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Snapshots of Burgos, Spain

Snapshots of Burgos, Spain. or The End of the Journey. This post is from the end of our walk from Logrono to Burgos, Spain. You can read more posts from this walk, or from other Camino trips.  In my longtime obsession with the Camino, I have read quite a bit about the different cities that you …

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Day 2 on The Camino (Navarrete to Najera)

Navarrete to Najera. 18 kilometers, Day 2 on The Camino Or It rained and then the sun came out.  This post is our trip log from Navarrete to Najera. You can read more posts from this walk, or from other Camino trips.  Some nights of sleep are so bad that you are just relieved to wake …

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Day 1 on The Camino: Logrono to Navarrete

Logrono to Navarrete. At 12 kilometers, Day 1 on The Camino could also be titled: Let’s Ease Into This, Shall We? We didn’t wake up early in Logrono.  It was probably around 10am when we walked out of our little flat in Logrono and stepped onto the Camino.  We knew we were starting with a …

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Camino Beginnings (Logrono to Burgos)

Camino Beginnings or How You Know It’s Time to Go For A Long Walk in Spain  The Camino de Santiago. It’s one of my favorite trails in the world. Not necessarily because of its beauty (though it is beautiful), but (and I realize how cheesy this sounds) what I really love is the Spirit of the …

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Snapshots of Assisi, Italy

A Visit to The Home of The Beloved St Francis of Assisi What can I say about Assisi? I hardly know where to begin. Maybe it’s best to start with the ending. As I left the convent in Assisi, the same nun who welcomed me in, took hold of my face and kissed me twice, …

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Snapshots of Orvieto, Italy

Snapshots of Orvieto, Italy I WISH you could have heard me in the car when I got my first glimpses of Orvieto coming into view! “OH MY LORD, you have got to be kidding me!” I actually pulled the car over. (Because it’s just me and I can do that if I want.) The whole …

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Snapshots of Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy

Snapshots of a A Walk to Civita di Bagnoregio, an ancient hilltown in Italy reachable only by a pedestrian bridge. So 2500 years ago, some very ingenious folks (Etruscans) built this city on top of a hill. Hill towns are a common theme in my travels around Italy, but Civita is special because you can …

Gdansk, Poland

Snapshots of Poland: Gdańsk and Chełmno

The overnight bus left Berlin at around 9pm and arrived in Gdańsk, Poland at 4:45am. It was one of those nights you think will never end. Ben and I pushed against one another on the sticky hot bus, trying to get some sleep. I spent way too much time lamenting my unwillingness to pay for …

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Snapshots of Bavaria, Germany

Last spring we went camping for a weekend in Bavaria, Germany. From the moment we told folks we were moving to Germany, people told us we had to go and visit Neuschwanstein Castle (German: Schloss Neuschwanstein). It was raining when we stopped there on our way to our camping spot, but that was ok, because …

Germany in the Fall, Deutschland in Autumn, Tübingen

Snapshots of Germany in the Fall

Walking through Autumn in Southern Germany (Baden-Württemberg) Y’all, the autumn was so beautiful in the little town we lived in last year. In the morning, you would walk to town and the hills would have a Scotland-like mist over them, but the afternoons were usually gorgeous blue skies and incredible color. I walked in the …

Snapshots of Rome

Snapshots of Rome

ROME ITALY The face I’m making in this picture could be summed up like this: OH MY GOSH I’M IN ROME AND THERE ARE A MILLION PEOPLE EVERYWHERE AND I WANT TO GO BACK TO TUSCANY BUT ACTUALLY IT’S REALLY BEAUTIFUL HERE BUT I’M EXPERIENCING SENSORY OVERLOAD SO…GELATO IS THE ANSWER FOR EVERYTHING! I am …

Snapshots of Tuscany

Snapshots of Tuscany, Italy

On our first day in Tuscany, my sister drove and I navigated. Between giving her the next directions (3 more kilometers on this road and then turn left) and catching up on stories about our kids, we were gasping at the scenery. Anna, look!  Vineyards and towers on hills and cypress trees and red poppies …