Gypsy Flea Markets in Romania

Back to wild and wonderful Romania! I think I’ve mentioned it before, Romania was a pleasant surprise for us . . .we were not expecting to see such a combination of art, culture, history, beauty and science. And right in the middle of it all there are Gypsies . . . lots of them. “The Roma’ . . . nothing to do with Rome or Romania, the Gypsies are known as Roma or Romani . . . throughout the world. Read More

“Canadian Coffee” and other Andros Adventures

Here we are back in Greece . . . on one of the prettiest and greenest of the Greek Islands. Andros is the northern-most island in the ‘Cyclades’ group, second only in size to Naxos. It is about 37 kilometres long and almost 17 kilometres wide, lying in a northwest to southeast orientation in the Aegean between Greece and Turkey. I’ve mentioned it before, but they are called the ‘Cyclades’ from the Greek word κύκλος , or kyklos, meaning circle. This group of islands formed a circle around the sacred island of Delos in ancient times. Read More

Who was Juan de Fuca?

For those of you who live in the Pacific Northwest, or have done any traveling there, you will be familiar with the body of water called Juan de Fuca Strait, between the state of Washington, and Canada’s Vancouver Island. This ‘travel tale’ is not directly about my wanderings, but about this body of water and one of history’s most important travellers, Juan de Fuca. Read More


France . . . Provence . . . I’m sure that conjures up all kinds of images of Côte du Rhône wine, Avignon, Nice, beaches on the Côte D’Azur, and others. No . . . we’re going to stop just short of that tourist paradise. Provence is such a rich area of history, art, architecture, and natural beauty, you don’t have to go any further south and waste all your dollars in those expensive tourist traps. Read More