The Matterhorn in Zermatt, Switzerland

The Faces of the Matterhorn

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Our second day in Zermatt dawned just as marvelous as the first. We decided to explore and hike the mountains on the other side of Zermatt from the Matterhorn. That area gives the classic look of the mountain that everyone knows. We first took the Gornergratbahn, a cog railway and the…

Mounatins near Zermatt, Switzerland

Exploring the Alps around the Matterhorn

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Going into Zermatt, Switzerland reminded me of visiting a Disney resort. No cars are allowed (except for some electric vehicles), so you have to take a train to the town. Although people do live there, the majority of the people you see are tourists and everyone in the shops and…

Horses, old house, and a different view of Kirkjufell mountain in Iceland

A Beautiful Day in West Iceland

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On our last full day in Iceland, we drove north of Reykjavik to West Iceland and Snæfellsjökull National Park. The weather cooperated and provided us a relatively warm, gloriously sunny day for our trip. One memorable section of the drive was a six-kilometer-long tunnel that went under one of the…

Night photo of the Eiffel Tower in Paris with flashing lights

City of Light at Night

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One can’t go to Paris without wandering the streets at night, especially during the summer. Paris is called the City of Light primarily because of the Enlightenment (it was also one of the first European cities to adopt street lights), but the lights at night are beautiful. The sidewalks are…

Portrait of young woman at sunset by harbor in Iceland

Impromptu Sunset Portraits in Iceland

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On the way home from my European vacation, I had to spend the night in Iceland because of flight schedules. I stayed in an AirBnB place in Hafnarfjordur, just outside Reykjavik. It was a small apartment with multiple bedrooms rented to different people and a common kitchen and bathroom. While…

The Adventure Begins in Reykjavik

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We left for our European vacation on a warm, muggy Memorial Day afternoon with a walk down to the bus station. That’s the nice part about downtown living – less driving. Although, lugging suitcases isn’t quite the same as a stroll to get some ice cream. Everything went smoothly on…