Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Places where we lived or visited.

 

       
Gerdes Travels  -   Notes and Pictures
  2017
September, Germany Mosel & Rhine Pictures

April, Australia and Fiji Pictures

January, Puerto Vallarta Pictures
2016
October, Vietnam (Intrepid Tour) Pictures Blog

April – May, Great Britain Pictures

March, Florida  Pictures

January,   Puerto Vallarta MX  Pictures
2015
Sept. – Oct, Utah – Arizona National Parks Pictures

June – July, Copenhagen, Finland, Estonia  Pictures

March,  Seattle, Oregon  Pictures

January,  Puerto Vallarta MX Pictures
2014 
October,  Italy (Rome, Umbria, Tuscany, Cinque Terre, Venice) Pictures

April – May, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany  Pictures

February, Florida  Pictures

January,   Puerto Vallarta MX  Pictures
2013
October, India - Nepal Pictures

July,  Seattle and area Pictures

April - May, Spain (Barcelona - Lisbon, Portugal)  Pictures

January - February, Seattle and Hawai'i (Oaho, Big Island) Pictures
2012
October - November, Santiago, Chile to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil PicturesBlog.

June,   Montana, Glacier Natl. Park, Whitefish Pictures

January - February, Santiago, Chile Pictures.
2011
November, Whitefish, Montana Hut  Pictures

September -  October, Croatia, Slovenia (GCT Trip) BlogPictures.

April – May, Germany (East - North) and Geneva - BlogPictures.

January, Puerto Vallarta MX -  Pictures
2010
Fall, Trip to Egypt & Jordan - JordanEgypt  pictures.

Summer,    Seattle,  Cabo San Lucas,  Vancouver BC  -  Pictures.

January – February, Argentina South - BLOG  Pictures.
2009
Vermont trip (40 year re-union) pictures are HERE.

Turkey and Greece trip notes are HERE, Pictures TurkeyGreece

Colombia S.A. memory trip, Helmut and Meinhard -  Blog  Pictures
2008
November,  New Zealand  Pictures 

January,   Buenos Aires, Argentina  Pictures
2007

April – May,  China Japan with GCT Blog.

January,  Cancun Mexico ,
2006

May,  Cambodia and Thailand trip with GCT Blog.

January,  Puerto Vallarta Blog
2005

May – June, Germany South Blog.
2004
Budapest, Krakow, Prague by Train Pictures HERE.
Other
Seija's BIG 60's Birthday  Blog with Pictures.

Meinhard and Ari Machu Picchu Peru - same place 40+ years apart.

2017 Germany Wine - Mosel & Rhine

Our 3 week trip exploring Germany's wine region - Cologne, Aachen, the Mosel and Rhine ending up in Mainz and then Strasbourg. Pictures
 

Monday, May 1, 2017

2017 Australia and Fiji
















This year we made it to Australia. The idea was to fly to Sydney and spent a week or more in the beautiful city. Well we did land in Sydney, for 10 days, but also went to the Red Center Ayers Rock and Alice Spring to see the rock "Uluru". We toke a three day tour with Intrepid Travel. After returning from the red center and a few days in Sidney we stopped in Fiji for a week, staying in the city of Nadi and doing some day trips by land and boat.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

2017 Puerto Vallarta

In 2017we went again for the month of January to Puerto Vallarta, our escape from the Chicago winter. We stayed again in the Romantic Zone, right on the beach and all our favorite places. Pictures

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

2016 Vietnam (Intrepid tour)

Best of Vietnam (Intrepid) October 2016 20 day trip and 4 extra days in Saigon and Hanoi 
Day 1, 2 Ho Chi Minh City. Visiting the Cu Chi Tunnels, War Remnants Museum, and a City tour.       Day 3 Mekong Delta Homestay, Traveling south by private bus for about three hours to Cai Be and explore the waterways of the Mekong Delta, visiting the Cai Be Floating Market.       Day 4 Ho Chi Minh City and then overnight sleeper train to Nha Trang.
Day 5, 6 Nha Trang, idyllic coastal town.    Day 7 Quy Nhon City Nha Trang - Po Nagar Cham Tower.     Day 8, 9, 10 Hoi An, ancient Town. My Lai Memorial visit and bicycle outing.
Day 11, 12 Hue. crossing the Hai Van Pass and a visit to the Imperial Citadel, also Royal tomb, Motorbike trip including lunch, Perfume river cruise and Thien Mu Pagoda.
Day 13 Dong Hoi Vinh Moc Tunnels Entrance.     Day 14 Farm Stay, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park visiting the Phong Cave first, then a cruise up the Son River towards the Thien Duong Cave (Paradise Cave).    Overnight sleeper train to Hanoi.      Day 15 Hanoi - Water puppet show, Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and Museum, One Pillar Pagoda.     Day 16 Mai Chau   which is situated in a beautiful valley surrounded by verdant mountains and emerald rice paddies, the night in a local stilt-house homestay in the village of Poom Coong.   Day 17 Hanoi.     Day 18 Halong Bay and overnight on boat.     Day 19, 20 Hanoi.
Link to PICTURE ALBUM.


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

2016 Great Britain Trip

A 5 week trip through Great Britain - (England, Wales and Scotland). 30 days by car and 5 days in London.
Pictures

Monday, April 11, 2016

2016 March Florida

March 2016 we went for two weeks visiting friends and neighbors in Florida. Our trip was from the Orlando area to Naples and Marco Island.  Pictures

Monday, February 15, 2016

2016 January Puerto Vallarta Mexico

This year we went again for the month of January to Puerto Vallarta, our escape from the Chicago winter. We stayed in the Romantic Zone, right on the beach and all our favorite places. Pictures

Monday, October 5, 2015

2015 National Parks Utah - Arizona. (Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Arches, Canyonlands, Grand Canyon)


Our Fall 2 week trip. We started this circle trip by flying to Las Vegas, renting a car, and driving the circle visiting five parks in Utah and Grand Canyon North & South in Arizona.
PICTURES

Monday, July 20, 2015

2015 Copenhagen, Denmark - Finland - Tallin, Estonia


Family re-union
Biking
This was a trip to visit Finland with the children, to let them one more time see their mothers country. Seija and I traveled first to Copenhagen for 4 days then to Helsinki where we all met up. After 4 days in Helsinki we traveled, by car, to Punkalaidun. Seija stayed there while Erik, Ari and I went on a tour biking the Finnish Archipelago.After returning to Punkalaidun we drove up to the Lakelands (Punkaharju) where we rented a cabin for a week. At the end we returned to Punkalaidun and attended the Pentinmaki Family reunion (over 100 attended). We went back to Helsinki where everybody went their own way, Ari - Iceland, Erik and Sarah - Helsinki,  Seija and I Estonia.   PICTURES

Copenhagen
Finland - the family




Finland
Tallin - Estonia

Monday, April 13, 2015

2015 March Seattle & Oregon

We made a two weeks trip to Seattle and Oregon. Visiting Astoria, Lewis & Clark sites, then driving down the coast to Coos Bay with several stops. In Coos Bay Seija visited second cousins, they found each other through Ancestry.com.  Pictures











Friday, February 6, 2015

2015 January- February Puerto Vallarta Mexico

This year we went again for one month to our favorite Mexican place - Puerto Vallarta. We stayed in a hotel at the beach in the Romantic Zone. It was again a perfect time to get away from the Chicago winter. Pictures!


Thursday, October 30, 2014

2014 Italy. Rome - Umbria - Tuscany - Carrara - Lucca - Pisa - Cinque Terre - Parma - Venice - Rome.

A 4 week adventure by car.  PICTURES

Driving from Rome to Umbria (5 nights) then to Greve in Chianti Tuscany (7 nights) visiting Tuscan hill towns on to Lucca (3 nights) and La Spezia (3 nights) to visit Pisa, Carrara and Cinque Terre then to Parma and Venice for 3 nights each. Returning to Rome for a weeks stay.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

2014 Netherland - Belgium - Luxembourg - Germany

In April 2014 we went on a rail - drive trip of Netherland, Belgium, Luxemburg and Germany.
We flew to Amsterdam from there by train to Rotterdam, Antwerp, Brugge, Brugge, Brussels, Luxembourg and Trier. From Trier we drove to Heidelberg, Rothenburg ob de Tauber and Munich. We returned from Munich after 4 weeks.  PICTURES

Friday, February 28, 2014

Sunday, November 10, 2013

2013 India - Kathmandu, Nepal

In October we went on an organized 15 day trip with smarTours to India and Kathmandu, Nepal. The trip included visits to New Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Khajuraho, Varanasi and then Kathmandu.    Pictures

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

2013 Barcelona, Spain to Lisbon, Portugal

In mid April we flew to Barcelona, explored the city for 4 days and then by train to Madrid, Toledo, Cordoba, Granada, Tarifa, then by Bus  to Gibraltar, by Ferry to Tangier and on by bus to Ronda, Seville and finally to Lisbon for the final 5 days. We spent a total of 30 days on this trip before returning via Philadelphia to Chicago. PICTURES

Thursday, February 7, 2013

2013 Hawaii and Seattle






January - February we spent 10 days in Seattle and then we flew to Hawaii, first the Big Island for one week and Oahu for another week. Back to Seattle for a few days and then Chicago.  PICTURES

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

2012 October - November, Santiago Chile to Rio de Janeiro Brazil

We finally decided to visit Northern Argentina. After planning and changing the trip we decided on Chile to Rio.
Trip Map
We flew to Santiago, Chile and then trekked to the Northern part of Chile to San Pedro de Atacama, over the Andes to Salta Argentina, exploring the are and the Train in the Clouds. Then on across Northern Argentina to Iguazu (all by bus). From Iguazu by plane to Rio de Janeiro and then back home. All together 35 days.
Link to Blog HERE   Link to Pictures HERE

At the Brazilian Falls

Sunday, June 24, 2012

2012 June, Whitefish, Montana and Glacier National Park

A three week road trip from Chicago to Whitefish, Montana. Stayed in Erik's home and visited Glacier National Park several days including the surrounding areas. Pictures HERE

Saturday, February 18, 2012

2012 Jan.- Feb. Santiago, Chile

We spent the winter, 4 weeks, in an apartment in the center of Santiago, Chile. From there we explored the city and nearby Valparaiso and Vina del Mar. Pictures are HERE.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

2011 October, Croatia and Slovenia

September -October 2011 we traveled with Grand Circle to Croatia and Slovenia, it included side trips to Montenegro and Bosnia-Herzegovina. We left two days earlier to spent extra time in Dubrovnik and two extra days at the end to visit Ljubljana Slovenia.
Blog and Pictures.
Dubrovnik
Bled, Slovenia


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

2011 April - May East and North Germany

This time we wanted to see Hamburg again and the former East Germany now Eastern Germany. We had plane tickets Chicago to Frankfurt (stand-by thanks to Ari), We were put in Business class on the first plane out April 12 and arrived April 13 in Frankfurt. From there we toke the train to Wurzburg, Bamberg, Leipzig, Wittenberg, Dresden, Meissen, Berlin, Hamburg, .......    We of course had a German Rail Pass for 6 travel days, but with the extra stops we added we paid for some short trips and did not use the card.    Picture Meinhard and Seija at the Swinger in Dresden.     See Pictures or Blog

Sunday, February 13, 2011

2011 January- February Puerto Vallarta Mexico

This year we went again for one month to our favorite Mexican place - Puerto Vallarta. We rented an apartment one block off the beach in the Romantic Zone. It was a perfect time to get away from Chicago weather. Pictures!







Tuesday, October 26, 2010

2010 September - October Egypt and Jordan.

Egypt is a land of superlatives: the largest and most ancient temple complexes in the world ... the grandest, most inspiring pyramids ... the priceless treasure of Tutankhamun ... and some of the friendliest, most welcoming people. Explored the kaleidoscopic city that is Cairo and  Pyramids of Giza. And sailed for seven nights along the Nile, where daily riverside life unfolds as it has for countless centuries, and where time stands still in glorious temples. 


Continue our trip with 7 days in Jordan including a stay in Amman and a visit to 2,000 year-old Petra, considered by many to be the eighth wonder of the world. Also Mount Nebo and Wadi Rum National Park.
Pictures Jordan and Egypt.