Les-Baux-de-Provence

We made a scenic drive from our home base in Gordes through the valley of the Luberon yesterday, making stops for picture taking in Oppede and in Menerbes before continuing on to St. Remy for a lovely lunch where Jenean’s birthday was celebrated with a glass of Cremant and a sparkler presented in a slice […]

Today in Isle sur la Sorge, France

We visited the market in this small town today, a colorful event, crowded even in this early part of the tourist season. Finding a place to park is an exercise in extreme patience and perseverance. This town, and other market towns, would be smart to initiate a park and ride service. Oh well. You can’t […]

A Visit to Stetten Part II

No visit to a German small town is complete without being invited over to someone’s house for “Kaffee und Kuchen,” or in this case, “Zweite Fruhstueck.” (Second Breakfast) When we met Frau Probst out on the Steigstrasse, she said “come back to my house after you see the church and you can join us for […]

Genealogy Success in Standenbuehl and Roland Geiger Does it Again

Thanks to genealogy research Roland Geiger, who is headquartered in the lovely town of St. Wendel, Saarland, Bill and Gini Packwood were able to break through one of their “Brick Walls” in genealogy and find the origin of their emigrant ancestor, Johann Merkel, of Standenbuehl and later, Stetten in Donnersbergkreis near Kirchheimbolanden, Germany. We also […]

Today in Zanse Schaans

We spent part of today in the outdoor museum park of Zanse Schaans near Amsterdam. The park features a handful of windmills, most of them built originally in the 1600s and then moved to this area in the 1970s and 1980s to form a picturesque panorama of what this part of the Netherlands looked like […]

Keukenhof Gardens Gorgeous in April

Our first adventure of the 2011 season kicked off with the arrival of Dick, Darlene and Haley Muth on the morning of the 15th at Schiphol Airport. By 10 a.m. on the day of their arrival we were casually wandering through the extensive gardens at Keukenhof, near Lisse, Holland. This massive operation provides millions of […]

What a Year Lies Ahead!

The year 2011 is turning out, so far, to be our most exciting and varied season of travel ever. Starting on April 11 with Jim’s departure for Europe, our travels with our private tour clients will include tulip season in the Netherlands, a visit to the watery city of Brugge, genealogy exploration in Rheinland-Pfalz (Germany), […]

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