On the Road
Welcome to my home page. After my family and friends, hitting the road is my favorite thing. I hope to post a bit about trips and experiences. Now that I have a few pages, it is starting to look like something. My Paris pages are probably the best,. I was able to visit twice in 2005, once in January for 2 days and then we took my parents for 8 days in September. This last year I was able to enjoy two new amazing cities, Vienna and Berlin.
Pamplona is my favorite. 2011 was the 6th time running with those bulls.
Are you a "Border Ho"? I am thinking I must be one. Collecting border crossings seems to have become something I must do. I must admit I had border crossing envy when George and Ekaterinberg went to Albania whilst I was in Macedonia.
2011: Skiing in Mammoth Lakes and then up in Whistler, BC so far. Portland was in February. Mammoth again. The Euromeet in Macedonia was a blast. Kudos to Valentina for a wonderful job. As I write this from my hotel balcony overlooking the Bosphorus I am thinking about travels for the rest of the year.
2010: started with several skiing trips to both Big Bear and Mammoth Lakes, and I just finished a solo tour of Prague, Vienna and then ending up at the Euromeet in Krakow. What a blast!!! And then a solo tour of Stuttgart during Volksfest and Berlin during the 20th anniversary of the reunification.
2009 included many skiing trips to Mammoth Lakes, my first semi participation in the VT Euromeet in Lisbon, with a visit to Porto and the Douro Valley. We visited Vancouver and Victoria and then in early November we explored the Grand Canyon and Sedona with our six of our close friends. And finally we headed to Germany, visited Heidelberg and then joined a dozen VT members for the annual Xmas mart VT meet in Karlsruhe.
2008 - June i visited visited Kona. It had been over 25 years since my wife and I first visited Hawaii and Kona was special. It was interesting to see the changes. Took a helicopter flight over the lava flows.
Spain again in July 2008, starting in Pamplona, then traveling down to Granada, Sevilla, Valencia, then back to Madrid.
2007 - , Maui to celebrate our close friends turning 50. I love Maui. Especially the beaches by Makena. Smaller crowds, perfect beaches, green turtles just off shore.
Scotland - September 2007 up to the Highlands for some hiking. Not quite what I expected, but very enjoyable.
I took my family to Espana for the first part of July in 2006 . Dragged the whole lot of them along. Madrid, Toledo, Pamplona, San Sebastian, Burgos.... I can still feel the vibes of Madrid, the partying and excitement of San Fermin, the taste the food in San Sebastian. Then in 2007 I flew over to Madrid from Italy and was joined by one of my long time friends. I was able to intoduce him to Senor Toro and tapas. 2008 was my fifth year of running with the bulls. Day trip to Bilbao was great.
My most memorable was my 2004 Madrid-Pamplona-San Sebastian run. 2004 was my second time to run with the bulls at the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona. I always spend a few days in Madrid to soak up the local culture. The picture (albeit a bit fuzzy) sums up the surprises you encounter when spontaneity is part of the travel. At the last minute we decided to check out Plaza Mayor in Madrid. And we get this great show. After Madrid it was up to Pamplona. If you plan early enough the one hour flight is just a few euro's more than the four hour high speed train. It is impossible to describe the 24/7 madness that is part of the San Fermin Festival. I love it. I took my 18 year old nephew and my 59 year old brother in law this year. They agreed that nothing could prepare them for the full blown fun. Or maybe I am just story telling challenged.
I thoroughly enjoyed San Sebastian. Two days was not enough to explore the city and the local interests. Been back a few times and still love it.