Truffle Farming in Spain

2016-11-04T22:50:49+00:00July 16, 2013|Europe|

Day trip to visit truffle farmers near Barcelona A few years ago, we saw an episode of No Reservations where Anthony Bourdain visited a truffle farm in Croatia. It sparked our interest, so Michael started to research truffle farming as a potential future business venture.   Michael visited many websites, including Stevan Martin’s [...]

Ibiza Parking Meters

2016-11-04T22:53:31+00:00July 6, 2013|Europe|

Deciphering Ibiza's parking meter system We put money in the meter, displayed the ticket in the window, and returned before the time expired – but we still got a parking ticket! See why - and how you can avoid this mistake... We learned an expensive lesson about using Ibiza parking meter machines. So we thought [...]


2017-07-09T20:31:59+00:00June 24, 2013|Europe|

Beaches, clubs, UNESCO sites, and naked pirate man The European leg would not be complete without a stop in Ibiza – one of our favorite places. Many know Ibiza as a party island – and it is that, but there is so much more. On our third visit, we explored intimate coves, anything-goes beaches, world [...]


2016-11-04T23:48:59+00:00June 11, 2013|Europe|

Beautiful architecture, tapas galore, and flamenco Madrid was the first destination in our two-month stay in Spain. We explored beautiful architecture and tranquil parks, took in a Flamenco show, and ate lots of tapas.   The visit to Madrid was a bit sentimental for Lori because she has been there twice. The first [...]

Restaurante Botin

2016-11-05T00:15:30+00:00June 8, 2013|Europe, Food and Drink|

Oldest restaurant in the world Restaurante Botin in Madrid was founded in 1727 and is the world's oldest restaraunt according to the Guiness Book of World Records. Unable to eat at Ferran Adrià's elBulli until 2014 because of the two-year hiatus, the next choice was to follow in the footsteps of Andrew Zimmern and Anthony [...]


2023-01-21T19:45:53+00:00June 3, 2013|Europe|

Gritty metropolis, tempting Turkish delight, civil unrest After three months of travel over two continents, we slowed things down. We spent four weeks in an awesome flat where we unpacked, worked out, explored Istanbul at a leisurely pace, ate too much Turkish delight, and experienced government protests.   Istanbul is a sprawling, crowded, [...]


2016-11-05T00:49:41+00:00May 14, 2013|Europe|

Reflection and renewal Two things stood out about Berlin – a deep sense of history and an atmosphere of renewal. The anniversary of a dark time in modern history brought a citywide remembrance with open-air memorials and educational displays. Lori was really eager to check out Berlin because she is into art and history. We [...]

European Indecision

2016-11-05T02:43:26+00:00May 10, 2013|Europe|

14 weeks, too many options… We started with a big list of countries we wanted to visit. As we traveled, our priorities shifted and we adopted a slower pace for the European leg of the trip. Before we took off on the world trip, we made all of the reservations for the first two legs, [...]

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