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I’m sure, like me, you are inundated with emails and messages with articles about all the things you can do virtually. So many creative people, companies, and organizations have stepped up and created so much content you could literally sit in front of your screen 24/7.  It’s overwhelming. I’ve been trying to do a few online classes, tours, and workshops and it can be daunting. Here are a couple of exceptional virtual… Read More

Take the Moonshine Express run of the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, and I promise you will not be disappointed. After booking our tickets online, we picked them up at 9:30 the morning of the trip and boarded the Carolina Shine car around 10 AM.  Before we even started rolling, we were served three of the seven moonshine flavors we tasted.  Starting with the basic White Lightening, we moved quickly on to Apple… Read More

What a great way to travel from Vancouver BC to Portland Oregon. The only downside is it does leave at 6:30 AM, but it gets you into Portland at about 3 PM, rested, fed and entertained.  It’s an absolutely beautiful route through Washington, the water views are so pretty it’s not even hard to stay awake. Business Class seats are worth the extra fee, and taking two single seats (one behind the… Read More

Flåm’s name literally translates into “little place with steep mountains” and it is a fitting description. It’s on Aurlandsfjord, the innermost arm of Songefjord, Norway’s biggest and deepest fjord. The area is still reeling from massive flooding last year that destroyed homes and caused major damage to buildings, bridges, road and the railway. Their latest misfortune was a fire in the tunnel on their main road last week, closing the road to… Read More

We started the day exploring the lovely Altstadt (Old Town) of Chur. They were setting up for what looked like a very impressive city-wide festival, too bad we can’t stay. Then back on the train for a short, hour and a half, trip to Zürich. The scenery was exactly what you would expect to see in the Swiss countryside, pastoral green hills, cows, small quaint villages, clear lakes and the occasional castle. … Read More

It’s no secret my husband loves trains; while I may not share his passion for Lionel trains, model train displays, or being in the engineer’s cab, I do love riding trains; especially in Europe. So, riding the Swiss Glacier Express was naturally at the top of our list. This morning we left Zermatt before 7AM and headed east to St. Moritz. We went back along the route from the day prior, to… Read More

The route from Geneva took us through the Swiss towns of Nyon, Morges, Lausanne, Vevey, Montreux, Aigle, Bex, St.Maurice, Martigny, Sion, Sierre and Leuk before arrival in Visp. Zermatt is the most popular vacation spot within Switzerland for the Swiss. It’s a huge ski resort and a perfect spot for summer hiking. We had a really nice train ride to get here. Two and half hours to Visp, much of the ride… Read More

Today started out as a relaxing day of train travel to Venice. No rush in the morning as we had breakfast at our hotel and then left Salzburg in the rain to head south.  We are all looking forward to meeting our daughter in Venice the following day. Our train to Venice was 9 minutes late getting into Rosenheim (Germany), where we had what we thought was a 17 minute timespan to change trains. Once… Read More

After breakfast we were back to the Keleti station for our trip to Prague. Once again, ticket validation went smoothly and a helpful porter made getting on the train very easy. This train was what we were expecting – individual first class compartments and a real dining car; just like the ‘old’ days. We shared our compartment with a lone, very pleasant traveler from Toronto. The scenery was lovely, pastoral farms, green… Read More

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