A Quick Trip to Lille – Travel Lagniappe

A Quick Trip to Lille, France

A couple of years ago while on a trip to Ghent and The Hague with some dear friends, we decided to hop on the train and take a quick trip to Lille, France, right across the border with Belgium. Come along with us for a bit of travel lagniappe, won’t you?

Architecture

Tower in LilleThe architecture in Lille has a Flemish flair and, like most small towns in France, charm to spare. In fairness, though, Lille is not all that small. It’s the fifth largest urban area in France with over a million people living in the vicinity. The city, itself, claims nearly a quarter of that number. You can find some of the statistics here.

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Wednesday’s Lagniappe – Stockholm Alleyways

Stockholm is a lovely, bustling, vibrant city. The old town – Gamla stan – is situated on an island that offers winding narrow streets clad in smooth cobbles and iconic buildings, some dating from the 13th century. Sometimes you can wander these medieval Stockholm Alleyways – alone in the hush of early morning and imagine yourself in a different time. Here are a couple of pics of just such a time and place. They’re this Wednesday’s lagniappe.

Gamla stan passagewayStockholm AlleywayWherever your travels take you today – literally or figuratively – I wish you peace and success in all your endeavors. And remember: from here to the weekend is all downhill!

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Dan

Montserrat Barcelona – Today’s Lagniappe

By the time this posts, we will be on our way to another part of Spain – Madrid and Seville and surrounds. But if you ever find yourself headed to Barcelona, do take the time to go to Montserrat (not talking about the Caribbean Island here, folks). The monastery, the Black Madonna, the cable car, the views!

Montserrat - BarcelonaSo. See you in a couple of weeks – but stay tuned to Instagram and Facebook!

Love life, love each other, and keep coming on adventures With the Barretts!

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”