Monthly Archives: July 2015

Coming Home (again): Jazz at Port Townsend

We’ve written before in this blog about jazz creating a sense of coming home for us and this past weekend Port Townsend, Washington was where it all came together again. It’s not hearing familiar tunes that necessarily brings us home, because … Continue reading

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Ampelmann and German Re-Unification

The other day, while walking around Wiesbaden, Jay noticed a new display outside the Hessen capitol building: Ampelmann The statue celebrates 25 years of German re-unification which officially takes place on October 3. This larger-than-life image of Ampelmann and the slogan “Grenzen … Continue reading

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Chillin’ in Prien am Chiemsee

One of the wonderful things about living in Europe is how close towns, regions and countries are to each other. And the German rail system, despite its imperfections, is still a terrific way to get around with ease. Over the … Continue reading

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The Hills Are Alive

Jay has never been a big fan of “The Sound of Music”. Not that he didn’t like the movie, which he only saw once on TV, years ago. It’s just that in 1965, when the movie came out, he had a lot of other … Continue reading

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Bingen: Jazz and a Tale of Two Cities

A few weekends ago, we spent the day in nearby Bingen am Rhein, for the 20th annual “Bingen Swingt” jazz festival. We only caught the last two acts of the 3-day festival but it was a fun time. We enjoyed … Continue reading

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Dubrovnik Without the Crowds

It’s just the nature of travel today that many of the drop-dead beautiful sights in the world, accessible by water, are inundated by cruise ship crowds. Dubrovnik is one of them. It’s certainly a far cry from the last time Tanya … Continue reading

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