Two new tech discoveries

I've found two new tech tips that have made my travels so much easier! One is thanks to my cousin, Lisa, who showed me I can use my cell phone's data plan to create a wi-fi hot spot to connect my laptop to the Internet. (This was necessitated because my flat in Lucca didn't exactly … Continue reading Two new tech discoveries


Sweet, sweet Bruges

When most people say they've had their fill of museums, they perhaps mean that one Phoenician pottery shard has started to look like every other Phoenician pottery shard. Or if they have to look at another still life of dead pheasants, they'll scream. When you're in Bruges and you say that, however, you may be … Continue reading Sweet, sweet Bruges

Bruges must be chocolate heaven

On my first sight of Bruges, I thought, "Oh, this is cute". On my second look, all I could see was tourists, and I thought, "Oh, this doesn't look good." On my third look, walking around the streets, I thought, "By all that's unholy, I may just overdose on chocolate over the next three days!" … Continue reading Bruges must be chocolate heaven

In Flanders Fields – Visiting Sanctuary Wood

     This is a World War I site with original and partially restored trenches outside Ieper, Belgium (called "Wipers" by the British soldiers of the time). The woods gave temporary sanctuary from German guns (hence the name) during the various battles that raged through what is now peaceful Belgian countryside. One of the first … Continue reading In Flanders Fields – Visiting Sanctuary Wood

Pussy cat, pussy cat where have you been?

Why, I've been to Royal Ascot to see the Queen! (but more about her, later...) I thought that attending the horse races at Royal Ascot would be a bit of a lark, a once-in-a-lifetime chance to attend a glamorous event, like the Oscars.  I thought there would be a fair number of "regular" people like … Continue reading Pussy cat, pussy cat where have you been?