Fall in Paris: Photos

Our last day of our month-long trip, around much of Europe, was spent in Paris under warm bright blue skies on Halloween. It was mostly a leisurely walk of 15 miles or so, spending it with family. We three and Regina’s son Mark, and his wife Rachel, joined us from Germany where Mark is stationed. Advertisements Continue reading Fall in Paris: Photos


We have always wanted to visit Versailles, the palace of all palaces. And, we had a vision of what to expect. It was pretty simple to figure out the trains (one metro and one train), and as with most mass transit in Europe, the round trip price for what was about 45 minutes of travel … Continue reading Versailles

Paris, France

We experienced the fastest and simplest security lines of the trip at the Barcelona airport and flew into Paris Thursday night. Our apartment is located about a block from the Arc de Triomphe, so we quickly were part of the Paris tourist scene. Aside from Friday’s trip to Versailles, described separately, we quickly enjoyed some … Continue reading Paris, France

Park Guell (Barcelona)

Park Guell is on everyone’s absolute must see list, but be prepared to know what you will be seeing. Count Eusebl Guell owned a large parcel of land on Carmel Hill overlooking all of Barcelona to the Mediterranean Sea. In the early 1900’s, he wanted to create a 60-lot luxury housing development. He hired a … Continue reading Park Guell (Barcelona)

Sagreda Familia

Sagreda Familia is one of the busiest tourist attractions in the world, yet it will be under construction for another 20 years or so, and many people have never heard of it. Ticket lines can be several hours long, so we reserved ahead of time online. Even then, we had few options for times. There are … Continue reading Sagreda Familia

Barcelona, Spain

We flew into Barcelona on Tuesday night, an hour trip from Nice. Our taxi driver from Pakistan told us we were lucky to get him; he speaks five languages fluently and can communicate well enough in three others. He said that few taxi drivers know English, although many locals know both Spanish and Catalan, a … Continue reading Barcelona, Spain

Farm to Table

One of the little miracles in the Old Town of Nice, France, is the Market. On Monday, an antiques flea market brings together a lot of haggling. By late afternoon, we saw books and bric a brac that didn’t sell everywhere, some of it abandoned. But, two hours later, with a massive cleaning effort, enclosed … Continue reading Farm to Table