Seven Doors and a Gate Makes Eight from Strasbourg

Seven doors and a gate makes eight from Strasbourg – reminiscing during covid-19 self-quarantining.

Covid-19 Stay-at-Home Reminiscing

Just before the nearly universal lockdowns and shelter-in-place orders began in the United States, Debra and I were traveling, marveling at the wonders that Athens, Greece has to offer (we have enough pictures of that trip for a dozen posts – but this isn’t one of them). We were lucky enough to make it back just in time to avoid the hardships and hazards of massively crowded immigration and customs lines at airports throughout the country, notably DFW – our home portal.

Since we had been in a country designated as Level 3 by the CDC, we followed the recommendation to self-quarantine for the next 14 days. The irony of the United States becoming the new epicenter for covid-19 is not lost on me.

Our self-quarantine period has expired. We are healthy. At least we believe so. The strange nature of this malady means that one might be symptom-free, yet transmit a virus to another for whom it might prove deadly. This is something we are loath to risk.

So, we’re staying home and keeping our distance from others and trying not to fret overmuch, as the saying goes, while missing the kids and grandkids.

Catching Up on Set-Aside Projects

One of the things self-quarantining allowed me to do is to consolidate some pictures from recent trips. One of those trips included several days in Strasbourg, France – a delightful, lovely town well worth your time and attention when the world is free from the novel coronavirus scourge – which I know that we all fervently hope is sooner rather than later.

Those of you who have been kind enough to follow us on social media know that I have a “thing” for doors. (Debra does, too, sort of, even though she feigns exasperation when I stop every few yards to take another door picture.) The gallery below shows seven of the doors (yes, there were many more) whose pictures we took while wandering the streets of Strasbourg. I added the pic of the gate because it made – and rhymes with – eight. And eight is the number signifying balance, harmony, new beginnings, and good fortune – things we all can use in these times, don’t you think?

The people in Strasbourg were warm and welcoming. While I know it won’t pass them by, I hope covid-19 touches them only lightly and that soon these doors will open wide, safely welcoming friends, family, and neighbors.

I wish the same for you – whoever you are, wherever you are.

Until next time, please stay safe and be well.


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!


8 Things to Do in Sitges, Spain from AlltheRooms – With a Bit of Lagniappe from WiththeBarretts

I received an email from the lovely folks over at AlltheRooms. They had seen our post about Springtime in Seville (which you can find here) and wondered if we were familiar with Sitges, Spain. It so happens that we are.

View toward the Sitges center from the promenadeA charming, beautiful seaside town just south of Barcelona, Sitges really should be on your itinerary for travel in Spain.

The AlltheRooms blog put together a post about The Top 8 Things to Do in Sitges, a couple of which I confess were new to me. I didn’t know that they did up Carnaval in Sitges, for instance. And I wish we had known about Museu de Cau Ferrat when we were there. House museums are our favorite, and we would have paid it a visit, for sure. I guess we’ll just have to go back.

So, go check out The Top 8 Things to Do in Sitges on the AlltheRooms blog.

Then, come along With the Barretts for a bit of Sitges lagniappe: Continue reading “8 Things to Do in Sitges, Spain from AlltheRooms – With a Bit of Lagniappe from WiththeBarretts”

A Photo Journey Along a Trail of Portuguese Tiles

One of the first thing you notice in Portugal, whether you’re in Lisbon or the Algarve or anywhere else in this wonderful country, is the tile work. While not necessarily unique to Portugal, the extent to which the Portuguese use tile as an integral feature of their architecture is, at least in our experience, unmatched. Today’s post is a photo journey along a trail of Portuguese tiles (not too many words but LOTS of pictures – the way Debra likes it!). We’re so glad you’ve decided to join us!

Building clad in blue tileThe cladding shown on this building is typical, reflecting an attitude of “Why paint when you can tile?” Continue reading “A Photo Journey Along a Trail of Portuguese Tiles”

Rheinfall in Switzerland – Travel Lagniappe

Lao Tzu was dead-on when he said, “A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” So, when during an atypical (for the Barretts, anyway) driving trip in Europe we saw some signs for Rheinfall in Switzerland (which, by the way, is the largest waterfall in Europe, according to both the Wikipedia site and the Swiss site dedicated to the falls), we decided to check it out.

At the risk of rendering the rest of the post somewhat anticlimactic, let’s go ahead and take a look at the massive rush of water:

Rheinfall PanoramaThere’s more, so don’t go away just yet.  Continue reading “Rheinfall in Switzerland – Travel Lagniappe”

Just a Taste of Rothenburg ob der Tauber

I thought I’d give you a little taste of some new adventures coming in the not-too-distant future. So, here is a shot of one of the seemingly endless photogenic spots in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a lovely spot on the Romantic Road in central Germany.

Markusturm Hotel - Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Markusturm Hotel – Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Stay tuned!

Best –