Europe

Ironically, the Walleighs have spent more time in Africa than Europe! Wendy’s first trips to Europe were during college. On our first trip to Europe together, Rick and Wendy drove our son and daughter around England then crossed the Channel by ferry to Paris. A few years later in 2004, our next European pleasure travel was to Barcelona and southern Spain. We each had many business trips (Wendy more than Rick), but on only one trip to Ireland were we actually there simultaneously. Our next Europe pleasure visit was to Turkey and Greece in 2010. In 2016, we traveled to Oxford and London, England; Edinburgh and across Scotland; then in a separate trip to Paris, Burgundy, Champagne Region, Normandy Coast and Loire Valley in France. We spent three weeks in 2017 in Eastern Europe: Prague (Czech Republic); a quick stop in Vienna (Austria); Budapest (Hungary); Slovenia and Croatia with day trips to Montenegro and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Europe remains a high priority for future trips!

Normandy Coast: Honfleur, Bayeaux, & D-Day Beaches

For us, the Normandy Coast’s World War II D-Day Beaches and Museums was the highlight of our France trip. Our 1st D-Day stop was at the excellent Au Memorial de Caen with amazing films and exhibits which detail global events leading to WWII through the war then giving...

Reims in the Champagne Region then Briefly Rouen

On Sunday, October 9, we picked up our rental car to drive northeast for a couple of hours to Reims (mysteriously pronounced “rance”) in the Champagne region, where we visited 3 main sights. First was the Reims Cathedral--with lovely stained glass windows—which is...

Nenuphar Barge on Canal de Bourgogne in Burgundy Region

Our whole trip to France was built around a barge cruise on the Canal de Bourgogne in Burgundy with Rick’s business school friends. On Sunday, Oct. 2nd, all six couples boarded a bus to reach Venarey-Les-Laumes, our starting point, from where we’d travel north to...

Paris–Still the City of Lights

Despite the recent troubles in this city, Paris is still magical, still the “City of Lights.” Rick and I mostly walked across, up and down, Left to Right Bank and back again, with a few rides on the Metro and in taxis thrown in. We ate wonderful food every night...

France Travelogue from September 25 to October 20 2016

PARIS from Sept. 26 to Oct. 2 and Oct. 8 to 9, 2016 Friends who frequently stay in Paris recommended Duc de Saint Simon Hotel. It's on a quiet street with lots of good restaurants nearby (in Saint Germain district) and close to Metro stops as well as a 20-minute walk...

Oxford & London Bookend Our U.K. Visit

From mid-July through early August, we spent time in the U.K., where we hadn't really spent time in many years. The first stop was Oxford and 2 nearby villages. Our young friend's wedding was in Stanton St. John and other long-time friends live in Chedworth. Thus we...

Oban to Isle of Skye in Scotland

After leaving Stirling, we took Rick Steves' advice to visit Inverary Castle, where the Downton Abbey folks visited "Duneagle"  which is quite lovely, built by an early Duke of Argyll.  Next, the self-guided tour of the Inverary Jail--old built in the 1600s & new...

Loch Ness & Inverness to St. Andrews

Leaving the Isle of Skye via the Skye Bridge to Kyle of Lochalsh, we had spectacular views of the Sound of Sleat - the sea passage between the Isle of Skye and mainland Scotland. On the road to Dornie along the banks of Loch Dutch we stopped at Eilean Donan...