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Pérouges et Paris

Yesterday Mark rented a car and we drove 30 minutes east to the picturesque medieval hill town of Pérouges. We wandered the cobbled streets, explored the gothic church and had a nice lunch. The morning fog cleared and the day … Continue reading

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Silk

If you look up canut in a French dictionary you won’t find it. Canut, like bouchon, is a word that only exists in Lyon (and maybe a Norwegian social club). No one seems to know where it came from but … Continue reading

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Getting to Know Lyon

We’ve been in Lyon for 3 nights now and I’m finally getting my feet under me. Saturday we took the metro to Presqu’ile, a peninsula formed where Saône and Rhône rivers converge. It is the heart of Lyon. Our first … Continue reading

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Once More Into the Breach Dear Friends

After a mind and body numbing 14 hours on planes and in airports we arrived in Lyon the food capital of France. My cousin Ann and her husband Mark met us where the shuttle train from the airport dropped us. … Continue reading

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Post mortem post

We’re in Barcelona where our adventure began. Tomorrow we leave Europe behind. I thought I would do a little bit of reflecting on what worked and what didn’t and what I would do differently, partially for myself and partially for … Continue reading

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Arrivederci Roma

Today was the final sightseeing day of our trip. Tomorrow we begin the long slog home, first a short flight to Barcelona, then Friday three legs to Amsterdam, Seattle and finally Portland. Thank you, dear reader, for following along on … Continue reading

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Upon this rock I will build my church

We spent today at the Vatican, first the Basilica of Saint Peter, then the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. This was our second time visiting. No matter how many times one enters it, St. Peter’s is amazing. First there is … Continue reading

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Crossing the Tiber

South of the center of Rome lies the neighborhood of Trastevere, literally “across the Tiber”. Our journey today took us there. We began on Isola Tiberna, a small island in the river. It was near here over two millennia ago … Continue reading

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The Eternal City

I love Rome. Of the 8 or 10 big cities I’ve visited in Europe it’s my favorite. Maybe it’s the Roman people, elegant and exuberant, maybe it’s the tiny streets of the old city, maybe it’s the timeless architecture thrilling … Continue reading

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Amalfi

Amalfi, the very word congers images of romantic sunsets overlooking the azure sea. Sophia Loren, Rudolf Nureyev and Gore Vidal each called it home for a time. The elite of Ancient Rome came here to get away from it all. … Continue reading

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