A Venice Adventure – Teaser

A teaser of a Venice Adventure With the Barretts

We’re having a Venice Adventure and it’s lovely.

Gondolas on the Grand Canal

Venice gets a lot of bad press these days, primarily because of the crowds. I can’t say that it’s completely unjustified. Around St. Mark’s and the Rialto Bridge, the throngs of people can be maddening, especially when there is a cruise ship (or two or three) bobbing at anchor nearby.

But St. Mark’s and Rialto Bridge, as spectacular as they are, are by no means all that Venice has to offer. Some would even say that they’re not even the best that Venice has to offer. Count me in this latter group.

Bridge spanning a canal

Venice is a captivating, confusing, utterly beautiful city. We are having a wonderful time, even though the weather has been a bit uneven (that’s Debra atop the bridge in the photo, above, with her lovely head encased in a hood against a light rain).

Silly Selfie - Grand Canal
Silly Selfie – Grand Canal

This is a teaser post. I’m not sure when I’ll get around to doing a complete post – or series of posts – on Venice but I wanted to give you just a taste. To let you know that you’re on our minds.

Column at St. Mark's Piazza

It is a big, wonderful world out there and we hope that you’ll make every effort to experience as much of it as possible.

So, until we have time to sit and visit and look at LOTS of pictures, I hope you enjoy these few glimpses of a truly lovely Venice Adventure.

View from the roof

All the best, and safe travels to you!

Dan

Day Trip to Tallinn

Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God. – Kurt Vonnegut, Cat’s Cradle

One evening while having dinner at Taverna in downtown Fort Worth, we asked our waiter – who obviously was European – where he would go if he were to take a vacation in Europe. He replied, “Tallinn or Riga.” I have to be honest. While they sounded vaguely familiar, I couldn’t have told you on a bet where Tallinn or Riga were. This is Tallinn:

Tallinn is the capital of Estonia, which sounded sort of like the location of a Marx Bros movie. The young man we were talking to was pretty definite about thinking that it is a very cool place. And that it is. Among other things, it is (according to our server and several other sources, including the Economist) a world leader in technology. Not to mention that it’s stunningly beautiful.

So, in 2015, during a trip to Stockholm and St. Petersburg, we decided to take in Tallinn and Riga, as well. We were only able to spend a day in Tallinn and this post is about that day. Continue reading “Day Trip to Tallinn”

A Barcelona Stroll or Let’s Get A Little Gaudi – Park Guell

We’re taking a little break to remember a stroll that Debra and I took in wonderful Barcelona back in 2014. We spent a couple of weeks there enjoying the fantastic famous tapas 2014-03-07 09.55.01.jpgand one day decided to wander from the area where we were staying  down into Barrio Gotico, which abuts La Rambla on the east side. I use La Rambla as a geographic reference because it’s what all the tourists know in Barcelona. My advice, however, is to spend as little time actually on La Rambla as you can. I suppose you need to walk it once, just to say that you did. But there are far better ways to spend time in this lovely city. Continue reading “A Barcelona Stroll or Let’s Get A Little Gaudi – Park Guell”