Posts Tagged ‘Travel’

Our Next Trip… Spain, Morocco, Portugal, England, France

April 13th, 2008 at 8:48 am (AST) by Jake Richter

We’re now in the final throes of getting ready for the next expedition of The Traveling Richters. We depart Bonaire on Friday, April 18th on a five week journey which will take us to Spain and then Morocco.

We start in Spain in Barcelona for several days (which including meeting up with our friend Martin and his father), then fly to Granada to see the Alhambra. We then rent a car, drive south to the mountains of Andalusia to stay at villas managed by Peter, an old friend from Bonaire. We’ll use his place as a base to visit Gibraltar for a day, and then when we leave, go via Ronda to then spend several days in Sevilla before flying south.

In Morocco we join up with a group as part of a Lindblad Expeditions tour which includes academic lectures on culture, history, and sociology, as well as hands on work with a National Geographic photographer.

After a few days in Marrakech and the Atlas mountains visiting with Berber tribes, we board the National Geographic Endeavour in Safi, visit Kenitra and some historical sites there, and then head up to spend three days learning about Portugal (including the making of port wine) and then visit the largest and most revered cathedral and third most visited Christian pilgrimage site at Santiago de Compostella.

Then, after a couple of days at sea, we will go to Mont St. Michel off the northern coast of France, then Sark in the Channel Islands the next day, before finally arriving in England. After a private tour with the curator of the HMS Victory, we spend three days in London. On the night of May 13th, we take part in a BonaireTalk mini-meet in Surrey – if you’re in the London area that night and want to join us, drop a note on BonaireTalk.

On May 15th, courtesy of the TGV high speed train and the Chunnel, we head to Paris to finish off our trip with non-stop tours of museums, galleries, and restaurants. Our friends Martin and Angela will join us over the weekend we’re there as well.

And, assuming flights all work out, we’ll be back home sometime on May 23rd!

The itinerary, by date, is here.


Our Journey Commences

October 20th, 2007 at 8:49 am (AST) by Jake Richter

We left Bonaire at approximately 7:50am this morning on American Eagle flight 5055, starting a nearly 8 week journey that takes us to Los Angeles later today, then Tahiti a couple of days later.

In Tahiti, we board a cruise ship for an 11-day cruise via Moorea, Bora Bora, and Kiritimati to the Hawaiian islands.

We will then spend another 10 days island hopping, with time on Maui, Hawaii, and Oahu.

From Oahu, it’s back to Los Angeles for a couple of days (during which I will need to be deposed for a patent case I am a testifying expert for).

And then we join our friend Margo Peyton and her family, as well as dozens of others for a flight to Fiji to spend Thanksgiving week there as part of Margo’s Kids Sea Camp program.

After our week on Castaway Island with the camp, we then move on to Viti Levu, the big island of Fiji for another week and a half of exploration before flying back to Los Angeles and spending a handful of days in Santa Barbara at a resort with my brother and his family.

And as our trip winds down, we’ll spend a few days in Miami doing our Christmas shopping before returning home to Bonaire in the middle of December.

Photos will be posted whenever I have some time and an Internet connection.


Welcome to Our Life

October 17th, 2007 at 10:53 pm (AST) by Jake Richter

After months of agonizing over the software and content to use for this site, we’re doing a soft launch of The Traveling Richters web site tonight. It’s a very soft launch, as we are still missing a lot of content. However, we have all reasonable expectations that we’ll be able to flesh things out in short order, as well as add new material based on our on going travel adventures, debacles, and escapades.

The base purpose of this site is to keep friends and family up to date on our whereabouts and adventures, while at the same time creating a travelogue of our journeys for our kids to use as part of the work they do as distance learners (or homeschoolers or even unschoolers, if those terms are more familiar).

However, as we will also be reviewing restaurants, hotels, and other services and products as we encounter them, we hope this site will be useful to others who stumble across it in time.