It always seems to me that unusual events or actions occur when you travel. Some occur to you and some are incurred by you. Either way for some reason these events can turn into the stories we tell our family and friends sometimes more often then about the things we saw or did and become magnified in their humor. Here are some of the funny stories from a recent trip to Iceland and London with my daughter Wendy, her husband Jack and my wife Cindy. Continue reading →
We interrupt this (semi) regular blog for an important announcement about showers in hotel bathrooms overseas.
I should know the drill by now. But I get distracted and forget that certain steps have to be taken to adapt. After one careless shower in an Iceland hotel that left me using almost every towel to mop up water on the flooded floor, I was more cautious and did not run into any other problems. Continue reading →
Iceland has a number of very diverse options for finding a suitable place to lay your head at the end of the day. For a country about the size of the state of Kentucky in square miles but only about 8% of the population, it has many new, old, expensive, B&B, and hostel type hotels. Although there is a wide price range, be prepared to pay more than you would in the USA. There appears to be new ones being built all over the areas we visited which is probably due to the large increase in tourism in recent years. I don’t recall seeing the traditional US chains but I do recall seeing a Hilton listed once when we were researching places to stay. There are other chains that are Iceland based: Icelandair Hotels, Fosshotels, Center Hotels, Keahotels.
My daughter Wendy, her husband Jack, my wife Cindy and me spent 6 days and nights in Iceland recently. We stayed in several areas: by the airport, in Reykjavik, in the southeastern part of the island as well as by the Thingvellir National Park. Although there are many “budget” options available they are limited in facilities and creature comforts. There also appears to be a great camping community at most of the major attractions we visited. We saw many backpackers, campers, hikers and people making their way via bicycles. Continue reading →
by Jack and Wendy
Iceland is such a popular destination right now. Flip through a travel magazine and you will likely see an article on the country. There are decent deals and free stopover options on Icelandair and WOW. We just missed running into several acquaintances who were visiting in the weeks prior or after our trip. There is a lot of information available if you’re planning to go to Iceland, but we are here to offer a few hopefully helpful tips from our perspective. Continue reading →
So many times, I wonder how many travel memories stick with my 7 year old. She’s been traveling since she was 6 months, and I know that many of those early memories she only remembers through pictures. But every once in a while, she will surprise me by recalling a past travel memory that has stuck with her. Recently, she recalled a favorite travel memory during Social Studies class. The second grade was studying communities and on this day, markets in particular. The assignment was to draw a picture of a market and write about it. And though MJ remembers it being in “Sam” Francisco, Pike Place Market is what she chose to draw and write about. (In her defense, we visited Seattle and San Francisco during the same vacation.)
Although I’ve never called this city home, there is something about being in St. Louis that feels close to home. Is it the fact that my beloved Cardinals are there? The fact that it is also a Midwestern city? Maybe because it is in driving distance of my own hometown? Enjoy this photo essay showing the many reasons I love St. Louis.
Let me start by saying that most of our travels are pretty awesome if not very awesome. But every once in a while you get thrown for a loop and encounter a doozy of a fail that will be a standard in your travel story repertoire for years to come. Here are two of mine.