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Genealogy Lessons for Travelers

The Ros Family, Early 1900's
Chuck Tue, 2016-09-27 07:00
An Interview With Kerry from ClueWagon.com Our regular readers know that, from time to time, we've taken advantage of our travels to pursue some ancestry research, like the month spent on the Spanish island of Ibiza in 2015. We haven't always had a consistent approach to our genealogy research, but our research discipline and methods have improved in the past few years. We can thank our friend and fellow blogger Kerry Scott over at ClueWagon.com for much of that: we've been trying to keep up with her blog since we discovered her a little over a year ago. Her blog is always informative and...

Our Passports Have Dust On Them

Atlanta in Legos
Chuck Thu, 2016-09-22 07:00
We’re getting restless. Our feet are itchy. Our passports have dust on them. But new plans are being made… We blinked and the last four months are gone. Our travels might not have been overly exciting since our last blog, but we haven’t exactly sat still. It’s been a summer full of new grandbaby, wedding preparation, some local and regional travel (including a couple of stateside house sits), more work than I’ve been used to in a while, dance lessons, and some occasional time for fun with friends, a couple of concerts (Jimmy Buffett, Phillip Phillips with Matt Nathanson), some ancestry...

What's Next?

Chuck and Lori at Glengoyne Distillery, Scotland
Chuck Tue, 2016-05-10 07:00
The problem with travel is that, the more places we've seen, the more places we want to see. Travel is either addicting or the Creator keeps adding to the world. If you're reading this shortly after I've scheduled it to be published, then at this moment we are probably waiting in line to board the Queen Mary 2 for our ride home. This 7 months in Europe has been our longest stint yet, and it might be the last we will enjoy for a little while. Previously when asked how long we plan to do this "nomad thing", we've said at least until the grandchildren start showing up. Well, our first is...

Calke Abbey: The "Real" Downton Abbey?

Calke Abbey, Derbyshire England
Chuck Sun, 2016-05-08 07:00
The television phenomena "Downton Abbey" tells the story of changing times. The series, wildly popular in both the UK and America, follows the English aristocratic Crawley family through the early decades of the 20th century. Juxtaposed against pivotal historical events from the sinking of the Titanic through World War I and the Irish independence movement, the Crawley family must learn to adapt from an era of peerage and entitlement to face the realities of the modern era. The Titanic represents the aristocratic old ways, the Great War is the painful birth of the modern world, and Irish...

Loch Lomond, Scotland

Loch Lomond, Scotland
Chuck Fri, 2016-05-06 07:00
We spent a week in Glasgow in April. Having missed a visit to nearby Loch Lomond the last time we visited Glasgow in 2014, it was #1 on our list this time around. Also while in Glasgow this time, we picked up a new tradition known as "prosecco Fridays". It's a pretty simple matter of popping the cork on a bottle of prosecco every Friday. Thanks Gilly and Guillaume for our new "Scottish" tradition. So, dear reader, while you prepare for your own prosecco Friday, here are a few pictures of Scotland's Loch Lomond.