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Pakistan 1 - Karachi, Islamabad, Peshawar and Swat Museums etc.

PAKISTAN | Tue, 12 Oct 2021 | By krodin | Views [53]

Pakistan 1: National Museums etc. in Karachi, Islamabad, Peshawar and Swat  Arrived in Karachi without any idea of what this trip would bring. I had tried on numerous occasions to travel to Pakistan, but something always came up.  After ... Read more >

Tags: cities, history, museums, towns

Pakistan 2 - The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mountains

PAKISTAN | Wed, 13 Oct 2021 | By krodin | Views [52]

 Pakistan 2 – The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mountains  The drive from Mingora to Chitral is long, windy, and the roads, while asphalted, are often torn up. Nonetheless, the journey is beautiful.  The landscape changes from fruit orchards, ... Read more >

Tags: history, mountains, museums, on the road

Pakistan 3: Hunza - Gilgit-Baltistan

PAKISTAN | Wed, 13 Oct 2021 | By krodin | Views [52]

Pakistan 3 Hunza Hunza borders on China and the Hunza River corridor formed one of the main arteries of the Old Silk Road.  Sections of the old path zigzagging across the steep arid brown mountainsides are still visible from the new Karakorum ... Read more >

Tags: history, mountains, on the road

Suddenly Sunny Siena

ITALY | Wed, 13 Oct 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [45]

HAVING A RENTAL CAR GIVES US a lot of freedom. But we also need a place to park, free parking if possible, which can make finding lodging difficult. In Siena, where cars have been banned since 1966, parking is verboten so we’re staying outside ... Read more >

Hill Towns of Tuscany: San Gimignano and Volterra

ITALY | Thu, 14 Oct 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [43]

IF YOU ARE AN AMERICAN TRAVELING IN TUSCANY, you won’t find a better guidebook than Rick Steve’s ITALY. And if you’ve forgotten to buy a copy, you can download tips, itineraries and even walking tours. If you are especially lucky you ... Read more >

A Day in Dubai

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | Mon, 11 Oct 2021 | By krodin | Views [36]

Dubai Dubai conjures up images of expensive shops, gold, glistening glass covered buildings shooting to the sky, and massive environmental destruction of the coral reefs and shorelines.  Advertisements for tourists on Youtube tout how the city ... Read more >

The ❤️ of Tuscany: Montepulciano and Pienza

ITALY | Sat, 16 Oct 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [29]

THE PROBLEM WITH A VISIT to the “Heart of Tuscany” is deciding wether to Drink or Drive!Since this was an “Under the Tuscan Sun” sort of day, I drove, despite the offerings of relentlessness wine shop owners of Montepulciano. ... Read more >

High on Arezzo

ITALY | Mon, 18 Oct 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [27]

THE CHURCH OF SAN DOMENICO IS THE ZENITH of Arezzo. It isn’t the best thing, by far, but it may be the highest and this morning Connie lead me, huffing and puffing, for a visit. And I said Arezzo wasn’t a hill town!     ... Read more >

If You're Going to San Francesco—in Arezzo

ITALY | Sun, 17 Oct 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [26]

YOU MIGHT HAVE TROUBLE FINDING AREZZO in your Italy guidebook—even Rick doesn’t bother with it. Arezzo is older than Florence but it didn’t have Michelangelo. It is in Tuscany but it isn’t a hill town but it . The Sunday morning ... Read more >

Revisiting Ravenna

ITALY | Wed, 20 Oct 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [26]

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY to Ravenna—Autumn arrived. With the all the road construction, impromptu stops to photograph the fall colors and time for a picnic lunch, the 90-minute drive from Arezzo took nearly twice as long. Back in 2012 ... Read more >

Michelangelo Sculptures in Bologna

ITALY | Fri, 22 Oct 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [16]

IT SEEMS LIKE OLD TIMES being in Bologna, not that we’ve been here before. The car was due back at 10:30, check in’s not until four and now we’re standing on the corner with no idea where we’re at, where we’re going or what ... Read more >

Gone Fishin'

USA | Fri, 27 Nov 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [396]

OLD-TIMERS DON’T NEED A LICENSE TO FISH in Florida.  Before the Dark Times descended you might see them lined up shoulder-to-shoulder on almost any bridge or pier—today they are keeping their social distance.  I prefer to be closer ... Read more >

Exit Strategy

USA | Mon, 24 May 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [170]

WE'RE BACK FOR ONLY TWO WEEKS AND already are planning our escape. Most people travel to Colorado for the skiing and hiking—we come for our annual proddings and probings. Lest you think we’re masochists, Colorado is where our doctors are—... Read more >

Back On Our Own

MEXICO | Tue, 24 Aug 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [71]

THE BIRDING TRIP IS OFFICIALLY OVER. It was a successful trip any way you slice it—5000 kilometers in six Mexican States, more than 400 bird species identified with 130 “Lifers” for Connie. At a rough estimate, I took 5000-something ... Read more >

Aruba, Curaçao and the DR

NETHERLANDS ANTILLES | Sun, 12 Sep 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [68]

MY FIRST CRUISE WAS TEN YEARS AGO—the Atlantic crossing that started these journals. I had no idea what to expect and Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas became the standard comparison for other cruise lines. This is the first time we ... Read more >

Benvenuto in Italia

ITALY | Tue, 21 Sep 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [60]

EVEN WITH ALL OF OUR FLIGHTS departing and arriving on time it took twenty-one hours to go from Omaha to Atlanta to Paris to Florence. And it almost didn’t happen!                        ... Read more >

To Buy Or Not To Buy . . .

ITALY | Thu, 23 Sep 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [60]

THAT IS THE QUESTION. With individual tickets starting at €8, purchasing a multi-day pass not only saves money, you don’t have to wait in line. But which pass is right, a 3-day Florence City Pass for €70 or the 3-day Uffizi Pass for €... Read more >

Sailing into the Sunset

USA | Sat, 4 Sep 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [59]

WE WILL BE OUT OF TOUCH for the next week or so. We are taking a cruise to Aruba, Curacao and the Dominican Republic on the Carnival Horizon . One of the ways cruise lines remain profitable in spite of the low fares is the amount they charge for extras—... Read more >

Florence in the Sunshine

ITALY | Wed, 22 Sep 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [59]

FIRENZE LOOKS MUCH DIFFERENT in “shoulder season” than on our visit ten years ago in the dead of winter. While the weather then was molto freddo —Italian for “freakin’ freezing—we had the city pretty much to ourselves.... Read more >

Uffizi Gallery: One Step at a Time

ITALY | Sat, 25 Sep 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [56]

ONE PAYS A PRICE TO VISIT THE UFFIZI—and the €20 ticket cost is only the beginning. Now you have your temperature scanned and show your Covid “Green Card” followed by an airline-like security check. After making your way through ... Read more >

Still Leaning After All These Years

ITALY | Tue, 5 Oct 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [35]

EVEN THE THUNDER, LIGHTENING AND RAIN drumming on the skylight didn’t keep us from a good sleep. After breakfast we walked to the Field of Miracles where the famous Tower of Pisa still leans. As any freshman engineering student could tell you, ... Read more >

Finito Con Firenze—Finished With Florence

ITALY | Sun, 3 Oct 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [33]

AN OLD WOODY ALLEN SCHTICK GOES “My wife is and atheist and I’m agnostic. We argue about which religion not to bring the children up in.” Like Woody I am a heathen without much use for religion.      Oppulence ... Read more >

We've Got A Ticket To Ride

ITALY | Mon, 4 Oct 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [33]

PISA IS ONLY AN HOUR BY TRAIN from Florence so most visitors make it a day trip as we did ten years ago. Now that we have more time, more money and more patience we decided to stay a while.              Worth ... Read more >

More Treasures of Pisa

ITALY | Thu, 7 Oct 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [32]

WE PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE WAITED to visit the Sinopie Museum until we had seen the original frescoes at the Campo Santo Cemetery. Offically Camposanto Monumentale ,  Campo Santo was originally constructed to house the graves that were scattered ... Read more >

Lucca—City of 100 Churches

ITALY | Mon, 11 Oct 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [29]

WE DIDN’T COUNT 'EM, OF COURSE, but Lucca is said to be the “City of 100 Churches.” As a matter of fact, on our visit ten years ago we barely noticed them. In truth, the only mention I gave Lucca in my “vagabonds” journal ... Read more >

 

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