Deb and I arrived at the Banana Bank Lodge about 5:00 yesterday. It definitely fits into the category of eccentric lodging, but we LOVE it. We have a communal dinner at 6:30 with all the guests and happened to be seated by the owners last night, Carolyn (artist) and Bob (cowboy). I asked Carolyn what … More What an Unbelievable 24 Hours!
It’s time to revisit Belize so I can account for my “B” country! My best friend Deb mentioned last Christmas she was going to Belize and wondered who wanted to join her. I said “I’m in!” without hesitation. Deb planned the trip brilliantly. We travelled to four locations so we got to see different parts … More B is for Belize
My last day in Austria was spent at the Vienna Flea Market. The Naschmarkt is open from dawn to dusk every day, selling fruits and veggies, and food ranging from falafel to schnitzel. And lots of great bakeries of course. But on Saturday there’s also a Flea Market. So I spent pretty much my whole day there! … More To Market, To Market, to Buy a Fat Pig!
Good thing I’m leaving tomorrow because this was the best day yet! I met Zoe’s neighbor Jitka, a puppetry artist who also decorates eggs in the Czech tradition. What a privilege to meet in her home, a creative haven where art is visible in every corner. Jitka patiently taught me how to apply melted wax–white … More How Many “BEST” Days Can I Have?
I cannot recommend Zoe Brooks, Czech Tours, highly enough. Today we began our excursion by imposing upon one of Zoe’s best friends, Eva. Eva has been sailing the North Sea and Zoe thought she still was–until a blurry eyed Eva appeared in the window while I’m snapping photos of her charming Gingerbread cottage! But Eva … More Wake-up Call for Eva
What a whirlwind day! I enjoyed fascinating conversation ranging from the Hussite wars to carp for Christmas Eve. Zoe drove us through the countryside to several destinations. There were discoveries around every bend in the road. We regularly passed roadside shrines the kindly Czech people built for the safety of travelers. They also planted endless rows … More Czech Republic Starring Roles: Castles and Beer
I’ve arrived in the fairy tale town of Cesky Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and guess where I’m staying?!? On the steps of the castle!! It’s extraordinary! I’m lucky to have the companionship of Zoe Brooks, a Brit who fell in love with this place ten years ago. It was natural for her because … More A Fairy Tale Town Exists!