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Reaching Hands

August 10, 2014 - Amery, Wisconsin, United States
As I sit here this Saturday night listening to the song “Prayer of the Children,” I can’t help but think about yet another journey to Uganda that awaits me in just 3 days. “Give me loving arms…..” I hear these voices in my head that I know are awaiting me…the giggles, the screams, the sheer joy of feeling loved…and I find myself thanking God for another opportunity to be doing his work across the world for so many children whom I now love not just because they’re His...
By Sarah in Seeking Glory--Sarah Elbing

Sarreguemines to Fontenoy-le-Chateau

August 6, 2014 - Fontenoy-le-Château, France
The canal de la Sarre, which was originally built for the transport of coal, took us through some border towns and up to the level of the canal which joins the Rhine and the Marne (only theoretically, as the Arzviller lift which is essential to the journey is now broken down and not scheduled for repair!). The canal goes through some beautiful countryside, but is very little used by boaters except for German boats making their way to or from France. As we rejoined the Rhine/Marne canal we...
By Anne in Cassandra Encore 2014

Worüber mache ich mir mehr Sorgen?

July 31, 2014
Jetzt habe ich mich seid April schon wieder nicht mehr gemeldet. Aber mein Alltag hier verändert sich auch nicht groß, vieles ist Routine geworden. Die Gruppen und ihre Teilnehmer kommen und gehen, ich darf viele tolle Menschen kennen lernen und viele habe ich auch ins Herz geschlossen. Jedes Mal das Gleiche zu schreiben, wird ja aber auch für euch langweilig. Daher heute mal etwas ganz Anderes, ein Thema, dass momentan in fast jeder zweiten e-mail Anfrage vorkommt, die ich bekomme - der...
By Claudia in Back on the road again!

July 28 2014 Brisbane - A Final Word

July 28, 2014 - Brisbane, Australia
    Well, well, well; Burns was right when he said 'the best-laid schemes o' mice an' men / Gang aft agley' and our plans to finish the journal before we left Paris have finally been rounded off. And what? Only eight months after our return. My daily diary recorded the main points of our trip and Margaret and I have used that to complete the entries for several missing days, some days where we did very little and had not bothered to write an entry and some days where one or the other of us...
By Max & Margaret in Oman Adventure and Europe 2013 Coliseum - Oakland Athletics

June 14, 2014 - Oakland, California, United States
  Although the Oakland Athletics baseball team is one of the most historical and truly unique teams I’ve researched, their ballpark is unremarkable, at best! The A’s were one of eight charter teams of the American Baseball League founded in 1901. And many of the most recognizable names in baseball have been a part of the Athletics organization over the years: Connie Mack, Ty Cobb, Jimmie Fox, Nelson Fox, Lefty Grove, Catfish Hunter, Rollie Fingers, Reggie Jackson, Ricky Henderson, Mark...
By DeBe & Kenneth in Touching All the Bases

Luxembourg and Germany

July 26, 2014
After a very enjoyable return trip to London when we managed to fit a lot in and to catch up with many friends (including Djokovic winning his quarter-final match at Wimbledon), we returned to Metz where the club had looked after Cassandra as promised: and headed off towards Luxembourg. We immediately noticed a culture change with everything a lot more organised and orderly! All the clubs we stayed at had huge welcoming signs and visitors pontoons clearly marked. There was often a harbour...
By Anne in Cassandra Encore 2014

A Rainy Day in Perth

July 23, 2013 - Perth, United Kingdom
Today was planned as a sleep until we wake day and then head to Scone Castle in the afternoon and take advantage of the long July evenings. The morning light was very subdued and we certainly did sleep late and then woke to the sound of thunder, heavy grey skies and continual rain. Instead of heading out for far fields we slipped out to the supermarket for a few odds and ends. While we were at Morrison's Supermarket we had lunch at the café then sneaked back home with only a slight...
By Max & Margaret in Oman Adventure and Europe 2013

Visiting Caroline

September 14, 2013 - Buxton, United Kingdom
Today we drove over to Nottingham to meet Will at Caroline's place. We arrived at Caroline's about 1pm and so had a good chance to meet her, Owain and Florence and Eloise before Will and Bex arrived about 2pm. What with lunch and talking, and talking and eating it was late afternoon before we left. Now we have agreed to send Caroline an invite to our travel journal I had better be careful what I say. Honestly though it was delightful to meet them all and I was struck by how much they all...
By Max & Margaret in Oman Adventure and Europe 2013

Buxton Again

September 12, 2013 - Buxton, United Kingdom
  Today it was time for us to leave Iceland and return to England. What a horrible thought! No not leaving Iceland or going to England, in fact we were looking forward to the spacious surrounds of the Buckingham Hotel in Buxton where our other suitcase was waiting. It was the early start that gave us the horrors. Our Flybus tickets to catch the 9:15am flight meant a pickup at 5:30am which in turn meant getting up at 3am to be ready (well for me to be ready anyway, Margaret is better at...
By Max & Margaret in Oman Adventure and Europe 2013


June 29, 2013 - Portrush, United Kingdom
We headed out early in the morning to see the Yeats Exhibition but as it turned out the exhibition is closed on Saturday so we had to content ourselves with wandering the stairwell and looking at some of the items displayed there before we went back for our bags and once more hit the road. Of course it is not far from Sligo to Drumcliff where Yeats is buried so we stopped at the church for a wander around and a contemplative look at his gravestone. The weather was not conducive to hanging...
By Max & Margaret in Oman Adventure and Europe 2013


June 28, 2013 - Sligo, Ireland
The weather was misty again this morning but it did little to dampen our enthusiasm for Sinead's breakfast. It would be so easy to get used to being looked after like this. We packed our bags and went to fix our bill and say goodbye to Sinead and Kevin. They were full of suggestions of places to see as we drove north and if we stopped at all of them we would probably need a month or two to reach Belfast, especially when we take so long to look around at each stop. We were no sooner on the...
By Max & Margaret in Oman Adventure and Europe 2013

"Vinnie" and "A Year in Kerry"

June 1, 2013 - Ballinskelligs, Ireland
Ahhh! A quiet and peaceful day in Kerry. And what a gorgeous view to find when we wake. We went out for a walk and found an advertisement for a talk about the Skelligs and the Sea to be given at the Community Hall tonight so we mentally made an appointment for ourselves. We took the opportunity to catch up with some of our journal entries and to check the operation of our Wireless Broadband SIM card. Using our little WiFi router was not going to work as the built-in networks were the...
By Max & Margaret in Oman Adventure and Europe 2013

Off to Ballinskelligs

May 31, 2013 - Sydney, Australia
After another good breakfast at the Hotel St George we went up to pack our bags and get ready for our trip to Ballinskelligs. We had to get out to the Hertz Depot out on the south-western edge of the city on the South Circular Road so we had the receptionist book a taxi for us and waited in the lounge for it to arrive. It wasn't very long before our driver arrived and we loaded the bags and headed off bidding farewell to Dublin City. The driver told us a bit about the city and himself as we...
By Max & Margaret in Oman Adventure and Europe 2013

Chinley Chapel and Max's ancestors

August 17, 2013 - Sydney, Australia
My (Max's) mother's paternal line descends from the Bennet Family (variously spelled as Bennett and Bennet) of the Chinley area. One of my main plans when visiting Derbyshire was to visit Chinley Independent Chapel as many of my ancestors have memorials in the churchyard. The family originally seem to have been landholders and farmers in the area as well as members of the Independent Church and I am sure there is more to be discovered once the connections are established. For the moment I...
By Max & Margaret in Oman Adventure and Europe 2013

Kapitola 28 – Párty, párty!

June 30, 2014 - Richland, Washington, United States
Zdravím všechny! Můj život zde se pomalu usazuje, ale to se vlastně po měsíci dá čekat. Přesto se ale rozhodně nedá říct, že bych se snad nudil...   Tak především, celý guesthouse, na kterém bydlím, je plný stážistů ve věku cca 20-22 let. Co to znamená, si určitě dokážete dobře představit. Vše v podstatě dokonale vystihuje včerejšek, kdy jsme nejprve měli celé odpoledne pool párty u bazénu, poté si dali šlofíka, a v noci jsme měli barbecue...
By Richard in Richard on the Road!

Western Australia

June 26, 2014 - Karratha, Australia
Hello every one i am so sorry for the late update of our travels but we have had no reception at all for so long. At the monemt we are north of Karratha W.A camping at a lovely sea side spot called Clearaville. The last entry to my blog was back when we crossed the Nullabour, from there we continued onto Esperance where i just had to climb this huge rock to get the photo of the large rock being held up by the tinny rock.  Albany and around the bottom of W.A for a few weeks doing the odd...

AT&T Park - Home of the San Francisco Giants

June 12, 2014 - San Francisco, California, United States
San Francisco Giants - AT&T Ballpark It was love at first sight! There in front of me was the prominent exterior architectural feature of AT&T Park--one of the two 122 feet clock towers. And it was already 10:55. I quickly realized I would not have enough time before the game started to walk around the park, both exterior and interior, to get all my photos. But I would give it 110%. Beginning at the front entrance where fans gather and meet was the 9-foot statue of Willie Mays.  We had to...
By DeBe & Kenneth in Touching All the Bases


June 21, 2014 - Metz, France
It took us about four hours to travel the 28 miles between Pont-a-Mousson and Metz. The locks were enormous, but the eclusiers were very helpful and sent us through with the next commercial peniche once we had announced ourselves. We had already decided that we would like to stay at the town moorings at Metz for a few days in order to visit this beautiful city which we had never seen before. We loved the magnificent cathedral and also thoroughly enjoyed our museum day when we managed to...
By Anne in Cassandra Encore 2014

Kapitola 27 – Začátek léta

June 20, 2014 - Richland, Washington, United States
Jako vždy, vítám Vás po týdnu na blogu!:) Začnu tam, kde jsem minule skončil, a sice na služebce v Idahu...   ..a jak jsem se obával, tak se také stalo. Během úterka se kromě ztráty hlasu dostavil i požár v oblasti krku, který se mi ale naštěstí podařilo uhasit několika dávkami Stopanginu (jemně překračujíc doporučené denní dávkování:)). Ale konec dobrý, všechno dobré, a ve středu ráno jsme už zase mizeli zpátky do hor. Tentokrát byl na pořadu...
By Richard in Richard on the Road!

Pont a Mousson

June 15, 2014 - Pont-à-Mousson, France
We had a fun time in Vitry and met some nice people. All of us doing it in our own way, and doing our own blogs too! Our first stop out of Vitry on the canal Marne/Rhin was Pargny where our friends Marie-Helene and Guy were clever enough to track us down and share the aperitif and dinner with us at the restaurant on the corner by the quay. It was a very nice and sympathique and above all French evening even though a fair amount of English was spoken. It is very odd that even though we are...
By Anne in Cassandra Encore 2014

In the Chianti region ....

June 10, 2014 - Greve in Chianti, Italy
  We love the Chianti region and tend to drive around, looking for little undiscovered corners and, of course, great food and wine.  However, one day we ventured to the Val D'orcia area near Sienna searching for a certain little church sitting between two cypresses that has become a sought after photo. We found the "Cappella" but it was quite a distance from the road and appeared to be sitting in the middle of a field with no roads leading to it.   We were determined to find a way to...
By Nancy and Luigi in To Italy (again)!

Kapitola 26 – Yellowstone

June 10, 2014 - Richland, Washington, United States
Tak Vás po týdnu opět rád vítám u nového příspěvku! O čem bude tentokrát? Vzhledem k tomu, že si mohu do své mapy navštívených federálních států připsat další tři (Montana, Wyoming a Idaho), je to vcelku nasnadě:).   Ale popořádku. Zatímco v Praze jste se na pořádná vedra teprve chystali, já jsem si jich užíval v Richlandu už od pondělí. Rtuť teploměru přes den dosahovala krásných 32°C, což i mě donutilo jezdit radši ten necelý kilometr do...
By Richard in Richard on the Road!


June 9, 2014 - Moshi, Tanzania
Vandaag een verhaal over onze nachtwaker, een bijzonder vrolijke en levendige man, terwijl hij een verschrikkelijk saai beroep heeft: elke nacht bewaakt hij ons huis, loopt rondjes en moet elk half uur op een knop drukken om zijn baas te laten weten dat hij niet in slaap gevallen is. Gelukkig gebeurt er nooit iets, hoewel dat zijn beroep er niet interessanter op maakt. Elke avond maak ik een praatje met hem. Inmiddels praten we half in het Kiswahili, half in het Engels. Mijn vocabulaire...
By Anke in Tanzania

On the way to the Chianti region with Brigit

June 6, 2014 - Greve in Chianti, Italy
After staying in Florence, just enough to deal with the initial jet-lag, we rented a car and headed out to Poggio Asciutto to relax and to fully adjust to the local lifestyle.  Usually, it is just Luigi and Nancy, but this time we had Brigit with us.  We had no idea she was going to be coming for the ride, and we definitely did not ask for her, but there she was.  She spoke with a slightly accented (British that is), sexy voice, not that pushy, but coming across as she meant...
By Nancy and Luigi in To Italy (again)!

In Florence

June 3, 2014 - Florence, Italy
After unfolding ourselves from the Luftansa sardine can, we really enjoyed the "normal" seating arrangement on our flight from Frankfurt to Florence.   Florence is usually our first "stop" in Italy to deal with jet lag. The airport is small and not as hectic as airports in major cities.   The city, despite his very large contingent of tourists, is more "manageable" when one is suffering from jet-lag, compared, for instance, to Rome. We arrived at around 5 p.m. Italy time.  The taxi ride...
By Nancy and Luigi in To Italy (again)!

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