1. West 2017- Part One

The start of this trip was different from all of my previous trips in that the trip portion actually started in Northern Illinois, not my home in Michigan. The reason for this was the wedding ceremony of my friends Nikole & Kathi over...

2. West 2017 by the Numbers

Trip Summary for my recent three week trip to the West Coast and back.

3. Time to Head West Again- 2017

Pre-trip post about my upcoming trip to the Black Hills, Northern Rockies and Pacific Northwest.

4. Europe 2013- Day 15- Italy- Classic...

Visiting Florence, Pisa and the Cinque Terre in one day highlights all Italy has to offer.

5. Photo Essay- Florence at Night

Exhausted from a number of consecutive long days, I entered Florence on fumes. I’d been to Florence twice, in 1997 & 1998, and it hadn’t been my favorite city on either visit. I ended up having a lovely evening strolling...
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Photo Essay- The Hopmuseum

Photo Essay- The Hopmuseum
Belgium’s Hopmuseum, located in the town of Poperinge, is a real treat for any beer lover who ventures to the region on a pilgrimage. It thoroughly covers the history of hop ¬†farming in...

Europe 2013- Belgium- Day 10- Bucket List Belgium

Europe 2013- Belgium- Day 10- Bucket List Belgium
I sprang to life early on the morning of my 10th day, despite having drank Belgian beers long into the night. This was a day I had planned much of the trip around. It was time to cross an item off my...

Photo Essay- The Frites Museum, Bruges

Photo Essay- The Frites Museum, Bruges
I went into my visit to the Frites Museum in Bruges expecting a small, cute, kitschy museum, but found it to be excellent- both fun and informative. Europe 2013 Posts- Europe by the Numbers Eurail...

Europe 2013- Belgium- Day 9- Bruges and Beyond

Europe 2013- Belgium- Day 9- Bruges and Beyond
Bruges, Belgium has one of the best reputations in all of Europe. Despite having visited¬†Belgium a number of times in the past, I’d never visited Bruges. A visit there was one of this...
Europe 2013- Belgium- Day 8- Around Brussels

Europe 2013- Belgium- Day 8- Around Brus...

Bonding with Brussels through its iconic structures, waffles, and, of course, its beer.

Upper Peninsula 2014 by the Numbers

Upper Peninsula 2014 by the Numbers

This is the next in a series of the “By the Numbers” posts. The others are New Zealand 2012 by the Numbers, Europe 2013 by the Numbers, and East 2014 by the Numbers. Driving Stats: Total Miles...
Europe 2013- Belgium- Day 7- A Perfect Evening in Brussels

Europe 2013- Belgium- Day 7- A Perfect E...

After spending half the day sightseeing in the Netherlands’ National Gardens, The Keukenhof, it was time to head south to Belgium. I I’d been to Brussels four other times. I’d liked Brussels,...
Photo Essay- Flowers of the Keukenhof

Photo Essay- Flowers of the Keukenhof

As I stated in my Day Seven post- We weren’t able to see very many tulips outside on our visit to the Keukenhof. The long winter in Northern Europe meant they were not yet in bloom. Fortunately, we were...
Europe 2013- The Netherlands- Day 7- Searching for Tulips at the Keukenhof

Europe 2013- The Netherlands- Day 7- Sea...

I had saved a very special excursion for my last day in The Netherlands. After dropping my bags at Amsterdam’s Schipol airport, Toni and I boarded a bus for the half hour ride to the Keukenhof, The...
East 2014 By the Numbers

East 2014 By the Numbers

The third installment of my popular “By the Numbers” series.

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Photo Essay- The Hopmuseum