Road Trip 2016

Traveling the U.S.A. by RV. First Cleveland to check out the convention, then Pensacola, then meeting up with an a college friend at his mountain retreat outside of Colorado Springs. Finally a Grand Canyon rafting trip for 6 days.
  • Day56

    Paris, France

    October 20, 2014 in France ⋅ ⛅ 55 °F

    Pictured are Natasha and Patrice her ex-husband. We are preparing to go out to dinner. Patrice worked in the hospitality/restaurant industry for many years and has a broad knowledge of French Cuisine and culture.

    Pictured is a view of the Eiffel Tower at night from his balcony and also the duck at a fantastic restaurant Patrice chose.Read more

  • Day56

    Paris, France

    October 20, 2014 in France ⋅ ⛅ 61 °F

    Pictures from one of the bridges crossing the Seine. Locks of love all over this bridge. The best on is in the third picture where I can just see some guy on a bike deciding really wanted to hang a lock and only had the bicycle cable lock so he strapped it on.

  • Day56

    Paris, France

    October 20, 2014 in France ⋅ ⛅ 61 °F

    Thank you to Travis Briggs for sending me information about Le Pain Boulangerie Lapelosa at 16 Avenue Rapp, Paris. Natasha helped me track this place down and we had some fantastic pastries. Natasha is Russian / Ukrainian but has lived in Paris for 20 years and she said it was an excellent bakery and not a typical tourist bakery. She also said it was a rich person bakery due to its location so they had to provide the best. Interestingly it was not at all expensive with most items 1-2 euros. I will be visiting it again before I return home and I suggest coming here if you visit Paris.

    Thanks again Travis!
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  • Day56

    Paris, France

    October 20, 2014 in France ⋅ ⛅ 61 °F

    Switched from Hostels to Couch Surfing for this leg of my trip. The hostels are fun and inexpensive but often full of partying young people. I have had my fill of drunk Australians who crowd the hostels and leave Sydney and Melbourne empty. I am convinced they are all in europe. My Couch Surfing host in Paris is Natasha who has graciously provided me her spare bedroom for the week. She has also said she would like to see some of the sites with me as well.

    Pictures from her windows of her apartment which is near Rue De Ramponeau in the Belleville area. This pigeon deterrent seems to work well as I see them land nearby but not on these nails.
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  • Day54

    Paris, France

    October 18, 2014 in France ⋅ 🌙 64 °F

    Interesting lit flower decorations at CDG.

    Gar Du Nord train station Paris On my way to my Couch Surfing host Natasha's apartment in Paris. Each one of those door ways is a train line.

    I would be pissed if that were my work truck.

  • Day54

    Prague, Czech Republic

    October 18, 2014 in Czech Republic ⋅ ⛅ 52 °F

    Last day in Prague.

    Nothing makes me think about buying crystal more than first passing by cheap plastic items from China.

    In the old town area small huts roasting large pork shoulders and then vats of stewing gnocchi, sauerkraut and chunks of pork. Absolutely fantastic meal.

    It is hard to get to eastern Europe by rail. It takes a long time to get in and out. Rather than travel for 2 days I took the easy way via Easy Jet. At just over 100 USD and 1.5 hours this was the best way and actually less expensive than using my rail pass when factoring in 2 days of costs.Read more

  • Day50

    Prague, Czech Republic

    October 14, 2014 in Czech Republic ⋅ ⛅ 54 °F

    MadHouse Hostel. One of the greatest hostels in the world. Prague's famous atomic clock in picture 3. At Propaganda with others from the the MadHouse hostel including Rod pictured with me who is one of the owners.

  • Day49

    Krakow, Poland to Prague, Czech Republic

    October 13, 2014 in Poland ⋅ 🌫 57 °F

    Heading to Prague. I've been in Krakow 5 nights and that's a long time when your in a traveling groove. You get an itch to be on the road. Stayed in a private room last night at a different hostel. The scalding hot water (bump the terribly placed handle in the shower and receive a blast of the hottest water you can imagine) and the terrible WiFi for 4 nights was enough and it was 18 USD for a night at the Dizzy Daisy hostel near the train station. Last night I ate sausage soup and Placki ziemniaczane z gulaszem, a pot roast like stew with sour cream on a potato pancake. I have enjoyed Poland and especially liked the food but the infrastructure needs a lot of work. If that is improved I think many more would come here and I think this is important as I don't know if there is a more important place to see concerning WWII than Auschwitz - Birkenau. It was hard to get here and hard to leave, but worth it. I showed up at the train station this morning for a 10:34 am train that was on the schedule that got completely removed from today's schedule some how. I'm on a train to Katowice now and think I've got a way to Prague figured out putting me there about 830 tonight.

    For the first time on my journey missed my stop failing to get off at the right stop in Ostrava but got off on the very next stop and really lucked out as my train to Prague happened to be late and passing through the station I got off at. So back in track on the train pictured. The Czech train I am on is quite nice and has free WiFi.
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