|Europe Through the Back Door, 1999|
In June and July, 1999, we went on a Rick Steves Europe Through the Back Door trip. We visited the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, and France in just over three weeks. It was a wonderful tour, and a terrific introduction to the continent. I want to go back!
I couldn't possibly recommend a tour company more highly. The trip was extremely well organized, our guides were terrific in every way, and we did an awful lot of traveling without feeling rushed.
In August, 2000, we visited Japan. We visited my brother Joe, who taught English in Fukuoka at the time. Next, we visited Kyoto with Joe and his girlfriend (and now wife) Akiko, then traveled by ourselves to Tokyo.
|Europe Through the Back Door, 2002|
In May, 2002, we went on a second Rick Steves Europe Through the Back Door tour, The Best of Village Europe (no longer offered), this time with Kristine's parents. We visited Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France, and Spain in just over three weeks. We want to go back! Once again, the Rick Steves travel experience was fantastic.
|East Brother Light House, 2003|
In February, 2003, we stayed over night at the bed and breakfast at East Brother Lighthouse in San Francisco bay. We stayed in the Marin Room. It was a wondeful experience, with beautiful views, excellent weather, delicious food, and innkeepers who were a lot of fun.
|Greece, 2004||In May, 2004, we traveled through Greece on yet another terrific Rick Steves tour.|
In April, 2005, we took a one-week trip to France to see family. We had a wonderful time exploring Paris for a few days, then snuck off to see Monet's garden at Giverny, only a short train ride away. Later, we made our second trip to Strasbourg together. Finally, we returned to Paris for a few days, and enjoyed a night-time sightseeing ride on the Seine on a Paris Vedette. It's hard to believe we saw so much beauty in just one week.