After another very great Gate1 Travel fly-drive deal for Italy, Marcy and I find ourselves back in Montecatini Terme – a town about 25 miles west of Florence.  We are very travel-weary but I think we have gotten used to the rhythm of how it feels to do…

I went through my portfolio of Ireland pictures in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and I came up with such a random collection of scenes and subjects that I figured I would serve up posts in several batches throughout the day.   Come back and see…

To be honest,  I have worked on this post for a long time.   I wondered if anyone really cared about foreign credit card and money issues, and didn’t want to labor too long if the topic was not useful,  but then a friend asked…

Marcy called me at work one afternoon last fall and announced that Gate1 Travel was having a flash sale for independent travel to Italy – just $499 for an 8 day “Heart of Tuscany” tour including airfare from New York, car, hotel, and breakfast.   It…

I had the opportunity to attend a conference in San Francisco, and Marcy and I decided to add a couple days to the trip and “pop over” to Fresno so we could visit Yosemite, King’s Canyon and Sequoia National Parks.   Google Maps declared that…

To the observation that everyone speaks English in Switzerland — maybe, but not our acronyms, like ATM for example.  We heard that the ATMs in Swiss train stations exchanged at bank rates and housed most any service you needed, so we launched out to find the…

“If we find poetry in the service station and motel, if we are drawn to the airport or train carriage, it is perhaps because, in spite of their architectural compromises and discomforts, in spite of their garish colours and harsh lighting, we implicitly feel that…