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Welcome to chet-chat, my travel stories
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About Me…

Hi there and thanks for taking the time to visit my blog.  This is not your typical travel blog. I don’t offer travel guides with affiliate links, advertisements, or any other commercial activities. My site is simply a venue for me to tell stories about my travels.

Sure, I mention a good hotel we stayed in, and I’ll probably add a link to their website. But the hotel isn’t aware of it and I don’t get anything for it. Its just my opinion, and I offer the link in case my story has sparked your interest.

I also don’t mention the “Best XX things to do in XX for 2022” or any other Google SEO motivated content. I’ll tell you what I did, the good things and the mistakes, what we liked and didn’t like. You can take it or leave it.

Latest Journeys

  • Celebrating in Madeira

    Celebrating in Madeira

    Kathrin and I had two good reasons to take a trip somewhere during the middle of September, our anniversary on the 19th and my birthday on the 20th. We had considered several destinations–Austin, where we have family, quite a few of whom have birthdays in September; a cruise along the Croatian coast; touring through England’s northeast […]

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  • Mountain Hiking in the Dolomites

    Mountain Hiking in the Dolomites

    Close to two years ago, Leon and I planned on hiking the Alta Via 1 in Italy’s beautiful Dolomites mountains. Our original date was September 2021. As part of our preparation, we went on a hike in the Taunus mountains, a small “mountain” range (more accurately foothills) just north of Frankfurt. During that training hike […]

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  • Biking Behind the Iron Curtain

    Biking Behind the Iron Curtain

    A Locomotive Adventure For this summer’s bike trip, we decided to go behind the Iron Curtain and bike along the Moldau River in the Czech Republic. Our plan was to take a train to the start point, and back from the endpoint. Doing so with a bicycle is challenging. The fastest trains, ICE, have very […]

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