Archive for April, 2009

A bad idea no matter what you might call them

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

I had seen signs for speed bumps and speed humps, but this one was a new one on me. We saw a number of "speed lump" signs in Huntsville, Alabama while touring in 2003. While the wording of the signs might be amusing, the effects of the signs on emergency response ...

Bring on the Sheep!

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

I hate mowing lawns, and I hate the industrial-sized eardrum shattering services that disrupt neighbor peace from late March through early December. So, I would never hire such a service. Here's my idea for an eco-friendly alternative that doesn't involve spending $20K for a landscape makeover. The lawn care team shows ...

The Kitchen at Le Gourmandin

Monday, April 20th, 2009

In my April 17th posting, I wrote a bit about Le Gourmandin, the restaurant where we dined on Friday night. I'd like to say a little more, now that my source of blogging information has been capped (for now, since we're home). We arrived without a reservation. As a result, ...

Homecoming

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

Our final morning in France was not fun. Not fun at all. For starters, we lost the hotel key card. Because you need it to operate the hotel elevator, this meant we had to take all of our stuff down in one load—without the benefit of a luggage cart. Either ...

Last full day in France — from Combertault to De Gaulle

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

We arose this morning in Combertault, near Baune. I won't say that the Best Western Golf is the best hotel we've had in Europe—that would have to be the Landa Palace in Spain or the Charlecôte Pheasant near Stratford-upon-Avon. But, it is one of those places that's sufficiently energizing and ...

Awake in Beaune-Lavernois-Combertault

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

Everything in Europe has multiple names. Some of it must be provenance—some names include everything that something has ever been called. This hotel is listed as the Best Western Golf. MapPoint and Garmin both agree that it's the Colvert Golf Hotel. Google Earth calls it the Best Western Golf HTL ...

From Lallio, Italy to Lavernois, France

Friday, April 17th, 2009

We spent today driving from Lallio, Italy to Lavernois, France, near Beaune. We came though a rather mountainous region filled with picturesque villages. Stopping points are hard to find, but I did manage to stop and take a few pictures along the way. We're at the Best Western Golf or Colvert ...

Dinner at Auchan

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

We ventured out at about 7 in search of Auchan, a hypermarché chain that operates in Italy and France (and probably elsewhere). We were successful! PS I just now realized that my blog is posting in U.S. eastern time. So, when I say "at about 7," it might look odd. ...

Rainy Lake Como

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

It rained all day long—varying from light to hard. Now that we're back in the hotel room, it's stopped, and there's blue sky showing. Go figure. We spent the day driving around Lake Como. There were many picturesque villages along the way, as well as a few snow-capped mountains. But, each ...

Breakfast in Lallio

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

We just got back up from breakfast. It was surprisingly complete. No scrambled eggs today, but they do have super fresh eggs and water for boiling them. So, I had a medium boiled egg, ham, cheese, orange juice, coffee, and some mini apple pastries. Everything except for the coffee was ...

From Innsbruck, Austria to Lallio, Italy, via the Dolomites

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

We're in Lallio, Italy. It's Thursday morning, April 16th—we arrived at about 6 last night. Here's what we see from our window. We arose this morning in Innsbruck and had a lovely breakfast of bacon, ham, eggs, and other assorted items. After that, we loaded the car, and through the use ...

From Prague to Innsbruck

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

This is going to be an inverted posting. I'll start with when we arrived where we are now, then where we went to dinner. Then I'll describe the trip here. We're in Innsbruck, which is surrounded by snowy mountains. Out our balcony, this is what we see (when it's not dark). Okay, ...

Last kiss in Prague…

Monday, April 13th, 2009

We're spending our last night in Prague doing laundry and making reservations in Innsbruck. My sister Sharon was kind enough to call the 800 number for hotels.com, since we don't have a phone. It turns out that the apartment building has a washer & dryer in the basement—one of each, unfortunately, ...

A Czechered Present

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

After a breakfast of Czech pastries procured at the Tesco, we headed down to the reception desk to ask about parking. No spaces are going to be freed up while we're here. The good news, however, is that our car was still where we parked it last night. In a ...

The Prague Apartment

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

Here are a few picture of and from the apartment. Here's the kitchen. Don't ask about the keyboard. This is one view in the living room. There's a balcony that extends the length of the apartment. There are door/windows in the living room and bedroom. The doors can be opened as ...

From Heidelberg to Prague

Saturday, April 11th, 2009

I'm sitting here in an apartment in Prague, enjoying a nice cup of tea. It turns out that my guess that smotana na šl'ahanie or ?ertstvá smetana ke šlehání meant "table cream" was right. Who knew? Below is a shot of Karen plotting out new adventures for tomorrow. We plan to ...

Good morning, Germany

Saturday, April 11th, 2009

It's Saturday morning at 9 am at the Achat Hotel in Hochenheim, Germany. This hotel does not provide those little "leave us alone" signs for the door. So, a moment ago, this 20-something housekeeping dude with "service" on his shirt does this tiny little clicking knock (would not have heard ...

Hello from Hochenheim!

Friday, April 10th, 2009

We're in Hochenheim, Germany tonight. We picked up the rental car at 10 this morning, then drove straight to Germany. End of story. If it were only that simple. For starters, I couldn't find my international driver's license this morning. I don't need it for most of western Europe, but I'm told ...

The zoo, the other zoo, a martyr, and Pizza Hut: Last full day in Paris

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Today, we happily zipped off to the zoo… only to discover that it's closed for renovation. Yes. The whole damn zoo. Not just part of it. Right in the height of tourist season. Closed. The Paris zoo is supposed to be one of the best in Europe. I was really looking ...

Paris: Day 5. Marmottan, Montmartrobus, and more

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

We lingered this morning because Karen had some email business she needed to attend to. We finally left at about 1, and headed for the Marmottan—a huge collection of mostly-impressionistic art. Unlike the D'Orsay, there was no line. Also unlike the D'Orsay, they do not allow photography. The Marmottan is housed ...