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Euro Christmas Markets 2022: introduction

Euro Christmas Markets 2022: introduction

In 2020 we had planned on a Thanksgiving trip centered on European Christmas markets, as it had been 6 years since we were last in Europe late in the year. Of course, all of our 2020 plans were...

UK January 2020: Bracknell

UK January 2020: Bracknell

Bracknell is a convenient town for accessing my UK office, but it generally lacked interesting restaurants. After a multi-year development the downtown is completely re-done, including new...

UK January 2020: London

UK January 2020: London

In mid-January I had a work trip to the UK which gave me some time to head into London. Leandra wasn't able to come on this trip, so I focused on theater shows and museums she was less likely to...

UK July 2018: where we stayed

UK July 2018: where we stayed

On the UK portion of our July trip we stayed in London and Wokingham. Ampersand Hotel - South Kensington Eric had stayed at the Ampersand once before and was happy to return for this trip. This...

Wokingham: eat + drink

Wokingham: eat + drink

Sunday After an easy check-in to the hotel, we walked 15 minutes into town for a cider at The Ship Inn. We ordered at the bar and sat outside in the shade as the air temp was gorgeous. The beer...

London: food + drink

London: food + drink

Friday After my missed connection adventure it was nice to go out for some comfort food, so a trip back to Vicino for dinner was in order. We split the Sicilian Rosato special (a mix of sangiovese...

London: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

London: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Eric surprised me before the trip by finding tickets to the Harry Potter show, parts 1 + 2 for Saturday!  Part one runs from 2pm to 5pm and Part two runs from 7:30pm to 10:15pm so we made...

London: Trump protests, Hampsted Heath

London: Trump protests, Hampsted Heath

Since Leandra's arrival was delayed I had the afternoon in London by myself. By chance I was in town the same day as Trump, and protests were planned for several spots around London. Given the news...

London: getting there the long way

London: getting there the long way

The original plan to get to the UK for this trip was for both of us to fly IcelandAir through Reykjavik, Iceland onto London. However. Right after Eric bought my ticket, the price for the same...

Scotland 2018: Speyside food + snacks

Scotland 2018: Speyside food + snacks

Thursday On our way to the Tomintoul Distillery tour, we grabbed some caffeine at the Caoldair Coffee and Craft Shop. I had a scalding hot latte that took me forever to drink (I finally had to get a...

Scotland 2018: Glen Grant garden walk

Scotland 2018: Glen Grant garden walk

On Sunday morning before our scheduled Glen Moray heritage tour we took a detour to the Glen Grant Distillery to explore their garden walk. One of the few activities in Speyside we did that didn't...

Scotland 2018: Spirit of Speyside whisky bars

Scotland 2018: Spirit of Speyside whisky bars

Besides the Spirit of Speyside festival events we also visited several of the famous whiskey bars in the area. The Quaich, Craigellachie Hotel, Craigellachie Located just up the road from our...

Scotland 2018: Fort William food & drink

Scotland 2018: Fort William food & drink

Eric and I did not spend much time exploring Ft William itself, mostly using it as a jumping off point for Glen Coe but we did have some memorable eating and drinking experiences in town. Tuesday...

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2024 Trips

San Diego, CA (Jan)
Sarasota, FL (Feb)
Valencia, Spain (Mar)
Mallorca (Apr)
Croatia (May)
Faroe Islands (Aug)
London, UK (Sept)
Bari, Italy (Sept)
Rome, Italy (Oct)
Frankfurt, Germany (Oct)

2022 Trips

Florida (Feb)
NC Mountains (Apr)
Washington DC (Apr)
Valencia, Spain (May)
Hilton Head, SC (May)
Pacific NW (Jun)
Long Island (Jul)
Florida (Sept)
Chicago (Sept)
Poland (Sept)
NC Mountains (Nov)
Euro Xmas Markets (Dec)