La Petite France

La Petite France is the historic quarter of the city of Strasbourg in North Eastern France. The quarter is well known for its beautifully preserved (restored) half-timbered homes and many of its waterways that crisscrosses the city. We spent a night and two half days in Strasbourg, wondering around the cobble lined streets taking lots […]

Desert Lily Sanctuary

Desert Lily Sanctuary is a small protected area about 180 miles east of Los Angeles. The preserve is renown for its wild desert lilies that bloom when the conditions are ideal (usually following the winter rains, February through April). To get there take the Desert Center exit off Interstate 10 and head north east on […]

Petite Venise

After our lunch in Riquewihr, we headed to Colmar to see the picturesque Petite Venise. After a short twenty minute drive we arrived near the old section of the town. Parking was quite straightforward. We just followed one of several signs for parking around old town and parked in one that was directly under Place […]

Affordable parking for Venice, Italy

Let me start with stating the obvious: you should not drive to Venice. It is best to take one of many forms of public transportation available in Italy. But if you must, you will find that parking for Venice is quite expensive at around €25 euros per 24 hours. There are plenty of parking options […]

Festung Hohenwerfen (Castle)

Hohenwerfen Castle is a medieval castle located approximately 25 miles south of Salzburg, Austria. The castle, built on a rock formation, has excellent views of the valley below. The admission fee to the castle includes the vertical train ride to the top and a guided tour (German only; the other languages are offered on audio […]

Osprey Flare vs Osprey Ellipse Backpacks

If you are wondering what the differences are between these two packs you came to the right place. Let’s start with specifications as provided by Osprey: Ellipse[amazon-element asin=”B00IMXP6I8″ fields=”button,new-price”] Flare[amazon-element asin=”B00IN0WCD2″ fields=”button,new-price”] Volume 25 liters (1526 22 liters (1343 Weight 1 lb 6.9 oz (0.65 kg) 1 lb 9 oz (0.72 kg) The […]