Hi! My name is Mark. Most recently, I've created new pages for Bolzano, Porto, and Dornbirn.
Back from Italy!
We got back from a fine time visiting northern Italy, while also making stops in Bavaria, Switzerland, and France. Minifrosch is still pretending to take trains across the causeway to Venice, then riding around in vaporetti. Our meetings with VT members Richie and Doreen, Maurizio, and Sonja made the trip even more enjoyable.
To give you some background, I worked in Germany from 1993 - 1997, and tried to take maximum advantage of travel while I was there. When I got back to the States, I tried to go back to Europe at least once a year. So far, I've been able to, though it didn't really occur to me to start taking pictures until 2001. When I got a scanner, I decided to post some of my favorite pictures to the web. Now that I have a digital camera, photos from more recent trips will be coming to the web more quickly.
My writings and my tips are meant primarily for prospective tourists who are planning to visit Europe. (Though some Europeans apparently enjoy my ramblings as well and are welcome! :) I in no way intend my advice to trump those of locals; I just try to use my experiences living in Europe to cater to what tourists (especially those from North America) might want/need to know in their travels. To help get your travel juices flowing, I'll post the itineraries of the trips I've made through Europe since 2001. As time permits, I'll add more tips, photos, travelogues and ideas, so check back as often as you like. Enjoy!