Traipse along with your GypsyNesters as we scour the Louvre for the strangest masterpieces we could find…. CONTINUE READING >>
I have a confession to make.
About thirty years ago I was in London for several days and didn’t take the short trip outside of town to see Stonehenge.
That’s why I was so thrilled to discover an exact replica made of Styrofoam in Virginia – how could we not veer off the side of the road?.. CONTINUE READING >>
Chase us around Oslo as we visit the Nobel Peace Center, get schooled in Olympic ski jumping, have cocktails in a bar completely made of ice (including the glasses), explore Viking burial ships, have a scream with Edvard Munch and eat, ahem, rotted fish… CONTINUE READING >>
Diversity aside, we never expected to stumble upon a big dollop of Denmark right in the middle of Santa Barbara County. Eureka!, it’s Solvang.
Here’s the scoop: A few Danish teachers got sick… CONTINUE READING >>
The explosion of color on the mountainsides brings in folks from far and wide, so putting on a festival is a natural thing to do.
Visit the site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival, a Sheep and Wool Festival and, because it’s October, or shall we say Oktober… CONTINUE READING >>
Even if you are a New Yorker - we bet you don’t know most of these!.. CONTINUE READING >>
Newport was the epitome of this unbelievable excess, aptly dubbed Conspicuous Consumption.
In an effort to one-up each other with their “summer cottages” iconic American families of railroad, mining and steel fortunes, threw lavish parties for their pets, had notorious… CONTINUE READING >>
I didn’t even realize it until I woke up in a champagne haze, with the TV still blaring on our wedding night.
I knew the Fates had conspired when I half-opened one eye and saw there on the news… CONTINUE READING >>
If there is one food that screams New York from the top of the Empire State Building, it has got to be pizza.
How did this happen? We didn’t know, but we do now!… CONTINUE READING >>
Like kids left alone who’ve formed a tree house club, the people of the Upper Peninsula have developed a domain unto themselves, even a secret language all their own.
A conversation about a moose walking through town would sound something like this:
“Just seen a snow cow at da stop-and-go light.”
“Yah, Hey… CONTINUE READING >>
In his mind, the best würst ever!
But before we dig too deep into his obsession with this supreme sausage, let’s take a look at the city from whence it came… CONTINUE READING >>
Just outside of Quito, Ecuador lies the exact midway point between the North and South poles and, being of reasonably sound minds, we had to see it.
Seriously, when do you get the chance to stand on Latitude 00° 00′ 00”?
We did some wacky things there, but only one of us got a certificate for the wackiest thing of all… CONTINUE READING >>
Florence has treasures that could take days, weeks, months, years, or perhaps a lifetime to fully explore… CONTINUE READING >>
The competition for most eye-catching advertising is nearly as much of a draw as the food in Osaka, Japan’s Dotonbori District.
When the crab restaurant Kani Doraku erected their giant mechanized crab sign back in 1960 they kicked off quite a craze of giant animated… CONTINUE READING >>
However, we were horrified to see that tourist trap economics trumped ugly, historical facts in Salem.
There are plenty of wonderful historical sites in the beautiful seaside town, including the famous… CONTINUE READING >>
But since we found ourselves on the Caribbean coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, what’s known as the Riviera Maya, we hopped on a bus to the ancient Mayan site.
We wanted to enjoy both a … CONTINUE READING >>
A sky-scraping Abe Lincoln, a Paul Bunyan the size of a small office building, a life-sized brontosaurus or a fish that could swallow an airliner — all have great power to inspire, or at least attract… CONTINUE READING >>
There is good reason for that, the gravity defying belfry is certainly the star of the show.
And we’re not even going to try to hide the fact that we took several obligatory “holding up the tower” photos.
Starting out with the classic two-handed (with the addition of Veronica bracing for the fall for extra style points)… CONTINUE READING >>
A whole museum dedicated to a canned meat? Our wondering eyes had to see, we never pass up a cheesy tourist diversion.
Passing by the bronze pigs being led to slaughter, through the front doors, we were greeted by three thousand Spam cans stacked in a stunning display in the lobby.
This museum is no… CONTINUE READING >>
In case your joints aren’t that important to you, here are some not-so-healthy rewards that might inspire you to take that first step.
Your GypsyNesters are glad to share some of the reasons that walking is such a substantial part our lives (in the ever popular Top Ten List form)… CONTINUE READING >>
Every once in a while we are stopped in our tracks. Rendered speechless. Taken unaware. Dumbfounded. Gobsmacked.
Check out these things we’ve seen along the way that made us say “What the H? (!) …CONTINUE READING >>
Take a rip-roarin’ ride down the Exploits River with us (trust us, that’s not the strangest name we saw!), meet the Beothuk People, enjoy a lobster picnic, and find out more about the fishing culture of this wonderful land… CONTINUE READING >>
Our most recent trip to Italy included a stop in Rome where we had a day planned to take in the Eternal City’s most treasured sites. And we spent way too much time distracted by the somewhat odd souvenir tributes to the new Pope… CONTINUE READING >>