From the Archives: Venice, ITALY

I have a friend going to Venice, Italy this year, so I thought I’d post some old pix from my last trip, years ago now.  All my friends seem to be taking these great International trips… seems I’m the one staying home for a change.  Maybe I need to some planning.  Hmmmm.


I love Venice.  It’s a magical place.  Just sitting in St. Mark’s square having a coffee watching the people go by… or the dueling music at night, can be very entertaining.

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But it’s so much more… it’s the architecture, the gondolas, the city on the water, the food stalls, and artisan shops filled with masks, glass blowing, and hand made papers.  It is a festival for the eyes and the senses.

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I hope she enjoys it as much as we did.  But then, how could you not.

Have fun!… and get lots of GREAT pix.

From the Archives: Luxembourg

There are a lot of amazing places in the world.  I happen to love our own backyard, as Arizona has so much to offer.  But America is young compared to historic cities abroad that beam with history, architecture, and culture.  I yearn for walking the cobblestone streets of Europe in any number of quant charming cities that exude character at every turn.

This post takes me back to a trip in 2007 to Luxembourg.  I call these little segments of the past, From the Archives, but they feel like A Blast from the Past.

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Luxembourg is a small country, surrounded by Belgium, France and Germany. It has a strong financial sector and beauty abounds.  It’s got both nature and medieval, yet modern at the same time.  It’s often overlooked, but shouldn’t be.

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While I was in Luxembourg for business, it is definitely a place I would go back to just to explore and enjoy.

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