Our Adventures in Sri Lanka

Safaris to spot leopards and elephants, swimming in the Indian Ocean, sipping tea in the mountains, and several more!

Our Nile Cruise

Starting in Cairo, we sailed to Luxor, Edfu, Kom Ombo, and Aswan.

Trouble at Sea: Our Red Sea Dive Trip in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia

The Red Sea is one of the top diving destinations in the world, but Saudi Arabia is a very restrictive country to get into. That alone would have made the trip memorable...but then things went south and the Saudi Coast Guard and a hospital got involved.

Our Expedition to Jordan

Highlights included tracing the steps of Indiana Jones into Petra, following Lawrence of Arabia into Wadi Rum, and floating in the Dead Sea.

Discovering Turkey

We emersed ourselves in Istanbul, explored the white travertines of Pamukkale, and traced history through Laodikeia, Hierolopolis, and Cleopatra's Baths.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Liege-Bastogne-Liege

We live in a nearly ideal location for following cycling. After spending the night in Brussels after a soccer game, we headed over to Liege, Belgium for this weekend's Liege-Bastogne-Liege bike race.

We got off the exit from the highway and were almost immediately in the middle of the team tour buses at the finish line area. The security situation here is much more relaxed, and we nearly brushed shoulders with a number of pro-cyclists that Kacey recognized (I'm not so good with the name-to-face stuff). TOP:

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Monday, April 23, 2007

Heidelberg

After this weekend's soccer game, we visited Heidelberg.



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Sunday, April 15, 2007

Home of the Hamburger

This is where it all started folks, the Burger King in Hamburg, Germany. No, not really. Well, honestly, I'm not sure about the origins of either the burger sandwich or the Burger King franchise. But I do know that this Burger King is in Hamburg, and that seems worthy of a photo.
Update: It is now a Starbucks

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Tivoli Gardens

RRR at the entrance to Tivoli Gardens
En route to our home in Germany after picking up our Volvo from the factory in Sweden, we stopped for a couple of nights in Copenhagen, Denmark. This city definitely ranks up there in our "cities we'd most like to live in" list.
On the 13th, we spent the evening in Tivoli Gardens. I'd been here once before in high school, on a family vacation. But I really didn't recognize or remember much about the place from 15 years ago. I've heard that Pinocchio's Pleasure Island is based off of Tivoli Gardens, which is one of the oldest amusement parks in the world.
This alleyway is inspired by Pinocchio's Pleasure Island 

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Saturday, April 14, 2007

Gothenburg: That's the Way I Roll

We went to Sweden this weekend to pick up our new Volvo from the the factory. What's ironic is that we flew from Germany to Sweden even though our car was built in Belgium and shipped to Sweden...just so that we could pick it up there and drive home. Gotta love international manufacturing practices.
What's Swedish for "Old School"?
RRR can't wait to get on the road
In preparation, we had to get our German license plates packed into our luggage (easier said than done with carry-on baggage). We already had our international drivers licenses in order to drive in Germany, so that saved some paperwork.
We got a tour of the Volvo facility near Gothenburg, where we learned that "volvo" is derived from the Latin "I roll". You'd think that Volvo would have a Swedish origin, but no.
Let's Roll!
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Sunday, April 08, 2007

Tulips at Keukenhof

Dutch landscape: A canal boat beside tulips
It's that time of year when the flowers are in full bloom. So, why not head up to the Garden of Europe and see the world's largest flower garden? Probably best known for their tulips, Keukenhof really blows away any expectations you might have about how many flowers you can fit in a given area. It's really hard to describe better than the pictures can:



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Is there anything more Dutch than windmills, canals, and beautiful flowers?





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