Monday, July 21, 2014

Europe Map Overview & Postcard: Amsterdam

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

An overview of our final leg of the trip, from Croatia to London, through Central Europe:

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Meals of Europe

With some exceptions, we managed to eat reasonably healthy meals until we reached Central Europe.  The amount of fat in dishes there was significantly higher than we had become accustomed to, and it was very seductive.  How do you say “no” to cheese-filled, bacon-wrapped sausages?  We also were able to cook for ourselves sometimes in Croatia, Poland, Vienna and Scotland, but more often than not we found the sweet siren call of western food to be too much to resist. Also, there was quite a bit of good ice cream in Europe, and excellent beer.  We were in deep trouble. These meals are from: Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Hungary, Poland, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Netherlands, Scotland and England.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Cats Around The World

Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina

We didn’t see as many cats around the world as dogs, but we saw plenty, and many were quite photogenic.  We were certainly missing the indoor cats in many areas, but it was interesting to see where outdoor cats were common, and where they were rare.  We don’t remember seeing a single cat in Australia, for example.  Occasionally, like the cat in Petra, they are interested in us, but for the most part they were more interested in their own agenda, where that was a nap or…mostly it was a nap.

Estancia, outside Puerto Natales, Chile.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Meals of Egypt, Jordan and Turkey

After three weeks of mostly plain fare in Madagascar, Middle Eastern cuisine was a refreshing and welcome surprise.  These meals consistently ranked among the best of our trip.  Fresh tomato and cucumber salads were plentiful; yogurt as a sauce for rice was new to us, but an immediate favorite.  Desert was often watermelon or pineapple, which was a perfect finish.  Alongside Vietnamese food, it was some of the healthiest fare we had around the world.  Our pictures don’t do these dishes justice, in part because, visual presentation was not a priority—flavor was.

The slideshow version:

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


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One of the things Lana really wanted to do while in Turkey, was to see the fairy chimneys in Cappadocia and take a hot air balloon ride there.  It was a Bucket List Thing.  And so, after a few days in Istanbul, we took a short flight from Istanbul to Kayceri, which is roughly in the center of Turkey, and then caught a shuttle to Göreme, where we’d be staying.  The drive took us through beautiful countryside, past snow-capped ski resorts.