April 2016

4 Days in Paris and a Change in Plans

Sacre Couer, Paris
Chuck Fri, 2016-04-29 07:00
We henceforth declare that whenever we visit Paris, we shall stay in Montmartre. We used to have another travel rule that every time we visited Europe we'd spend at least a few days in Paris. But after 3 visits in a row we started skipping stopovers in Paris. Eight years have passed and we now question the wisdom of our absence. We love Paris as much now and we did on our first visit. Paris is, in fact, a principle reason we are full time nomads now: on our first visit, we mused what it would be like to spend an entire year in Paris. That pipe dream evolved into our current location-...

Must-Sees in Prague

Snowy Prague
Chuck Tue, 2016-04-26 07:00
We spent 3 weeks in Prague. Other than our 3 weeks in Montenegro, it was the longest we've stayed put this 7-month stint in Europe. This was partly because we've heard such great things about Prague and partly because we figured it good timing for a longer stay as we wound down our foray into Central Europe and began to make our way back to "The West". The problem with having heard such great things about a place is the high expectations that develop. But Prague delivers on those high expectations. For travelers to Europe who are considering "plunging a bit further", Prague is a great place...

Final Thoughts on Poland

The Cloth Market, Krakow, Poland
Chuck Sun, 2016-04-24 07:00
Rick Steves, our favorite travel guru, described his first foray into Poland after the fall of the wall in dank and dreary terms. He described a grumpy, off-putting people that you had to go out of your way--albeit with only a smile or two--to warm to. Either times have changed or we are more magnetic personalities than Rick, because I think had we been in need of shirts there would've been a few shirtless Poles running around happy that they had run into us. For us, going to Poland was like going to see an aunt and a big brood of cousins we haven't seen in ages. You are greeted in...

Warsaw: The Most "American" City in Europe?

Warsaw Old Town Barbican
Chuck Mon, 2016-04-04 07:00
We have some catching-up to do. But as tempting as it is to glaze over our travels the last month and a half, I just can’t bring myself to do it. We had such great experiences in some of these places that it just doesn’t seem right. But before I get to today’s topic, Warsaw, I will provide a bullet-train speed summary of our travels since we left the hospitality of rural Southeastern Poland. Our last day in rural Poland we spent exploring the town of Przemyśl: their John Paul II square, churches (both Catholic and orthodox), and climbing their bell tower museum for splendid views of the...

A Place for our Stuff

Lori Sat, 2016-04-02 07:00
How Do You Pack for Seven Months? One of the first questions we’re asked when people find out that we’re traveling for seven months (or all the time, as Chuck likes to put it) is, “How do you pack for that?” Well, it is an ongoing and evolving process. We travel with a medium sized suitcase for each of us plus our backpacks with our electronic work gadgetry. We also have a smaller duffle bag for toiletries and such. We’ve learned that the four-wheel hard-sided suitcases work best for us, we just have to be careful not to overload them. We used to travel with smaller cases, but we just needed...