This year we decided to avoid the depressing spectacle that is Christmas in the US by traveling abroad for the holidays. This turned out to be an even better idea than we thought it could be. The usual guilt and stress of our most dreaded holiday melted away, and we pretty much forgot about the
Unless of course it’s near Jackson, Wyoming. Hiking isn’t the only thing we did in Jackson Hole. We also shopped and ate way too much. And of course, we took a few pictures. (Some of the best shots from this trip were shot by the Kellster!) It’s hard to pick favorites. Here are just a
Vienna, with its 1.7 million inhabitants, is the largest city we visited. The city has a modern (and very expensive!) feel. Dozens of quaint cafés serve some of the best coffee and sweets we’ve ever tasted. We only wish we could’ve had a bite of this edible pony. St. Stephen’s Cathedral and another impressive organ.
After a pleasant three hour cruise, the sun appeared just in time to see this picturesque village from the Danube. Later in the afternoon, we tasted the exquisite “biodynamic” wines at the Nickolai Winery. The rest of the pictures from this day are here.
We’re heading back to Prague for a moment just so you can see this amazing street musician I encountered near the Municipal House. Unfortunately, the camera’s memory card filled up before he finished, forcing me to switch cards midway through the performance. Even with this technical snafu at 3:16, you will be amazed.
The spectacular Melk Abbey provided plenty of eye-popping splendor on today’s tour. We found a delightful mix of the ultra-modern design and treasures from the past. The library was really stunning, but unfortunately, no photos were allowed. To give you some idea what it looked like, have a look at this amazing 3D shot of
Scenery along the Danube is starting to become really lovely – especially when the sun (almost) makes an appearance. Love locks on the bridge on the way to the castle. The Salzburg Cathedral. I’m not sure of the significance of the big gold ball or of the dude standing on top of it! View more
Now on board the River Beatrice, our first stop is Passau. The site of the worst flooding in 5 centuries, Passau is small and charming. Our guide explains that the city was built at the confluence of three rivers – the Danube, the Inn and the Ilz. More Passau pics here.
I knew before we traveled to Prague that I would search out the awesome staircase in the photo above. I had spotted it on the web somewhere, and knew that it was located in the House of the Black Madonna, which, as luck would have it, was just a few blocks from our hotel. Our
Despite near gale-force winds, this motivated group was undeterred in its quest to place a small white ball in a teeny-tiny hole far, far away. First at Sea Ranch Golf Links, and the next day at the Little River Inn. I know – two golf courses in two days??? Don’t worry – thedude has not
We just returned from a super-relaxing trip to Point Arena with most excellent hosts Tom and Julie. In an absolute stroke of genius, we decided not to drive to Mendocino like we always do. Instead, we stayed around the beautiful ocean side home and limited our activities mostly to eating and drinking, interrupted only by
Our trip to Death Valley was not strictly for pleasure — we had an ulterior motive. Chris has just made a remarkable meteorological discovery that will be ‘officially’ announced by the United Nations WMO (World Meteorological Organization) later this spring. It’s all very exciting, and helps to explain the film crew trailing him in the
It must be said – this is one god-forsaken place. I can see why it was used as a proving ground for the Mars rovers and cast as the home of the Jawas in Star Wars. We found some interesting views along our 2.5 mile hike, but mostly just rocks and sand.
Kelly says no vacation is complete without a horsie ride. Some of you will recognize this photo from Kellster’s Facebook page. The main difference between the Facebook version and what you see here is the resolution of the full-size image, which is simply impossible to achieve on FB. This one is big enough to become
Kelly and I agree that this is the nicest Las Vegas hotel we’ve ever had the pleasure to visit. No casino, no smoking, free valet parking and a breathtaking view. Service was outstanding, and the price at the Vdara seemed reasonable! A rare combination, all but impossible to find anywhere else in Vegas. If you