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The Aftermath

October 11, 2015 - Buenos Aires, Argentina
After the Inca Trail, the weather in Cuzco picked up, and I was back in my shorts and Tshirts for the first time since Fiji. Hooray! This is what I came travelling for! After the most epic walk of my life, I hobbled and moaned like an old woman, struggling to get out of bed and walk down stairs. So, I quite hapily settled for dropping all of our laundry off and sitting in the sun on the roof top terrace. The most strenuous activity we managed was a chocolate making course, which was really...
By Rhian in Rhian G

We sure gave it a whirl!

October 6, 2015 - Munich, Germany
The goal for today was to push ourselves to see something in Munich we hadn’t seen the last time we were here.  I had hoped we’d be able to visit the New Pinakothek art museum (Van Goghs, Monets, etc.) but it was closed on Tuesdays.  As it turns out, I don’t think we could have managed that anyway. We checked out the Hauptbahnhof to make sure we knew where to go the next morning.  American food was calling to Bill so he scored a very lightly glazed donut at Dunkin’ Donuts.  We...
By Kelly and Bill in Bill and Kelly's Excellent Adventures

Oh, but what a delicious dessert!

October 5, 2015
True to form, when I saw Freddie this morning the first thing he asked me was, “Kelly, did you give the cat an enema?”  I had a feeling that one was going to hang around for a while.  He also likes, “Go ahead, make my day!” Teresa and Freddie had been waiting all summer for some work to be done on their outside terrace (porch).  Of course, the work began just before we arrived and on this day a large jack-hammer kind of machine was coming to take out their old cement.  This went...
By Kelly and Bill in Bill and Kelly's Excellent Adventures

Teresa and Freddie; we meet again!

October 4, 2015
“Most travel, and certainly the rewarding kind, involves depending on the kindness of strangers, putting yourself into the hands of people you don't know and trusting them with your life.” ~ Paul Theroux This was probably the nicest place we’ve ever stayed.  This morning for breakfast there were glass cups with fruit on the bottom and homemade yogurt on top.  As soon as we sat down Christina brought us each a fresh fruit smoothie and then offered to fix us eggs.  Every little touch...
By Kelly and Bill in Bill and Kelly's Excellent Adventures

"Cows on Parade" Returns

October 3, 2015 - Mayrhofen, Austria
It is not wise to take day-time medication prior to bedtime. We enjoyed a lovely breakfast along with visits from our hosts this morning; Marcus and Christine.  She is the loveliest lady I’ve ever seen.  She’s not only pretty but she has this lighted soul that just shines through. The Almabtrieb is a festival held different fall weekends throughout various mountainous areas like the Zillertal Valley.  It is a celebration of bringing the cows down from the high pastures for the winter...
By Kelly and Bill in Bill and Kelly's Excellent Adventures

It’s the Journey Right?

October 2, 2015 - Mayrhofen, Austria
Today proved to be more about the journey than the destination.  I planned the trip by using several different mapping sites for estimated times between Points A and Points B.  But of course, there are always things unforeseen.   Our medication worked a miracle last night in that we both finally had a good night’s sleep.  Bill woke feeling much better; me, about the same; however, at least I know I slept well.  We settled up at the hotel and said good-by to the family dog, Mara. ...
By Kelly and Bill in Bill and Kelly's Excellent Adventures

Making a Silk Purse out of a Sow’s Ear

October 1, 2015 - Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
Let me start by saying, “We kicked the Scheiße out of this day!” Bill won the prize for being “The Sickest” last night when he spiked a fever.  It was another miserable night for both of us.  Our hotel is located steeply downhill from town and the train station so by evening we have been too sick and weary to trek uphill for something to eat.  We did make it to the breakfast buffet this morning.  It has become our only meal of the day for the most part. We got back to our room...
By Kelly and Bill in Bill and Kelly's Excellent Adventures

To the top of Schilthorn

September 30, 2015 - Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
We are now competing for “who is the sickest”.  Bill had had a cold when we left the states but his seemed to be waning.  Not anymore.  We both had a difficult night; up and down at various times to open the door to the outside; close the door to the outside.  At once hot and then too cold.   We did make our way down to the breakfast room.  There was an assortment of cereals, eggs, bacon, breads, fruit and muesli.  Since my stomach was still disagreeable I went with the muesli. ...
By Kelly and Bill in Bill and Kelly's Excellent Adventures

Sick in Switzerland

September 29, 2015 - Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
I was up most of the night coughing, sneezing, vomiting, etc.  Bill drove us to our next destination with me mostly dozing off and on in the car.  I had figured that our three days in Switzerland would be the most physically taxing of the trip.  Now I’m not quite sure I’ll be up to doing much at all. We entered via Basel to Bern, not very lovely areas at all.  Quite industrialized.  Once we neared Thun the scenery started to change.  It was a little overcast and what looked like a...
By Kelly and Bill in Bill and Kelly's Excellent Adventures

Route de Vin

September 28, 2015 - Kaysersberg, France
And I’m sick.  Damn it!  Woke up in the night coughing and I’ve definitely acquired an unwelcome visitor.  I feel achy, lousy, stuffy, whiney – and yes, I know I should be happy I’m on vacation but this is not what I bargained for.   We grab a fresh French croissant and some coffees for breakfast, did more town exploration, and then headed out to check on some of the Alsace Route de Vin.  This area in France is known for its white wines.  Bill and I aren’t big wine drinkers...
By Kelly and Bill in Bill and Kelly's Excellent Adventures


September 29, 2015 - Moshi, Tanzania
Bepakt en bezakt ben ik weer terug in Moshi. Dit keer met heel veel spullen voor het ziekenhuis. Van al het geld dat gesponsord is door familie en vrienden heb ik een communicatiesoftware programma gekocht, maar ook nog veel andere nuttige materialen: lepeltjes, tandenborstels, klei, sensorische therapiematerialen, time-timer, praatknoppen, bellenblaas, spelletjes, ballen, tafeltennisrackets, speciale drinkbekers etc. etc. Zeulend met een koffer kwam ik mijn eerste werkdag bij de afdeling...
By Anke in Tanzania

To Eguisheim

September 27, 2015 - Eguisheim, France
We enjoyed a lovely breakfast with Marcel and Irene this morning.  Though she had to be at her exhibit by 10:00 a.m. she made time for us.  I’m not sure how we got on the topic of eels but she told me that when she and Marcel were newly married he brought home a whole bucket of live eels for her to kill and cook.  She said she cried. We drove Irene to her exhibit and admired her work.  She is very talented and sells her painting for 250 -350 Euro.  She told me that the next time we...
By Kelly and Bill in Bill and Kelly's Excellent Adventures

Bruges to Luxembourg

September 27, 2015
I drifted off to sleep last night with the faint sound of horses clip-clopping through the square below.  There are many carriage tours through Bruges some with far happier looking horses than others.  There are also canal boat tours and if we ever have the opportunity to return, that would be my tour preference.  I know that there are beautiful sights to see along the water but for today; unfortunately, our time was limited.  Each place we go is a trade-off for leaving another, or seeing...
By Kelly and Bill in Bill and Kelly's Excellent Adventures

Buffalo Bill Heads to Bruges

September 25, 2015 - Brugge, Belgium
We did our best to be up and at ‘em this morning to pick up our rental car and hit the road.  It’s amazing how two backpacks can get so spread out in such a little space!   One of the parting moments came when I discovered some old waterlogged books on the shelves of the boat.  There were multiple books about “Buffalo Bill” along with colorful illustrations of “cowboys and Indians” but written in at least two different languages.  The last time we were in Europe several folks...
By Kelly and Bill in Bill and Kelly's Excellent Adventures


September 26, 2015
We have arrived in our new home port, 50 km from Bordeaux!  I feel very proud that we have reached this extremity of the French inland waterway system,  and really quite emotional about what an action-packed year it has been.  It took us five years to come round to thinking that the south of France  was the place to go; and it was with some trepidation that we set off in May, trepidation  which turned out to be justified, though not always for the reasons that we had thought. I knew that...
By Anne in Cassandra Encore 2015

The Amsterdam Bucket List

September 24, 2015 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
I slept like a rock last night.  Wow.  That was such a treat.  Today is the day we tick those things off our Amsterdam list that we might regret not having done some day.   We caught our first tram at Centraal Station and took it all the way to the Rijkmuseum without incident.  We both thought after-the-fact, that it might have been helpful just to ride around town on a tram for an hour when we first got there to get our bearings.    We arrived at the Rijksmuseum around 10:30 a.m. and...
By Kelly and Bill in Bill and Kelly's Excellent Adventures

And we walked. And we walked.

September 23, 2015 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam is a very walkable city.  There are many streets and narrow alleys with very little car traffic but oh the bicycles!  They are silent and plentiful.  Silent until you walk in the bike lane that is.  The sound of bike bells will always be associated with Amsterdam.  The other hazard is the trams.  They are electric, efficient, and quiet.  We’ve yet to ride one but we will before we leave. We started off this morning feeling much better though not quite in the right time...
By Kelly and Bill in Bill and Kelly's Excellent Adventures

The Caves of Bhaja and Karla

September 23, 2015 - Pune, India
  Saturday, May 28, 2011   This morning we are heaed out to do some sightseeing around the Pune area. We are going to drive out west of Pune to see the ancient caves of Karla. Since we want to beat the heat we are planning on meeting our friends Sarah and Varsha at 7 am so there isn’t going to be any sleeping in today. Besides, I needed to get up early today so that I could wish my Daddy Happy Birthday. Happy Birthday, Dad!   The plan was to meet for breakfast at 6:30 am and then meet...
By Catherine in A Passage to India, 2011


September 22, 2015 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Tap.  Tap.  Tap. No way!  I had just managed to fall asleep on the plane.  Must be a mistake.  No… Tap.  Tap.  Tap.  Tap.  On my leg.  Yes, very intentional. “Kel, I’m sorry to wake you.  But the aurora borealis are dancing off the icefields in Greenland.  Do you want to see them?”  I was so weary but that rapidly gave way to “weepy” for the unique opportunity to see this phenomenon from 40,000 + feet.  The lights indeed seemed to dance and shape shift even as I...
By Kelly and Bill in Bill and Kelly's Excellent Adventures

Crossing Spain by Train

September 16, 2015 - Barcelona, Spain
The plan today was to cross Spain from Ronda in the south to Barcelona in the northeast. This would involve seven hours of travel including half an hour to change trains. Our train would not leave Ronda until 1:35pm so we had breakfast at the hotel and left our luggage with reception before going for a last stroll around town. Our primary target was the little bakery near the Duquesa du Parcent restaurant. We tried their filled baguettes before and we thought we should get some for the train...
By Max & Margaret in Europe 2015

Round the Ronda Ring

September 15, 2015 - Ronda, Spain
Well, we had to do it! You can't come to Spain and not go to a Plaza de Toros. The Plaza de Toros de Ronda dating from 1785 is supposed to have been the first specialised masonry bullring built. The ring has a museum attached and an audio tour so it was a chance of seeing some of the history. It was just a short step across the road from our hotel so after breakfast we walked across the road and circled around via the park and the cliffside walk. We had another look at the view and tried some...
By Max & Margaret in Europe 2015

Food for thought

September 14, 2015 - Ronda, Spain
Prue and Tom drove up to Ronda from their place near Estepona and met us at our hotel about 11am. After introductions we walked up to the Puerte Nuove and down to the cafe at La Mina where we sat with coffee and talked for a while. Discussions from Family History through Philosophy  to Physics occupied a long coffee break as they often do. Hunger got the better of us and we walked back up the hill and across to the Duquesa de Parcent for lunch. Tom and Prue had been given it as a...
By Max & Margaret in Europe 2015

A new look at Puente Nuevo

September 13, 2015 - Ronda, Spain
So when in Ronda you go and stare into the 120m deep chasm that divides the town. Oh, and marvel at the construction of such a bridge to span that chasm at the end of the 18th Century. Just moving the stone to the site must have been a huge undertaking, let alone piling them up into the arches. Apparently there were 50 workers who died during the construction and one can understand how that could happen. We ate breakfast at the hotel before venturing out for our walk. This time in Ronda we...
By Max & Margaret in Europe 2015

Round to Ronda ... again

September 12, 2015 - Ronda, Spain
It will be sad to leave the Casa Palacio Carmen but today we have to move on to Ronda. In some ways we have misgivings about returning to Ronda as it seemed a bit of a tourist thing and yet we look forward to seeing the bridge, visiting the cafe at La Mina just to sit in the gardens and to eat at the Duquesa again. We had plenty of time before our train so we took a leisurely breakfast in the garden. They put on a good choice of cheeses and cold meat as well as cereals and croissants and...
By Max & Margaret in Europe 2015

Gypsies in the hill

September 11, 2015 - Granada, Spain
We had visited The Alhambra on our photo tour and, although we would still find plenty to see, we decided to go to Sacromonte where we should get a view of Granada and of The Alhambra. Caught the C2 bus from Plaza Nueva - these are just some of the buses we have to dodge walking down the Calle de Dorro with all the tourists. Our hotel is just behind the row of tourist shops and it is so peaceful. We missed the stop at the high point on the bus route so took a chance at the next stop which was...
By Max & Margaret in Europe 2015

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