• Travel

    Eleven Equals Ireland

    Our trip to Ireland corresponded with Hunter’s eleventh birthday and Jules and I allowed him to plan much of the agenda.  Unfortunately Ireland in February is low season and most tourist attractions close early and some even close for the winter months.  This helped slim down the agenda somewhat but still forced Hunter to make choices. The 150 minute flight from Munich to Dublin touched down at approximately 1430 leaving just 1.5 hours to visit highlights in Dublin as most places close at 1700 during the winter months (accounting for the commute to town). DRIVING ON THE LEFT  This also included the time required to drive into Dublin.  Now I…

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    A Roman Birthday

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  • Germany,  Travel

    Garmisch-Partenkirchen

    Towards the end of my college days I spent a summer working the Alpine Slide at the Stowe Mountain Resort.  It had all the makings of a cheesy 1980s movie.  Outdoors, summer job, young people, drinking, parties, new people coming and going each week or day (the tourists). The Stowe track was concrete and the carriers were on wheels that could, could, leave the track if you took a curve fast enough.  And what a great way to end your workday (if you were working the top).  You’d hop on a ‘sled’ and ride the track down to your car! Well over Labor Day weekend we stayed at the Edelweiss…

  • Germany,  Travel

    CHILDREN’S TOYS

    Until the end of my days our Pinehurst home will haunt me.  It was everything.  It was new, it had custom detail like crown molding, it had space for everyone, it had luxury well beyond what one needs or expects from a home. And one of those things was the new LG front loading washer and dryer I purchased when we moved into the home as the first owners.  When compiling my due diligence on washers and dryers, size was a factor.  As a family of five I do not enjoy doing 28 loads of laundry a week.  The chances of giving one of our children up for adoption remains…

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    MUNICH FLUGHAFEN – Flying in Style

    Talk about history repeating itself. I am grateful for the childhood my mother and father provided.  It is that childhood of cartrips, trans-Pacific flights, planned and spontaneous trip taking that fostered a curiosity I have never been able to cure.  I love new cities, new states, new countries, new lakes, new oceans, new cultures, new people, new restaurants, new beaches, new adventures, new sunsets, new waterfalls, new hiking, new vistas, new things to learn! And as part of that childhood traveling I was exposed to a world of luxury well above what my middle class upbringing could afford–courtesy of travel perks. As an expediter for General Electric my father traveled…