I’ll Be Home For Christmas…

…you can count on me. Text by Steve VandeGriek Photos by Jan Behmer December 1, 2021 My large family’s large and deep in the countryside Vermont homestead was lost to us a few years ago. Christmas hasn’t been quite the same since. That farmlike forum was where the generations of us, with significant others andContinue reading “I’ll Be Home For Christmas…”

All Packed Up And Nowhere To Go, Or, What if the Hokey Pokey IS what it’s all about?

Photos by Jan Behmer Text by Steve VandeGriek Copyright April 1, 2021 Plans evanesce. Late October, 2019. We were packing to go to France for a month, in part so Janet could tour the early Christmas markets. Then she fell and broke her shoulder. End of that plan. We unpacked. Spring, 2020. A good surgeonContinue reading “All Packed Up And Nowhere To Go, Or, What if the Hokey Pokey IS what it’s all about?”

The Hills Are Alive With The Sound of Moo…

Text by Steve VandeGriek Photos by Jan Behmer Copyright 2020 The New York Times recently covered a news flash from postcard perfect Austria. Dairy cows in their Alpine summer pastures were attacking hikers trespassing through their domain. I suspect that the human source of this story was Twilight Zoned in Gary Larsen’s Far Side. IContinue reading “The Hills Are Alive With The Sound of Moo…”

My Wife Left Her Dress in Hemingway’s Room

Text by Steve VandeGriek Photos by Jan Behmer Copyright 2020 The Camino de Santiago is a centuries old roughly five hundred mile walking pilgrimage from St. Jean Pied de Port in southwestern France to the shrine of St. James in Santiago de Compostella in northwestern Spain. The first leg of the journey is a fifteenContinue reading “My Wife Left Her Dress in Hemingway’s Room”

Fa La La La La from Flanders: Christmas Comfort Food

By Steve VandeGriek Photos by Jan Behmer ©2020 My wife and I grew up in the north and, like many transplanted Floridians, we snicker in February at the folks we left behind. But when winter is new and the holidays approach we can feel them snickering back. A few years ago we went to Belgium.Continue reading “Fa La La La La from Flanders: Christmas Comfort Food”

Another Curbside Attraction

ANOTHER CURBSIDE ATTRACTION   By Steve VandeGriek  ©2013 Photos by Jan Behmer  ©2013 Rewarding travel is often the result of being seduced by a tangent you hadn’t anticipated. My wife and I had planned to visit several central Mexican cities – some familiar, some not – with no particular agenda in mind.  We were notContinue reading “Another Curbside Attraction”