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Benin Markets

By | September 3rd, 2017|

Daily commerce that does not involve Amazon.  It doesn't even involve refrigeration.

Boating in Benin

By | September 1st, 2017|

Benin is in West Africa, roughly the size of Portugal.  One of the poorest countries in the world, it's not known as a tourist destination.  The worst of the horrific Ebola epidemic, in which over [...]

Solar Eclipse in Redmond, OR

By | August 21st, 2017|

For one day, for one event, everyone shook off politics and world disasters and looked up together at the sky.  As the total solar eclipse grew closer, the temperature dropped, the birds quieted and we [...]

Sweet Corn Fest in Illinois

By | August 7th, 2017|

The day after we touched down from Corsica, Mike took off for Illinois and the Sweet Corn Fest. The Moline clan lives smack in the middle of endless acres of corn.   Early in the [...]

Corsica Adventures

By | August 1st, 2017|

We called this trip the "Francathalon", because we were pretty exhausted until we got to relax on the sailboat.  Michèle and the boys kept us busy!   As a bonus, we were so close to [...]

Icelandic Horses and Craters

By | July 25th, 2017|

Armed with headnets, long sleeves and bug wipes we braved a day around Lake Myvatn, which didn't end up very buggy at all.   Hiking the crater wasn't easy, but the view was otherworldly. [...]

Icebergs in Iceland

By | July 23rd, 2017|

Harsh winds, strong currents, sun and air pockets have helped create these astonishing natural sculptures.

Icelandic National Parks

By | July 21st, 2017|

Vatnajokull National Park covers 13% of Iceland.   Sadly, Iceland is one of the fastest-warming places on the planet – as much a four times the Northern Hemisphere average. The 300-some glaciers that cover more than [...]

Reykjavik, Iceland

By | July 14th, 2017|

Reykjavik is the world's northernmost capital, and where 54% of the population live.  Iceland is for "island", nothing to do with ice.   The collapse of the Icelandic króna  in 2008 made it a cheap [...]

Budapest, Hungary

By | July 11th, 2017|

Budapest brought me to tears and made me laugh out loud.  We were only there briefly, long enough to see the sights and for me to lose Mike's driver's license in a taxi.  Surely it's [...]

Kutná Hora, the Bone Church

By | July 9th, 2017|

The Sedlec Ossuary is a small Roman Catholic chapel outside of Prague.  It contains the skeletons of about 40,000 people, whose bones have been artistically arranged to form decorations and furnishings for the chapel.  Why? [...]