This week we finally got the husband’s schedule for the 2019-2020 school year and it contains both good news and bad. The bad news is that, yet again, we do not share the same week off for spring break. The good news is – huzzah! – we both have a two-week Christmas break in 2020. … Continue reading How Far Ahead Do YOU Plan?
Today the husband and I went for an early morning run. My personal pledge is to never use any form of the verb “to hate” with any form of the verb “to run.” However, I can tell you that running is an activity that, for me, varies from barely tolerable to outright loathsome, but that … Continue reading Travel Suggestions Needed!
Many thanks to Josh Hewitt over at Wanderlust Photo & Travel Blog for inspiring this post. A few days ago he and I were exchanging some blog love around our respective travels – my past travels and his future ones – in the stunning American Southwest. It was then that I realized that I had … Continue reading Long Live Spontaneity!
We recently received some very welcome news: The Belgians are willing to endure another conjoined vacance with us. (It’s not until 2020, which is good because we need time to prepare ourselves physically. It will be a cycling-centered trip, after all, and this is an active family, full of competitive endurance cyclists and distance-runners, including a former member … Continue reading Watch Your Language!
I hate the term “bucket list.” I don’t know why. Kinda like I hate the term “staycation.” Can’t explain it – just hate it. I reluctantly use the term bucket list because there’s not a good alternative, other than to say something like, “blah blah blah is at the top of my list of things … Continue reading The Dust-Farm-Pail List
When I was a kid, my parents spent some time considering whether to take the family to the Olympic Games, which were being hosted by Canada. I can’t remember if it was the ’76 summer games in Montreal or the ’88 winter games in Calgary (and yes, I did just look up those dates and … Continue reading Seeing the Tour de France in Person
If you read the French version of Happy Accidents in International Cycling, you know that my ascent of France’s Col de Petit St. Bernard was topped off by a ten minute stop over the border in high altitude Italy. Fast forward two years, and I was back in the land of Chianti, Catholicism, and cuisine, but … Continue reading Happy Accidents in International Cycling #2: Italy
Although I have a whole blog category dedicated to When Bad Things Happen to Good Travelers, sometimes – huzzah! – good things can happen to good travelers quite by accident. So when I say “happy accidents,” I don’t mean wheels-in-the-air-feet-awkwardly-clipped-into-pedals-thrashing-on-your-back-like-a-struggling-bug-bicycle-crash kind. (That sort of indignity has never befallen me, as far as you know.) I mean … Continue reading Happy Accidents in International Cycling #1: France
On our last trip to France, we didn’t plan to spend much time in Paris. It was mostly just a point of entry and exit. We flew into Charles de Gaulle and picked up our rental car, and were then welcomed into Paris with a two-hour traffic jam. Yes, driving through Paris was probably a … Continue reading Metro Misery in the City of Light
Nearly a decade ago, we undertook an itinerant but by no means comprehensive tour of Europe, which incorporated both familiar places (England, Belgium) and new ones (Budapest, Vienna, Prague). We started in England, mainly in and around London, where the husband and I (but mostly the husband, since he’s English and once called London his … Continue reading Not Your Ordinary Travel Adventure