Monthly Archives: June 2010

UNESCO World Heritage Sites


On the Europe trip we visited several places designated as “UNESCO World Heritage Sites” such as the Naeroyfjord region of Norway, The Jungfrau / Aletsch Glacier in Switzerland, and the Cinque Terre in Italy,  but I was only vaguely familiar with … Continue reading

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Vernazza in Cinque Terre Italy 310


Vernazza in Cinque Terre Italy 310 Originally uploaded by JoeDuck Not sure if I already blogged this picture, but the place I can’t stop thinking about on our Europe trip is Vernazza and the Cinque Terre. It really was a … Continue reading

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Travel and History


I wish I’d blogged our Europe trip more here and I think I’ll start posting a play by play with pictures – maybe a post a day for each of the 19 days we were in Europe. In the meantime … Continue reading

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Go USA


Although we had a wonderful trip to Europe, with fewer problems and more great moments than I expected, it’s so great to be back in lovely Oregon USA.    Free water and free clean public bathrooms are only part of … Continue reading

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Cinque Terre Italy 057


Cinque Terre Italy 057 Originally uploaded by JoeDuck Vernazza’s reputation as one of the finest travel destinations on earth … is deserved. We had a fine stay and I wished we could have spent another several days in the Cinque … Continue reading

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Health Care Costs


Most of the European health care systems provide about the same care as the US at about half the cost.   This is extraordinary when you think about it, especially because  we in the US pride ourselves on innovation and … Continue reading

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Europe versus USA


One of the things that always strikes me during travel is how insulated we are in the USA from the rest of the world. Some of this is geographical – ie the USA is a huge country and folks don’t … Continue reading

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Copenhagen – Govt Building in City Square.


Copenhagen Originally uploaded by JoeDuck Writing from Oslo, Norway: Four countries and three trains and two days from Venice we’ve made it up to Oslo and will fly back to PDX tomorrow. It’s been harder than I expected to keep … Continue reading

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Copenhagen – Govt Building in City Square.


Copenhagen Originally uploaded by JoeDuck Writing from Oslo, Norway: Four countries and three trains and two days from Venice we’ve made it up to Oslo and will fly back to PDX tomorrow. It’s been harder than I expected to keep … Continue reading

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Europe Rail Blogging Adventure


The family and I are well into our Europe Rail blogging adventure and things are going fairly smoothly with only a few hundred exceptions, most in magnificent Italy where the spectacular history is a bit eclipsed by the confusion of … Continue reading

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