Category Archives: Elsewhere

High tea

I wanted to visit a tea plantation while we were in India. Darjeeling and Assam are famous for their teas, but those places are both in the far northeast, too distant for this trip. Within India, though, the south is also known for its tea. … Continue reading

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Maramureș

Maramureș is a densely forested county in the north of Romania that makes you feel as if you’ve stumbled into a Grimm’s fairy tale.   Something I especially loved about the area was its wooden churches. We drove from one little … Continue reading

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Aveiro

We took a day trip by train to Aveiro, about 40 miles south of Porto. It’s an old town by the sea with lots of street art, cool buildings, and great food. Aveiro is known for a few specific things. Four that I … Continue reading

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Fortified

What beverage did Andreas and I learn to appreciate while we were on holiday? I’ll give you a hint. We were in Portugal. In a city called Porto. Yes, you got it. Within the EU, only fortified wine from this … Continue reading

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Porto

Tucked away like it is on the far side of the Iberian peninsula, Portugal was one the few western European countries that neither Andreas nor I had ever been to. It sounded like a fun end-of-summer stopover before we had to get home … Continue reading

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Brigade de cuisine

Over spring break and again at the beginning of her summer holidays this year Alekka volunteered at the refugee camps in Calais and Dunkirk. She suggested we go there and help out for a few days on our way to … Continue reading

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Calais again

The automated ticket machine offered interesting choices for our overnight train journey to France. While I would describe us as adventurous, we do have our limits. Alekka and I opted for the regular couchette for 6 women in expectation of a quiet night. It … Continue reading

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What we ate

We love the art, we love the little streets, we love the beautiful people, we love the language. But truth be told, the best thing about Italy just might be the food. I know you all want to see what … Continue reading

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Floating Piers

The artist Christo and his partner Jeanne-Claude (who died in 2009) have been creating temporary large-scale environmental art installations since 1961. I had the good fortune to see Running Fence in Marin County, California in 1976 and The Umbrellas at … Continue reading

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Assisi

Just 15 minutes away from Spello by train is the town of Assisi, home of St. Francis (1181-1226). We took a day trip over there to check it out. The train station is a bit outside of the old town, so you … Continue reading

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