Gary’s Birthday 1 – 1/2015

August 14, 2015

Okay so we’re a few months behind, but really, news is only relevant to whether you’ve heard it or seen it previously, so before we return to Greece and onward to our 40,000 mile expedition across Asia, following the Silk Road, we have to tell you a little bit about my birthday. It was the big 7-0, so I was told I could do anything I wanted that was legal. Humm—

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year – 2014/15

December 24, 2014

We are in Japan now and our trusty Turtle V expedition truck is on its way to California from South Korea. We will be celebrating another unique Christmas in historic Kyoto and later, since our flight to Sacramento leaves Tokyo on December 31, crossing the dateline and arriving on the 31st, we will enjoy the […]

Monika’s Birthday – Mongolia 10-2014

November 11, 2014

What’s a birthday? Just another number on the calendar right? Not for Monika! Her birthdays are special and can last for days, depending on what she dreams up each year. Backpacking in the California Sierras, climbing to the top of Half Dome nearly 5,000 feet above Yosemite Valley and 8,800 feet above sea level, jumping […]

Siena, Tuscany, Italy 12/2013

February 16, 2014

On the way to Rome, Siena had never really been on Gary’s main wish list but so many people raved about it we had to check it out. Like Florence, there were a lot of things to see, so we again had to make a careful selection. As it turned out everything of most importance […]

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain 11/13

January 6, 2014

Arriving in Barcelona, we had three goals: Finding a safe parking place for The Turtle V, and revisiting both the Mercat (Market) de la Boqueria and the Basilica La Sagrada Familia. Carefully following our GPS instructions, we spent a good half-hour wandering around in circles following one-way streets through the chaotic traffic until we finally […]

Merry Christmas 2013

December 24, 2013

FRIENDS AND FAMILY, FAR AND NEAR WE HAVE ARRIVED IN TUSCANY, ITALY FROM WHERE WE WISH YOU A WONDERFUL MERRY CHRISTMAS. GARY AND MONIKA THE TURTLE EXPEDITION, UNLTD. Across the miles we send this wish
 for a Christmas full of cheer, And love, luck and happiness
 for a healthy New Year!

Pre-Christmas in the South of France 2013

December 22, 2013

Note: We are in the South of France near the Italian border. We’ll bring you up to speed with a new segment of blogs soon –  after Christmas. Sunday, December 22, 2013 Today, when Swiss light the fourth candle on their Advent wreaths and Nevada City has the last of its famous Victorian Christmas markets, […]

Happy Thanksgiving 2013

November 27, 2013

To all our friends & family around the World We wish you a Happy, Peaceful & Joyous Thanksgiving!   For each new morning with its light For rest and shelter of the night For health and food For love and friends For everything Thy goodness sends. By Ralph Waldo Emerson

Miura Ranch, Andalucia, Spain 10/13

November 20, 2013

As a young boy living near Guadalajara, Mexico, bullfighting was one of those things kids played, like cowboys and Indians. Having been to several bullfights over the years, I’ve always been intrigued about where these specially bred bulls come from. Since Seville was one of the more important centers for bullfighting in Spain, a little […]

Monesterio, Extremadura, Spain 10/13

November 18, 2013

As we mentioned in our first blog about Seville, we were fortunate to watch a professional ham-cutting contest. We had tasted this amazing ham during our previous travels in Spain and we always wondered how and where it was produced, since its flavor is so completely different from any other we had ever eaten. Here’s […]