2016 Travels - Fun and Adventures 

COVID slowed us down for a couple of years, and now a few health issues challenge us.  We're still traveling if not writing about it quite so much. Our goal in 2022 was get to all seven continents in one year... and we did it.

Going forward health issues may not allow us to travel.  No one can take away those memories though.  We hope all of you are well and staying safe... and that you find some inspiration here for YOUR future travels. 

At the end of last year we had no plans for 2016 travels.  It took us a while to get started, but good things always come up.  

As the year progressed, we went looking for culture, history, food and wine, and antique airplanes. 

This year we’re already planning ahead. 

So what gets you to planning your next trip? 



Visiting friends? 

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Time to start planning… check around our site and see if any of our stories inspire you. 

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Clicking on any of the photos starts a slide show with bigger photos and more explanation about our 2016 travels… So… Are you ready?

New Orleans

Food, Music… and Antique Airplanes

Before tackling the French Quarter we took in some Zydeco at a local hangout called Rock ’N’ Bowl. 

The next day we drove through Bayou county to Patterson for the Wedell-Williams Aviation and Cypress Sawmill Museum.  Dodged rain and flooding to get back to town.

Jackson Square New Orleans

We spent three days wandering the French Quarter.  Rode the Steamboat Natchez, went to Mardi Gras World to see the floats, and ate in several great restaurants.

Holland, Michigan

Holland, MI Windmill and Tulips

Holland, Michigan? 

This was a trip with old travel buddies and a mutual friend lives there.

We stopped for a visit and the Tulip Time celebration with lots of tulips and Dutch dancing. 

It wasn't just tulips. We made time to explore Grand Rapids and have a quick tour of Lake Michigan lighthouses.



On arrival we conquered the subway and buses to venture out to the Luftwaffe Museum at Berlin-Gatow.  Mark and Joe loved the aircraft, and all the sunshine helped with jet lag.

Brandenburg Gate Berlin

We wandered around Berlin for a couple of days hitting the museums, remnants of the Wall, and Brandenburg Gate. 

Took a sightseeing cruise on the Spree River, and wandered into neighborhoods we hadn’t visited before. 

Now we were ready for our road trip


Headed north to Peenemünde.  This town on the Baltic Sea was involved in the development and production of the V-2 rocket during WWII, but there's not too much left to see.

V-1 and V-2 Peenemünde

Stayed in the cute seaside resort town of Ostseebad Karlshagen.  We used that as a base to tour Usedom Island to see windmills, little castles, and Hanseatic towns. 

Mark managed to get us to the Otto Lilienthal Museum in Anklam.  Lilienthal was an early aviation pioneer who experimented with all kinds of gliders.


We drove on to Dresden to explore the old town, see the museums, and ride the paddlewheel riverboats which still run on steam.

Dresden with Frauenkirche


Stopped for a night in Bamberg, tried their smoked beer, and wandered this UNESCO World Heritage town… We toured the Pommersfelden castle just outside of town, then it was out into the country side.

Bamberg Altes Rathaus
Archaeopteryx Fossil


In a Bavarian valley we found Solnhofen...


Solnhofen has limestone formations full of fossils. 

This is the spot where Archaeopteryx was found. 

There is a terrific little museum and quarries where you can dig out fossils yourself… though we didn’t have time for that.

Germany Had A Whole Lot Of Airplanes

Outside of Munich

Deutsches Museum Flugwerft Schleissheim

We visited the Deutsches Museum Flugwerft Schleissheim, an Aviation Museum near Munich which was great for aviation buffs.  Also saw Neues Schloss Schleissheim. 

We didn’t go into Munich this time, but headed on south to Lake Constance.

Lake Constance or Bodensee

First stop on the lake was Friedrichshafen where we saw the Dornier Museum and the Zeppelin Museum… and saw the Zeppelins fly.

Lindau Harbor

We  stayed in Lindau… a very cute town that sits on its own little island in the Bodensee... and our room had a killer view.

More Aviation Museums

We’re not done with airplanes yet... our 2016 travels seem to be full of them.  See Antique-Airplanes.com for more.

Sinsheim Auto & Technik Museum

We drove on to Sinsheim to see the Sinsheim Auto & Technik Museum, and then on to Speyer for the Technik Museum Speyer.  Both have cars and trains and much, much more to see.

There was also a beautiful Cathedral to visit in the old part of that town.

Along the Rhine

Burghotel auf Schönburg

We ended the trip with a romantic night in Burghotel auf Schönburg, then a drive along the Rhine to Rudesheim and to Frankfurt for our flight home.


Martin Mars Water Drop

We went to Oshkosh AirVenture…

Mark wanted to go again this year to see the Martin Mars fly. 

She not only flew... she did a demonstration water drop.

Stopped in the little town of Brodhead for a fly-in, and we spent a day exploring Green Bay.

New Hampshire and Maine

We visited old neighbors in New Hampshire and took a side trip to Maine to visit the Portland Head Light, Kennebunkport… and have lobster rolls.

Portland Head Light

We were getting a little twitchy because we had no international travel plans for the rest of the year. 

Started throwing darts at the map (figuratively) and came up with…



We started in Jakarta on Java Island.  It’s a big city, but worth visiting to remember it’s not all wildlife and beaches.


Flew up to Borneo and immediately boarded a Klotok boat to cruise up the Kumai and Sekonyer Rivers to see Orangutans.

Klotok boat on the Sekonyer River

Meet Gundul, the dominant male.

Mature Male Orangutan

There were Proboscis Monkeys, Gibbons and Long-tailed Macaques along the way.

Central Java

After three days we flew to Samareng back on Java Island and drove to Yogyakarta in pouring rain. 

The next day we visited Borobudur an 8th-9th century Buddhist Temple;  Prambanan a 9th century Hindu Temple; and the Kraton Palace, home to the Sultan of Yogyakarta.


There Be Dragons!!

Flew next to Flores Island.  After fixing the “little bit broken boat” (is a broken propeller shaft a little bit broken?)...

We cruised for 4 hours to Kalong Island to watch the Flying Foxes (fruit bats) leave for the night, then we went on to moor off of Rinca Island.

Starting at 7 in the morning we hiked with a ranger and saw 12 Komodo Dragons… young ones, females guarding nests, and a few of the big guys.

Female Komodo Dragon

A 4 hour boat ride got us to Komodo Island where we saw 8 more Dragons!  They had congregated on the beach where a deer had died.

Three Komodo Dragons

Very cool (and lucky) to see a Komodo Dragon just strolling along the beach!

Komodo Dragon On The Beach

Snorkeled and then boated back to overnight in Labuan Bajo.

Lombok and Bali

We flew next to Lombok Island for villages and snorkeling on the Gili Islands, then it was on to Bali.

Though most of Indonesia is mainly Muslim, Bali is predominately Hindu.  There were Temples everywhere.

Besakih Temple Bali

We loved watching the traditional dances.  Mark wanted to bring home a Barong… a mythical lion-like good guy.

Barong, Bali Indonesia

Oh yes… and there were the beaches of Bali.
We flew on 5 internal airlines, had lots of drive and boat time, but lots of fun and memories.

We've Wrapped Up Our 2016 Travels

Have our 2016 travels inspired you to plan for one of these destinations? 

We’re starting to think about where we want to go next year.  We're not going to tell you what... You'll have to come back next year.

Remember, these photos of our 2016 travels can be viewed in a slide show too.

Tell Us About YOUR 2016 Travels

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Happy travels... even if you don't travel the world... just remember that life is a journey... embrace and enjoy it! Judy and Mark

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