Road Trip! Toolin’ Down Illinois’ Great River Road

Driving is a great way to travel and still maintain safe social distancing. With that in mind, here is another fantastic drive from a few years ago…
The Mighty Mississippi in all of its glory – the history, the lore, the beauty and the quirkiness.

Join us as we head down the Great River Road with stops in beautiful, historic Galena, Wine Country (yup, there’s wine in Illinois!), Moline, where David traces his roots (he’s John Deere’s g-g-g grandson!),  amazing Nauvoo, and Quincy, where we meet the self-proclaimed “Nutroll Nazi.” And that’s just the… CONTINUE READING >>

Driving is a great way to travel and still maintain safe social distancing. With that in mind, here is another fantastic drive from a few years ago…
The Mighty Mississippi in all of its glory – the history, the lore, the beauty and the quirkiness.

Join us as we head down the Great River Road with stops in beautiful, historic Galena, Wine Country (yup, there’s wine in Illinois!), Moline, where David traces his roots (he’s John Deere’s g-g-g grandson!),  amazing Nauvoo, and Quincy, where we meet the self-proclaimed “Nutroll Nazi.” And that’s just the… CONTINUE READING >>

Christmas Cruising the Danube, A Live-Blog

This could be the most festive way we have ever experienced to celebrate the season. Join us on a day by day account of a holiday cruise along the Danube. The cheer factor was off the charts!
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This could be the most festive way we have ever experienced to celebrate the season. Join us on a day by day account of a holiday cruise along the Danube. The cheer factor was off the charts!
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How to Do Mardi Gras Without Being Asked to Lift Your Shirt!

Don’t get us wrong – we LOVE New Orleans. But the thought of wading into a Big Easy Mardi Gras is something better left to young whippersnappers.

We took the rural route and learned about the wonderful goings-on in Cajun Country – what they call the REAL Mardi Gras!

Courir de Mardi Gras involves costumed men dancing on horseback, begging, and chicken chasing!

La Grande Boucherie des Cajuns A tradition older than Mardi Gras, is a communal hog butcher and meat fest.

Fais do-do See what Cajuns do once the kids go to bed… CONTINUE READING >>

Don’t get us wrong – we LOVE New Orleans. But the thought of wading into a Big Easy Mardi Gras is something better left to young whippersnappers.

We took the rural route and learned about the wonderful goings-on in Cajun Country – what they call the REAL Mardi Gras!

Courir de Mardi Gras involves costumed men dancing on horseback, begging, and chicken chasing!

La Grande Boucherie des Cajuns A tradition older than Mardi Gras, is a communal hog butcher and meat fest.

Fais do-do See what Cajuns do once the kids go to bed… CONTINUE READING >>

Walking the Basque Country of Spain (and a Wee Bit of France)—Live

Man, can the folks in the Basque Country throw a party!

Our live-blog continues along the Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James).

See how we stumble into one of the most unique festivals we’ve ever seen, learn to cook like a Basqueman, and dip our toes into the French side of things… CONTINUE READING

Man, can the folks in the Basque Country throw a party!

Our live-blog continues along the Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James).

See how we stumble into one of the most unique festivals we’ve ever seen, learn to cook like a Basqueman, and dip our toes into the French side of things… CONTINUE READING

Basking in the Basque Country of Spain, A Live Blog

One of the finer aspects of a walking tour is the ability to partake in incredible food without worrying (too much) about stepping on the scale when arriving back home.

We looked long and hard for the perfect pairing of spectacular scenery and incredible edibles—and believe we’ve found it!

Chase us as we eat massive amounts of tapas (they’re called pintxos here), roam around Madrid, make a pilgrimage along the Way of St. James, sleep in a palace, storm a castle, hit the beach… CONTINUE READING

One of the finer aspects of a walking tour is the ability to partake in incredible food without worrying (too much) about stepping on the scale when arriving back home.

We looked long and hard for the perfect pairing of spectacular scenery and incredible edibles—and believe we’ve found it!

Chase us as we eat massive amounts of tapas (they’re called pintxos here), roam around Madrid, make a pilgrimage along the Way of St. James, sleep in a palace, storm a castle, hit the beach… CONTINUE READING