Back in the United States!

We enjoyed little R&R in Austin before hooking Tex up and heading up to Chicago to spend the Fourth of July with relatives. We were able to park Tex next to our brother’s house and spend some time with our son Chris who brought along his amazing girl, Ellie....

Lake Como, Italy

So, to complete our European tour we left Switzerland by train and headed to Lake Como, Italy. Lake Como has been a favorite retreat for many of the elite class dating back to the Roman times. Today George Clooney, Richard Branson, Madonna, Sylvester Stallone all have...

Grindelwald, Switzerland

We left Innsbruck early because we knew we were going to have to catch four different trains to make it to Grindelwald before nightfall. Our trip entailed a seven-hour journey culminating with a meeting with the people renting us a chalet in the Swiss Alps. Travel by...

Innsbruck, Austria

Reluctantly we decided that a visit to Vienna would take up more time than we realistically had to do the city justice. Instead we found Innsbruck just a short train ride from Salzburg and on the way to Switzerland! Arriving with no set plans we inquired at the train...

Salzburg, Austria

Our three-month stint in Europe quickly morphed into a sole month remaining on the calendar. Much as we liked to fly by the seat of our pants, we came to the realization that planning would be key to fitting in some not to miss sights on our wish list. At the...

Munich, Germany

Leaving the rental car at the Madrid airport, and working out our itinerary on the fly, we hopped a plane to Germany! Traveling with an open plan is a daunting yet freeing experience and we are so glad to have had the time and energy to go down this path. We arrived...

Madrid

Eager to dispose of the car, we made our made North to Madrid. We had met two Spaniards traveling together on the Camino, both of them named Juan, and from that point on they were known as “Juan y Juan” and wherever we found ourselves at the same alburgue for the...

Seville

From Lisbon we made our way back to Spain and specifically to Seville, or as the locals call it Sevilla. Our original plan was to spend a day before heading out to Malaga to hike the Caminito del Rey, billed as one of the world’s scariest hikes. However, when we...

Portugal

We wanted some flexibility after we completed the Camino so we rented some wheels in Santiago de Compestela, stashed our backpacks in the trunk, and headed south for the coast. Entering Portugal we lost (gained?) an hour and found yet another language. After a brief...

Camino de Santiago

It is in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, France, that we start our Camino. The Camino Frances, the classic and most popular Way of St. James, consists of  a distance of 478 miles which the average person walks in about 35 days. From Barcelona we take a train to Pamplona...

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