Key to the Ancestral Church

While visiting tiny Rademin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern recently we were blown away by the size of the ancient church key. More than a foot long, the key (which the pastor admits is the only one in existence) turns a rusty but still working lock on a thick, wooden door in an even thicker stone and brick wall […]


Amalfi seen from the balcony of our room at the Hotel Marina Riviera Leaving the hustle and bustle of Rome behind, we are spending three nights in the little town of Amalfi on the famous and immensely attractive coastline of the same name. The history of Amalfi reaches back into the Byzantine and Roman empires. […]

Amazing Rome

No matter how many times we visit, the Eternal City never ceases to amaze with its endless supply of ancient sites to explore and marvel over. King of these is the Colosseum. Built in 72-80 AD by slaves captured from fallen Jerusalem, the massive center of the Roman’s thirst for blood stands strong despite centuries […]

Grand Adventure Bella Italia begins

Welcome Back! Our latest tour is with four people who first experienced a trip with us in 1999. Our newest tour is with Mel and Mary Deimel and Tony and Delores Irenze. The Deimels and Irenzes traveled around Germany with Jim in the autumn of 1999. We met cousins in the Deidesheim, Germany area and […]

Land of 1,000 Historic Churches

The church of Sommerstorf, west of Pasewalk, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern A drive through rural Mecklenburg-Vorpommern reveals a gently rolling countryside dotted with hundreds and hundreds (who really has the time to count them all?) historic churches. Many were built in the 13th and early 14th centuries from the rocks found in the fields around the hamlets which […]