Group shot under the Arc de Triomphe, Paris
We’ve been walking quite a lot, the three of us. Hannah and I have been joined by Sarah, the teen daughter of close friends, here in Paris. John and Marlie have gone on a river cruise adventure of their own, exploring from here to Normandy, and I [...]
As I was going through my photos from walking about Paris today, I was most taken with the gargoyles of Notre Dame de Paris. Gotta love ‘em!
Internet. It has become such a central part of our lives, even more on this trip around the world than at home. Its reach is beyond the time spent in front of the computer at work or school, it shapes where we stay and our days when we are there. It is a love-hate relationship, [...]
Chateau Chenonceau, complete with scaffolding, from the garden.
The tower in the front of the Chateau Chenonseau, sheltering the nests of swallows.
Before we came, both Hannah and I read “The Confessions of Catherine d’Medici,” and it filled the halls we walked through with the people who lived in them. It also influenced our choice [...]
We loved this view of the flying buttresses of the Cathedral Saint-Louis de Blois from the area in front of the castle. We’ve loved the history and castles here in the Loire Valley, although I have fallen a little behind in the blog here, as I’ve been under the weather.
Andorra’s flag, in the village of Anyos.
We arrived in Andorra with a vague idea of a place in the mountains. What we found was stunning beauty, pride in place, and something we cannot put our finger on that makes us not want to leave.
There is a feel to a place that springs almost [...]
Shrek speaks Spanish, you know. We had yet to go to the movies on our trip, and Hannah’s teenage movie yearning took us to see Shrek in 3D the other day. In Spanish, of course. The girls have watched a smattering of TV in various languages we’ve passed through, usually dubbed over familiar ones where [...]
The sisters sharing a view of Andorra
Sometimes it feels like living under a microscope, being in such close proximity to the family at all times. There is no independent life, when we explore it is together, everyone wants to go along to the grocery store, taking the car alone means someone else is left [...]
Standing on top of the world. We drove up to Port de Cabus and looked over the edge into Spain.
Looking down into Andorra from Port de Cabus. If you look carefully, there is a little band of horses in the bottom left of the photo, mares and babies.
At the viewpoint for Alt [...]
Storm Clouds gathering in Andorra
We spent nearly 12 hours underway, mostly windshield time in the car, driving from the tiny hilltop village of Pignona, Italy, in the hills above Levanto, to Andorra. We followed the freeways around the north shore of the Mediterranean, and cut inland as we approached Spain. We didn’t know much [...]
It was a beautiful day when we made the drive to Pisa this week. I love the contrast of the blues and greens of sky and grass with the grey and white of the buildings. This is the Duomo, the cathedral on the Campo with the famous leaning tower.
The Camposanto in Pisa. We [...]
Looking at Corniglia from the trail through the Cinque Terre
We met up with the family of Hannah’s friend Noelle and hiked the Cinque Terre trail. Well, four of the five lands, anyway. We started on the southern end, the easiest route, the Way of Love. Named the Via dell’Amore, lovers place locks on the [...]