Archives for May 2007


Travel Photographs – Rothenburg, Germany

Each week I post a few of my personal travel photos to inspire your travel dreams. This week I chose my favourite shots of our visit to Rothenburg.

Sunset at Rothenberg ob der Tauber




Book Early or miss the Last Supper when you visit Milan

As the travel planner in my family, I’m expected to bring together the itinerary and make the necessary reservations for our travel dreams come true. As part of my sacred duty, I set out yesterday to book our visit to see Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper when we get to Milan in two months, double the recommended time to book ahead.

My first mistake, arriving on Sunday because on Monday the Last Supper is closed to visitors leaving us only one day to see the remains of Leonardo’s great work. Oh well, I’m plenty early to snag a spot Sunday afternoon. Wrong, the Last Supper is fully booked and our main reason for visiting Milan is out of our grasp without taking a more expensive tour.

Early in this blog’s life I wrote about good planning, learn the lesson if your travel partners want to see the Last Supper, book early.


Carnival of Cities – May 14th

Carole is hosting this week’s Carnival of Cities at her The San Diego Beat blog, and as usual there is an interesting mix of articles from around the world. The Pickled Eel contribution captured the mood in our house as we prepare to leave Seattle, and the musical accompaniment from the B-52s set the mood for the carnival.


Travel Photographs – Final Resting Places

Each week I post a few of my personal travel photos to inspire your travel dreams. Sometimes your journey takes you to places that are not happy but a time to reflect on a life lost. We paid our respects to these fellow travellers:

Jimi Hendrix Memorial (Grave) Seattle

Bruce Lee Brandon Lee Grave Site Seattle

Elvis Presley Grave (Graceland) Memphis


Travel Tech – iPod Nano

My iPod Nano is an essential part of my travel equipment; it provides me entertainment and essential travel information without carrying a lot of extra weight.

The Nano has two distinct advantages over their bigger cousins:

1. Flash memory devices travel better than micro hard drive versions in my experience and you are less likely to experience a sad face moment.iPod Sad Face

2. Every gram (ounce) counts when you pack light and the Nano is a perfect combination of size and performance.

On the road, my 2Gb Nano stores my favourite music and a selection of podcasts related to my current locale including great walks, local history or museum guides. All the information that enhances your travel experience without fumbling through guidebooks (more saved weight) and reading when you should be enjoying the object or view.

The latest iPod Nano release includes an 8Gb version, enough memory to carry music and podcasts for a month long journey. Unless you take a laptop, you will also need the optional charger or plug in the Nano at the Internet cafe and recharge while you surf. Buy it a protective case and you are ready to travel.