Our tour of Portugal and Spain included a good deal of windshield time and today we were settled in for the 417 Kilometer (260 mile) drive from Granada to Madrid along the A-4 / E-5 Autovia del Sur.  The long hours of cross-country travel across…

The Barbary Macaques of Gibralter The opportunities for blog titles here were endless, but the one above seemed to fit best.  The Barbary Macaques in Gibraltar are the only wild monkey population in the European continent.  A fun fact is that monkeys usually have tails and apes have none,…

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…

Again I reflect on our winter trip to Italy.  The latitude in Tuscany roughly equivalent to Milwaukee but the Mediterranean climate brought signs of early spring to the February landscape.  We were fortunate to start with a stretch of sunny cool days, but as our…

May 2017 Kaleidoscope of France Tour – Gate1 The blog title is the punch line to an old joke, but I won’t even go there right now.   Meanwhile,  it is Friday night and we find ourselves back in Paris at the Marriott Rive Gauche.…

May 2017 Kaleidoscope of France Tour – Gate1 ​ PFC Clifford Maughan landed in this spot in  Sainte Mére Eglise via parachute at 01:45 am on 6 June. He was promptly taken prisoner by a German Soldier billeted in the building behind – who then turned…

May 2017 Kaleidoscope of France Gate1 Tour This is a tale of jet lag, and I hope I have my French correct.   The title is supposed to say “Go to the left, do not go the right”  Our Tour of France adventure began Saturday,…

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…

It has been several months now since our excursion to Amalfi from Sorrento, but we remain committed to finishing video highlights of our trip.  Some of our productions came fairly easy, but we labored over this one for well over a month.   We were…