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April 19, 2021

Berlin, past and present | Travel

Short trip to German capital offers glimpse into famous city Editor’s note: This is the third installment in a series about England, Germany and the Netherlands. From 1970 to 1971, my father lived in Germany. He was a student for a few months of the year,...

A busy day in Berlin | Travel

Editor’s note: This is the fourth part of a travel series about England, Germany and the Netherlands. Before my recent trip to Europe, I did some research on each country—learning certain customs and common phrases. I took advice from family, friends and tour guides about...

Birthday in the big city

How do you celebrate someone’s 70th birthday? Since fitting seventy candles on a cake wasn’t an option, I decided to take my wife to San Francisco for a big night in the city.

A touch of Old Dutch | Travel

Windmills and museums cap off European adventure Note: This is the final part in a series about England, Germany and the Netherlands. October is a hit-or-miss time to travel to Europe. Crowd levels are lower, and flights can be cheaper—but the weather is unpredictable. By the third...

Mapping out stories in England | Travel

Trips to Haworth, Oxford become literary pilgrimages  Editor’s note: This is the second installment of a series about England, Germany and the Netherlands. In England, literary history is everywhere—from London to the smallest of villages. While in the country recently I visited many places where authors...

How to survive traveling with others

Let’s just say I’ve been around a bit and have traveled with various combinations of people from small to large groups that have included family, friends, colleagues, and mates; yes, it can make or break a trip. I have traveled on my own too,...

Traveling south the long way

Editor’s note: This is the first entry of a travel series based in the Southwest. For the last week of February my wife Sarah and I took a road trip south to San Diego County, both for pleasure and family matters. We’ve taken this trip...

Year of the Rat in S.F. | Travel

Editor’s note: This is the last entry of a two-part series on San Francisco. For the first, see the Feb. 7 edition of the Pajaronian. I left off in the first half of this series about San Francisco as I departed North Beach, said goodbye to...

Painting a picture of The City | Travel

Editor’s note: This is the first entry of a two-part series on San Francisco.  I was in San Francisco twice recently and though I’ve been there numerous times I still ran into plenty of new places to make it worth the short trek north. In December...
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Bruster's aptos ice cream

New ice cream shop to open in Aptos

APTOS—Sometime in the summer, Mid-County will have a new ice cream shop, a walk-up establishment near the heart of Aptos Village. Bruster’s Real Ice Cream—headquartered...