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  1. Thanks, beautiful. Brings back lots of lots of memories of my visits.

  2. Thanks, Chris. Light is such an amazing thing, and you have such an amazing way of capturing its amazing beauty. Grateful to be able to tag along on your talent!

  3. Looks like you have enough photos collected to create a book. Then you can write off the trips as a business expense. (c;

  4. Stunning photos, thank you for sharing!

  5. Fabulous pictures.

  6. Very beautiful post. Remember some of these!

  7. Very beautiful 😍! Thank you for sharing your experiences with us.

  8. Good morning
    What an amazing collection of images.

  9. Will definitely be back to inhale this again. Thanks for off the beaten path Sunday visual(s).

  10. Happy Sunday to me!! These are pure heaven. Are they on fine art? Love is light, and you captured its beauty

  11. It’s a miracle these beautiful works of art survived the bombing during WW2.

  12. Wow!

  13. What a beautiful montage! Y’all have been so lucky to experience this and more. Thanks for sharing

  14. Really, really interesting! Thanks for sharing again!!

  15. Ahh been missing this Sunday edition to my morning coffee. Wonderful to find in my mail. ^_^

  16. Thanks!

  17. Enjoyed reading this and especially the walking 🚶‍♂️ through dry leaves.

  18. Thanks, a nice break on a cold, cloudy, windy day in Arkansas. Hope to see you somewhere!

  19. This is a wonderful idea. Thank you! Like you, we’re anxious to get back on the road (anxious about a lot of other things as well). Glad to know you are well and still creating journeys for us to enjoy.

    • We’re hoping our Iberian cruise will happen in September. Last biggie was South America — Chilean and Argentinian Patagonia, penguins in Falklands, dinosaurs in Argentina, Eva Peron (she still lives!) in Buenos Aires — and if we can’t go again, that was so perfect and wonderful we will be content. Viva le grand voyage!

  20. We miss hiking with you in Florida. Thanks for sharing the beauty

  21. Hi Chris and Jeannie! It was a pleasure to host you at our apartment. Still to this day, I follow your blog religiously. Hope you’re well and safe.
    Best wishes!

  22. Hi Jeannie, thank you for sharing your journey. My maiden name is Kerzich, was told the “h” was added when my grandfather went through Ellis Island. I am only beginning this process. He settled in Waukegan, IL — I was told there is a big Slovenian population there and I now live over the border in WI so I’d like to explore his roots there. Any suggestions on how to begin this process? Do you have an update after visiting your grandmother in WI? My grandfather and grandmother eventually moved to MI, they were sold land by a Slovenian real estate broker who told them the land was good for farming—they came from farming area in Slovenia. I know few details about their birthplace. I’d love to find out how to begin this process.

    • What a small world! I’ve responded via email since you won’t be notified from here. It would be pretty interesting to find out if we are related. Will announce on the blog if that turns out to be true!

      Good luck with your search.

  23. Not sure that even Slovenia can compete with the scenery of North Carolina. Wonderful photos and an inspired choice of destination to escape the horrors of Covid 19 and your election.
    We imagine that perhaps some more “local” escapes are being planned – there must be plenty of possibilities.
    Best wishes,
    Janet & Paul

    • What a nice surprise to hear from you and Janet! It was great to take a trip, though it was short and not very far to go. There is a glimmer of hope for travel maybe in 2022. We do hope to return for more walking in the UK, and will contact you if that becomes a plan.
      Stay well,
      Jeannie & Chris

  24. Really enjoyed your latest. It is a lovely time of year, whether in the USA or here in England.
    We have been viewing your Presidential Election with interest!

    • We are looking forward to changes next year with hope for a vaccine and the new administration. For now we just hope for cooler temperatures in Florida, it’s still in the 80s!

  25. These photos touched every cell in my body. Healing beauty, picture perfect

    • It is wonderful to feel peace and beauty with a photograph. Chris does have the eye and skill!

  26. I’m so happy for you guys that your adventures, though with less mileage, never really end, because the outdoors are infinite! I also love those crunchy leaves:) That is truly a beautiful, soulful area.

    • Glad we could transport you with sight and sound. My brother lives in North Carolina so that provides additional motivation to travel there. Chris speaks of his memories of you so perhaps one of our trips will take us near you. Will be in touch if that is the case!

  27. Fabulous pictures as always. Have missed your travel blog. Loved the 2 sound tracks.

    • And we have missed the travel that provides new stories for the blog. Now if we could find a way to add smell to the senses that we can record on our trips!

  28. Nice scenery. Been to Bryson City a couple times myself, it is beautiful. Played a bit of mountain golf. Thanks for the great reminder to return there in the future. Always enjoy following your posts!

    • Happy you are traveling with us and remembering you own trips to the area. Now if we can manage to meet safely in person in the year ahead!

  29. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your account of NC. Photos were awesome as always. Thank you for the escape. We’re locked down within a radius of 5km for 6 weeks at the moment. Every escape from our v small world is so welcome!

    • And we thoroughly enjoy the images your share via social media. The photos from your walks take us back to our stay in Killarney, meeting you and Mick. And seeing the creations of the children in your classes is so uplifting! Enjoy your local walks, stay well, and we hope to meet again!

  30. I’m so glad to hear that all is well. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen a post from you. As you can imagine, my Tours of Provence and the Dordogne were canceld last summer.
    The silver lining for me was that I finally replaced my right knee which was becoming an issue, so I’ll be ready to hike the Camino and pick up with my tours whenever it’s safe to do so.
    Keep the posts coming please and be safe.
    Kaydie Vistelle

    • From a chance encounter years ago, we connect again here through our love of France. We wish you the best recovery so you’ll be walking again when travel is possible. Perhaps we’ll get to Gainesville in the next year of so and have some time to share stories. Until then stay well.

  31. How delightful!

    Reminds us of our trip in the Appalachians ten years ago, among other things driving along (some of) the Blue Ridge Parkway and visiting Asheville and Biltmore.

    Great you managed to get away – hope it has strengthened you for the next period …

    Jette and Niels

    • Glad to know that you’ve enjoyed this area, though I’m not surprised as you have traveled quite a bit in North Anerica. Our trip was long enough to escape the daily news and enjoy cooler weather and great hiking. We are hopeful for a return trip for spring flowers. And I’m beginning to dream of a possible trip abroad in 2022. It never hurts to be hopeful!

  32. Thank you for sharing your two week retreat into the calmness of North Carolina mountains. I have a sister that lives in Waynesville, who moved there from Florida, and visiting her is always such a delight. I believe you went at a great time of year and such wonderful colors for you to embrace in your photography

  33. It’s really great that y’all were able to get out and enjoy such beautiful scenery 😍.

  34. Thank you for the lovely respite ❣

  35. Nice getaway! I have a number of relatives in that area and it is a lovely place to visit, although I rarely get on the trails when I am there.

  36. Holiday? Are you heading out to another holiday?
    Oh how wonderful to “walk” with you two again.
    The sound of the water…

  37. I think a title your hikes could be ‘Neck yoga on a hike’. Waterfalls and mushroom, one makes your head look up and the other down – very poetic. In warmer temps the waterfalls would be great to wash off some trail dust. Love your pics and captions.

  38. Fall/Autumn! Thanks for sharing!!

  39. I love the sound of crunching through the leaves.

  40. We were up there recently too. I see a picture from Standing Indian. We camped there as well as Van Hook Glade near Highlands.

  41. Saudade de voce 🙂

  42. There is a welsh term – hireth – the longing for home or somewhere that you know you can’t go back to – your childhood home, for example. You can’t go back in time to what it was, but you still miss it. so – hireth – a combination of nostalgia and homesickness that there isn’t a direct equivalent for in English…

    • Hi Gay, it is great to hear from you, and to know folks still look at the blog. Who knows when and where we’ll go, once travel is an option in the future. Thanks for sharing the term from your world. For all the differences from country to country, some things are the same, though labeled differently.
      Stay well and happy; we hope to see you again.
      Jeannie & Chris

  43. Impressive collection!

  44. Some really interesting art work of differing mediums. Thanks for sharing.

    • We enjoyed seeing so many styles, colors, subjects. And you know there are many more images that did not make it into this blog!

  45. I especially like the man with the mustache, holding the dog that is singing. Way cool!

  46. Keep posting! Thanks!!

  47. Wow. I agree with Debi. What a mental, colorful, creative stretch of the artistic expression. Need to take a look again.

    • There was so much to look at as we walked through the cities, and I’m sure we missed many interesting images.

  48. So many images! So many ideas! Such freedom!

  49. As you said very different museums. Enjoyed them.

  50. Most excellent article. Thank you. We look forward to the day we can visit LIsbon and these will definitely be on our list of stops. Still in holding pattern in the States awaiting the reopening of Europe to visitors. We are ‘slow nomads’ also and plan a month in Lisbon with excursions from a base there. Meanwhile, we will explore Flagstaff, AZ and the great offerings of this area.
    Have a great day!

  51. Thanks!

  52. thanks for sharing, I enjoyed the exhibitions.

  53. I just know I would really love this place!

    • Yes you would! It was a great place to see many styles of creativity; we’re glad to be able to share!

  54. It never is the same is it? When i travel back to places over time, the changes always make me nostalgic for what was gone but then it’s exciting to see what is new too. At the same time, I do feel this has accelerated the change and not just in things but in the culture. Thanks for sharing. I hope we see you one of these days.

    • Who knows when we can travel again, but it would be great to align destinations and schedule. It will be interesting to see how much things change in the months ahead. Enjoy each day, wherever you are!

  55. The art is fun and amazing. But so is the high-rise walk below the bridge deck, the ancient worn cobbles in the street, bold color like we never see in this country, and Jeannie taking a break from shopping.

    • You and Joan would have enjoyed the displays and the energy of the place. It wasn’t all about the shopping, we stopped for a sweet and coffee, and I only made one small purchase (I learned early on, jewelry and scarves can easily fit in the luggage!)

  56. I love that I had never heard of saudade before, but now I have learned something new. And you explain the concept very clearly. We can all relate because I believe everyone experiences saudade.

    • It was great that we learned the term while visiting the place of origin. Yes, it can be experienced by all, at some point, in some place.

  57. We’ll meet again … don’t know where, don’t know when, but …

    I feel confident we’ll get through all this, a vaccine/cure will be found, and we can all start meeting again some sunny day. Maybe with some new-found consideration about how to minimize riscs (I’m probably not going to travel without hand spirit again, for instance), but we’ll get out there.

    Until then – thanks for all your thoughts, tales and pictures.

    • It’s been great to meet on so many of our trips and share experiences of new places. Once we begin to plan another adventure, let’s try to align time and place. Until then, find joy and love where you are.

  58. The note once played, goes on forever. The same with adventures. They can never be undone. The place may change once you leave, the people may not enjoy the same freedom to gather safely, but the memory of the place and the art of your many passeggiate, will remain, never changing.

    • So true, our memories will last, even longer than the blog that we share. We look forward to sharing more…

  59. Wow! The street art!

    • Yes, it was fabulous! So much energy and creativity! Glad to transport you however briefly!

  60. The journey that you two are on is indeed external AND internal. For me, that is why what you share here about your travels, in words & photos, keeps the world timelessly relevant.

    • You are in our heart and travel with us. We look forward to traveling together in spirit again.

  61. Thanks for sharing, I believe we all can relate to your feelings during these challenging times.

  62. I too thank you for sharing your experiences for places I will never travel to.
    Love the art work it is amazing!

  63. Thank you Chris, for sharing places I will never get to visit. My world view expands.

  64. Looks like an amazing, unique place. Very interesting art work.

  65. Very thought provoking. Makes me wonder if and when I can go to Germany again what it will be like. Thanks for sharing.

  66. Oh my goodness! Just after reading the first sentence of this recent post, I started crying. Thank you so very much for sharing this. For three weeks I’ve been a little bit in a funk as far as getting back into writing again. We must have been on the same wavelength. Very beautiful writing! Thank you!

  67. Glad you went and glad you’re back home!

  68. Thanks!

  69. Beautiful pictures – colors are amazing.

  70. This one was special. The breeze on a getaway walk and poetry earrings. Beautfiul day too.

  71. Wow what a most interesting place. Thanks for the great pictures and history of the town. Makes you wonder after seeing the small doors (so colorfully painted) what the inside of the homes look like. Are people’s vehicles parked somewhere outside the walls? How do they get deliveries? Raised a lot of questions for me.

  72. What a colorful, quaint city!
    As always thank you for sharing your experiences.

  73. Lovely. Can’t wait until we get to travel again.

  74. I loved reading about Natalie Santos. What a beautiful and talented woman! Thank you for sharing this adventure with us.

  75. Beautiful..

  76. Thanks! Glad to know there’s more coming!! The sooner the better!!!

  77. We have traveled to India, nepal, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos Vietnam, each time purchasing ‘cancel for any reason’ insurance from Roamright (Arch insurers). Twice we had to request refunds for the entire value of the trip (for medical reasons) and they paid every last penny.

    In the current situation, airlines have been either refunding the cost of flights or issuing vouchers valid for a year.

    Let’s hope that next year will see you in Tours. We did a tour around the south of France, through les Alpes Maritimes, and across the south. Especially liked Arles and Avignon.

  78. I heard that Bigfoot is the cause of this virus because he never washes his hands (so far, this has not been verified).

  79. Looking forward to the next time I will see a photo of your backpack on FB.
    Your travels are so much a part of all our lives.
    In the meantime, birthday raincheck roadtrip before then!
    Love & well-being to you both.

  80. Will miss you travels but a very well reasoned and wise decision.

  81. Excellent notes and suggestions. We will all be happy when it is safe to travel again. Saw an interesting chart on the reasoning for shutting down early, best way to help our facilities take care of us.

    • Yes, we all play a role in how damaging this is and the time it takes to slow it down. Let’s reflect on travels we’ve taken and appreciate how lucky we have been.

  82. Very sorry that you won’t be able to make this journey. But happy that you were able to successfully navigate the cancellations.
    Wishing you both good health and many more travels. Best, Pat

    • As one of our regular followers who comment, your encouragement is much appreciated.
      What a situation the world is in right now. We all need to do our part to stop the progression and aid in the recovery.
      Stay well and keep in touch.

  83. Enjoy your beautiful home and this glorious weather. Take lotsa hikes (watch out for those snakes) and we’ll take more bike rides as we wait for some trip refunds to come our way too. I was going to write an appropriate haiku but I’ll leave that to you. Looking forward to it.

    • I’m glad you were able to visit and we took some great walks. Very glad we avoided stepping on the cottonmouth snake!
      Enjoy your bike rides and time with your family. Travel will resume in the future. Take care.

  84. We also regretfully but sure of our decision cancelled our European river cruise. We look forward to another year when we take this trip, and see this crisis in hindsight! Meanwhile, I’m doing vocal lessons all over the globe, online only now. I’m seeing the videos of Italians making music for each other from their balconies, and an incredible surge in kindness in my own community with people asking and giving help like leaving bags of food on the front porch of those self-quarantined. Perhaps there is hope for the world yet! Glad you both are NOT at any airport right now!! xo

    • It’s good to hear from you Judy, I hope to meet you at some point. For now we will all remain at home, helping and connecting with others as we can. Travel will resume when it can, and our continued adventures will help the people in and connected to the travel industry recover. For us, it is an inconvenience, but to many others it might be quite disruptive to their lives. And yes, this is not the time to be at an airport!
      Continue sharing love through music.

  85. In short: Take care, don’t panic, and check facts – we couldn’t agree more.

    Let’s embrace the changes life forces on us – we’ll see you virtually and later physically out there!

    Jette and Niels

    • Agree, we will meet again somewhere during our travels. Since we started in 2014, you’ve joined us almost every year. We need to find a way to meet once travel is resumed, somewhere between here and Denmark!

  86. May your wisdom and common sense reach as many people as this nasty beast. We will have to be patient in this difficult period and hope that you will both be fine and back in business asap. Take care. All the best from Reunion.
    Maria and Jean-Marie

    • It is so good to hear from you! We do hope that we meet again, once we all conquer this virus and life settles back down, though I do expect things will have changed…
      Stay well,
      Jeannie & Chris

  87. Staying safe in Canada too. Good health to all.

    • Hi Sandy, it’s good to hear from you. We had been planning a trip out to the Calgary area in August, but we’ll see how that changes. And we were looking at a Gate 1 trip on the lower Danube for next spring…we’ll see. It would be nice to see you again as we travel. Stay in touch, and be well!

  88. Richard and I are glad your timing worked out so well. Relieved also that we had already decided to postpone our next trip even before the Coronavirus appeared. Stay well and I hope we’ll see you somewhere around the world in the Fall!

    • We’re glad that you and Richard aren’t having to change/cancel travel plans. We’ll let you know when we plan another adventure; maybe we can meet.
      Take care, stay well.

  89. Thanks! I’m glad (and relieved) you’re close by!!

  90. I have been waiting to hear what decision you have made. Was about to text Jeannie when I saw your email. The cancelled flight made the decision for you and it is a wise one. Glad you will be here. Take care and stay well.

  91. Well said – but we will also miss your travels!

  92. What a great write-up with tasty photos to match! Definitely opened new & familiar food horizons for me.

  93. Looks so delicious!!

  94. Unlike Linda, my mouth is watering and i am starving:)!

  95. The grilled sardines dish sounds really tasty. And I believe that the best parts of all of your journeys traveling around the world has got to be both the enjoyment of food and meeting people.

  96. Yum!

  97. After seeing all that wonderful food and wine, I am not hungry.

  98. Makes me smile as always!

    • THAT is the reason we keep putting out this blog. That, and the fact that someday when we get really old and forgetful we’ll look at the blog and say, “Oh look, didn’t those people have a wonderful adventure, I wonder who they were?” Thanks Wayne, your comments and smiles are always appreciated.

  99. Street art always beckons me to come closer. 3D version is incredible!

  100. I had to chuckle when I saw the train graffiti photo. Life is so global. We are all connected.

  101. An earthquake, tsunami and fire all in one year? Whoa.

  102. Awesome Pics! As usual.

  103. Terribly disappointed there were no scratch and sniff photos of the “pastel de nata.”

  104. Wow so much history. The monastery architecture is really awesome. All the monuments are amazing. Really like the raccoon art.

  105. Really impressive how the Mounted Brass Band played their instruments, with only one hand, while in a canter. Those horses are as beautiful as the Lipazanns.

  106. The more you travel and write, the smarter I get!

  107. We loved Lisbon! Your photos have just taken me back. They are beautiful. Hope you both are well.


  108. Amazing that the older trams are still in use.

  109. What a beautiful and charming city with some breath taking views.

  110. I think that using the funicular would be really…fun! Very nice photos and interesting details about the trams.

  111. Wow, that brings back memories.

    Our trams in Copenhagen, which I grew up with, were done away with before the start of the seventies.

    Kudos to any city who have kept theirs!

  112. Thanks for reviving many good memories of walking that area!

  113. Thanks!

  114. I like the Avineda walk. When I saw the photos I agree that it does look like a walk in Paris.
    All of your photos are beautiful and I thank you for providing me with this new blog post, as I enjoyed reading while drinking my coffee.

  115. Looks like a great city. Looking forward to seeing more of it.

  116. Thanks!

  117. Now when I see the word “Portugal” my brain lights up with a little more knowing. And a smile.

  118. I really like the video of the Time Out market. Very nicely done.

  119. I really like how you were able to slowly direct one’s eye upward to the open ceiling via the video, in the ‘Time Out ‘ market. Very cool viewing.

  120. Love your stories. The pics are a joy to see. I like your variety from vegetation, to street mosaics and street graffiti. And the architecture is always so different from ours it is a wonder in size and detail.

    • We never fail to be amazed at what we see. Such talented and creative people who find ways to share their vision. And for all we see and share, there is so much more that we missed. Glad you enjoy traveling with us.

  121. Thank you so much for the beauty

  122. Splendid leg of your journey, never dull reading.

    • Chris does quite a bit of research, and crafts his stories so well, and then accents with his photos. I’m glad I get to see these places with him, and we are able to share with our friends and fans!

  123. It’s pretty cool I get to share your memories. I even have a picture in my head of the singing cleaning lady.

    • She was such a delight! And clearly happy to be singing and dancing as she works! It was quite special to share a conversation with her.

  124. Chris, I love the history lesson intertwined with your daily experiences. You make learning fun. I’m sure Jeannie makes traveling fun. The blog you both create is a treat. Thank you for your effort.

    • Well, most of the time we have fun traveling:) Fortunately we don’t have many bumps in the road, and we bounce back when we do encounter difficulty. There is so much to learn on this journey, about the places, and our experience. Glad you’re with us!

  125. I’m learning so much, my head is going to burst!

  126. Another interesting place I didn’t know existed – thanks! Enjoyable as always.

    • We wish we could have shared a few days in Portugal with you, and look forward to seeing you in France in 2020!

  127. The Agua de Prada Aqueduct is impressive. Very informative and interesting read. Thank you. I also like the cow structure .Moo. Too cool,

  128. Wow what a charming and historical city. Blows my mind to see the old structures and buildings that are still in use. Just amazing. Thanks for sharing all the pictures.

    • We are amazed to see how old buildings are preserved and re-used. It might be more expensive this way, but preservation is important to them. Glad you enjoyed the photos.

  129. Great post !
    I especially liked the way you shared the “View of Porto” pictures. Each one a bit closer to the building than the previous. Cool presentation. Thanks

    • Thanks for sharing what you like. With so many pictures, Chris looks for different ways to share them. Your feedback is appreciated!

  130. This was special to me for some reason. Thanks for showing the off the beaten path nooks and crannies of your travels. So colorful and touchable.

  131. Magnificent 💕. Thank you so much for sharing your adventures. Can’t wait to see what you discovered in Lisbon. Happy New Year.


    • Happy New Year Pat! Hope yours will include travel; I’ll be in touch soon to catch up. Enjoy our views of Lisbon!

  132. The cleaning lady has a nice voice. I enjoyed listening to her.

  133. I was in Porto in 87 or 89’. Your great photos make me want to go back. I love the narratives and the idea of spending so much time in one place.

    • Hi Richard, you and Susan should plan some time in Portugal, and make sure to travel slowly!

  134. Thanks!

  135. As always wonderful pictures of a beautiful and interesting city. Thank you for sharing.

  136. Still amazes me how the beautiful old churches are still standing and in use. The bookstore is also amazing. Thanks for all the history and wonderful pictures.

  137. As with most of your posts I think, “Wow, I had no idea!” … how old, how beautiful, how’d they do that?…
    Love it all.

  138. Another wonderful post! Porto is definitely on our list. We missed it first time in Portugal but won’t miss it on our next visit. Wishing you and Jeannie a great holiday season this year. So glad you’ve had another memorable journey 💖.

  139. Very beautifully written and I really enjoyed the Fado Violado.

  140. Two 6 packs are better than one!

  141. Wow fantastic photos and writing!
    I’m still leading my tours of Provence and now in the Dordogne as well.
    Have you visited that area?
    We met several years ago at the Haile village market in Gainesville.
    So happy to see that you’re still loving your amazing adventure!

    • It’s great to hear from you Kaydie! We’ll plan a trip to Gainesville before we leave again, so we can share our adventures in France. The Dordogne is a great region; we’re going to the Loire Valley next. So many beautiful areas of France to see!

  142. Great photos! and dialogue as always!

  143. So diverse! Thanks for the stroll.

    • Yes! Though all the hills made strolling a bit more taxing than Florida. Good exercise to balance all the good calories!

  144. Great pictures and narratives. Feel like I was there with you. Fabulous city and lots to offer tourists.

    • We thought we’d like Portugal, and it was great! We’d love to return, but still so many other places to visit. It would be pretty good if we could align our travel plans and meet somewhere. Something to discuss when we meet in Florida again.

  145. The Ponte Dom Luis I bridge is very impressive. And I really like the beautiful photos of the railway trams. Thank you for sharing this.

  146. Loved your 6 pack!

  147. All that comes to mind is “WOW!”
    Thank you for sharing.

    • Wait till you see pictures of Lisbon, we said wow around every corner! But yes, all other places were pretty good as well.

  148. Fabulous pictures… Love this place

    • We really liked Portugal and all the places we visited (and food we ate…). Happy to share it with you.

  149. What a delightful way to enjoy a day of good music and gelato! Way cool!

  150. Amazing! What caught my eye was the detail work on the Portuguese guitar. Beautiful. Ya’ll have incredible stamina throughout your journeys.

    • We try to pace ourselves but there is always more to see than time allows. Fortunately our blog will allow us and others to enjoy our travels for years to come. It is fantastic to really experience parts of the life here, sights and sounds. Wish we could also share the fragrances and tastes!

  151. I see dates of 1100 and think “How did they do that?” And how does everything survive through the centuries of earthquakes, wars, urban renewal… Amazing stuff.
    I don’t know how you curate all of the info you provide – but you could easily defend a doctoral thesis on European travel.

    • Chris spends quite a bit of time researching the sights he writes about. I learn as much about the places we travel after he posts each blog entry. And we are amazed as well to see these places and how long they survive.

  152. Thanks again!

  153. The country is so colorful, with buildings, art, flowers and markets.
    The vegetable market is incredible!
    Thank you for letting me follow your journeys.

    • We are so fortunate to experience many of the flavors of each country, and are happy to share with you. Thanks for the encouragement.

  154. Magnificent buildings. And to think they were built without today’s modern building equipment. Interesting story about the bats in the library.

    • Many times we find ourselves thinking, how did they do that?! And interesting bits we learn, like the history of the bats!

  155. Great description with all the pics. Really love your posts!

  156. Great commentary and photos as always!

  157. Amazing how old this city is and the buildings still standing. Some postcard perfect pictures, Chris. Thanks for the tour of this city.

  158. Thanks!

  159. loved the post, thanks for sharing!

  160. Wow what a beautiful walkway through some amazing scenery. The stairs are unbelievable. It must have been quite a feat to build that walkway. The terrain looks really rough in spots. Thanks for sharing.

  161. Thanks!

  162. The stairs and swinging bridge looked daunting but quite beautiful

  163. I’m amazed at the energy, not to mention stamina that you two have! The scenery is really beautiful! And Thank you for the tip in reference to motion sickness. I didn’t know that sitting up front in a vehicle was a better position. It makes sense.

  164. Hope and caring and love are everywhere we just have to be open to it! The story was beautiful and it broadened my scope of realizing there are loving people everywhere!!! (even Italy!!!!LOL)

  165. So much blue and so beautiful!

  166. Thanks for the history of the tiles. They are certainly works of art and make the cities and towns so colorful.

  167. OK. Sao Bentinho Chapel and leaving traditional eggs… Was this perhaps the beginning of Eggs Benedict? And that staircase. Wow. Breathtaking in photos. I can only imagine being there!

  168. I love the attention to detail in each tile. Very beautiful! Very interesting read. Thank you.

  169. Wow!

  170. Beautiful blues. And I’m crazy about those tiles!

  171. Wow! Hard to choose a favorite!

  172. One of my favorite things to discover when I was there as well. Thanks for refreshing my memory of them.

  173. The time you two take to plan and journal your travels are astounding. The pics are first rate and tell a story in themselves, but coupled with your detailed descriptions of the places, and of the day, make your story personal and more interesting. We know you must spend an incredible amount of time on this blog cuz it shows. And we all appreciate it!
    On a side note, I am also amazed at seeing people in shorts and enjoy apparently warm weather this time of year. We often wake up to frost on the rooftops and are lucky for 50s. And the flowers! I doubt there is any city I’ve ever been in that’s had that many flowers… and it’s OCTOBER. We have pumpkins. Keep on keeping on.

  174. It’s just one amazing trip after another! It blows my mind!!

  175. It looks amazing. I will definitely add it to our list for our next trip to Portugal!

  176. Wow Wow Wow. What an amazing and old beautiful city. The flowers everywhere were so beautiful. The inside of the Cathedral of Braga is over the top. The organ pipes were the largest collection I have ever seen. Wish I could have seen the actual organ. Must be amazing.
    Thanks for sharing. Outstanding fotos as always, Chris.

  177. Beautiful, thank you for sharing your adventures with us less fortunate 🙂

  178. As always, I’m very happy to be able to share with your adventures. I’m really impressed with y’all having the energy to walk the 650 stairs of the Escaderia do Bon Jesus. Wow!

  179. What a an unexpected pleasure. Love when that happens. Curious what the name of the festival was and the cost.

  180. Wow what a great experience. Did you have an admission fee for this experience? Or was it free food for free workers?

  181. What a wonderful experience!

  182. I love this post, love y’all. What a fun adventure!!!

    • We are lucky to stumble upon adventures such as this, and glad to share our experience to those “traveling” with us!

  183. Wow! What a delightful way to spend a day. Such wonderful photos and I love the photo of Jeannie looking through the window. You can see her reflection.

  184. What fun adventures you are having!

  185. It can’t get any better than this!

  186. I was hoping for pic of Jeannie stomping grapes! Always makes my mouth water to read the posts. The food!

    • With my history of falls, stomping on slippery grapes was not for me. It was much more fun to watch! And yes, THE FOOD!!!

  187. Sounds (and looks) like you super enjoyed this little jewel a lot!

  188. Not many people around this pretty place. Thanks for the tour

  189. Another impressive find!

    • It always helps to look beyond the usual places people visit and this was a nice way to spend a day.

  190. Santo Tirso is beautiful. I’m glad that y’all were able to enjoy the attractions and especially the cuisine.

  191. I get to travel through you! Many thanks!!

  192. Wow another great find. That is a really impressive market. Was picture 0894 dried fish? The sculptures Living and Stone were very interesting.

  193. Great post! From the looks of the photos it did seem the “castle was rather small “,as castles go. lol
    Thanks again for another enjoyable read.

    • Not all castles can be grand but all are interesting. Glad you’re enjoying our stories.

  194. Wonderful exploration of the past and present in a country I knew so little about.

    • We didn’t know much about Portugal before this adventure began, but the people are so friendly, food and wine delicious and the cities are fun. So glad we chose this country to visit.

  195. It is lovely to read about my country from your perspective. It was a great pleasure to meet you on your journey. I wish you all the best in the adventures to come. You’re doing Portugal the right way.
    Best regards.
    Joana from Vinoteca (Porto, Portugal)

    • Hi Joana, it’s so nice to hear from you. We like traveling slowly so we have time to meet people like you. There are many more stories for us to share and we hope you enjoy them. We have not yet gone to Sintra but have the information you provided, thanks for the tips. And for helping us enjoy some great wine!

  196. I bet that the Tortas de Guimareas was very tasty. It reminds me a bit of when my mom would make fromajadis at a restaurant that served a lot of Menorcan cuisine. Thank you , again for the beautiful photos and sharing of your journeys.

  197. Great meeting the two of you along your journeys. We enjoyed sharing the lunch in Coimbra and you inspired me that we too can travel in your footsteps when we retire. We look forward to your blogs.
    Kevin and Anne

    • It’s good to hear from you! Hope the rest of your travels in Portugal were good, and you’ll soon be planning another adventure. Please stay in touch, it would be great to meet up again.

  198. Thank you for the tour. Looks to be a lovely place

  199. Another perfect day!

  200. Another great city in Portugal. Your pictures made me feel like I was there. Amazing and colorful architecture. Cathedrals centuries old still in use and houses a couple hundred years old. Just amazing.

    • Yes it is all quite amazing and we are glad to be able to share with our friends and family.

  201. Love the big boulder rocks, beautiful place. I like that Jeanie wears dresses, and looks so carefree, enjoy it all

    • I’ve discovered dresses are best in warm temperatures, and with limited suitcase space there will be many repeats in the photos (when I don’t edit them out). The place with the boulders was quite beautiful, and a nice time spent in the woods.

  202. Looks like y’all are having fun. Great pics!! Be safe!

  203. What wealth they must have had back in the salt production days, and luckily they seem to have wished to use some of it to make their surroundings beautiful. And that tradition looks like it is continued today in the street art.

    • There is so much beauty, but also much decay from more difficult times when property was not taken care of. From the many cranes around it is clear they are moving forward to rebuild and restore. And the street art provides color and interest, sometimes in unexpected places.

  204. Another memorable day! Thanks for sharing!!

  205. I love reading of your new culinary delights! Very excellent writing!

    • We’ll have to write a separate story about the food. We have photographed much of the food we have been served, sorry we can’t bring any back.

  206. What a beautiful and colorful city. The tiles on the buildings and streets are very interesting. Are the 2 different prices on the menu the difference of a full dinner or a smaller portion?

    • You read the fine print! Yes, and the smaller portion was always plenty for one. We are finding interesting and colorful tiles in all places in Portugal. There may have to be a separate story comparing tiles between regions. So many stories to write!

  207. I can taste the fish! Delicious! Great photos and travelogue as always!

  208. The last one is my favorite!

  209. So inspiring!

  210. Fun! And thanks as usual.

  211. Enjoyed the demonstration. Guess these beans don’t exist over here.

  212. Loved the demo…really look like big limas

    • That’s what we thought, but not green. Chris had fun making and sharing the video; wish we could pass some Tremocos around for you to try!

  213. Kinda like eating boiled peanuts but trickier! Cool

  214. I love the tutorial video. Very cool ! “Nobody Knows The Tremocos We’ve Eaten “…That’s really cute. I like that. Thank you for sharing this delicacy with us.

    • Glad you like the title, it was a real team effort. Chris started the title and I finished it! We really enjoy this tasty treat!

  215. You’re right, you can’t eat just one! Nice video!

  216. I want to try that. Popping beans. Fun. Reminds me of popping edamame out of their pods

  217. What fun! Nick-Pop-Chew. Oh, and sip of vinho. I bet they’re tasty!

    • Yes they are. Will have to see if there is anywhere in the US to order. Don’t think we could pack any in our luggage.

  218. Some history, some fun, something personal this is the best thing I read all week.

  219. I especially liked that they treat water and wine the same!

  220. As always great pictures. Feel like I was there with you. Especially interested in the statue made from duct tape. Can tell you how much duct tape my son went through with his creations. Will try to send the link of the picture to him. May get back to you if I am unsuccessful

    • I’m glad Chris was able to send you the photo to share with your son. Duct tape sure has been used in many different ways! Glad the photos brought back more good memories.

  221. I like the cool looking mailbox photo and Jeannie at the Museum. It’s uplifting to read of Portugal ‘s economic recovery.

    • Chris sneaks pics of me now and then, proof that we are really here?! Yes, there is an optimistic feeling here, hope their economy continues to grow, and not just from tourism.

  222. So amazing! We love reading and being a “part” of the experience,thank you!

    • Glad you follow and enjoy. We won’t make you sit through any long presentations of our summer vacation!

  223. Nice images! Love that there is sooo much variety and sooo many! I see some look like wheat paste images.. or so it looks. A history behind that wheat paste tagging too.

    • We were quite surprised by the variety. And on one of the carpets with seaweed, I spotted a small crab trying to make himself invisible. Not a good place for him to be, a long way to water. Hope someone rescued him!

  224. Wow, amazing pictures to capture that beautiful festival.

  225. Felt as if I was there with ya’ll. Even my feet hurt! 😉

  226. A very full day indeed. Hope your recovery period is not too long. Traditions are great and 700 years or so ago I bet they didn’t start out thinking “I wonder if they’ll still be doing this 30 generations from now?”
    GReat colors all around from the harbor to the streets. And kudos to the story and photo editor.

    • We return to Viana do Castelo tomorrow and look forward to seeing it on a normal day. The master story teller/photographer and editor appreciate all comments.

  227. Wow this was amazing reading and pictures. We a most unique cultural experience. Enjoyed seeing the beautifully painted accordions. You don’t hear those being played too often. A friend of my parents had one and taught me how to play it. Thanks for the memory and thanks again for sharing your experience.

  228. What a party!

    And suddenly (WCF-9281.jpg) a Norwegian flag in the middle of the parade – it just confirms our experience that no matter which town or small city you happen to be in during the summer period somewhere in Europe, sooner or later you’ll bump into a Norwegian school band on tour :-).

    • LOL. I noticed that during the parade. So, Niels, I had to research this, and it curiously appears that the flag is not specifically A flag of Norway, but rather the bandeira (flag) of a regional section of the Corpo Nacional de Escutas or Portuguese Scouts. It is indeed a Nordic cross and uses the same colors as the Norwegian flag, though I cannot find a reason for the similarity (other than salted cod which is consumed in VAST quantities here and is mostly imported from Norway). Here is a link to the Portuguese Scouting flag:
      I always look forward to your keen eye catching such details!

      • Ah, yes, I can just make out a little bit of the central golden ornament now that I re-check the picture.

        Interesting. A similar confusion to what I got the first couple of times I watched the Tour de France on TV and saw all the Danish flags, wondering why many of them had a green Saint Andrew’s cross on them; turned out of course to be Basque flags, not Danish :-).

  229. Hey C&J, Looks like you are having fun. Great Pics! Keep um coming. Be safe!!

    • Yes, great events and people, food and wine, lots of fun. More stories and pictures to follow. Thanks for traveling with us!

  230. Wow! I enjoyed the video of the giants. The tapedes floridos is really impressive. Thank you for sharing this.

    • We had never seen anything quite like this and it was great that Chris could record it so we could share. Glad you enjoyed it!

  231. Wow. Wonderful colors!

  232. Hard to believe that it is already five years that you have been doing this. As you know I love your blog and photos. Many times it reminds me of quite a few of the places I saw over 40 years ago. Love traveling with you and look forward to your many journeys in the future.

    • Our blog will help preserve our memories; it’s hard to believe all the places we’ve been! Glad we help you remember your earlier travels. We’re always happy to hear from you, and to see you when we’re in Florida. Enjoy your travels sharing time with your grandchildren; thanks for sharing that with us as well.

  233. What an adventure! Great photos too!

    • Let’s get together later in the year to hear about your adventures! You know where we’ve been but we don’t know where all you’ve been traveling. It’s great to have so many methods of travel, and places to see!

  234. Wow, that is an impressive accomplishment. You are both an inspiration!


  235. Thanks! You already know how much I love following you and learning so much from you!!

  236. Wow! Glad I have been on journey with you through the blog.

  237. I’ve been enjoying your journeys via your blog. I’m glad that I am able to do that. Thank you for sharing with all of your readers (friends ).

    • It is good to see you here Missy, and better when we meet in St Augustine. Keep traveling with us!

  238. Hi Chris and Jeannie. We love your bogs and this was a great summary of your life of adventure. Susan and I want to spend 6 weeks plus in the Netherlands and in Belgium net summer. Any specific suggestions about Belgium?

  239. Good morning from Flagler Beach! We’re here until tomorrow when we hopefully will have a better understanding of where Hurricane Dorian is headed. This is a wonderful post. Thanks for compiling all of the information and photos. We certainly agree with you about staying at least a month in a country. Although we’ve taken the tour route, we always stay behind (or arrive a little early) to create our own feel for a spot. Hope you’re continuing to enjoy Porto – you’ll find those same hills and steps in Lisbon 🇵🇹 too! Thanks for putting this together. Wishing you fair skies and safe travels. Pat

    • Glad the hurricane is less of a threat to Florida (for the moment) so hopefully you’ll enjoy the rest of your time at the beach. We enjoy hearing about your trips, a blend of tours and independent travel sounds like a good way for you. Let’s see if we can align our plans next year; it would be great to meet up in a new place!

  240. Beautiful, thank you for taking us along in your journeys!

  241. Thank you for allowing us to follow along in your journey. You know that Lance is a reluctant traveler and each time I share one of your blogs with him, he moves one step closer to packing his bags. So, it is you two who are appreciated! May you continue enjoying life!

    • You can sign him up so he gets his own alert when a new blog is published:)
      Glad you enjoy, hope you’ll be packing for your next adventure soon! And maybe our paths will cross outside the US at some point in the future.

  242. What a read. What a journey. What a life. Looking forward to more.

  243. Even your “misses” are way better than a day at work. Beautiful prose and pics. Gracias.

  244. Too bad you missed out on the festivities. But the garden looks like it was worth the walk.

  245. Beautiful photos as always. Very interesting about Assumption Day.

  246. Grilled sardines! Who knew? Love how you find unique nuggets and enjoy the local finds that are off the worn travelled path!

  247. This is a great story. Experiencing the locals food has to be one of the best parts of your trips. Grilled octopus is a little out there for me but what the heck. Thank you for giving us this daily excursion to Portugal, since pretty sure it’s the only way I will get there

    • Sorry to correct but they were squid, not octopus. We haven’t yet had the octopus but it is on our must eat list. Glad you enjoy reading our stories! There will be many more experiences in Portugal!

  248. Everything in the market looked very fresh. I think I have only had sardines from a can. Looked like a very filling lunch.

    • After eating them fresh, I don’t think I could try sardines from a can. We need to order less, it was way too much food but we ate most of it! Oh well, live and learn (it probably won’t be the last time we make this mistake.)

  249. Very appetizing! I like sardines. I can only imagine how the meal tasted. It all looks delicious! I’m so glad that y’all are enjoying all that Portugal offers.

  250. Great update! Sounds fun and very entertaining, thank you!
    Love y’all. Safe travels! ~JM

    • We are enjoying everything, sights, sounds, tastes. It’s good to hear from you! Lots more adventure ahead!!

  251. My mouth is watering!

  252. você senhor é um amante de sardinha repugnante

    • I don’t think I had ever really tried fresh sardines; the flavor is quite mild. We had discovered squid in Spain and now enjoy it when available. This is a different gastronomic adventure than Lyon, but also very good. Wish you could join us!

  253. I can’t believe you ate all that food for lunch!

    • Me either! We never know how big the portions will be and these exceeded our expectations. When prices are so low, we think the servings will be small. I’m glad we didn’t have anything planned in the evening; I was quite lazy when we returned but managed to write about our experience. We won’t forget it!

  254. Makes me want to go back even more! Keep having fun!

  255. 20% you say, Port may be the Autobahn to wine buzz.

    • We have not yet experienced a port wine tasting. Will have to plan that for a day when a nap can follow!

  256. Enjoyed the history lesson. Didn’t know much about Portugal until now. We grew up with a VW bus that my Dad had converted into a camper. Also many fond memories of vacations in it. Love the pictures as always. Feel like I am there with you.

  257. Hi you guys, looks like a great time. Thanks for all the cool pictures.

  258. Wow! What a delightful way to end your outing by enjoying a nice snack of sausages, cheese and wine and with new friends! Way cool! I love the retro VW buses.

  259. I enjoy street or ‘Urban’ Art. A little visual relief in a bland view of concrete, metal and glass. Love the way you always catch them in your travels!

    • You’re right, street art splashes color across less interesting surfaces. So much to see here!

  260. I like the History lessons!

  261. Loved the history lesson! The photos are so beautiful. I wish we had made it there when we were In Lisbon. You both look wonderful. Happy travels!

    • Thanks Pat, we look forward to seeing Lisbon later in this journey. We need to get together to talk about your adventure this year, and maybe our travels might overlap next year!

  262. Liked most of the pictures. Some were quite ingenious like doing the cat on the corner of the building. Did not understand a few. An outdoor art museum.

    • and free! We just have to be careful with all the uneven walking surfaces as we search and enjoy images low and high on the buildings. No falls yet but a few stumbles!

  263. From little on I liked the tagging on the 100 car coal cars headed to the Sheboygan power plant. If you like art you probably like street art. You had me at ‘vandalism or genius’. And you followed through with another great post.

    Sheboygan celebrates street art as well – though not nearly on the scale Porto.

    • Artists share their unique perspective for us all to enjoy, we just have to notice it. Thanks for sharing Sheboygan’s project; now we need to return to find these images!

  264. Ruadas Flores
    I also love street art! It’s so creative must of the time! Thank u for sharing.

    Ps. I also found one of a big cat on a wall on Ruadas Flores while there.

    • Yes, we found the Big Blue Cat also, but it is in such a small space I haven’t been able to discover an angle to make a good image. Thanks.

  265. Chris, you explained the origin of graffiti and street art in a very intriguing way. I love it! Such talented artists in Porto. Thank you.

  266. Cool

  267. Love it. Downtown Orlando and surrounding communities have commissioned art work throughout. I love viewing the works while driving.

    • We find street art in most cities we visit. Will have to check out Orlando when we return. Thanks for telling us.

    • Mo and Jeannie, I will be doing a Scrub Jay mural on the backside of the outdoor store on Corrine in November! You will have to check it out!

  268. It’s a big thumbs up 👍 from me. Like Debi, some I love more than others but such is life.

  269. I say it’s genius. For everyone to be able to walk by art all the time in their everyday lives. Some I like, some I don’t so much but it’s like going to a museum.

  270. I’ I’m learning so much already; and you’ve just started this trip!

  271. Dude, that was cool !

  272. Thanks!

  273. Thanks!

  274. I remember how much both of you would participate in a lot of cycling competitions back in the day. I and my Phil were genuinely impressed with that. Thankyou for sharing your appreciation of the competitors in this blog. I also enjoy the photos.

  275. How amazing that it ended in Porto while you are there. Continue to have fun.

  276. Whoa! The grind on their faces. Great shots. Wander on, my friends… looking forward to more.

  277. Thanks, Chris. It felt like you did this just for me. We love following you and Jeannie on your adventures.

  278. Great Entry, loved it!

  279. Thank you for wonderful photography and interesting commentary

  280. Calatrava also did Florida Polytechnic in Lakeland. Enjoy your trip.

    • Shirley, You’re right! I remember seeing the building from the interstate. We haven’t visited it yet, but hope to soon. This building along with the Frank Lloyd Wright designed campus of Florida Southern College is putting Lakeland on the architectural map. C

  281. Love your blog! You travel like we do- independently and finding the best local food and wine possible!

    • Yes, independent travel is best for us. It can be challenging at times, but mostly all good. And why else travel except for the food and wine (and people…)

  282. Great photos! Porto looks a lot better than I remember but that was in 1987, Nothing like an improving economy to spruce up the city. The one thing i do remember are the bright pastel colors. They also paint their small fishing boats in these colors so their harbors and fishing villages are even more appealing than their counterparts in Spain.
    We took your advice this year and did air B&Bs in the UK in May. we spent 3 weeks in Ireland, 12 days in Cornwall and 15 days in Scotland. We will never use a hotel again for our travels!

    • I can imagine Porto was quite a different place in the 80s. There is much reconstruction going on, cranes are part of the view, almost anywhere you look! We haven’t been to any of the small fishing villages yet but look forward to more colorful sights. We are so glad you and Susan tried AirBnb, having the basics of home rather than a hotel setting makes a longer stay more comfortable. The downside is that if a city does not manage the conversions, it can be quite disruptive for the locals. But we enjoy the daily living, interaction with neighbors, shopping and occasional cooking as we “live” in a new place. Enjoy your travels, maybe our plans will overlap again!

  283. Thanks for sharing! I’m learning so much!!

    • This is a different place and language for us so we have much to learn. Thanks for encouraging us!

  284. Have fun! Enjoy reading about your adventures.

  285. Enjoyed your first tale from this year’s adventure.

    Incidentally, we are just (re-)watching Anthony Bourdain’s episode from Porto – Chris, better watch out for those fish-ladies 😉

    All the best – enjoy!

    Jette and Niels

    • Now we need to watch that episode, we haven’t encountered any fish-ladies yet. But we did walk through a small craft market where they invite you to dance with them. So much fun here. Wish you could join us this year but we’ll have to better align our travel schedules next year! Enjoy your trips!

  286. I’m salivating at all the culinary delights that you two are enjoying ! Very beautiful blog. Thank you for sharing this.

    • There are so many wonderful foods and wines to sample. The challenge will be to not bring much back along the waistline, but all the hills here will help us manage! Thanks for encouraging us!

  287. Another wonderful adventure! The food alone is enticing, your description almost makes me feel I am there, thank you! 😉

    • Glad you are following along. If we could include aromas and tastes in our stories, we would!

  288. There you guys go, off on another great trip somewhere on earth. Have fun!

    • This trip was long overdue, we spent over a year stateside (but we did get to spend time with friends like you). Yes we are having fun, in our element of a new and wonderful place!

  289. Absolutely adding to my bucket list! Love the color and pavers.
    Thanks for sharing your adventures.

    • We haven’t tried any of their beer yet, but the wine is great and very inexpensive! It’s gonna be a long list if you’re following us, so many beautiful places to see. Glad you enjoy.

  290. Wow. Looks like you have found another wonderful city and country to explore. Hope the 2 German couples were interesting. They look so young. Heat wave continues here with afternoon rains. Be glad for the cooler temperatures. Love the pictures. I guess I would be “shamed” a lot there since I always order a glass of water with my wine. Enjoy.

    • Yes, this is a great city to explore and we have only just begun. Ha! everyone looks young! We frequently pause, look around, and comment about being the oldest in a group. But that is not a bad thing! In the tavern, we were not “shamed” as my water bottle was hidden in our backpack. And the weather has been a nice break from Florida, but it is odd to occasionally wear a sweater in August (and not while in an air conditioned building!)

  291. What a pleasant surprise to get the first Porto blog entry so quickly! Love living vicariously through your lists.

    • We knew people were eagerly waiting, and it gave us time to rest our feet. There is so much to see and do here, posting may be a challenge!

  292. Love all the color!

    • Everywhere we look! It can be dangerous walking without bumping into something or someone, no crashes yet!

  293. YaY! Wonderful-ness!

  294. The street pavers are one of my favorite things in Portugal in addition to the food. That photo of the pastry made my mouth water and made me remember how good they are! I’m looking forward to all of your great photos and travelogue!!!

    • One has to take care when walking – so much to see at foot level, then art on buildings, and shiny yummy things in shop windows! We enjoy it all, and glad you do as well!

  295. Love the travelog as always!!!

  296. Have just caught up with all your travels and house move. Sounds good. Local friends just did our Slovenian holiday which they loved and were full of admiration for our mountain hikes (younger than us). We loved Porto and enjoyed just sitting still sipping Port and tonic. Try Greece next time. We return in September for probably our 30th visit. Love to you both, Janet and Paul

    • Good to hear from you! So many places to choose from, Greece is on our list. We may be heading your way next year, but need to decide what region for walking. Let’s keep in touch!

  297. Well, that is a whirlwind “back to the mainland” home visit coming to a close. Looking forward to seeing Portugal through your eyes. Peaceful travels you Phooshes.

    • We’ve enjoyed our stay in the US, and all the time we had with friends and family. The clock is ticking for the next adventure to begin, and we are soooo ready! Always glad to hear from you; you’re in our hearts as we travel.

  298. You should visit us in winter and could temporarily call the blog “snow mads”. Love your stories and of course the perfect pics.

    • I think the next time we see you should be in Florida; we’ll provide a great break for you and MJ from the Sheboygan weather! We’ll be back at the end of October; just email or call to get on the Foosh-bnb calendar.

  299. Love all the florals and pics of nature!

    Very wonderful commentary and review of your stateside wandering!

    Completely agree with decision not to live in cold🤪

    We are contemplating a half year split between Jax and VA, Granddaughter growing toooo quickly.


    • So glad you enjoy; Chris does a great job at capturing the beauty of our travels. Enjoy life and have fun, wherever you are!

  300. Well the time spent in Florida went by fast! We were so glad to see both of you a couple of times while you planned the next adventure. Of course the amazing stories that you share with all the “Slow Nomads” followers are going to much anticipated! Wishing you safe travels!

    • If we don’t get up your way before the end of the month, you’ll be high on the list when we return. Can’t wait to see the new decorations as you continue to settle into your new place! Hope you enjoy Portugal too!

  301. I really enjoyed this post. Good recap of travels and homes. Love the pictures, especially when I get to see Jeannie

    • And where are you on your travels this summer? Hope it is cooler and you’re having fun. We’ll see you after we return. I’ll have to get some pics of Chris in the next blog, he usually has quite an assortment of photos of me to choose from, occasionally a good one:)

  302. So very happy you decided on Florida!

  303. I can’t wait to experience your next adventure, thanks for sharing.
    Love the beautiful pictures!

  304. It was great to see you during your stay in Hendovegas. I am looking forward to following your Portugal adventure.

    • We enjoyed our visits with you. Will let you know when we’ll be in your area again. And please do plan a visit to Fl, when we are home!

  305. I can hardly wait!

  306. Wow. Thanks for taking us through the US. Great pictures as always. Hope to get together before you leave again.

    • We love reading your blog and viewing your amazing photos. We are happy you chose to stay in Wekiva. Just yesterday we returned from an amazing trip to Portugal. It is a beautiful and very interesting country. You will love it !

      • Glad to hear you’ve been traveling. Let’s get together before the end of the month; we’d love to hear about your time in Portugal!

    • It’s good to still be close enough to see friends between our adventures. See you soon!

  307. I’m glad that y’all decided to stay in Florida before you trek on over to Portugal. Always enjoy your journeys via your blog.

    • It was a big decision but mutually agreed. We now have a great home base from which to continue our adventures! And we’ll able to continue our St Aug lunches!

  308. Definitely the perfect time of the year in Croatia for a Fooshee visit. Awesome!

  309. Such good shots again!

  310. I especially like the ‘Croatian catnap ‘….Very cool!

  311. Super pictures. Will add Croatia to my bucket list. Are cars allowed in the old town? Streets are so narrow. When they built walls back then they were made to last.

  312. Thank You!

  313. Great photos as always!

  314. The bread for birds!! Amazing but the laundry photos thrilled my bones!! The color of the water, gosh, just so many shades of green and blue perfection

  315. You two are like an intricately woven creation that continues to make one’s life richer each time you share your journey. Happy 2019 Wanderlust, Ya’ll!

    • Our life is so enriched by our experience in other countries, and we are glad to share with others who can appreciate the stories and pictures. More travels later this year, to Portugal!

  316. Fascinating history. I know so little about this part of the world. It’s now on the list! Hope you two are well and at work planning your next adventure. Best, Pat

    • This would be a great addition to your travel list. But the crowds in the city can be quite overwhelming. Make sure to come when you can spend some early morning or late afternoon time, with quieter streets. And make sure you include a visit to Slovenia!

  317. Very interesting read. Thank you for sharing this.

  318. Thanks!

  319. Thanks for sharing the history of this beautiful city. Amazing what they have accomplished in a short time.

    • Walking around the city, it was hard to think about a war within the lifetime of most of the residents. Quite an amazing recovery. Thanks for always sharing your thoughts on our travels.

  320. I agree with Carl: “You show and tell a nice story.”

  321. Amazing pictures as always. Beautiful old city. The walls are most impressive.

  322. Amazing place. What kind of
    camera are you shooting with?


  323. I always enjoy seeing your travels beautifully captured.

    • Chris and Jeannie, thankyou for documenting our wonderful vacation. These are wonderful memories you have created for us. You add so much detail to our adventures! Hope our paths cross again, Sandy and Dan

  324. It is impossible for me to comprehend the labor and methods to quarry stone, transport and build those walls, the fortifications, houses and churches. Build made-to-last it was. You show and tell a nice story.

  325. Thanks again!

  326. As always, beautiful photos. I’m glad that Susan was okay from her fall. Maja sounds like a great cruise director.

  327. Can you recommend an airbnb in Ljubljana?

  328. What beautiful photos. I’m so vicariously enjoying your travels. Hope to meet up with you in Porto this fall for a drink!

  329. You two are the best American Ambassadors to share your travels & represent all the goodness life offers. <3

  330. That is amazing how they stack the ships in port. What a maze to get to your ship. Beautiful ships though as you passed through. Looks like a wonderful intimate cruise.

    • This was the best way to see Croatia, and included many interesting experiences beyond the stunning scenery! Glad you enjoyed our cruise.

  331. Super !

  332. Another great set of photos and dialogue! Thanks!

    • Chris amazes me with his ability to choose an aspect of our trip, research and write about it, and then determine which of his many photos to post. The comments you and others leave here provide ongoing encouragement; thanks for your appreciation!

  333. I really enjoyed the video of y’all navigating through the Stella Maris. That was really cool!

    • Actually, since the Stella Maris was the seventh ship out, we were crossing six other ships to get to ours. 8^)

  334. Swimming in the Adriatic Sea! Every stop is amazing.

  335. I love reliving our vacation through your pictures Chris. Your narrative is excellent and I’m learning so much about the places we visited. Thanks for sharing!

  336. Amazing stonework. I do so enjoy the photographs and the explanations

  337. Great pictures, really liked the basement, in a weird way it is hard to imagine how the structure is so massive. Thanks

    • There is never enough time to explore a structure as remarkable as this. Glad Chris is able to capture as many images and share some highlights of the place.

  338. Very different and beautiful. Love the history of water and rocks, constantly changing. And a laundromat, Heaven!!

    • Washing in the bathroom sink on a small ship is difficult enough, but nothing dried given the humidity. The full service laundry was a worthwhile stop! And it’s always nice to support a local business.

  339. Diocletian’s Palace is impressive. Thank you for sharing this.

  340. Wow what great pictures as always. The park with the waterfalls was beautiful. The city of Split and the palace is awesome. Just so hard to comprehend that the palace was built so long ago and people still live there. Fascinating.

    • We always love getting out in nature and Croatia is quite remarkable. So many beautiful spots along the Adriatic, a small cruise is really the best way to travel here. Glad you enjoy our travels.

  341. Wow is the only word to describe these islands. What an interesting country. So much history there. Loved the pictures and sounds.

  342. Oh, this post is just wonderful! I’ve never heard of these destinations. I know so little about Croatia but would love to learn and see more. Thanks so much for the travel log and Happy New Year to you both!

    • We encourage you and Gary to add this to your list of future travels. Your list is probably as long as ours though! Just keep traveling!

  343. Oh my. Incredible photojournal story. Love the shadow signature photo of you two, too.

  344. I enjoyed listening to the Sea Organ. Very nice! And the photos are postcard perfect!

    • It was a unique experience for us; thanks for listening and enjoying the photos and story.

  345. The ship in the doorway, great. What a beautiful place. Always enjoy your stories and photos

  346. Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  347. You two must have incredibly eclectic dreams at night from these places you journey to and from.

    • Dreams of where we’ve been…dreams of where we will go next…sometimes it is difficult to just be here now!

  348. Awesome country. Really amazing old architecture. Like your modern stateroom. Looking forward to seeing the rest of Croatia.

    • Glad you are enjoying this adventure; it was a fabulous way to see different perspectives of a country we had not yet experienced.

  349. Awesome as always! Best wishes for a Happy New Year!

    • We wish you both a very happy new year!! Thanks for your comment; yes, this was an awesome adventure.

  350. What a voyage – looking forward to more! Love those “stillebens” with musical instruments left to their own musings. (BTW, it’s tubae, not tubi; 1st declension:

    Happy New Year!

    • Happy New Year Niels and Jette! We encounter many special surprises along our way; I’m glad Chris always has the camera ready to document and share. PS Chris said tubae or not tubi, that is the question?! Thanks for the free editing!

  351. Voyage with the Stella Maris! Really cool! Y’all are living the life and I am so glad that you share it with us.

  352. Awesome!

  353. Your amazing adventures continue… so glad to see the photos that take the rest of us there with you!

    • It is an amazing adventure, and we enjoy it again with each friend’s viewing and comments.

  354. Wow what a beautiful country and what an interesting hiking vacation. As always Chris’s pictures make you feel like you are there.

  355. As always, this is a very enjoyable read. I was wondering about the horses that you came across on your walks. That foal (zrebrec ) is adorable. The horses look like palominoes. Very cool!

  356. Beautiful country. The food looked wonderful.

  357. I think that it’s really cool that you were enjoying epicurean delights reminiscent of Jeannie ‘s relatives. You caught my attention right away with the breakfast y’all enjoyed. Very nice!

  358. Well, this was an adventure to be sure. Can’t wait to hear Ljubljana pronounced out loud.

  359. So funny, I’ve been seeing these everywhere in Verona and thought I was going mad, glad this was the first page that came up when I tried to Google the spiral things!!

  360. Never disappointed by your travelling thoughts and photos. Slovenia!

  361. Didn’t we do well?. Really enjoying this and reliving happy times through your writing and excellent photos. Looking forward to more. Thank you.

  362. Wow you folks did some serious hiking. What beautiful pictures and the meals sounded delicious. Can’t wait to see more.

  363. Thanks!

  364. I’m so glad that you are back in blog form. Such beautiful photos and I am always impressed with the energy that you and your friends have especially hiking all those miles.

  365. “Likely considered common”-Not from my vantage point!
    Thanks. Chris, for reminding me to look for the “common things” all around me that are filled with beauty.

  366. Hi Chris, number 29 is grass iris, number 30 probably fragrant orchid, number 18 probably common spotted orchid, number 44 probably three toothed orchid, number 56 lesser butterfly orchid.
    All the best, Luka

    • Luka, so good to hear from you. Hope everything is going well for you all. Thanks for the botanical update, I just finished updating the post. Chris

  367. Absolutely awesome vistas. What a beautiful country. Amazing how you spotted so many different flowers, mushrooms and insects. Especially enjoyed the wild orchids.

  368. Uncommon photos that capture for the rest of us what others elsewhere may see as everyday. Nice.

  369. Beautiful and amazing! Mom has always said “There is always a fungus among us.”

  370. I live in Folkston, Ga. and it is a delight to follow your travels. I am pleased as punch to see “the places you go”, far from North Shore but a great place to begin. I learn much from each post and pictures. Thank you Linda Link Pina

  371. Thanks!

  372. I love the orchids. Very beautiful!

  373. So beautiful, the little yellow globes I had not seen ever

  374. An amazing leg of your life’s journey, Folks! Rechecked the location again to get a perspective with the surrounding countries… so different from previous treks of yours. Rich with history of course.

  375. Slovenia is more beautiful than I imagined. Makes you wonder how different things were 100 years ago to make people immigrate from there. Your stories bring us along with you and the drool-worthy pictures are the satisfying dessert.

    • On one of our walks in the countryside, we stopped where a farmer was working, and our guide had a short conversation with him. I asked her to tell him we find Slovenia to be a beautiful country. She did and his reply was “Slovenia is Slovenia”. I guess when you work hard in the country, the beauty that others see is not so special. I’m sure life was quite difficult for their hope for a better life to draw them to take a long voyage to an unknown place. I would like to return and find family who have knowledge of the life and conditions at that time. Maybe we’ll plan another trip, and you can join us?!

  376. I would love to be there and see the beautiful countryside without doing the heavy walking.

    • We’re glad we can share the photos for those who can’t join us on the trail. Who knows how long we’ll be able to travel this way so we’re trying to enjoy as much as we can!

  377. Wow what a great place. Love the house and your room. The wide window ledges reminds me of my Dad’s farm house where he lived in Germany. How nice the meals and walks were included in this package. Pictures are great.

    • As different as places are, there’s usually an element that is familiar to someone. Glad we could trigger a fond memory.

  378. Beautiful countryside! For some reason I didn’t realize it was so mountainous there.

    • Lots of rolling green hills, and the Julian Alps are on the northern border. It is a popular place for climbing; we enjoyed the view from lower elevations!

  379. I love the bedroom. I bet sleeping was such a wonderful time in such a beautiful setting. I was really smiling at the Teddy Bears and the dolls that greeted y’all on your walks. Too cute.

    • It was a beautiful bedroom, but we stayed so busy we didn’t spend much time there, and we usually fell asleep pretty quickly! Yes, it is interesting to see the items that decorate our paths. It would have been fun to see the children who put the dolls on the bench.

  380. What a beautiful location. The photos are, again, spectacular. Thanks so much for the view!

    • After two months in the great city of Verona, and a week in the capital of Slovenia, it was a delightful place to enjoy the countryside. The hills and wildflowers made for great hikes. You may want to add this less-traveled country on a future travel agenda; it is worth a detour from Italy. Enjoy your next adventure, wherever it is!

  381. Looks lovely. Russ and I are still out west. Currently in Oregon. Back end of Sept.

    • Slovenia doesn’t get a lot of travel press, but it is definitely worth a visit. Do let us know when you’re back in town; would love to exchange travel stories!

  382. This looks like a wonderful, unspoilt palce to visit!

    • It truly was, and a great place for walking! Definitely worth adding to future travel plans.

  383. Thanks again for sharing!

  384. Beautiful, we head to Barcelona end of Sept for three weeks.

  385. Chris’s global water/sky photos lift me everytime with their varying shades of blue.

  386. Wonderful parting photos. Interesting healthcare insight from within another country.

    • More photos of beautiful Slovenia will follow, from out in the country. But no further medical incidences!

  387. Happy to hear Jeannie’s illness wasn’t too serious. All the pics are lovely but
    I especially like your photos of the Old Town and the river- so colourful, almost looks painted.

    • We are lucky to not have experienced any illness or injury too serious. I think I preferred this experience over Chris’ root canal and overlay. And our travel insurance covered both sets of expenses.

      The city is quite colorful and lively, we’d love to return. But so many other places to go…glad Croatia followed and we could share the cruise with fabulous people like you!

  388. I enjoyed the report on Jeannie’s illness but happy she made a quick recovery.

    • Chris took good care of me and managed to get us organized to leave one lodging and transfer to the next. Not the best timing, but it all worked out in the end.

  389. I was grimacing while reading the beginning of this. Glad it got better at the end.

  390. I’m so glad that your infection was short lived. The emergency room personell seem top notch. I can relate to Jeannie having to navigate ,while being tethered to an iv and having carrying a sample bottle. Not a fun time! I’m happy that y’all got back into the groove of your travels.

    • I wasn’t sure what to expect of the Slovenian medical system, and I’m glad my illness wasn’t severe. We do enjoy “living” in different places and that means dealing with the good and the bad. This didn’t slow me down much and we didn’t have to miss any of our next adventure!

  391. So happy it wasn’t anything too serious for Jeannie. It brought back the memory when we were departing China and Jeannie and you Chris had to stay behind as Jeannie was not up to snuff.
    Happy all is good and enjoy your hiking in Pri Lanert. Stay well hugs Fae

    • This time I was not nearly as sick as in China and it didn’t really interfere with our hiking holiday. Glad this post is done so Chris can now share the fabulous time we had out in the country. We hope to see you somewhere in our future travels. Have you been to Portugal? That may be next year’s location.

  392. Happy Ending!

  393. Sorry that Jeannie was ill but sounds like she was well taken care of. Ljubljana looks like it was a great city to visit. Some great pictures.

    • Ljubljana was a great city to explore and I’m glad I was fine for most of our visit. We’d love to go back again, to the city, not to urgent care!!

  394. Great pictures as always. I have a feeling that the caves were quite spectacular.

  395. Thanks, again!

  396. Lipica Stud Farm ! I’m so glad that y’all got a chance to see the famous Lippizan horses. Thank you for sharing this. I love how these beautiful equines don’t turn white until later on. Such beautiful photos of them.

  397. Nice! Brings back memories of my father and I going to car shows both new and antiques. Great photos and blogs as always!

  398. How interesting and exciting for you.

  399. How very exciting for you to find info about your ancestors. I am surprised to see that the record book of your grandmother Pauline is in German. I guess they were under Prussian rule at the time. Interesting that your grandmother was born in 1907. My dad was born in 1906.

    • It has been exciting, and there still is much to discover. The split from the Austria-Hungary empire occurred in 1918, when it became the State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs. Then it was renamed to Yugoslavia in 1929, and became independent Slovenia in 1991. Not only were my family names changed over the years, but the country they came from was renamed at least 4 times in just over 100 years. I did not remember this from my world history class years ago, Google can be a useful tool!

  400. Jeannie, you write beautifully and I am really excited about your journey into your roots. Thank you for sharing this.

    • I can write a pretty good outline, but Chris is the master at making it an interesting read. It takes teamwork, on all aspects of our travels, and life!

  401. An incredible journey. Past, present and future.

  402. Wow, how special to be looking at records from over 100 years ago in a foreign land knowing it is also your land too. Wonder if their house is still standing after all this time. Nice work!

    • It will be great to visit you this fall, and I look forward to further research using your mom’s memory box. She provided the extra encouragement for me to add Slovenia to our travel agenda. I hope to put it on a future itinerary, to try to find Turks in Novo Mesto!

  403. Fascinating. And so much to find out still to come. I love the wedding photo.

    • I don’t have many photos but will be able to look through my aunt’s memory box in Wisconsin this fall. I am fortunate to have known my grandparents, and I have good, though somewhat faded, memories.

  404. Wonderful to find your roots, so glad that it happened for you!

  405. Good sleuthing!

  406. Jeannie, how exciting for you to search your family tree. It’s always amazing to learn the paths our ancestors took and to think how different our lives would be today had they decided to remain in Europe instead of seeking new adventures overseas to Canada or the USA. Hope your future searches yield more information about your great-grandparents. Thanks for sharing

    • It was a great experience, to see their country and find records in the archives. I have read that initially Slovenians immigrated to the US, and immigration laws in 1924 slowed their entry. This is when significant numbers went to Canada. If my great grandparents had waited some years, we might be neighbors!

  407. Very interesting. Sounds like fun. Hope Jeannie finds some pieces to her family tree.

  408. Earthquakes? Who knew? The selfie of you two together is a rare, but “beloved” moment.

  409. Chris, I love reading your blog. I enjoy the photos. But most of all, I am using your photos as teaching tools to help me improve my photography as Dennis and I travel and I shoot my thousands of pics on each trip. I am improving and believe it’s because of what I’m learning from your shots in a big part. Slovenia sounds so lovely. Italy is my favorite country, with Spain (Cartegena and Malaga) being a close second. I envy you the longer times in each city! Keep shooting and writing!

  410. As always, a great time was had as I read this. I’m looking forward to reading more about Jeannie ‘s great grandparents in the next blog. Thank you for taking us with you on this journey.

  411. Having heard about this city for my entire life, knowing that grandma was born there, this isn’t what I expected… it is far better. I though Eastern European city which meant drab architecture, smaller – a place to get away from. I’m sure things were quite different 100 years ago in this area, when many emigrated. You sure do a great job describing the area in words and photos. Wide panoramas and close-up detail are equally interesting and complement each other and assist in understanding from half a world away.

  412. Amazing pictures. Incredible architecture when you realize how many times they have had to rebuild after so many earthquakes. Loved the monument with you two in it. What a beautiful area. Can’t wait for your next post.

  413. You transported us to another beautiful place once again – thank you!

  414. Double Wow!

  415. What a great eye opener to a country I don’t know much about! It looks like an amazing place.

  416. I’m amazed at how Mara served her culinary delights at the Trattoria de Mara by herself. That pistachio cake sounds awesome!

    • It certainly wasn’t fast food, but so worth the wait! I would love a tour of her kitchen to see how she manages it all herself.