Homer, Alaska: Mountains and coast, oodles of otters, and some really big fish

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The city of Homer perfectly matched my vision of an Alaskan waterfront town—part grizzled sea captain, part aquamarine enchantress.

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Marfa, Texas: A surprising, hip, and quirky town in the middle of nowhere

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On one of our trips to Fort Davis years ago, We visited Marfa, which is 21 miles south.  This was back when just about the only thing this tiny town was known for was its mysterious Marfa “ghost” lights.  I don’t remember anything about our time in Marfa other than the fact that we did see the lights, and yes, they were a bit freaky.  But other than that, Marfa seemed like just any other little West Texas town (population: 1,819 as of 2013).

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Antibes, France: Drinking “the Green Fairy”–absinthe

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La Fée Verte (“The Green Fairy”–artwork inside La Balade absinthe bar)

 

Dale and I were intrigued by the idea of trying absinthe, an alcoholic spirit that up until recently was banned in many countries.  There’s a mystique surrounding this drink, also called “the Green Fairy,” a nickname referencing the drink’s green color (and no doubt thought up by someone who was more than a little schnockered at the time).  It supposedly had hallucinogenic–perhaps even dangerous–effects on its users, and the most famous artists and writers were drinking it, in part because of its mind-bending properties.  How could we pass up the chance to try this beguiling drink when we had the chance?

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Ja, Bier! The wonders of drinking German beer in Germany

 

What we said when we saw how cheap beer is in Germany (also the generic name brand for all kinds of goods, including, obviously, toilet paper).
“Ja!”  –What we said when we saw how inexpensive beer is in Germany (also the generic brand name for all kinds of goods, including, obviously, toilet paper)

The last two posts have been downers.  It’s true.  It took me over a week to write the article about the Holocaust, so that meant hours each day thinking about some pretty tragic stuff.  And then our last post, in which I wrote about the assassination of a President, well, that wasn’t very jolly, either.  So suffice it to say…

I need a drink.

Or at least a blog post about one.

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Barcelona: Our introduction to the wonders of Spanish cuisine

Neither of us are foodies. That’s not saying we don’t love to eat–oh boy, do we love to eat.  But we can’t really tell you what makes a restaurant special beyond the fact that it has amazing food; we can’t tell you why a particular food trend is trendy, or exactly why Spanish cuisine is considered by many to be without equal.  But what we do know is that we had some of the best meals of our lives in Spain, and it all started in our first Spanish city, Barcelona.

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Porto, Portugal: Learning about port wine

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Wooden barrels containing Sandeman Port

 

We love “how-it’s-made” tours, especially when the trip includes free samples of, say, alcohol.  We’ve taken a bourbon tour in Kentucky and craft beer and whiskey distillery tours in Seattle, and we’ve learned the insider info on making hard cider in Virginia.  It’s an enlightening way to increase your knowledge about the history and production of your favorite products while also getting the hands-on experience of trying the goods.

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Camino del Norte Day 31

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October 31, 2015
Baamonde to A Roxica, 15 miles

Today was beautiful.  The temperature was pleasantly cool and there was no rain.  First we walked through rural countryside, the roads and paths covered in leaves, and it made me think that this must be what New England looks like in the fall.

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