Monthly Archives: October 2014

Europe 2014 – Siena Pre – You Are Supposed to Make an Appointment for the Genius Bar

Timeline: October 6th – 10th The drive down to Siena went smoothly and we pulled into Camping Siena Colleverde in the early afternoon under overcast and slightly muggy conditions. I had camped here in 1979 with Rendy Richards and then again in 1984 with Joanna, Heike, and Francois, that memorable occasion when we stumbled upon […]

Europe 2014 – Cinque Terre – Hiking is Hard But a Nice Dinner is a Good Reward

Timeline: October 1st – 5th For our last day in Cinque Terre we decided to tackle the toughest of the coastal hikes, the trail from Monterosso to Vernazza, with an option to continue on to Corniglia. We made a beeline for the trail after disembarking from the train, walking up what seemed to be a […]

Europe 2014 – Cinque Terre – The Value of Re-Hydrating

Timeline: October 1st – 5th We’d get in two good hikes during our stay in Cinque Terre. The first took us from Manarola to Corniglia, a rugged and steep walk of about four miles. We made it a little easier on ourselves, cutting out the first two very steep miles (it would have been six […]

Europe 2014 – Cinque Terre – As Good as St. Rick Claims

Timeline: October 1st – 5th We arrived the afternoon of the Wednesday the 1st at Camping La Sfinge (Sphinx in Italian), just outside of the small town of Deiva Marina at the northern end of the Cinque Terre. From this point on during the remainder of our stay in Italy we would be blessed with […]

Europe 2014 – Torino – Sometimes What You Can’t See is Good for You

Timeline: September 30th We set off that Tuesday morning under cloudy and rainy skies, a condition that would follow us the entire day. We’d made a reservation at a B&B Hotel so weren’t too concerned about the weather or the amount of time it would take us to complete the days drive. The distance to […]

Europe 2014 – Annemasse/Geneva/Annecy – The End of a Great Week and Start of Our Last Month

Timeline: September 25th – 30th Lisa Neddam had contacted us via email in Bulle to let us know that Adrien’s situation had not improved and they would have to decline hosting us in Geneva. We scrambled again for lodging, this time arranging to stay Friday night at an Ibis Budget property, the Annemasse, on the […]

Europe 2014 – La Gruyère: The Fondue’s and Don’ts of Switzerland

Timeline: September 25th – 26th Editor’s Note: Jessica again graces the blog with an excellent retelling of day or two in cheese and chocolate country. Enjoy. What a day, what a day. It all started with a late checkout from our hotel in Lucerne. We had a snack breakfast in the Mann Parents room and […]

Europe 2014 – Lucerne – Swiss Sticker Shock

Timeline: September 23rd – 24th With a relatively short and easy drive ahead of us to Lucerne Tuesday morning, we decided to spend a couple of hours walking around Fussen, a charming little town in and of itself. After a very good buffet breakfast at the Zum Hechten, we made our way out into the […]

Europe 2014 – Fussen – Buy One Get One Free Castle

Timeline: September 22nd Monday would be a full day with our planned drive a couple of hours into the Bavarian Alps to take in both Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein before checking in to our hotel, the Zum Hecten in Fussen. Our departure in the morning was a little complicated as Marty needed to pick up a […]

Europe 2014 – Fest 3 – Escape from Oktoberfest

Timeline: September 19th – 21st We all arose the next morning, Sunday, none too worse for wear and with just a few rough edges showing. John Greely was to fly back to London later in the afternoon and so by late morning we all gathered to make our way back to central Munich for a […]