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March 30, 2012

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That's it -- Dolores and Harry, cycling spies!

That's perfect! Love it. Also captivated by the Vanessa Redgrave photo you posted earlier -- thank you so much for sharing that.

I love this picture! Way back when I slapped a couple of panniers on my bike and cycled around France - first in Brittany and Normandy, then along the Loire Valley, and finally in Burgundy (from Beaune to Dijon). It was a revelation. My bicycle was a touring bike, nothing fancy though not as old-school as Dolores and Harry's. To give you some idea of the time frame, the exchange rate was 9.9 francs on the dollar, which made it possible for me and my traveling companion to dine in some mighty fine restaurants and stay in spectacular Relais & Châteaux. Our original plan was to visit historic sights but after our first meal, at a lovely restaurant in Dinard, we switched our itinerary and made the trip more of a culinary adventure. You could eat as much "buerre blanc" and foie gras as you like if you're cycling 100 miles a day (which we did, hard to believe). Thanks for the memories. See what a picture can do?

That is in Grindelwald, switzerland. It is the mountain of my dreams. It is know as Die Weisse Spinne, the white Spider and was first climbed by A group including Heinrich Harrier who was the guy who wrote Seven Years In Tibet. It is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to, and the best hiking I've ever experienced.

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