Prior to the disaster, travel was an important part of our lives. Although after the birth of Clarisse, our travels had been limited to the gulf coast (also now destroyed), since Katrina it doesn't look we'll be vacationing anytime in the near future. We may visit our relatives, but even this is looking more and more difficult. So, three years from now, if we're lucky, maybe we'll start again. For now, the following pages are part of our past.

We only have so much time on this big, beautiful, amazing planet. Whether in the jungles (now called "rain forests") of Costa Rica or strolling through the ruins of ancient Rome, there's a pulse that beats, a tune creates a dance, sights that are different from any other. When you travel, you discover the soul of the planet. Human progress, human decay, spiritual progress, spiritual decay, natural beauty, natural destruction. Natural, perfect, varied: A balance of urbanity, wilderness and civilization flow through our travels together. In these pages you will find that each city connects you to a gallery of images of our travels with commentary. At the bottom of each page will be links that will make your visits to these places more enjoyable.

Rome, Italy

Travelling internationally allows you to discover that it truly does take all kinds of people to make a world.

When we've travel in the U.S., we usually go camping, and not in some boring campground, but far into nature in our country's beautiful national forests. For some great descriptions of living in the middle of nowhere for a week, I know of no better place/time than Rainbow Gatherings every summer in a different national forest. Sure, there's the work of chopping wood, hauling water & firewood, chopping vegetables, or the necessary digging of latrines. However, for a spiritual and romantic experience in nature, camping really does it for me. Elise, the more intelligent and cultured of us, prefers the comforts and advantages of first-world living.

Venice, Italy

On the years when we decide to go out of the country, we don't rough-it. Rather, we try in as much as is possible to enjoy the culture of the city, country, and people we visit. As much as some people will criticize consumerist culture, travel is one part of that culture which is positive and life-affirming. Meeting people who are very different from you, speak different languages, have different religions, and cultures, give you a strong knowledge of how nice it is that we live in a world with such diversity. Political correctness aside, people are amazing! While we share many commonalities, our uniquenesses and individuality always shines through.

We hope you will enjoy our sharing some of the places we've enjoyed.

The Alhambra in Grenada, Spain

Barcelona, Spain

Florence, Italy
Grand Canyon, Arizona, U.S.

New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Rome, Italy

Ronda, Spain
San Diego, California, U.S.

Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.
Seville, Spain

St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Tulum, Mexico

Venice, Italy