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Winter 2011-2012

Better and better.

The snows in the mountains are meeker and thinner every year, but, semi-retired now, we're taking up the slack by checking off the boxes on some great tourist destinations.

You may not find this terribly rewarding unless you're included here, so this is a good time for casual and random browsers to turn back before they get too caught up in the sweep and majesty of the proceedings and can't let go.

Southern Italy, mid-October 2011

Southern Italy on the trail of Stupor Mundi. (Click on the photos to proceed.)

Bari in Puglia

Matera, city of biblical movies

Castel del Monte, Barletta, Trani, Giovinazzo

Altamura, Venosa, Melfi, Lagopesole

Lecce for a base, and Galatina for the frescoes


Ostuni "the White City", and back to Lecce

Rome again, Rome again, jiggity jog

Autumn hikes, September to December

Lago di Orta, and Milan for art

A long weekend to the Lago di Orta and to Milan for the Artemisia Gentileschi exhibition, 20 November 2011

Orta San Giulio and the Sacri Monti

Milan for the art, then back to Orta San Giulio

Two weeks in Andalucia, December 2011

Kristin and the Alhambra in Granada in southern Spain

Granada, the Albayzin neighborhood

The Alhambra of Granada

More Granada scenes

Alhama de Granada and hikes in the gorge

Alcalá la Real

A brief three days in Córdoba

A brief three days in Sevilla

A brief three days in Sevilla (bis)

Back in Switzerland for the New Year -- and still waiting for the snow

January-February walks

Alison's visit, and the sources of the Toleure

The mouth of the Aubonne

The sources of the Toleure bis

Snowshoes in the rain, January 2012


The European Cold Wave

Genoa, Italy, and a side trip to Savona, February 2012

A restorative February interlude

The Genoa skyline from the rooftops

The museums of the Strada Nuova

Genoa in hard hats

Savona, and the Fortezza del Priamar

More walks in the winter (if you can call it that)

Mont Bailly, and other February hikes

Luxuriating in the March sunshine

March 2012 views in the Jura

Dog-walking on Grand Cunay, and more

Penultimate hikes of Winter 2011-2012

Chamois on La Dôle, limestone holes near Mont Tendre, May 2012

Chartres, Le Mans, and the Louvre, April 2012

Chartres Cathedral

A first look-round beautiful Chartres

A side trip to Paris for art, etc.

A fairly thorough look around Chartres

A side trip to Le Mans

Back to the Louvre (more art, etc.)

A last day in Chartres

What’s next? A two-week meeting of all the 160 governments and observers in early July, in Bucharest, Romania, possibly a nightmare in the “Palace of the People”! Then another lengthy sojourn amongst the hydrobikes in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Then . . . on verra.

Feedback and suggestions are welcome if positive, resented if negative, . All rights reserved, all wrongs avenged. Posted 17 May 2012, updated 27 September 2013.

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