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Yearly Archives: 2015

What Are You Doing?

Mon, 21 Dec 2015, 07:11 AM (-06:00)

David, David. What are you doing? Why did you take that “stunning scenery” and turn it into cartoons!? Ok, ok. I hear you. So I… uh… have a confession… There we were wandering on the Wanderweg, hiking along the trail, under the watchful gaze of the forest and the mountains. We were doing our best […]

Halfway There

Mon, 21 Dec 2015, 04:13 AM (-06:00)

From St. Martin we began our hike to Sardonahütte, the alpine hut where we would rest, eat and spend the night. We started up the mountain path quickly falling behind our hosts. Gabrielle and Jerry put us to shame, leaving us in the dust.  But they were patient with us, stopping frequently to wait for […]

Gigerwaldsee to St. Martins

Sun, 13 Dec 2015, 05:12 PM (-06:00)

We spent the night in Chur after Gabrielle and Jerry met us at the train station. And the next morning, we looked out the window at the neat, clean cobblestone streets where the only people to be seen were people going from some place to another on some kind of purposeful visit — quite a […]

The Bernina Express

Sun, 6 Dec 2015, 10:59 PM (-06:00)

1. Departure  The third leg of our trip from Florence to Switzerland was on the Bernina Express from Tirano to Chur.  Let’s be clear. This is not a work-a-day train. It’s for sightseeing in the Swiss Alps. It runs on the Rhätishe Bahn and consists of comfortable coaches with huge windows that extend from about […]

Across Northern Italy

Wed, 2 Dec 2015, 08:41 AM (-06:00)

The second leg of our trip took us across northern Italy, thru vineyards in the mountains. to Tirano (yes, Tirano) where Swiss railway engineers had a shiny red Rhätischebahn train waiting for us — the Bernina Express. We found our car. And Trudy found our seats. And we were go for the third and final […]

Train Day

Tue, 1 Dec 2015, 12:22 AM (-06:00)

0. Preface This was the day of trains — the only day in which we hadn’t been able to reserve all our train tickets online in advance. So it was a day filled with a little uncertainty, given that each of the three legs of this day’s journey needed to match up in order to […]


Sun, 29 Nov 2015, 08:03 PM (-06:00)

Bohemian Rhapsody was released forty years ago today. (And of course, there’s this.) The music (but the term music hardly does it justice) papered the inside of my head. And the images are still there, undimmed, today. By listening to it, just by turning up the volume and closing my eyes, I can travel in time. […]

Comfort Food

Fri, 27 Nov 2015, 06:50 PM (-06:00)

I managed to manage some real food for Thanksgiving, small bites well chewed — everything except for the green beans, which I didn’t think my throat could manage. That was yesterday. And as the days have shown us for the last couple weeks, little by little, day by day, things have been getting better. From […]

Thanksgiving 2015

Thu, 26 Nov 2015, 12:43 PM (-06:00)

I am thankful for being thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

Florentine Shapes

Sun, 22 Nov 2015, 08:55 PM (-06:00)

You might recall, that when we spoke last about our fall trip to Italy and Switzerland, the fair and industrious Trudy and I were wrapping up our last day in Florence. But then a little distraction came along, and the travelogue was suspended. Let’s resume, shall we? Before we leave Florence behind, how about a […]