April 19-20, Bremen, Germany

April 19-20, Bremen, Germany

Bremen, another Hanseatic League city, surprised us.  I knew Bremerhaven, the port city for Bremen, had been heavily bombed during WWII, but Bremen had an even larger intact old city than Lubeck and a section called the Schnuur with winding streets and medieval...

April 15 -19  Denmark, Copenhagen

April 15 -19 Denmark, Copenhagen

The idea of going to Denmark after our ambitious travel agenda so far seemed a bit like a trip too far when I considered the upcoming days. Parts of this journey included a few brief overnight stops to shorten long distances, and this was a destination after one of...

April 12-14, Lubeck, Germany

April 12-14, Lubeck, Germany

Lubeck was one of the principal Hanseatic League cities and as such was wealthy and should have had beautiful architecture, but we were not sure what to expect after the bombing campaign during WWII. Den Haag to Lubeck was a long ride, 350 miles, but on new wide...

La Poste, Several Cities

La Poste, Several Cities

As aforementioned, I packed poorly. I did not take the advice of Elaine, and brought 2 suitcases and a carry-on bag, thinking that this was reasonable for 4 months, 7 counties, and two seasons. WRONG. One third of my clothes was stolen with the car, and the remainder...

March 28-29 Koblenze Heidelberg, Germany

March 28-29 Koblenze Heidelberg, Germany

Koblenz was a place chosen to shorten our drive from Colmar to Den Haag, but on the way we stopped for lunch in Heidelberg.  We had last been in Heidelberg during our trip to celebrate Heidi’s 50th birthday.  It was as charming as ever and we had a passable lunch at...

March 24-27 Colmar, France

March 24-27 Colmar, France

We drove from Dijon to Colmar by way of lunch in Rougemont and passed by the bleak, chilly sights of the tiny, medieval Alsatian villages directly into Colmar on the Sunday before Easter. The half-timber buildings in pastel colors, flower boxes, and adorned shop...

March 21-23 Dijon, France

March 21-23 Dijon, France

Dijon is also a place to go because of its proximity to the Grand Cru villages of Burgundy, Pommard and Puligny Montrachet for example. This is ground zero for fine wines, not that the wines are any finer, but the French were the first to raise the bar with...

March 21-23 Dijon, France

March 21-23 Dijon, France

The ride from Lyon to Dijon was brief and uneventful, aside from a pleasant lunch in Chalon-Sur-Saône, after which John napped in the car, and I walked around and bought some really cheap clothes for warmer days to come. Given the fact that we were back in a new car...

March 16-20 Lyon, France

March 16-20 Lyon, France

A stunning mixture of old and new, Lyon is the capital city in France’s Auvergne – Rhône – Alps region. Sitting high above the old part of the city is the Basilica of Notre Dame de Fourvière. The architecture includes both medieval and Renaissance styles with the...

March 8-15 Loumarin Province, France

March 8-15 Loumarin Province, France

Our next destination was a beautiful village in Province, Lumarin, where we arrived Saturday afternoon, just in time to grab a pizza up the street from our  destination before they closed for their  afternoon break.  This region called the Luberon is in south-eastern...