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London “Shopping Spree”

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(Join Tales Told From The Road for the final day of its month-long virtual European journey.) Today, after a month long, east-to-west jaunt across the European Continent, we’ll return to where our journey began: London. While we could fly over the English Channel to get there. But instead, we’ll take the fast, just under two […]

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“Marketing” Amsterdam

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(Join Tales Told From The Road as it continues a month-long virtual European journey.) Yesterday as we walked around Amsterdam we saw how bicycles and boats shape life in the city. Today we’ll visit two markedly different markets, one well-known to tourists, the other frequented mainly by “locals.” Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2014 Dick Jordan

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Seeing Amsterdam Without A Car

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(Join Tales Told From The Road resumes its month-long virtual European journey.) Our next stop is Amsterdam. We could drive there from the Alsace, and plenty of cars roll along the city streets, but we won’t need a car to tour the place. We could leave our rental car less than an hour up the […]

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Colmar: “Big City” Alsace

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(Join Tales Told From The Road as it continues its month-long virtual European journey.) While yesterday’s stroll through the vineyards between Ribeauville and Hunawihr tempts us to take a jug of wine, a loaf of bread, and spend the day sitting a picnic table at the edge of those vineyards, as travelers we don’t live […]

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Alsace: The Other Side of the River

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(Tales Told From The Road continues its month-long virtual European journey.) Although we had a lot of fun watching the cows come home yesterday at the Almabtrieb festival, it’s time for us to pack our bags, jump in our rental car, and move on to the next stop on the itinerary: Ribeauville in France’s Alsace […]

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When The Cows Come Home

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(Join Tales Told From The Road as it continues on a month-long virtual European journey.) Skipping out of Munich just before Oktoberfest kicked off has proved a double-bonus. We’ve missed being caught up in hordes of beer-swilling visitors overrunning the city, and stumbled upon a “county fair” version of the homage to that hoppy beverage. […]

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Cross-Country Days in Germany and Austria

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(Join Tales Told From The Road continues on its month-long virtual European journey.) After picking up a rental car at the Munich train station, we’ll drive south and in less than two hours arrive in Reutte, a small town just across the Germany-Austria border that will serve as our base for exploring far southern Bavaria […]

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Oktoberfest (Almost) Time in Munich

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(Tales Told From The Road has been taking its readers on a month-long virtual European journey.) Oktoberfest in Munich is a festival honoring beer, but the name is misleading: It actually begins in late September (this year, on Saturday, the 20th) and extends into October. In order to avoid being swept away in a sea […]

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South to Bavaria

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(Tales Told From The Road continues its month-long virtual European journey.) Yesterday we finished touring Berlin. The question we now face: What’s the best way to reach the next stop on our itinerary, Munich, the capital of the German state of Bavaria? Since we already know that we’ll be driving a rental car when we […]

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Berlin: In The West

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(Join Tales Told From The Road as its month-long virtual European journey continues.) After yesterday’s excursion into what was once the Communist East Berlin, we’ll tour the western side of the German capital. Heading down Kurfürstendamm (aka “Ku’damm”) brings us to the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. Unlike the Frauenkirche in Dresden whose World War II […]

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Beyond “The Wall” and Into East Berlin

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(Join Tales Told From The Road as it continues on a month-long virtual European journey.) Would Berlin draw so many tourists to it today if the city—like Germany, the country of which it is the capital—had never been divided into East and West? War may be bad for tourism, but the “Cold War” between the […]

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Visiting “Guidebook” Dresden

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(Tales Told From The Road continues its month-long virtual European journey.) Yesterday we stumbled upon some unexpected treasures while roaming about Dresden. Today we’ll check out some of the “must-see” places highlighted in our guidebooks. The first of these is right out the front door of our apartment in Old Town: The Frauenkirche. The “Church […]

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Hanging Out at Dresden’s Sunday Market

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(Follow Tales Told From The Road on a month-long virtual European journey.) After spending three nights and two full days in Prague, it’s time to leave the Czech Republic’s capital city behind and head north to Germany’s capital, Berlin. Since the two cities are less than five hours from each other by rail, catching a […]

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Doing “Downtown” Prague

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(Continue along with Tales Told From The Road on a month-long virtual European journey.) Yesterday we explored Prague’s Little Quarter and the Prague Castle complex. Today we’re headed literally downhill, across the Charles River, into both “Old Town” and “New Town” Prague. As we near the river, we find a humorous memorial to “Love” — […]

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Prague: At the Heart of Europe

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Prague is known as “The Golden City,” “A Symphony of Stone,” and “Rome of the North.” But for over fifty years after I first heard “Radio Prague Calling” to me over the radio, it was “The Unattainable City.” Finally, on my fourth trip to Europe in 2009, I made it to “The Pearl of Cities.” […]

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Arrival in Europe: London

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(Join Tales Told From The Road on a  month-long virtual European journey.) Stop #1 on our jaunt across Europe is London. But why London? Why not Oslo, Paris, or Berlin? Here’s why. Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2014 Dick Jordan

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Join Me on My “European Holiday”!

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The clock is ticking down and two days from now, on Friday, August 1st, many European workers are going to be off the job. That’s not because they are going on strike. They’ll be going on what the British call “holiday.” Americans, of course, call that break from work “vacation.” And while many of us […]

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Becoming A European “Road Foodie”

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“Where should we eat?” That question arises so often while traveling away from home that at times it seems as though dining out was the entire purpose of the trip. Maybe it is, if you are a “Foodie” with a capital “F.” But even if your journey wasn’t originally food-focused, it could turn out to be. […]

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Head to the Canadian Rockies!

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A travel writer colleague of mine plans to be in the Canadian Rockies in October. My advice to her: Take a Saint Bernard dog with a little barrel of brandy around its neck. When is the best time to head to the mountains of Canada’s province? From right now and through September the weather will […]

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Making Your Way to Barcelona

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Five years ago I knew I was going to spend all of September in Europe. But all I had booked were round-trip flights from San Francisco to London. I hadn’t made a decision about which places to visit. So many interesting choices, so little time. I came up with several possible itineraries, and one would […]

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A Snowy Spring Surprise

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Mother Nature is fickle. One week she blows hot. The next week, she blows not just cold, but cold and snowy. That’s what happened in late April and May at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in the California’s “Range of Light,” the Sierra Nevada mountains. As luck would have it, my visit to the […]

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Big Spiders, Big Trees, and Mr. Muir’s Big Rock

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Spiders. Not just one or two. Hundreds, maybe thousands. Huge, hairy, scary ones. Crossing the road, headed toward us. Runnnnnnnnn! Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2014 Dick Jordan

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