June 18, 2018

Europe '81: The Arrival

My first trip to Europe in 1981 was a 3-week tour through Italy, AustriaGermany and France. I still have my travel journal, although most of the entries are terribly brief. At the time I believed I'd never forget the details of such an amazing experience. Hah! Thank goodness I still have my slides and a few souvenirs. And now, using these meagre memory aids, I'll attempt to recreate my journey.





May 21, 2018

Royal Wedding in Windsor

Are you one of the billions worldwide who witnessed the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday morning? I set my alarm clock for 4:00 a.m. (EDT) and happily climbed out of bed for the royal watcher's event of the year. The weather in the charming Berkshire town of Windsor was ideal for a beautiful spring wedding.






May 14, 2018

Floral Flashback

It's now the middle of May and I'm still waiting for the leaves to appear on the trees – not to mention the sighting of a flower or two. In the meantime, I've been looking back at some of the beautiful gardens and flowers I've seen during my travels in Europe. They're a reminder of more colourful days to come. I hope you enjoy them too!






April 30, 2018

"Z" is for ZZZ's

I've never had much luck catching some ZZZ's during a trans-Atlantic flight to Europe, and a night without sleep makes the effects of jet lag feel even worse. This roomy Business Class seat aboard a Swiss flight to Zurich (enroute to Nice) converted to a flat bed, the best way to arrive refreshed at my destination.



How to Catch some ZZZ's on a Flight to Zurich


Previous A to Z Posts:
"Z" is for Zone
"Z" is for Zucchini
"Z" is for Zodiac

April 28, 2018

"Y" is for Yummy

The French have earned a reputation for fine food and examples can be seen everywhere, from posh restaurants and village markets to shop window displays. The sweet treats in this patisserie window made me stop and say "yummy"!



Yummy French Pastries


Previous A to Z Posts:
"Y" is for Ye
"Y" is for Year
"Y" is for Yacht