 to September 12, 2014)

When Julie returned to the car, she dropped me some bad news as we learned that there was a NATO Summit going on at exactly the two full days that we would be spending in Cardiff…

“Scotland Yards” (Scotland, UK – August 20, 2014 to August 30, 2014)

The GPS made it seem like it wouldn’t take long to get there. However, when we ultimately got to the B869 road, we saw that the single-track road persisted and was more dangerous than we thought…

“Being One With The Force” (Cotswolds, York, Yorkshire Dales, and Lakes District, England, UK – August 12, 2014 to August 19, 2014)

Outside, I could hear rain hitting the roof and the windows. The winds were also blowing pretty hard. The thought did cross my mind that I could very well do the 2.5-mile hike from the town of…

“Identity Crisis” (Dolomites and Lakes Region, Italy and Italian Switzerland – May 30, 2013 to June 7, 2013)

Once we got all settled on the plane, it turned out that I was sitting next to this rather tall, but older Italian guy who got the unfortunate window seat. It was unfortunate because the seat…

“The Renaissance of the Trip” (Florence and Venice, Italy – May 26, 2013 to May 30, 2013)

However, when we got to the machine, we found out that both the 8:30 and 9:15 trains were sold out! Damn! I knew we should have bought the tickets last night!…

“The Medieval Theme” (Umbria and Toscana, Italy – May 21, 2013 to May 26, 2013)

We could see that we were surrounded by some mean-looking squalls as we went down. And after getting our car with the permit in hand (that the receptionist gave us), we then finally parked next…

“La Dolce Vita” (Rome, Naples, Amalfi Coast, and Abruzzo, Italy – May 16, 2013 to May 20, 2013)

Adella said, ‘Odio!’ as she wanted to make sure we were having a very good meal. I had a feeling it was something that Roberto told us about on the drive here, and now I saw what he meant about…

“Le Tour de France” (Central and Southern France – May 10, 2012 to May 24, 2012)

…to my horror, outside was raining and there were clasps of lightning and thunder! If there was a discouraging start to the day (to do Gavarnie), this would be it!…

“Kid In A Candy Store” (Paris and Normandie, France – May 3, 2012 to May 9, 2012)

…as we were loading up the car with our stuff, we were dismayed to see that the car charger for our GPS was missing! I swore it was in my bag when we left home, but…

“Heidiland” (Switzerland – June 7, 2010 to June 16, 2010)

…he then tried to explain to me that what I was seeing was how the Swiss Celebrate their soccer team beating the supposed #1 team in the world in Spain. He then said, “Don’t be scared…”

“Croatian Sensations” (Croatia – May 30, 2010 to June 7, 2010)

The parking enforcement guy was also a bit cheeky and didn’t feel like helping us in that regard either other than to write tickets. So we ended up just paying for an hour. And we’d have to come…

“Never Far From History” (Greece – May 19, 2010 to May 30, 2010)

..I was lugging all of our luggage, a lady dressed in street clothes got off her cell phone and asked me, “Where from?” “US,” said I. And at that moment, the lady got in front of me and said, “Stop!”