Category Europe 2014

Europe 2022 – Montpellier, Part One

June 15 – 17 We finished breakfast at the Meininger, grabbed our bags and made the now less taxing trek to Gare Bordeaux and boarded the train to enjoy our reserved seats at a cost of 24.22-Euros ($26.40).  A couple of cups of coffee from the small food station in one of the cars complemented […]

How English took over the world – From The Week

This brief article from the current issue of The Week bolsters my contention that we found English to be much more prevalent last year in Europe than in prior trips. John McWhorter The Wall Street Journal The future belongs to the English language, said John McWhorter. English is rapidly becoming what the creators of Esperanto […]

2014 in review – Thanks to All of You Who Helped to Make My Blog a Success

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,200 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people. Click here to […]

Europe 2014 – A Summary – Part Three

The bottom line is that this wasn’t a low cost endeavor, even though we camped and from time to time stayed with folks we know. I maintained a daily log of our expenses broken down into seven categories; Lodging, Food, Culture (museums, entrance fees, concerts, etc.), Miscellaneous, Public Transportation and Parking, Tolls, and Gas. Cash […]

Europe 2014 – A Summary – Part Two

So what exactly does it take on the expense side to travel for nearly six months in Europe? A big chunk of the cost is getting there and back and providing for transportation, a bit of which I’ve examined an earlier post. What follows in the next two posts is the complete breakdown. Pre-Trip Expenses […]

Europe 2014 – A Summary – Part One

We’ve been back in the States now for a little over a month and have settled into a nice routine that may or may not be the one we pursue in the future. We’re currently on the road, driving to the west coast for the holidays, a trip that will last about six weeks. Throughout […]

Europe 2014 – A Recap – Part Five

The rest of the gear was comprised mainly of equipment we’ve collected and used during many years of camping. I won’t cover all of the small pieces we took along, instead placing a focus on the key components that made living out of the back of the car fairly comfortable. For cooking, we used three […]

Europe 2014 – A Recap – Part Four

With the car decision made in early 2013, we could begin to assemble the gear we’d be taking, freed from having to reduce what we would take with us because we could now ship it all in the car. This proved to be both a blessing and a curse. To be perfectly honest, we took […]

Europe 2014 – A Recap – Part Three

As we went from dealer to dealer looking at potential cars to purchase and ship over, we established some guiding principles to help keep us on track during the process, as it is very easy to get caught up in the excitement of car buying and end up with a vehicle that while nice, is […]

Europe 2014 – A Recap – Part Two

The second option for transportation, and one we considered seriously, was to purchase a vehicle in Europe. The most viable choice when purchasing is to consider European delivery from one of the manufacturers that still offers this possibility. The choices available are Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, and Volvo. It is still possible to by a […]