Day 15: Bilbao

Bilbao is a big crazy city and also the site of the most attempts on our lives by our GPS system, TomTom Tim. I’m sure there are all sorts of wonderful things to see there, but I had only one goal – visit the Guggenheim. Our trip to Bilbao began on Day 15 in the nearby city of Durango. Friends… Read more →

Day 14: Lekeitio

Better luck did find us on Day 14, but not in the form of a camping site. After leaving Saintes (thank you, sweet city, for the unmolested sleeping spot!), we continued to head south. Originally we had thought we’d spend a couple days on the islands around Bordeaux, but after the day we’d had before, we decided to go ahead… Read more →

Day 13: The Ile d’ Don’t Go There

Of course it’d happen on Day #13 and after such a good start to our trip. We were excited to see another area of France – this time near Bordeaux – famed for its oysters. Of the many islands along the southern Atlantic coast to fit this bill, we chose Ile d’Olderon because it was the biggest and mostly likely… Read more →

Day 12: Mont Saint-Michel

  A huge debt of gratitude goes out to our friend Jamie Puryear who told us about Mont Saint-Michel just a couple nights before we took off for Europe. This is a magical place that Campbell took to immediately. I think he might have been a street waif in a medieval city in a past life, given the ease with… Read more →

Day 12: Pont de Normandie

Today I crossed into France for the first time in my life. Today I visited my namesake – the city of Calais. Neither of these things occurred with my fanfare. With the establishment of the EU, crossing from one country into another happens with little ado. And the city of Calais is a port city, a transportation hub, and really… Read more →

Day 9: More Brussels

On Saturday, December 6, the weather turned uncharacteristically and impossibly awesome. It was in the high 40s/low 50s and not raining. Made for a wonderful day back in Brussels. There were a few of those aforementioned haunts that Marc didn’t get to visit on Friday, so we returned for a very crowded Saturday in downtown Brussels. It also happened to… Read more →

Day 8: Brussels/Stockel

After the Atomium, we made our way back to Centraal Station in the center of Brussels, then walked to the Grande Place/Grote Market. It was all bedecked in holiday cheer and absolutely beautiful (but nothing compared to when the lights came on!) While in Brussels, we visited Marc’s favorite haunts, including Le Roy D’espagne (the King of Spain). And, of… Read more →