I am an energetic and fit 60 year old grandparent with an even more energetic and fit wife, Patricia. We love the outdoors so hosting our fun-loving grandchildren, children, and friends at our cottage on the lake is the summer highlight. In the winter, we travel to destinations where we can continue hiking\biking and immersing ourselves in other intriguing cultures.
Favourite travel memories to date include hiking Cinque Terre and the Amalfi Coast in Italy, five months of wandering through Norway\Denmark\Sweden thoroughly enjoying their healthy lifestyle, being charmed by Paris at night, living the middle ages in Bruges, scary biking in Amsterdam, kayaking on the Rhine and touring Germany by train, attending music concerts everywhere we go, hiking\camping throughout California, meeting fans of Leonard Cohen poetry\music in every country, and the fascinating nightlife in Manhattan. Our upcoming destination is Ireland to celebrate my wife's 60th. (It's OK to give her age, she doesn't read this profile.)
We generally prefer apartments, bed and breakfasts, and hostels because they provide more opportunity for engaging other travellers and experiencing local daily life. However, our son is a hotel general manager so occasional stays at luxurious hotels such as the Regina in Venice at family rate are irresistible.
A few months on a student exchange program in Norway at age 17 taught me that there is much to be learned from other cultures. Ensuing years of travel and exploration have profoundly enriched our lives. We have developed a deep appreciation for the willingness of hosts to open their homes\apartments to enable people like us to have a meaningful experience in their community.
We assure hosts that we will be respectful of their property and leave it intact.