Category Archives: Euro2007

How you know your daughter’s spring break is too long

Nora has had a pretty good spring break. Early in the week, her cousin Benjamin and aunt Lisa visited. We went to an amusement park and rode every inverted roller coaster in sight. We went to the National Whitewater center … Continue reading

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Smoky hike, part 1

I just got back from an intense hike in the Smoky Mountains. Without further ado, here’s the report. Here’s me and Nora at the start of the trip, in the Clingman’s Dome parking lot, where probably a hundred tourists have … Continue reading

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Still more panoramas

I probably need a better way of indicating to myself when I’ve taken a series of photos designed to be stitched into a panorama. I’ve found quite a few more that I missed last time. Here’s the campanile viewed from … Continue reading

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Blogging on peer-reviewed research

Over on CogDaily, I’ve been pushing a new initiative to highlight when bloggers are making serious posts about peer-reviewed research, as opposed to news, press releases, and their favorite online surveys. But I realized that I reach much of the … Continue reading

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One more panorama

How could I have forgotten this one? The original photos were actually taken by Greta; it’s the Villa of Mysteries in Pompeii:

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Panoramas across Europe

While I was in Europe, I didn’t have access to my panorama software, so I didn’t get a chance to show you the panoramic photos I took. Here are the ones that turned out all right (click on the image … Continue reading

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My current weight, 7 weeks later

As promised, here’s my updated weight after 7 weeks of rich European food. I weighed 217 pounds at the start of the trip, and today I weighed 215. I lost 2 pounds in Europe! Even though that’s been my pattern … Continue reading

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Top ten posts I could have written about our Europe trip

10. The worst wines in Europe 9. What I’d do differently if I visited again 8. What I’d do more of if I visited again 7. Should I have brought the computer? 6. Was the trip too long/short? 5. Would … Continue reading

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Summing it up, badly

It’s been over 7 weeks. We’ve taken over 3,000 photos. We’ve eaten over 300 restaurant meals. We’ve flown over 10,000 miles. And I’ve written well over 10,000 words about the experience (I can’t check the exact number because at the … Continue reading

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More improbable places

Yesterday we wised up and took the bus to the top the highest and oldest monastery in Meteora, the Grand Meteoron. We arrived just as the monastery was opening, along with several hundred other tourists. After seeing the impossibly precarious … Continue reading

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Improbable place

As I write this, I’m looking at what must be one of the most incredible panoramas in the world. The sun is just beginning to peek over the sheer vertical cliffs to my left, and the spires directly in front … Continue reading

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Finally, Prague!

It’s 12:46 a.m., I’m on the flight from scorching-hot Vienna to even-hotter Greece, and I’ve finally got time to write about Prague. Prague was a fantastic surprise. Even though everything I’d heard about Prague was great, I still wasn’t prepared … Continue reading

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Siena, what great knockers you have!

Despite visiting Siena twice and finding my favorite restaurant in Tuscany, I never managed to write a post about it. We first visited nearly three weeks ago, while the grandparents hung out with the kids back at the villa. Since … Continue reading

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San Gimignano

San Gimignano is famous for its towers. Apparently in its heyday there were over 100 towers, built originally for security but eventually simply to show off the wealth of the families who owned them. Towers sounded cool to me, so … Continue reading

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Tuscan food

Among the several weighty tomes I’ve lugged across Europe in my 30-pound backpack is a hardback edition of Mario Batali’s Simple Italian Food. The idea was supposed to be that when we arrived in Tuscany, we’d need a cookbook that … Continue reading

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The Swallows of Chiusi

These Tuscan towns are just swarming with swallows. We even have a group of 7 or 8 that live near our villa. I’ve never managed to get a photo of them as they swoop down to the pool to get … Continue reading

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The Mungers go to Florence!

Here we are! We finally made it to Florence, capital of Tuscany and center of art and culture for all of Western civilization! This is us at the top of the world-reknowned Duomo of Florence: We could even see the … Continue reading

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Ah, Tuscany!

What a gorgeous land Tuscany is. The rolling hills… the vineyards… the sunny afternoons. It’s almost idyllic. A couple days ago we visited the Fattoria dei Barbi vineyard in quest of a good Brunello di Montalcino. Just look at their … Continue reading

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Still in internet-impaired Tuscany

The house we’re renting in Tuscany sits high on a hillside above the road to Seggiano. It’s either a recently built or recently renovated structure of solid timber and stone. Even though the days are warm, the house is always … Continue reading

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IN INTERNET IMPAIRED TUSCANY

[I’m going to post a series of posts from the first internet cafe I’ve found in Tuscany. These were written over the past several days] We finally made it to Tuscany, where we’ll spend three weeks in a lovely villa … Continue reading

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