Our home base in the USA

There are many definitions of home so we can't easily answer when asked, Where is your home?  Let's make it a game:  Where in the world are Michael & Karin?

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Travel Advisory

Up close and personal with an archeological dig--is that your idea of romance and adventure like in all the stories?  Read how to do it at this blog post

Wherever you journey you will get the most from the experience by enjoying the local food and drink.  Everything tastes better when you are happy and relaxed.  Read more at   Taste the Place, Greek Island Wine

Also we have a villa to rent in Aliki, Paros that includes olive oil and vegetables grown on the premises.  Greek island villas

Antiparos Cross Channel Swim start

Recent Events

We try to keep up with interesting events in our three blogs:

  • Greece
  • Prague
  • Ireland
  • United States of America

    Home vs Home Page

    There's no place like home and we have been blessed with a great many of them.  Yet, wherever we travel we are always drawn back to the USA and particularly the Portland, Oregon area.  Of course, family ties are the primary draw but we also greatly enjoy the comfort of familiar places.  Especially as we grow older we try to re-visit the scenes of our happy youth.  But wait, this place is not how I remember it!  Is my memory faulty or has it greatly changed?  Both, I am afraid.


    Oregon, The Pacific Northwest

    Michael was born and raised in Oregon; Karin in Washington, the state, not D.C..  They raised their family in Oregon and now have children in Oregon, Washington and Texas.


    View of Mt. Hood from Mt. Angel Seminary

    This photo is a view of Mt. Hood from Mt. Angel Seminary where our grandson graduated.

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    Texas, Houston area

    Go to where the jobs are, young man.  So our son has relocated to Houston.  This area has a lot to offer besides heat and humidity.  My favorite is probably the countless neighborhood parks but the highlight is the Johnson Space Center; this rates my very rare accolade of a "must see".

    Johsnon Space Center, Houston, Texas


    Pennsylvania, Central East Coast

    For a few years our son lived in a rural area outside of Harrisburg, PA .  We really enjoyed the Americana of this region.  Our favorite side trip when touring was to Lancaster County--Amish country.

    Amish horse carts and shopping cart


    Florida, The Southeast

    Two of Michael's brothers live in the Tampa Bay area; one with a large welcoming home for all visitors.  So we have visited here a few times.  The highlight was the Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park; truly an unforgettable experience being up close and personal to manatees and other local creatures such as in this video.

    Alligator or Crocodile from Michael Shepherd on Vimeo.


    Our visits to family and friends also include shopping and bringing back the bounty of our shop until you drop culture.

    Hard to get items carried back to our island


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