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¿Tenerife or Mallorca?

SPAIN | Sun, 26 Mar 2023 | By graynomadsusa | Views [7]

AS WE BID “ADIOS” TO SPAIN, it seems natural to compare our time in Mallorca to our stay on Tenerife. Both islands are holiday destinations for Spaniards and other Europeans, Tenerife is more of an escape from winter and Mallorca a summer ... Read more >

Mallorca: And Birds, Of Course

SPAIN | Fri, 24 Mar 2023 | By graynomadsusa | Views [10]

THERE IS NEVER A LACK OF THINGS to do when you are with Connie, especially if there are birds around. Recent sightings posted on E-Bird led us to Finca Sol Real whose trails are popular with hikers and runners—and birds, too. We spotted a flock ... Read more >

Mallorca: Valldemossa and Deià

SPAIN | Wed, 22 Mar 2023 | By graynomadsusa | Views [10]

IF MALLORCA HAS 3000 WINDMILLS IT HAS AT LEAST that many bicycles—and they were all on the road today! Single peddlers, small groups, biking tours and entire pelotons line nearly road—it is they, not the speed limit signs, that set the pace ... Read more >

Mallorca: Windmills and Widows

SPAIN | Sun, 19 Mar 2023 | By graynomadsusa | Views [12]

MALLORCA IS NOT SICILY! Of this I am certain. Mallorca is tiny compared to Sicily with one-fifth the population. Drivers are courteous—most of them obey most of the rules most of the time. People don’t speak Italian. Here it’s Spanish ... Read more >

Photos: Mallorca

SPAIN | Fri, 17 Mar 2023 | By graynomadsusa | Photo Gallery

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Sagrada Familia

SPAIN | Thu, 16 Mar 2023 | By graynomadsusa | Views [15]

IF YOU ARE A LONG-TIME FOLLOWER of our journals—like back to 2011—you might recall our fascination with the unique architectural style of Antoni Gaudi. On our first visit to Barcelona we were able to track down 11 of his buildings in our ... Read more >

Back in Barcelona

SPAIN | Wed, 15 Mar 2023 | By graynomadsusa | Views [20]

IT ISN’T EASY TO FLY FROM SICILY TO MALLORCA. Most flights require a change of planes in both Rome and Madrid and the cheaper ones have long layovers. Instead we flew to Barcelona for a few days and will continue on to Mallorca on Friday. And with ... Read more >

Photos: Back in Barcelona

SPAIN | Tue, 14 Mar 2023 | By graynomadsusa | Photo Gallery

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Sicily: Off the Beaten Track in Palermo

ITALY | Mon, 13 Mar 2023 | By graynomadsusa | Views [20]

TRAPANI IS FARTHER FROM PALERMO than I first realized and too far from the airport for a morning flight. We shortened our Trapani AirBnB reservation by a day and booked a hotel nearer to the airport, giving us a full day to spend in Palermo. Palermo ... Read more >

Sicily: Trapani and Marsala

ITALY | Sun, 12 Mar 2023 | By graynomadsusa | Views [20]

TRAPANI IS BEST KNOWN FOR SUMMER TRIPS to the Aegadian Islands of Favignana and Levanzo. We never had any intentions of swimming and the stormy seas would keep us ashore but we thought Trapani would make for a good stop before Palermo. If we had known ... Read more >

Sicily: Roman Villa of Casale and Valley of the Temples

ITALY | Thu, 9 Mar 2023 | By graynomadsusa | Views [23]

YESTERDAY WAS A PERFECT DAY for sightseeing around Agrigento. The sun was shining, the almond trees were starting to bloom and our puffy coats remained in the car. But first we had to survive the drive from our AirBnB at the tippy-top of town down the ... Read more >

Sicily: Ragusa and Modica

ITALY | Mon, 6 Mar 2023 | By graynomadsusa | Views [25]

WITH APOLOGIES TO CROSBY, STILLS, NASH and Young, “Our house is a very, very, very fine house” . . . with three cats in the yard, a three-footed dog, two horses, a mule and a flock of chickens.           ... Read more >

Photos: Komodo National Park

INDONESIA | Thu, 2 Mar 2023 | By kiwiaoraki | Photo Gallery

Komodo dragons, manta rays, and amazing panoramas
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Sicily: Taormina and Catania

ITALY | Wed, 1 Mar 2023 | By graynomadsusa | Views [35]

WITH SYRACUSE OUT OF THE WAY and heavy snow making Mt. Etna out of the question, we decided to drive to Taormina for the afternoon. We weren’t particularly interested in another 3 rd Century Greek theater but rumor has it Taormina is famous ... Read more >

Sicily: Siracusa

ITALY | Mon, 27 Feb 2023 | By graynomadsusa | Views [30]

TIME WAS RUNNING OUT ON OUR SCHENGEN VISAS forcing us to rush through Sicily our first time here. Four days wasn’t nearly long enough—this time we have 2½ weeks! Coincidentally, it was late February when we first visited so we won’... Read more >

Photos: Around Sicily

ITALY | Sun, 26 Feb 2023 | By graynomadsusa | Photo Gallery

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INDONESIA | Sun, 26 Feb 2023 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [30]

After having been to Indonesia four times, I feel I've found my favourite place in the country. Gunung Kelimutu has a set of three lakes that change colour and are often three different colours. After arriving by plane from Kupang to Ende yesterday, ... Read more >

Photos: Flores

INDONESIA | Sat, 25 Feb 2023 | By kiwiaoraki | Photo Gallery

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Photos: Disappointing Final Stop on Lake Balaton and back to Budapest for a Day Trip to Szentendre

HUNGARY | Sat, 25 Feb 2023 | By steve_and_emma | Photo Gallery

The next morning we got back on the train to continue our anti-clockwise journey around lake Balaton. The plan was to spend a night in Siofok before heading back to Budapest. Unfortunately, Siofok was shut during the off season and in the season I'm sure ... Read more >
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Rome: Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museum

VATICAN CITY | Fri, 24 Feb 2023 | By graynomadsusa | Views [37]

YESTERDAY’S SIX MILES SEEMED LIKE A STROLL in the park compared to today. Vatican City is three miles from our hotel and we added another four miles—yes four!—just walking around the Vatican and through the museums, a total of ten miles.... Read more >

Gates of Hell at Sea

INDONESIA | Thu, 23 Feb 2023 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [27]

Kupang is an alright place; more of a transit point than a destination. I only planned on being here for one night or maybe two but thanks to all sorts of things, I've now been here a week. Late in 2014 I travelled from Kuala Lumpur to Bali without flying, ... Read more >

All Roads Lead to Rome

ITALY | Thu, 23 Feb 2023 | By graynomadsusa | Views [19]

ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME. And so do many airline connections. Rather than endure a long layover on our way from Istanbul to Sicily we decided to spend a few days in Rome. His Holiness couldn’t fit us into his busy schedule but we were still able ... Read more >

Photos: Kicking on to Keszthely

HUNGARY | Wed, 22 Feb 2023 | By steve_and_emma | Photo Gallery

We hopped on a bus from Balatonfured and were soon being dropped off in Keszethely, a larger town on the southern end of the lake. We were staying in the old town which is a 20 minute walk from the lake shore and had a wonderful apartment for our 3 day ... Read more >
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Photos: Vatican Vacation

ITALY | Wed, 22 Feb 2023 | By graynomadsusa | Photo Gallery

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Photos: Circumnavigating Lake Balaton starting in Balatonfured

HUNGARY | Mon, 20 Feb 2023 | By steve_and_emma | Photo Gallery

Our planed trip to Jordan had been curtailed due to Wizz Air, so seeing as we were supposed to fly out of Budapest we decided to explore a bit of Hungary as we had only previously been to Budapest. Lake Balaton, not far south of Budapest and one of the ... Read more >
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