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How to Calm the Raging Torrent

 The last few weeks have been strange and unsettling as we hang in the interval between what has happened and what might happen. We worry about how closely the virus will come to us and the people we love. We do what we can — wash our hands and keep our distance — but that doesn’t calm the anxiety...

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Rioja Day Three

Our first stop today was to the Bodega de Artadi. Three of their wines are in Robert Parker's top five Riojas. We didn't have an appointment. But according to Google, it was open. Two trees marked each space in the parking lot. There was just enough room for a European sized car. Most American...

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Rioja Day Two

Having learned our lesson yesterday, we started a bit earlier today. The plan was to visit a few wineries and then have lunch. We had to be back at our hotel by 4:00 PM for a scheduled tour of the Marques de Riscal winery on the grounds. We drove out to Haro, where there are several wineries on...

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Rioja Day One

At breakfast, I told our server we were planning to visit the town of Elciego. She informed me that we would be able to circle the entire town twice in twenty minutes. So, we stopped at the front desk to ask the concierge for advice on how to spend the day. She recommended we visit the walled town...

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Travel Day Mishaps

Nothing makes you feel more American than dragging a heavy carry-on through a European airport. Everyone else moves faster through the corridors with bags half the size. Such was the case for Michael and me as we maneuvered our way to the gate at Zurich airport. We were fortunate that Swiss Air...

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A Day in Zurich Part I

Today we traveled from Lausanne to Zürich. We walked from our hotel to the metro and headed to the central train station. We arrived just in time to hop on our train. The ride was more scenic than the one to Lausanne because we selected a route that went along the lake. I’m such a water girl. As I...

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