Just another day in Paradise – in Bali

It’s that time of year again – February. Cold weather and short days. Every year at this time, I start to daydream about sunnier climes, and long ago vacations taken to these tropical locales. Then I torture myself relive those special moments by writing about one of those long ago journeys to sunny paradise. Somehow,…

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Bruges by bike

My younger son and I enjoyed a long weekend in Brussels earlier this month, and while there we had a great time visiting the medieval city of Bruges. A Belgian colleague had told me about a bike trail leading from Gent/Gand to Bruges – a 45-kilometer bike towpath trail along a canal. With the benefit…

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Escaping the city on the ski slopes of Abruzzo

My kids had a week of school vacation in February and they wanted to go skiing, and I was happy to exchange the office for the ski slopes for one glorious week. There’s something special about escaping the city to take temporary residence in the mountains. Our mountain escape of Ovindoli, in the region of…

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Biking Governor’s Island, New York

During our time back to New York this past summer, we finally managed to carve out time to get to Governor’s Island, something we’ve been meaning to do for years. As it turns out, our timing was great, because in July they inaugurated ‘The Hills’, the project by renowned Dutch landscape architect, Adriaan Geuze. You…

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Admiring Prague from a paddleboat on the Vltava

This past summer, I was with my family in Prague, Czech Republic. On a beautiful, sunny day, my kids wanted to rent a paddleboat out on the Vltava River to float along and enjoy the city from a new perspective. Back when I lived in this city, two decades ago, it seemed a ridiculously touristy…

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Hiking the Graukogel in Badgastein, Austria

I posted last week about my summer holidays in Mitteleuropa. The first place we stopped on our travels is the picture-perfect Alpine village of Badgastein, located in the Gasteiner valley in the Salzburg province. There are kilometers and kilometers of beautiful hiking trails in this pretty Alpine perch. The first day there, we decided to…

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Along the shores of Yellowstone Lake

We had a great time last summer on our trip to the US. As part of our vacation, we spent ten days out west in Great Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. At Yellowstone, we stayed at a park lodge on the edge of Yellowstone Lake, and used this as a base for exploring…

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Pass through elk antler gates in Jackson, Wyoming

If you’re passing through beautiful Grand Teton National park, you’re sure to visit the quintessential western town of Jackson, Wyoming. Jackson, established in 1829, was named after the famous trapper and mountain man, Davey Jackson. Jackson is at the edge of the Grand Teton National Park¬†(See my earlier post around hiking around Phelps Lake) and…

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