Category Archives: State of travel

Back from Greece

The quirks of family vacation planning this year conspired to put two amazing trips within a short interval of each other. Less than 4 weeks after returning from France, we went to tour Greece. Going to the country that we have never been to before, we tried to balance our desire of seeing as much

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Back from France

Those who follow my better half on Facebook are well aware that we have just spent over a week in France. Those who don’t know that now as well. We explored for the first time the department of Dordogne and then re-acquainted ourselves a bit with Paris. Walked over 20K steps a day, drove nearly

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Back from Scotland

Another best-buddies whisky discovery trip is in the annals of history. When we did our first one, we came back with a clear feeling that we wanted to reprise the experience. It took us 3 years to align our schedules for the second time, but we did it. This time we focused on Islay, visiting

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State of travel 2017

Year 2017 continued the slowing trajectory established by the preceding year in terms of my travels. I again visited only 4 foreign countries (Ireland, United Kingdom, Spain, France), two of those on intraday trips. Going by the methodology of the Travelers’ Century Club, which counts geographically segregated parts of a country as distinct entities, I

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State of Travel 2016

For a good half of the last year, it looked as if it would be hopelessly behindĀ its predecessorĀ in terms of travel accomplished for its duration. My first trip of any kind took place only in late July. But a flurry of travel activity from October to December meant that I actually used every single day

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Back from Vienna

So I spent another week abroad. This time I went to Vienna, a city that I count among my favorites despite the fact that I had only been there once before, over a decade ago. The foremost goal of the trip was to explore Christmas markets, which parts of former German and Austrian empires do

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In Madrid to see a soccer game

Fun trips are coming thick and fast in the second half of this year for me. I am still several photo-essays away from completing the story of our summer trip to Catalonia, I just returned from a jaunt around California wine country, and there I am in Madrid for a somewhat uncommon reason. Although this

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Back from Napa

Those who follow my lovely wife’s Facebook updates are probably aware that we just spent an extended weekend in the California Wine Country. This particular destination was significantly overdue in hosting us, given our affinity for wine in general. It gave us fantastic weather, breathtaking and romantic vistas, and of course a variety of wine

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Back from Costa Brava

We always have memorable vacations. Whether it is through mixing detailed planning and potential for spontaneity, combining specific destinations and experiences with periods of pleasant idleness, or simply being lucky with hitting mostly the right notes, we are hard pressed to recall a trip that did not leave positive impressions. We occasionally experience days that

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Bells ringing in Brugge

As I was posting one of my favorite pictures from Brugge, I was reminded of one of the most vivid travel memories I have from anywhere. At least when it comes to aural sense.   On our very first trip to Brugge, climbing its grand tower (featured on this blog before) was one of the

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2015 Travel wrap-up

At the beginning of the last year, I wrote this piece on travel and obligations, where I predicted my travel plans for the year. Although the plans underwent changes as the year progressed, the outcome was pretty much what I had predicted: I ended up setting foot in 7 foreign countries over the course of

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Back from a trip south

We turn our attention to destinations within the great United States of ours rather infrequently. In half a dozen years since our repatriation from England there have been only a couple of pleasure/sightseeing-centric trips that we undertook without crossing international borders. There are several excuses I can cite for prioritizing mainly European destinations on our

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Back from Scandinavia

3 countries, all visited for the first time. 4 major towns, each explored in significant depth. Several day-trip excursions of varying durations. 6 UNESCO sites added to my collection. Travel between destinations using planes, trains, boats, buses, trams, metro, and an occasional taxi (not a single minute behind the wheel, though). Approximately 250,000 steps as

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Back from Quebec City

It has been nearly two years since the last time we took a family trip where all five of us were present. One could say it was overdue. So we decided to spend an extended weekend in Quebec City, which was a brand-new destination for all of us. The trip was smashing good – if

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Back from Netherlands

I just came back from a trip to Amsterdam and the rest of the Netherlands. The goals were to enhance my Amsterdam photo-archive as well as to visit and photograph as many World Heritage sites in the country as possible. I am happy to report that I achieved nearly the maximum planned targets (the only

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Back from Scotland

My oldest friend and I undertook a trip to Scotland this past week with the expressed goal of trying as many different Scottish whiskies as was humanly possible. Ok, not exactly true – this was his expressed goal. Unlike him, I have been on a Scottish whisky trail before and I am not what one

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Travel and obligations

In 2014, I visited 5 foreign countries – of which 3 were first-time visits for me – and added 11 World Heritage sites to my roster (admittedly, most of those featured on a single trip in a matter of two weeks). Certainly far above the average American intake of overseas travel. Definitely not too shabby

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Back from Italy

Over 2,200 kilometres by car. Nearly 150,000 steps (if the pedometer is to be trusted). A couple of thousand shots that should yield at least a couple of hundred additions to my public photostream. Six regions of the country that had dedicated stops on our itinerary. A dozen cities that we have not been to

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Back from Chicago

Seeing family who we do not get to see often enough, having kids spend quality play time with their cousins, and fitting in some sightseeing – that’s my recipe for a good time in Chicago. We took a portion of Easter week to visit my brother and his family. They reside in Windy City’s northern

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