2016 London Marathon

2016 London Marathon

Back in 2014 I left this comment on a photo posted to fb, just days after running NYC2014: For the first time ever I teared up at the end. The conditions were tough, I was so happy with my run, and knew this was my last 26.2... but seeing blind runners and a 89 year old on the course inspires me to never say never. I would love to run London.(click to read my NYC 26.2 recap).

      

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    A winter holiday: Switzerland & France

    A winter holiday: Switzerland & France

    Snow, I found snow!  In December we traveled to Vevey, Switzerland for a three week work/holiday. I adore Vevey... the entire area actually.  Vevey sits on Lake Geneva and looks at France.  During the week I work from our hotel residence, leaving weekends to explore.  Our friends often tell us that we experience more than those living in Switzerland.

    Blame wanderlust... below a story told in photos.  Today I'm sharing one of my favorite places with you.

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    Fowl Cay, Exumas

    Fowl Cay, Exumas

    While in Africa we mingled with a group of people traveling through Tanzania, celebrating 'Tom'.  A mix of professional and personal friends/family on a African safari for his 70th birthday.  This is how we got the idea for Bill's 50th birthday boondoggle.

    You may be asking yourself, 'how do they choose just twelve people'....  it started with a list of men playing a significant role in Bill's daily life.  Brothers, friendships spanning 25+ years, the men we rely on to help us, guide us, challenge us.  And their wives.

    Where to host such an event?

    After considering several US locations we shifted our search to a vacation destination. Reserving Fowl Cay A YEAR in advance.

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    European Adventure Part 3: Vienna

    European Adventure Part 3: Vienna

    This is the third, and final stop of our 16 day holiday.  While this is business travel for the World Traveler, I join him a few times a year and we find time for mini holidays.

    We drove from Budapest to Vienna, via the autobahn.  A quick trip, just a few hour drive.

    Vienna, Budapest, and Montreux in one holiday - these are three different places!  Vienna is pristine.  I immediately noticed that you only find grass in parks. We discussed that in ye old days the rain must have bathed the city.  Today this can happen with power spray.

    With about three days to explore, we selected a hotel in a walking distance of many sights. This is a city I would like to visit again. Planned similar to Paris, Vienna has 23 districts. Mozart, Beethoven, Freud, and Marie Antoinette are just a few people that call Vienna home. 

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    European Adventure Part 2: Budapest

    European Adventure Part 2: Budapest

    Hello Friends,

    Please add Budapest to your must travel / bucket list today.  I may not find the right words to express the feeling of this beautiful city but know it's historically somber with fantastic energy and style.

    This is my first time visiting an eastern European country; this old town has been beautifully cared for, and I'm happy to report... it's a walking city.

    Blessed with a week to explore while the World Traveler and his colleagues were hosting a conference, I had time to learn and walked miles every day.  I had to be out, on the streets, absorbing.

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    European Adventure Part 1: Montreux

    European Adventure Part 1: Montreux

    Hello Friends!

    How did a trip to Bangkok land us in Budapest? The World Traveler had an speaking engagement/hosting responsibilities at an industry conference that was relocated for political unrest (safety of the guests and their travel companions).

    So... with just a few weeks notice, I started researching Budapest.  This is three country trip is a business trip for the World Traveler and a working vacation for me (working lightly to keep up with projects since I'm traveling for three weeks). Before Budapest comes a week in Switzerland. While I adore Vevey, we stayed in Montreux this visit. I was determined to explore Montreux... the markets, shoppes, and winding roads. 

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    Hangzhou & Ningbo China

    Hangzhou & Ningbo China

    This is Part IV of our Asian Extravaganza.

    Hangzhou is 800 miles south of Beijing, a five hour trip via the Bullet Train.We arrived after the sunset, settling in for just one night.  The photo above was my first view of this city.  I remember looking out our hotel window and thinking the fog rolling over a winter morning was lovely.... then quickly realized pollution was following me. 

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    36 Hours in Beijing

    36 Hours in Beijing

    Dear Friends,

    When I travel with Bill for work we tend to plan a weekend getaway.  This time our getaway had us spending over ten hours in a train, but it was worth every minute.

     

    The Country Manager didn't know I was traveling with Bill and when he realized I explored Shanghai alone... he coordinated hostess for us the rest of the trip.  This was so nice. I was able to walk in Shanghai but Beijing and the other cities required travel/coordination to sightsee.

    We packed in a lot over the next 36 hours!

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    A week in Shanghai

    A week in Shanghai

    Lovely Friends,

    You might think China is at the top of my must see list but... the pollution scares me enough for it to remain lower on my travel list.  The World Traveler spends a lot of time in Asia and when he asked me to join him for a three-week visit I jumped at the opportunity!

    We have many stories behind our Shanghai photos, most not captured on film.  Bill did get to morph into Jason Bourne in a thrilling Shanghai hour; it was quite an experience!

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    Three days in Singapore

    Three days in Singapore

    Hello friends,

    Today I'm excited to tell you about a recent trip to Singapore, part one of a 16-day adventure in China.  We traveled from NYC to Singapore, Shanghai, Beijing, and Ningbo.

    First Stop: Singapore

    • Our flight path to Singapore brought us over the north pole, over Russia, China, and landing in Hong Kong, where we missed our connecting flight by a few minutes.  A few hours later we flew on a local airline to Singapore...
    • Singapore is a young country, turning 50 this year.  It reminded me a bit of George Jetson's world.

    A cultural melting pot which makes for an exciting visit.

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