Belgium Part I

On the morning we left Paris, we had breakfast at the street cafe right outside our rented apartment. We finalized our packing and took the subway to the Gare du Nord train station. The station is under renovation and not quite done, but it will be new and shiny when it's done. I noticed a … Continue reading Belgium Part I

Paris

  September 16-18 Introduction: Dear Readers, Welcome aboard! If you're new to this blog, there are a bunch of posts I have written that have gone up before today: some were practice with WordPress, some were preparations for this trip, and some were the three days traveling across the US before we left from Orlando..  … Continue reading Paris

We’re off to Florida! Our first stop.

Sept. 12 Up at 2:00am, leave by 3:00am, airport by 3:45am, on the plane at 5:00am. Rebecca said something about Simon and Garfunkel and their song about Wednesday morning at 3am and that they knew when to leave. Far too early, I thought. Our first leg of the journey was a short one to Denver. … Continue reading We’re off to Florida! Our first stop.

The Backstory

My grandmother and father, just after arriving at Ellis Island, 1914   My father, originally named Dimitru Fritea, arrived in New York in 1914 with his mother.  They were escaping Romania and the turbulence of pre-World War I political unrest.  They were looking to begin a new life.  My father had four older siblings, and … Continue reading The Backstory

Our tentative itinerary:

  Photos from Rebecca's previous trip to Greece   Here are our plans, so far: Days /Dates /Where /Notes 4 9/12-9/14 Orlando (leave 8:30pm in 15th) Sleep en route 2 9/16-9/18 Paris-> train to Belgium on 18th 6 9-18-9/25 Belgium with Kevin and Greet (train to Dussel) 2 9/25-9/27 Dusseldorf with Gabi (plane to Berlin) 2 9/27-9/29 Berlin … Continue reading Our tentative itinerary:

Welcome Readers

We are making our way through Eastern Europe, discovering wonderful people who are enterprising, caring, struggling with today's changing times and yet doing extraordinary things.  We invite you to meet some of them and see some of the sites we've encountered.  The focus we've adopted, "People first, places second" is a mantra that has really … Continue reading Welcome Readers