Tag: Travel

Tuscany, Italy 2014

Culture, Europe, Florence, Italy, Travel, Tuscany

I have been slacking on blogging lately and this post is long overdue. If you read my previous post about the start of our Tuscan holiday you know it did not get off to a good start. While it was not one of my favorite trips, looking at the pictures now I can hardly complain. …

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Tuscany 2014-Not Off To A Good Start

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The day finally came and we were off to Newark Airport to begin our trip to Tuscany, Italy. We had a late flight so we made a stop at Pru Thai in Clinton, NJ for dinner on our way. Pru Thai is our favorite Thai restaurant and it was a good way to avoid the …

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Timberman 70.3–Travel and Logistics

70.3, @Places, Endurance Sports, Full, Gilford, Ironman, New England, New Hampshire, Race, Sports, Timberman, Triathlon, United States, laconia, multisport, tri

The following documents some of the travel and logistics details of our weekend up in Gilford, NH for Ironman 70.3 Timberman. Getting There Google Maps show the drive from Allentown, PA to to Gilford, NH to be anywhere from 6.5-7.5 hours depending on the traffic and route you choose. The shortest route takes up by …

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Haute Route Day 13-Europahütte to Zermatt

Adventure, Europe, Haute Route, Hiking, Mountains, Sports, Switzerland, event

I heard Denise’s watch alarm go off around 6am and I laid there until about 6:30am. We had shared the bunk room with another couple who slept on the bottom of the bunk and we were on top. They were a bit ricketty, so I was a bit self-conscious about moving around through the night, …

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Haute Route Day 12-St. Niklaus to Europahütte

Adventure, Europe, Haute Route, Hiking, Mountains, Sports, Switzerland, event

As I mentioned in my Haute Route Day 11 post, my mattress had a large crater in the middle of it and I spent most of the night sleeping curled around the edge of it. By the way, Paul from the UK informed me later that this was easily resolved by moving the boards closer …

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Haute Route Day 11-Gruben to St. Niklaus

Adventure, Europe, Haute Route, Hiking, Mountains, Sports, Switzerland, event

We headed out of the Schwarzhorn Hotel after a relatively mediocre breakfast. It was an immediate grunt uphill as we left the building and switchbacked our way towards the Oberstafel . We started out at around 6500′ elevation and would peak at just short of 10,000′ in less than 4 miles. We were had a …

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Haute Route 2013-Day 10-Zinal to Gruben

Adventure, Europe, Hiking, Mountains, Sports, Switzerland, Travel, event, iPhone

We enjoyed a nice breakfast at the Hotel Europe around 7:30 AM  then packed up and started on our walk. We saw the older Brit Posse congregating at the supermarche(grocery store) as we headed to the trailhead. It was nice to know we would not have to pass them later and get the dirty looks …

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Road Trip: Pittsburgh 2014

Travel, pittsburgh

It is really hard to believe that I have lived in Pennsylvania for over 45 years, traveled all over the world and have never been to the city 4.5 hours to our West. It is the place we Eastern-PA-er’s usually refer to when we hear of a PA town that we have no idea where …

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San Francisco Trip-April 2014

I had the opportunity to head out to the Microsoft Build Conference in San Francisco this year. This consisted of a 3 day event so I decided to take advantage of the airfare and make a longer vacation of it. I had been itching to get to Yosemite the past couple years so now was my …

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Haute Route 2013-Geneva to Chamonix

It was a quick two and a half hour flight to Geneva from Stockholm. We quickly made our way through passport control and into the baggage claim. I hunted around for a ATM while we waited for our one checked bag to hopefully come around the conveyor belt. We only check a bag because our …

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