The Writing Life · Travel

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… Continue reading Rioja Day Two

The Writing Life · Travel

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… Continue reading Rioja Day One

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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 didn’t make us… Continue reading Travel Day Mishaps

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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… Continue reading A Day in Zurich Part I

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Crepes and Photography by the Lake

02_08_2020 When we travel through Europe, we're tempted to pack as much as possible into each day. We don't want to miss anything. But staying in the same city for an extended time allows us to experience the place. That's what I did today. First, I headed back to the Creperie d'ouchy -- a little… Continue reading Crepes and Photography by the Lake

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Accidental Trip to Montreux

The plan for today was to hop on the train and visit Lavaux, an area known for its wine. The woman at the tourism center told me that it would be a beautiful walk through the vineyards. I pictured quaint cottages sprinkled along the trail where you could stop at the winery and taste wine… Continue reading Accidental Trip to Montreux

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Travel Log as Writing Practice

Whenever I take a big trip, I vow to write down my observations, discoveries, and thoughts so that I can remember the nuances of the place I’m visiting. The first few days I feverish write in my journal about what I saw, the food I ate and my overall impressions. My intention is to use… Continue reading Travel Log as Writing Practice

Grieving · The Writing Process

The Story Only You Can Tell

Two weeks from today I will hop on an Airbus A340-600 and head across the pond. First stop London. I will finally see my daughter, who I haven’t seen since the beginning of January. And after a quick three-day tour of London, my family and I will begin our five country, fourteen-day tour. A bit… Continue reading The Story Only You Can Tell