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7/14/13 12:31 P

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Okay. Thanks for being so understanding.

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7/14/13 8:20 A

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No problem. We've lost everyone and it seems we can't get them involved. Maybe if we restart it, I will share a spreadsheet for anyone who wants the auto-calculations. I can always put in more columns and activities and they can just fill in the blanks. I know if I didn't have that spreadsheet, there would be no way I could keep up with the steps per activity.

emoticon I enjoy being lost sometimes anyway! HA!

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7/9/13 11:11 A

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Hey Ang.

I've lost my motivation to do this challenge (as you can probably tell). Why don't we take a break over the summer and see if I have any interest in starting it up again in the fall.

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7/9/13 10:16 A

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57,560 for last week. I laid on my tush a lot. :-(

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6/29/13 5:46 P

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6/23-6/29 = 140,920 steps

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6/24/13 6:44 A

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No problem. I can never seem to get it done of Saturday night or Sunday morning. I need to get a better schedule.

99,620 for 6/16-6/22.

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Sorry, Ang, I don't think I'll be able to update where we are again this week. I'm just too busy the past few weekends. Maybe next weekend.

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75,675 for this past week. I am still ramping up.

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85,664 for the past 2 weeks. I have been seriously slacking. And I feel every bit of it.


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I got 71,648 steps this week.

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5/23/13 8:46 P

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Sorry for the lapse from last week, I am terrible ill after the trip. I walked 148,700 last week. Nothing at all this week so far!


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We’ve almost skipped over the whole country of Slovakia since it’s taken me so long to update our trip. Since April 28th, we’ve walked 321 miles from Brno, Czech Republic to Humenné, Slovakia. Today in Humenné, it’s 73F but feels like 77 (sort of like where I live) and it’s mainly sunny. The forecast for the week is calling for a high of 84F and a low of 45F with some cloud most days.

Humenné is pronounced who-men and is a town in the Prešov Region in eastern Slovakia and the second largest town of the historic Zemplín region. It lies at the volcanic Vihorlat mountains and at the confluence of the Laborec and Cirocha Rivers.

Humenné is a center of one of the easternmost districts ("okres") in Slovakia. Its life is rich in cultural and sports events. The town is a starting point for tourism, because there are numerous opportunities in the picturesque countryside of the East Carpathians, though this field still requires an intensification of business activities and funding.

The most attractive places are the Vihorlat Mountains boasting of their Morské oko lake, and the Poloniny (Wooden Carpathians) at the border of Slovakia, Poland, and Ukraine, which are part of the National Park Poloniny. The surroundings of Humenné, with their romantic ruins of medieval castles and an open-air museum of architecture situated in the town park, are a source of knowledge and relaxation.

An intensive and organized settlement of this area started as late as in the middle of the 13th century, after the Mongol raids. The first written document mentioning Humenné dates back to 1317. The history of Humenné is closely connected with the Drugeth (Drugets, Drugetovci), a distinguished aristocratic family originally from Naples, who, accompanying the king Charles Robert of Anjou, came to the Kingdom of Hungary (Slovakia was part of the Kingdom of Hungary) at the beginning of the 14th century. The Drugeths made Humenné their seat and changed it into the centre of one of the largest feudal dominions in Slovakia. King Matthias Corvinus conferred civic privileges (town status) on the town, which were validated by a seal with coat of arms. At that time, the town was crossed by an important trade route connecting the Kingdom of Hungary with the Kingdom of Poland. Humenné is mentioned among royal customs offices, and later on it received the right of storehousing and supposedly market rights, too. This was also the time of an ever increasing influence of shepherd colonization from Carpatho-Ukraine by the so-called Walachians (Ruthenes, Poles, and Romanians).

The most significant town monument, a Renaissance castle, was built on the place of an original stone castle in about 1610. The castle came to be an indispensable characteristic feature of the town and serves for museum and cultural purposes at present.

In 1613, during the Counter Reformation, a Jesuit college was established as the first secondary school in the history of Humenné.

In 1619, about 10.000 Polish riders - Lisowczycy, led by Walenty Rogawski, defeated army of George I Rákóczi in Battle of Humenné. Rákóczi was insurgent against Habsburgs and ally of Gábor Bethlen, Duke of Transylvania.

The Drugeth line died out in 1684 and new feudal lords moved in, notably the Csakys and the Wandernats.

The abolition of some feudal duties and the reforms of Maria Theresa promoted the development of crafts, and Humenné became the seat of the so-called "salt office". The town's population consisted of Slovaks, Ruthenes, Hungarians and Jews. Latin was used as the administrative language, which appeared to be a stabilizing factor in such a mixture of nationalities.

The Andrassy family from Transylvania started to influence the history of Humenné in the 19th century, a period characterized by economic growth. Moreover, many new buildings were erected at that time. The main fields of activities of town inhabitants were agriculture, crafts and trade. The first train appeared in Humenné in 1871, stimulating the development of trade and wood cutting. In 1899 the first business academy in Austria-Hungary was established in Humenné. Toward the end of the 19th century, Humenné counted 4,000 inhabitants.

The 20th century brought along a cultural revival. Humenné was famous for its markets and fairs. This promising, though timid, development was interrupted by World War I. A short period of the existence of Czechoslovakia between the two world wars proved to have positive effects upon the life of Humenné. As a corollary of World War II, however, all the effort had to start from the very beginning.

Until 1956, Humenné was an administrative rather than an economic centre. Then the construction of a plant for the production of textile polyamide fibres, the present Chemlon company, triggered a real chain effect on the town's growth. Humenné was gradually becoming a centre of chemical, building, food and mechanical engineering industries. This had a positive impact on the development of technical colleges. The industrial development entailed large-scale housing projects, and the town area was completed by new housing estates. While there were 7,000 inhabitants living in Humenné in 1948, the population now amounts almost 40,000.

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In the last 3 weeks, I've accumulated 239,940 steps plus your 438,539 steps, Ang for a total of 678,479 steps.

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Week 2 - Pyrgomache
Week 4 - The Spear
Week 6 - Prothoe
Week 7 - Bow & Arrows
Week 9 - Alkaia (Mighty One)
Week 11 - Mace
Week 12 - Alcinoe

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I have a 3-day weekend this weekend so I plan on finally updating our location for sure. Not today but definitely tomorrow.

My sister and niece are in the Czech Republic right now, too so you and I (Ang) can visit our relatives since we're there so long. emoticon

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Week 2 - Pyrgomache
Week 4 - The Spear
Week 6 - Prothoe
Week 7 - Bow & Arrows
Week 9 - Alkaia (Mighty One)
Week 11 - Mace
Week 12 - Alcinoe

Happy and healthy people have a better chance to live with confidence and contribute value to the world than anyone else. Don't take that for granted. ~ James Clear ~

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152,032 for 5/5 - 5/11. Slowed down a lot during the garage sale days. It's exhausting sitting around and smiling at people all day!


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108,954 for 4/28-5/4. Finally got it in on time!

And it seems we are the only ones walking... poopie!

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177,553 for 4/21-4/27. I couldn't even pick up my laptop last night to report anything. Sorry! But I love Czech Republic and it's nice that we are there because that means I am in the same place as my nephew in the Army this weekend! YAY!


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Since Sunday, April 14th, we’ve walked 166 miles (350,403 steps) from Plzen to Brno in the Czech Republic. Today in Brno, it’s 59 F and partly cloudy. The forecast for the week has a high of 82 on Tuesday and a low of 59 on Wednesday with mainly cloudy skies for the whole week.

You can find the city of Brno in the very heart of Europe. Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic (Prague being the largest), with nearly 400 000 inhabitants. Brno lies in a pleasant hollow at the crossroads of the European highways. Brno has at its disposal an international airport, and is rightly considered an important rail junction.

The history of Brno dates back to the 9th century. The Czech king Wenceslas I confirmed basic city rights and privileges to the city in the year 1243. After the successful defence of the city against Swedish in the period of the Thirty Years War, Brno has become the capital of Moravia.

Trade production and prospering commerce established the prerequisite for the expansion of the city, which is proved in particular by the development of church buildings, from the Cistercian monastery in Old Brno to St. Peter's Cathedral and St. James' Church. The latter was finished into its current majesty by the architect of Saint Stephen's Cathedral (Stephansdom) in Vienna, Anton Pilgram, who also gave the Old Town Hall portal its unique shape.

Other important architects worked in Brno later on, for example Adolf Loos, Bohuslav Fuchs or Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. At the beginning of the 19th century, Brno became one of the largest centres of textile and then machinery industries. The city was united into so-called "Greater Brno" in the year 1919.

Development of the city in the period of the "First Republic" was influenced mainly by industry. In the year 1928, the core of the Brno Exhibition Centre was established on the occasion of the Exhibition of Contemporary Culture. Since then, Brno has been internationally renowned as the venue of much-visited and commercially successful exhibitions and fairs, held in the premises of Veletrhy Brno – one of the most beautiful European exhibition centres.

Notable people have worked in the city: the composers Leoš Janáček, and Erich W. Korngold (twice Oscar-winning music composer) were born here; mathematician and philosopher Kurt Gődel; world famous physicist Ernst Mach; W.A. Mozart as well as Bedřich Smetana lived and gave concerts in Brno at some time. Furthermore, writers Jiří Mahen and Rudolf Těsnohlídek, sculptor Josef Kubíček, painter Antonín Procházka and many others also worked in Brno.

Brno is the capital city of the South-Moravia region; it is the seat of the Code of Administrative Justice, the Supreme Court of the Czech Republic, the Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic and the Supreme Public Prosecutor's Office of the Czech Republic.

Brno is also the city with the highest number of universities. There are currently 6 universities with 27 faculties. The most well known ones are Masaryk University, Brno University of Technology, Mendel University of Agriculture and Forestry, Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts, University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences and University of Defence. Furthermore, there are currently several private universities located in Brno.

Brno maintains regular and systematic co-operation with ten cities all over Europe: Leipzig, Poznan, Kaunas, Voronezh, Stuttgart, Vienna, Utrecht, Rennes, St. Pölten, Leeds. The twin city in the USA is Dallas. The objective of foreign co-operation is, above all, to contribute to the improvement of the quality of life of the city's inhabitants. Brno has acquired experience and information from various places all over the world by means of work projects, study stays and cultural exchanges.

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You have a great opportunity to taste Czech cuisine in Brno. Typical Czech dish is roast pork with dumplings and cabbage or fried cheese with potatoes or chips. There are lots of restaurants, which offer food and drink for €6, even those situated in the Brno centre. At midday, the bulk of restaurants provide their customers with menus for more attractive prices.

DRINK - BEER, WINE AND KOFOLA
To eat well you have to drink well. Traditional Brno’s beer brand is called Starobrno; however restaurants also offer other brands such as Pilsner Urquel and Gambrinus. A pint of beer usually costs about €1, even in the city centre restaurants.

Another traditional Czech drink is Kofola, whose taste is similar to Cola, but due to natural ingredients and licorice it has an unmistakable and captivating taste.

Aside from beer and kofola, Czechs also produce a high-quality wine, sometimes called as “blood of Moravia”. Wine should be served in an unbeatable atmosphere of a wine cellar where a good-natured mood always prevails.


SIGHTSEEING
The CATHEDRAL OF ST. PETER AND PAUL (Petrov) is one of the dominating features of the city of Brno. A Norman church was originally on this site; in the 14th century, it was re-built in the Gothic style. Right from its inception, Petrov was an important church within the city. The cathedral had 21 altars at the end of the 15th century. The cathedral was damaged in the year 1643 during the Swedish siege, and was burned down.

Between 1743 and 1748 the aisle was re-designed into the shape, which it has today, according to the design of Mořic Grimm. The chancel was re-gothicized at the end of the 19th century. The overall reconstruction was finished by the Vienna architect August Kirstein in the year 1909, when the cathedral received two towers, and other civil adjustments were implemented. Among the decorations inside the Church, you cannot overlook the statue of Madonna and child, which dates from around the 1300s, a late Gothic pieta, Baroque altars and a rostrum.

The OLD TOWN HALL is connected with many legends. One of them tells of the creator of the Gothic portal, master Anton Pilgram; the most well known ones are about the legendary Brno dragon and the Brno wheel. Unique symbols of the city can be found in the passage of the building itself. The Old Town Hall's historical halls are opened in the summer season. The first - and also the oldest - is Erna´s Hall; the others are the Crystal Hall, Fresco Hall and Jewel Chamber. The observation tower, which is nearly 63 metres high, gives a view over the whole city. Brno Information Centre today uses the Old Town Hall for its offices and exhibitions, and Brno Tourist Information Centre also uses the premises.

The Old Town Hall is the oldest secular building in Brno. The historical centre of this building was established around the year 1240. It served as a town hall from 1373 to 1935. The main portal of the passage dates back to the late Gothic period; the Renaissance-style additions to the building with arcades and other modifications are the results of early-Baroque reconstruction. The whole complex served the needs of the city council, which held its meetings there; court proceedings took place there, the city clerk had his office there, money, documents and forfeits were deposited. Of course, a city prison could not be missed out, which was in the rear wing of the town hall premises.

LEGEND OF THE CROOKED TURRET
Brno councilors decided to have a dignified portal built on the occasion of the construction of the Old Town Hall. They commissioned a master of his craft, Antonín Pilgram, who had studied under the Prague stone masters. Pilgram was promised with a handsome reward. In the end, the councilors did not pay him for his work, so he built the central tower in the portal so as to be crooked. The tower is just as "straight" as the councilors were!

LEGEND OF THE BRNO DRAGON
Once upon a time, a huge dragon appeared in Brno. He ate poultry and strangled lambs, and people were very scared of him. Merchants started to stay out of the city, women could not go to the market. Councilors racked their brains as to how to get rid of him, and in the end announced a reward for the killing of the dragon. However, for a long time, nobody was brave enough to face such a monster. One day, a travelling butcher volunteered to try. He sewed up burnt lime into an ox skin, and hid it in the grass. The dragon smelled the ox skin, and ate the whole lot. This made him very thirsty, so he went to the river and drank so much water that the lime began to expand, and in the end his stomach burst out. People took the dragon into the city, had it stuffed, and then hung it in the Old Town Hall passage.

THE LEGEND OF THE BRNO WHEEL
A man named Jiří Birk lived in a town in South Moravia called Lednice around the year 1636. One evening, while drinking in a pub, he bet with his friends that in twelve hours he could cut down a tree, make a carriage wheel and roll it to Brno. The bet was sealed; of course, he now had to carry it out. In the morning Birk, amidst much cursing, set to work, and at noon the wheel was finished. The wheelwright thought that rolling the wheel to Brno would be very easy. He was much mistaken. The route seemed endless; nevertheless, the idea of his friends laughing at him drove him on. With the very last of his strength he rolled the wheel into the town hall, asked the port reeve to issue the confirmation, and returned home. He won the bet, and the wheel is still hanging in the town hall passage today.

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Amazon Warrior Rewards:
Week 1 - The Knife
Week 2 - Pyrgomache
Week 4 - The Spear
Week 6 - Prothoe
Week 7 - Bow & Arrows
Week 9 - Alkaia (Mighty One)
Week 11 - Mace
Week 12 - Alcinoe

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This week, I got 87,110 steps. I'll be updating the challenge this morning so if you haven't posted your steps yet, get to it!

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I got 81,277 steps this week.

No time to update today. Maybe tomorrow.

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April 14-20: 182,016 steps

And yes, I am now falling down and falling apart!

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Since Sunday, April 7th, we’ve walked 273,586 steps for a total of 130 miles. Last week, we were in Trier, Germany and this week, we’re in Plzen, Czech Republic. Today in Plzen, it’s 59F with a few clouds. The forecast for the week has temps ranging from 46 as the low to 81 as the high and mainly cloudy skies with the exception of Monday, which will be sunny and Friday, which will be rainy.

After the quaintly contrived elegance of the West Bohemian spa towns, the rugged blue-collar energy of Plzeň comes as a welcome relief. The capital of West Bohemia has authentic industrial credibility as the home of the Skoda Engineering Works and as the original source of Pilsner beer. Workers the world over are especially pleased with that last fact.

As the country’s fourth-largest city, Plzeň’s gritty suburbs sprawl across the surrounding hills, but at its heart lies a spectacular old town square wrapped in a halo of tree-lined gardens.

A lively student population ensures the town’s pubs provide many opportunities to sample Plzeň’s heritage as the original fountain of eternal golden froth. A varied programme of music and arts allows you to feed your soul as well as quench your thirst, and excellent museums cover everything from Pilsner to Patton.

Plzeň may not have the immediate and elegant extravagance of nearby Karlovy Vary or Mariánské Lázně, and it takes hold rather more slowly. But after a day of imbibing the city’s raffish charm (and its most famous liquid export), you won’t be missing the crowded bus parks, the pushy tour groups or the surface gloss of the spa towns at all.


HISTORY
Founded as West Bohemia’s administrative capital in 1295 by Přemysl King Václav II, the fortified, solidly Catholic Plzeň grew quickly, becoming Bohemia’s third-largest town, after Prague and Kutná Hora, by the 14th century.

Among other things, Václav II granted to some 260 Plzeň burghers the exclusive right to brew beer. By the time of the Thirty Years’ War there were 26 separate basement breweries, each with its own beer hall – though many of the products were not particularly drinkable. In 1842 the crafty brewers pooled their experience, installed ‘modern’ technology and founded a single municipal brewery, with spectacular results. Their golden beer, labelled Plzeňský Prazdroj (prazdroj is old Czech for ‘the original source’; Pilsner Urquell in German), is now one of the world’s best – and most imitated – beers.

At the same time, Plzeň began to industrialise. The Škoda Engineering Works was founded in 1869 and prospered as a manufacturer of armaments. Since WWII it has been known mainly for the ubiquitous Škoda car, as well as locomotives and industrial machinery. In the midst of post-1989 euphoria, Volkswagen offered Škoda a staggering US$1 billion development loan, and the German car manufacturer now has a majority share in the company.


TOURISM
The most prominent sights of Plzeň are the Gothic St. Bartholomew's Cathedral, founded in the late 13th century, whose tower (102 m or 335 ft) is the highest in the Czech Republic, the Renaissance Town Hall, and the Moorish Revival Great Synagogue, the second largest synagogue in Europe, after the Dohány Street Synagogue in Budapest. There is also a 20 km historic underground tunnel/cellar network, among the longest in Central Europe. Part of this network is open to the public for tours of about 750 metres in length and up to a depth of 12 metres.

Built in 1532, the former water tower was integrated into the city's fortification system at Prague Gate. Another storey was added in 1822 in French Imperial style. The Gothic portal (dating from the 1500s) was added in 1912, coming from another house that had been demolished. Above the portal there is a commemorative plaque dedicated to Dr Josef Skoda (a professor at the Vienna University), who was born next door on 10 December 1805.

Plzeň is also well known for the Pilsner Urquell (since 1842) and Gambrinus (since 1869) breweries, currently owned by South African Breweries. A popular tourist attraction is the Plzeňský Prazdroj brewery tour where visitors can discover the history of beer. The pilsener style of beer was developed in Plzeň in the 19th century.

Plzeň has been selected to be a European Capital Of Culture in 2015, along with Mons, Belgium.


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Gothic St. Bartholomew's Cathedral - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Plzen_katedrala
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The Moorish Revival Great Synagogue -
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Main Railway Station -
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I got 74,541 steps this week. I'll update where we are in a while.

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199,045 for me this week of 4/7-4/13.

Germany! I am home!!!!

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Since Sunday, March 31st, we’ve walked 450,079 steps for a total of 213 miles from Trier, Germany to Nuremberg, Germany. Today in Nuremberg, it’s 43F with a few clouds. The temperature for the week has a high of 57F and a low of 43F. The forecast is calling for cloud and rain for most of the week.

Nuremberg (Nürnberg), Bavaria’s second-largest city, is a vibrant place where the nightlife is intense and the beer is as dark as coffee. The city is one of Bavaria’s biggest draws and is alive with visitors during summer and the spectacular Christmas market.

For centuries, Nuremberg was the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire and the preferred residence of German kings, who kept their crown jewels here. Rich and stuffed with comely architecture, it was also a magnet for famous artists like Albrecht Dürer, a native son famous for Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. ‘Nuremberg shines throughout Germany like a sun among the moon and stars, ’ gushed Martin Luther. In the 19th century, the city was at the heart of the industrial revolution in Germany.

The Nazis saw in Nuremberg a perfect stage for their activities. It was here that the fanatical party rallies were held, the boycott of Jewish businesses began and the infamous Nuremberg Laws outlawing Jewish citizenship were enacted. On January 2, 1945, Allied bombers reduced the city to rubble and 6000 people were killed.

After WWII, the city was chosen as the site of the War Crimes Tribunal, now known as the Nuremberg Trials. Later, the painstaking reconstruction – using the original stone – of almost all the city’s main buildings, including the castle and old churches in the Altstadt, have returned the city to some of its former glory.

CULTURE
The Nuremberg State Theatre (Staatstheater Nürnberg), founded in 1906, is dedicated to all types of opera, ballet and stage theatre. During the season 2009/2010, the theatre presented 651 performances for an audience of 240,000 people.

The State Philharmonic Nuremberg (Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg) is the orchestra of the State Theatre. Its name was changed in 2011 from its previous name: The Nuremberg Philharmonic (Nürnberger Philharmoniker) An "A Class" orchestra, it is the second-largest opera orchestra in Bavaria. Besides opera performances, it also presents its own subscription concert series in the Meistersingerhalle. Christof Prick was the principal conductor of the orchestra between 2006–2011. Since September 2011, the General Music Director is Marcus Bosch.

The Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra (Nürnberger Symphoniker) performs around 100 concerts a year to a combined annual audience of more than 180,000. The regular subscription concert series are mostly performed in the Meistersingerhalle but other venues are used as well, including the new concert hall of the Kongresshalle and the Serenadenhof. Alexander Shelley has been the principal conductor of the orchestra since 2009.

The Nuremberg International Chamber Music Festival (Internationales Kammermusikfestival Nürnberg) takes place in early September each year, and in 2011 celebrated its tenth anniversary. Concerts take place around the city; opening and closing events are held in the medieval Burg.

CUISINE
Nuremberg is known for Nürnberger Bratwurst, which is shorter and thinner than other bratwurst sausages.

Another Nuremberg speciality is Nürnberger Lebkuchen, a kind of gingerbread eaten mainly around Christmas time.

MAIN SIGHTS
Nuremberg Castle - the three castles that tower over the city including central burgraves' castle, with Free Reich's buildings to the east, the Imperial castle to the west.

PHOTO - static.panoramio.com/photos/original/22771
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Heilig-Geist-Spital - In the centre of the city, on the bank of the river Pegnitz, stands the Hospital of the Holy Spirit. Founded in 1332, this is one of the largest hospitals of the Middle Ages. Lepers were kept here at some distance from the other patients. It now houses elderly persons and a restaurant.

PHOTO - commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Heilig-Gei
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Hauptmarkt, which provides a picturesque setting and famous market for gingerbread. Nuremberg's star attraction is the Gothic Schöner Brunnen (Beautiful Fountain) which was erected around 1385 but subsequently replaced with a replica (the original fountain is kept in the Germanisches Nationalmuseum). The unchanged Renaissance bridge Fleischbrücke crosses the Pegnitz nearby.

BRIDGE PHOTO - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Nürnberg_Fleisc
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Gothic St Lorenz-Kirche (St. Lorenz church, St. Laurence), one of the most important buildings in Nuremberg. The main body was built around 1270–1350.

PHOTO - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Nürnberg_St._Lo
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Some good numbers this week, Ladies. emoticon

I got 82,496 steps and will update the challenge soon.

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Week 12 - Alcinoe

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March 31 to April 6 70039 steps

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This week was 110,538 (3/31-4/6).

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I know I am late, again, but my numbers this past week were 187,006 steps.

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Happy Easter, folks! Since March 17th, we’ve walked 196 miles with a total of 414,905 steps from Sedan, France to Trier, Germany.

Today in Trier, Germany, the forecast is for partly cloudy skies and a temperature high of 43. The forecast for the week is a mix of sunny days, cloudy days and one day of showers with temperatures ranging from 36 to 46.

Trier, historically called in English Treves, is a city in Germany on the banks of the Moselle. It is the oldest city in Germany, founded in or before 16 BC. (that’s pretty cool).

Founded as Augusta Treverorum in 16 BC during the reign of the Roman emperor Augustus Caesar, Trier is Germany's oldest city and an important site for classical monuments and art treasures. This can be seen at the Porta Nigra, the best-preserved city gate from antiquity and today the most famous landmark of this city on the banks of the Moselle.

Whether Augusta Treverorum or Novaesium – now better known as Trier and Neuss – is really Germany's oldest city is still a matter of debate, but there is no doubt that the Romans designated Trier as a city rather than a settlement. Roman emperors and later bishops, electors and ordinary people have made Trier what it is today. World-class architectural monuments – many of which have had UNESCO World Heritage status since 1986 – and art treasures have been preserved and tell of fascinating times gone past. Porta Nigra, the amphitheatre, the famous Imperial Thermal Baths where the Romans went to relax, remnants of the St. Barbara Roman Baths from the 2nd century and, just as old, the Roman Bridge, which is still part of a main road into the city, all bear witness to Trier's extensive classical heritage.

Medieval buildings, such as the Cathedral of St. Peter – the oldest in Germany – and the early-Gothic Church of Our Lady are also deeply impressive. Trier's proximity to its French neighbour is noticeable throughout the city, especially when it comes to eating and drinking. Outstanding restaurants of international standing offer an unparalleled dining experience. Excellent wines from the Moselle, Saar and Ruwer are of course very much in evidence and delight visitors to the many wine festivals and town celebrations. The annual highlight is the Moselle WeinKulturZeit, a month-long series of wine, gourmet and cultural events, where you can sample excellence of all kinds in and around Trier – a good reason to spend a whole month here.

Trier's other historical sights include medieval Hauptmarkt square with the Steipe building, the Red House, St. Gangolf's Church, the carved stone cross, St. Peter's fountain and the nearby Judengasse lane, as well as the Benedictine Abbey of St. Matthew and the fortified residential towers such as the Frankenturm tower and Jerusalem tower. The Simeonstift museum is a good place to admire an impressive model of Trier, while the Rhenish State Museum contains historical finds from antiquity and mosaic floors.

Although his followers have now dwindled in number, Karl Marx was one of the great German thinkers and philosophers. The Karl Marx House, where he was born, is worth a visit regardless of your ideological standpoint. Despite its intellectual and historical roots, Trier is a thoroughly young and vibrant city thanks to its two universities and strikes a wonderful, lively and appealing balance between its past and present. Shops, cafés, bars and bistros across the city invite visitors to stroll around or watch the world go by. A diverse mixture of music, cabaret and other entertainment is on offer at theatres, venues and trendy clubs, including TUFA, an events centre set in a disused textile factory that has gained a reputation throughout Germany. The centre was opened in November 1985 in the wake of the city's 2,000-year celebrations and since then has provided a workshop and performance space for artists of all genres. Its self-declared aim is to serve as a cultural and communications centre for everyone. The good thing about that is that visitors to the city are also welcome.

MAIN SIGHTS
Trier is known for its well-preserved Roman and medieval buildings, which include:

- the Porta Nigra, the best-preserved Roman city gate north of the Alps

- the ruins of three Roman baths, among them the largest Roman baths north of the Alps

- the huge Constantine Basilica, a basilica in the original Roman sense, was the 67 m (219.82 ft) long throne hall of Roman Emperor Constantine; it is today used as a Protestant church.

- the Trier Cathedral (German: Trierer Dom or Dom St. Peter), a Roman Catholic church that dates back to Roman times and is home to the Holy Tunic, a garment with a recorded history back to the 12th century, in Catholic tradition said to be the robe Jesus was wearing when he died. It is only exhibited every few decades, at irregular intervals.

- The Liebfrauenkirche (German for Church of Our Lady), which is one of the most important early Gothic cathedrals in Germany and falls into the architectural tradition of the French Gothic cathedrals

- the Roman amphitheatre

- the 2nd century AD Roman bridge (Römerbrücke) across the Moselle, the oldest bridge north of the Alps still crossed by traffic

- St. Matthias' Abbey (Abtei St. Matthias), a still-in-use monastery in whose medieval church the only apostle north of the Alps is held to be buried

- St. Gangolf Church was the city's market church that rivalled the Archbishop's Trier Cathedral

- Saint Paulin Church, one of the most important Baroque churches in Rhineland-Palatinate and designed in part by the architect Balthasar Neumann

- two old treadwheel cranes, one being the Gothic "Old Crane" (Alte Krahnen) or "Trier Moselle Crane" (Trierer Moselkrahn) from 1413, and the other the 1774 Baroque crane called the "(Old) Customs Crane" ((Alter) Zollkran) or "Younger Moselle Crane" (Jüngerer Moselkran)

- The old Jewish cemetery (DE) (Weidegasse)

- Judengasse, near the Trier Hauptmarkt (main market), the Jewish quarter of the city in the Middle Ages


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Porta Nigra (Black Gate) - the best preserved Roman gate north of the Alps - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Trier_Porta_Nig
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Cathedral of Trier - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Trier_Dom_BW_1.
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Inside the Cathedral of Trier - www.blahbloblog.com/wp-content/uploads/201
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Palace of Trier - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Trier_Kurfuerst
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Saint Paulin Church -
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Ruins of Imperial Thermae -
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2nd Century AD Roman Bridge - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Trier_Roemerbru
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Since March 17th, I've accumulated 135,634 steps. I'll be updating our location soon. I've already found out where we are this week; I'm just doing the research now.

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March 24 to 30th 80749 steps

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3/17-3/23 - 137,670

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I thought since we have so many new members that this would be a good time to let everyone know how this challenge works.


Each "walker" can choose how they wish to ring up the mileage (walk, run, cycle, kickboxing, dancing, skate, roller-blade - any form of exercise is good). Here's a website that shows you how many steps per minute different activities are:

walking.about.com/od/measure/a/stepequival
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As to wearing a pedometer all the time, you actually don't have to. I wear my pedometer all the time EXCEPT when I'm doing my exercise videos and for my videos, I use that website to calculate my steps.

So, for example, if I do kickboxing in the morning for half an hour, it is calculated by 30 (minutes) x 242 (steps per minute) which equals 7260 steps and then I put my pedometer on after my exercise and wear it for the rest of the day and at the end of the day, I add the two numbers together and that's my total for the day!

It's especially good if your exercise is swimming or water aerobics or bicycling because you really couldn't wear a pedometer for those, right?

So, please go to your personal Spark appointment book and enter a reminder to submit your total weekly steps on each Saturday night or Sunday morning (early) throughout the challenge.

You can do this by hovering over My Trackers on your Start page and then clicking on Planner. When you get there, click on Add Appointments and this will bring up a box called Add an Appointment.

Title – Log Weekly Steps on Hiking Challenge on RAD team, for example
Date – either put the date as tomorrow night (January 19th) or Sunday morning (January 20th)
Time – a time Saturday night or a time Sunday morning (early is best)
Send a reminder – This is a good idea especially until you get in the habit of submitting your steps. I would suggest a 1 hour reminder would be good.
Send the reminder to – make sure your regular email address is in here.
Repeating – Repeat this appointment every week.
End Date – no end date.
And, then click Save.

Once I get the total steps from everyone, I'll convert them to miles and post an update of where we are in Europe with information about that location (if we happen to land somewhere one of you lives or has visited in real life, perhaps you could post some information about it, too). I usually try to update the challenge on Sundays so if you could please post your steps by mid-morning on Sundays, that works best for me. If you’re late, it’s not a big deal, I ‘ll just add them to the next week’s totals.

If you miss a week, don't fret but remember that the more walkers we have the faster we will complete the tour. Goodies will be given for various reasons, not just to the person who goes the farthest. Get your shoes shined, your visas in hand and be ready for our first destination - I promise this will be fun!

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Since March 10th, we’ve walked 136 miles (287,002 steps) from Paris, France to Sedan, France. Today in Sedan, it’s drizzling and the temperature is around 34F. The forecast for the week has temperatures between 36 and 50 degrees F with mostly cloudy skies.

Sedan (population 20,000) is the largest city in the département des Ardennes (the department of Ardennes takes its name from Ardennes Forest covering the south-east of Belgium and stretching into the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the adjacent part of France.

Sedan is situated 9 miles southwest of the Belgian frontier. It lies on the right bank of the Meuse River along a loop in the river in a depression between two ridges. Sedan was the scene of a French military disaster in 1870 during the Franco-German War. Most of the 17th- and 18th-century houses in the centre of the town were destroyed during the German invasion of France in 1940 during World War II. The 15th-century castle is locally claimed to be the largest in Europe. A statue has been erected in the centre of the town to Marshal Henri de la Tour d’Auvergne, vicomte de Turenne, the famous 17th-century French soldier, who was born in the château of the stronghold.

Sedan flourished as a cloth-manufacturing centre in the 16th and 17th centuries, first under its princes and later under the French king Louis XIV. Textiles continue to be manufactured in Sedan and the vicinity. Other industries include metal-works, food processing, and the manufacture of automotive parts. Tourism has become increasingly important, and much of the historical town centre has been preserved. Pop.

Today Sedan is known for its castle (Château de Sedan), that is claimed to be the largest fortified medieval castle in Europe with a total area of 36,000 sq yd on seven levels. Construction started in 1424 and the castle's defences were constantly improved over the ages. It is the only remaining part of the once enormous fortifications in and around the town.

CASTLE HISTORY
Around 1424, Eberhard II von der Mark built a manor with two twin towers around a church over a period of six years. When Evrard died in 1440, his son Jean de la Marck began reinforcing the fortress, but it was Robert II de la Marck, the grandson of Jean, who finished the most important work. In 1530, the fortifications of the manor were modernised by the construction of a circular boulevard and terraces with cannons, thickening the 15 feet curtain wall by an additional 85 feet. The bastions were added during the course of the next century but some of them were eventually dynamited at the end of the 19th century. In 1699, the principality having been absorbed into France in 1642 (see the Battle of Marfée, during the Thirty Years' War), and the castle having been transformed into a garrison, Vauban built the door of the Princes (French: « des Princes ») that was adapted to the progress of artillery. In 1822, the Church of Saint-Martin was demolished and replaced with a store for cannonballs.

Turenne was born in the Château de Sedan in 1611.

On September 1, 1870, the castle was surrounded by the Prussian army headquartered in Sedan. Napoleon III surrendered the following day in the small neighbouring city of Donchery.

The castle was given by the French Army to the city of Sedan in 1962, and was subjected to a number of restoration attempts. Today the castle, in addition to being a tourist hotspot in the Ardennes, contains the office of tourism of the city as well as a 3-star hotel. There is also a museum inside the castle; one of the rooms of this museum is dedicated to the war of 1870, and one can find there a rich collection of Prussian helmets.

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March 10 to 16th

46323 steps

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62,123 for me this week. I'll be back later to update our location.

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3/10 - 3/16 = 178,456

Thank you for the update!!! Love Paris.

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Since February 24th, we’ve walked 388 miles (820,755 steps), which brings us to Paris, France! Today, Paris is blanketed in snow and the temperature is hovering around 45 degrees. The forecast for the week is calling for rain/snow at the beginning of the week but by mid-week, there should be sunshine for the most part with temperatures between 40 and 50.

Paris is the capital and largest city of France. It is situated on the river Seine, in northern France, at the heart of the Île-de-France region. The city of Paris, within its administrative limits (the 20 arrondissements), has a population of about 2,230,000. Its metropolitan area is one of the largest population centres in Europe, with more than 12 million inhabitants.

An important settlement for more than two millennia, Paris had become, by the 12th century, one of Europe's foremost centres of learning and the arts and the largest city in the Western world until the turn of the 18th century. Paris is today one of the world's leading business and cultural centres and its influences in politics, education, entertainment, media, science, and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world's major global cities.

Paris and the Paris region, with €572.4 billion in 2010, produce more than a quarter of the gross domestic product of France and has one of the largest city GDPs in the world. Considered as green and highly liveable, the city and its region are the world's leading tourism destination. They house four UNESCO World Heritage Sites and many international organizations.

Paris receives around 28 million tourists per year (42 in the whole Paris Region),[59] of which 17 million are foreign visitors, which makes the city and its region the world's leading tourism destination, housing four UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Its museums and monuments are among its highest-esteemed attractions; tourism has motivated both the city and national governments to create new ones. The city's most prized museum, the Louvre, welcomes over eight million visitors a year, being by far the world's most-visited art museum. The city's cathedrals are another main attraction: Notre Dame de Paris and the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur receive 12 million and eight million visitors, respectively. The Eiffel Tower, by far Paris' most famous monument, averages over six million visitors per year and more than 200 million since its construction. Disneyland Paris is a major tourist attraction for visitors to not only Paris but also the rest of Europe, with 14.5 million visitors in 2007.

Paris France is a city full of tourist attractions, world-class art galleries and museums and beautiful parks and gardens. Take a romantic boat cruise on the Seine River or visit the Mona Lisa at the world-famous Louvre. Enjoy a fun-filled day at Disneyland Paris or experience the magic of the Eiffel Tower. Paris France has something of interest for everyone!

Two international airports and 6 train stations serve metropolitan Paris. The high-speed Eurostar train service from London will zoom you under the English Channel and right into downtown Paris! Once in Paris, the Paris Metro or RER commuter rail will take you just about anywhere in the city.

MONUMENTS & LANDMARKS
Three of the most famous Parisian landmarks are the 12th-century cathedral Notre Dame de Paris on the Île de la Cité, the Napoleonic Arc de Triomphe and the 19th-century Eiffel Tower. The Eiffel Tower was a "temporary" construction by Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 Universal Exposition, but the tower was never dismantled and is now an enduring symbol of Paris. The Axe historique (Historical axis) is a line of monuments, buildings, and thoroughfares that run in a roughly straight line from the city-centre westwards.

The line of monuments begins with the Louvre and continues through the Tuileries Gardens, the Champs-Élysées, and the Arc de Triomphe, centred in the Place de l'Étoile circus. From the 1960s, the line was prolonged even farther west to the La Défense business district dominated by a square-shaped triumphal Grande Arche of its own; this district hosts most of the tallest skyscrapers in the Paris urban area. The Invalides museum is the burial place for many great French soldiers, including Napoleon; and the Panthéon church is where many of France's illustrious men and women are buried.

PARKS & GARDENS
Two of Paris' oldest and famous gardens are the Tuileries Garden, created in the 16th century for a palace on the banks of the Seine near the Louvre, and the Left bank Luxembourg Garden, another former private garden belonging to a château built for Marie de' Medici in 1612. The Jardin des Plantes, created by Louis XIII's doctor Guy de La Brosse for the cultivation of medicinal plants, was Paris' first public garden.

ENTERTAINMENT & PERFORMING ARTS
The largest opera houses of Paris are the 19th century Opéra Garnier (historical Paris Opéra) and modern Opéra Bastille; the former tends towards the more classic ballets and operas, and the latter provides a mixed repertoire of classic and modern. In middle of 19th century, there were two other active and competing opera houses: Opéra-Comique (which still exists to this day) and Théâtre Lyrique (which in modern times changed its profile and name to Théâtre de la Ville).

Theatre traditionally has occupied a large place in Parisian culture. This still holds true today, and many of its most popular actors today are also stars of French television. Some of Paris' major theatres include Bobino, Théâtre Mogador, and the Théâtre de la Gaîté-Montparnasse. Some Parisian theatres have also doubled as concert halls. Many of France's greatest musical legends, such as Édith Piaf, Maurice Chevalier, Georges Brassens, and Charles Aznavour, found their fame in Parisian concert halls: Legendary yet still-showing examples of these are Le Lido, Bobino, l'Olympia and le Splendid.

Several yearly festivals take place in Paris, such as Rock en Seine. Parisians tend to share the same movie-going trends as many of the world's global cities, that is to say with a dominance of Hollywood-generated film entertainment. French cinema comes a close second, with major directors (réalisateurs) such as Claude Lelouch, François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol, and Luc Besson, and the more slapstick/popular genre with director Claude Zidi as an example. European and Asian films are also widely shown and appreciated. A specialty of Paris is its very large network of small movie theaters. In a given week, the movie fan has the choice between around 300 old or new movies from all over the world.

SPORTS
Paris' most popular sport clubs are the association football club Paris Saint-Germain FC, the basketball team Paris-Levallois Basket, and the rugby union club Stade Français. The 80,000-seat Stade de France, built for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, is located in Saint-Denis. It is used for football, rugby union and track and field athletics. It hosts annually French national rugby team's home matches of the Six Nations Championship, French national association football team for friendlies and major tournaments qualifiers, and several important matches of the Stade Français rugby team.

In addition to Paris Saint-Germain FC, the city has a number of other amateur football clubs: Paris FC, Red Star, RCF Paris and Stade Français Paris. The last is the football section of the omnisport club of the same name, most notable for its rugby team.

The Paris region currently boasts two teams in the top level of French rugby union, Top 14. Currently, the most prominent side is Stade Français, which is also the only one of the two to be based in the city proper. The other Top 14 team in the region is Racing Métro 92, currently based in the western suburb of Colombes. Racing Métro is the successor to Racing Club de France, which contested the first-ever French championship final against Stade Français in 1892.

Paris also hosted the 1900 and 1924 Olympic Games and was venue for the 1938 and 1998 FIFA World Cups and for the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

Although the starting point and the route of the famous Tour de France varies each year, the final stage always finishes in Paris, and, since 1975, the race has finished on the Champs-Elysées. Tennis is another popular sport in Paris and throughout France. The French Open, held every year on the red clay of the Roland Garros National Tennis Centre near the Bois de Boulogne, is one of the four Grand Slam events of the world professional tennis tour. The 2006 UEFA Champions League Final between Arsenal and FC Barcelona was played in the Stade de France. Paris hosted the 2007 Rugby World Cup final at Stade de France on 20 October 2007.

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98,357 for me the last two weeks. I'll try to get this updated today. Thanks for your patience.

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March 3rd to March 9

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189,043 for me this week. (3/3 - 3/9)

Hope you are feeling well rested, Joanna.

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I completely understand. When you can... and maybe even wait until next week? Deep breaths, Joanna! :)

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I'm sorry I didn't get to this today. I just plain ran out of time.

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24th to 2

48,144 steps

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2/24 - 3/2 steps: 170,422 steps

I am finally on time!

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Feb 17th to Feb 23 46,980 steps

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2/17-2/23: 221,180

I was a walking MACHINE this month. Actually, I have been using it as an excuse to not have to cook or be in the kitchen smelling meatloaf and tons of other great stuff and CRAVE it. Been sticking to my salads.

I know I missed the deadline again this week. Spent my morning making sourdough bread, and it was FABULOUS!

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Since February 17th, we’ve walked 206 miles (434,651 steps) from Caen, France to Brest, France. Today in Brest, it is 36F and partly cloudy. The forecast for the week shows temperatures in the mid- to high-40s with a fair amount of cloud and some rain.

Brest (French pronunciation: [bʁɛst]; Breton: [brest]) is a city in the Finistère département in Brittany in northwestern France. Located in a sheltered position not far from the western tip of the Breton peninsula, and the western extremity of metropolitan France, Brest is an important harbour and the second French military port after Toulon. The city is located on the western edge of continental Europe, hence the expression "Europe from Brest to Brest". With 142,722 inhabitants in a 2007 census, Brest is at the centre of Western Brittany's largest metropolitan area (with a population of 300,300 in total), ranking third behind only Nantes and Rennes in the whole of historic Brittany, and the 22nd most populous city in France; moreover, Brest provides services to the one million inhabitants of Western Brittany. Although Brest is by far the largest city in Finistère, the préfecture (regional capital) of the department is the much smaller Quimper.

During the Middle Ages, the history of Brest was the history of its castle. Then Richelieu made it a military harbour. Brest grew around its arsenal, until the second part of the 20th century. Profoundly marked by the Allies bombing raids during World War II, the city centre was completely rebuilt after the war. At the end of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century, the deindustrialization of the city was followed by the development of the service sector. Nowadays, Brest is an important university town with 23,000 students. Besides a multidisciplinary university, the University of Western Brittany, Brest and its surrounding area possess several prestigious French elite schools such as École Navale (the French Naval Academy), Télécom Bretagne and the Superior National School of Advanced Techniques of Brittany (ENSTA Bretagne, formerly ENSIETA). Brest is also an important research centre, mainly focused on the sea, with among others the largest Ifremer (French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea) centre, le Cedre (Centre of Documentation, Research and Experimentation on Accidental Water Pollution) and the French Polar Institute.

Brest’s history has always been linked to the sea: the Académie de Marine (Naval Academy) was founded in 1752 in this city as well as the aircraft carrier Charles-de-Gaulle was built there. Every four years, Brest hosts the international festival of the sea, boats and sailors: it is a meeting of old riggings from around the world.

SIGHTS
Brest is best known for its Pont de Recouvrance (Recouvrance Bridge, a massive drawbridge 64 m/210 ft high), the military arsenal and the rue de Siam (Siam Street). The castle and the Tanguy tower are the oldest monuments of Brest.

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The Musée de la Tour Tanguy, in the Tanguy tower, houses a collection of dioramas that depict the city of Brest on the eve of World War II. The Musée national de la Marine de Brest, housed in the ancient castle, contains exhibits which outline Brest's maritime tradition, as well as an aquarium, the Océanopolis marine centre. The city also has a notable botanical garden specializing in endangered species, the Conservatoire botanique national de Brest, as well as the Jardin botanique de l'Hôpital d'Instruction des Armées Clermont-Tonnerre.

Tanguy Tower - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tour_Tanguy

Castle - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Château_de_Brest

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Back to my normal numbers this week for me. I got 66,982 steps.

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Oh my so sorry I haven't post since last month I have been very forgetful not even logging daily into my fitness tracker

Jan 20th to Feb 16th 204,937 steps

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Hey Ang. I've already finished researching so your steps will have to wait until next week. emoticon


Since January 27th, we’ve hiked 324 miles (683,076 steps), which brings us to Caen, France. Today it is 46F and partly cloudy. The forecast for the week has temperatures in the low to mid-40s with lots of sunshine.

Caen (French pronunciation: [kɑ̃]; Norman: Kaem) is a commune in northwestern France. It is the prefecture of the Calvados department and the capital of the Basse-Normandie region. It is located 15 km (9.3 mi) inland from the English Channel.

Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried there, and for the Battle for Caen—heavy fighting that took place in and around Caen during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much of the city.

Two hours north-west of Paris, and connected to the south of England by the Caen-(Ouistreham)-Portsmouth ferry route, Caen is located in the centre of its northern region, over which it is a centre of political, economic and cultural power.

As the city of William the Conqueror, the city has a long and complex history. In the Second World War, it was a key site of the Battle of Normandy, and suffered considerable destruction. The city has preserved the memory by erecting a memorial for peace.

Located a few miles from the coast, the landing beaches, the bustling resort of Deauville and Cabourg, Norman Switzerland or Pays d'Auge (often considered the archetype of Normandy), Caen offers all possible services.

The city proper has 113,249 inhabitants (as of 2006), while its urban area has 420,000, making Caen the largest city in Lower Normandy. It is also the second largest municipality in all of Normandy after Le Havre and the third largest city proper in Normandy, after Rouen and Le Havre. The metropolitan area of Caen, in turn, is the second largest in Normandy after that of Rouen, the 21st largest in France.

Here are the most popular attractions in Caen:

MÉMORIAL – UN MUSÉE POUR LA PAIX (trans. A museum for peace)
Situated 3km northwest of the city centre, this innovative memorial-museum provides an insightful and vivid account of the Battle of Normandy. Tickets bought after 1pm can be used to re-enter until 1pm the next day. All signs are in French, English and German.

The visit begins with a whistle-stop overview of Europe's descent into total war, tracing events from the end of WWI and the Treaty of Versailles, through the rise of fascism in Europe and the German occupation of France, right up through the Battle of Normandy. It's a hugely impressive affair, using sound, lighting, film, animation and audio testimony, as well as a range of artifacts and exhibits, to graphically evoke the realities of war, the trials of occupation and the joy of liberation.

A second section focuses on the Cold War. There's also an underground gallery dedicated to winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, located in bunkers used by the Germans in 1944.
To get here, take bus 2 from place Courtonne. By car, follow the signs marked 'Mémorial'.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Entrée_Mémorial
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ABBAYE AUX HOMMES (trans. Abbey Men)
Caen's two Romanesque abbeys were founded in the mid-11th century by William the Conqueror and his wife, Matilda of Flanders, as part of a deal in which the Church pardoned these fifth cousins for having semi-incestuously married each other. With its magnificent and multi-turreted Église St-Étienne, the Abbaye aux Hommes is near the western end of rue Écuyère. This was William's final resting place, though the original tomb was destroyed by a 16th-century Calvinist mob and, in 1793, by fevered Revolutionaries – a solitary thighbone is all that's left of Will's mortal remains. Today, the 18th-century convent buildings house the town hall, and tours of the abbey run at 9.30am, 11am, 2.30pm and 4pm.

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CHÂTEAU DE CAEN (trans. Caen Castle)
Looming above the centre of the city from a domed hilltop, and surrounded by a dry moat, the Château de Caen was founded by William the Conqueror in 1060 and extended by his son Henry I. It has been used over the centuries by royals, revolutionaries, townsfolk and the military.

Take a walk around the ramparts and visit the 12th-century Chapelle de St-Georges and the Échiquier (Exchequer), which dates from about AD 1100 and is one of the oldest civic buildings in Normandy.

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162,732 this week. :) Go Joanna, go!

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Holy Cow! I've got 273,600 steps since the last time I updated this challenge. If the rest of you have the same amount, we will probably be skipping over countries!

I'll be updating where we are this afternoon so get your steps posted, please.

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7/3-7/10- 72,820



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125,240 1/27 - 2/2 (I am so behind already this month!)
156,536 2/3 - 2/9

Have a wonderful vacation, Joanna!

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Thanks, Cynthia.

Sorry, folks, I ran out of time today. I won't be updating this challenge until February 17th but keep stepping and I'll figure out where we are then.

Have fun!

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this week thus far I've walked 54,880 steps. I'm not sure how many miles that is so I will leave it for you to calculate;



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I'm going to join. Since it's now Sunday afternoon, I will have to start tabulating my steps and will let you know next Sunday how I did. Sounds like fun!




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Since January 13th, we’ve walked 343,822 steps which totals 163 miles and brings us to Brugge, Belgium.

It’s 45F and partly cloudy in Brugge today. The forecast for the week has an average of 52 and a lot of rain, unfortunately.

Touristy, overcrowded and a tad fake. Preface any other city with these descriptions and it would be struck off the list. But not Bruges (Brugge in Flemish, Bruges in French). This Flemish city is Belgium’s most popular destination and, despite being overrun much of the year, it’s not to be missed.

Suspended in time centuries ago, Brugge is now one of Western Europe’s most-visited medieval cities. Picturesque market squares, dreamy canals and old whitewashed almshouses all evoke a world long since gone. But its reputation as one of the most perfectly preserved cities is in part fabrication. Bruges has been renovated time and again to retain its medieval appearance. Whereas what you see reflects that of centuries ago, much of the architecture dates only from the 19th and 20th centuries.

To enjoy Bruges, timing is essential. Stay overnight or late on a midsummer evening, when the carillon chimes seep through the cobbled streets, and local boys (illegally) cast fishing rods into willow-lined canals. Visit in spring when daffodils carpet the tranquil begijnhof (a walled community once housing a Catholic order of women), or in winter when you can sometimes skate on the canals and have the town almost to yourself. At these times, Bruges readily reveals its age-old beauty. Alternatively, jump on a bike and cycle off for the day. By the time you return, most of the day-trippers will be well on their way.


The most popular sights include the following:

BEGIJNHOF
Surrounded by protective walls, these whitewashed cottages - clustered around a central garden carpeted by daffodils in springtime - have an air of tranquil purity. Established as homes for a Catholic order of single and widowed women, there were around 1500 of these begijnhoven (or beguinages) in Belgium in the early 20th century, but only 22 remain. Dating from the 13th century, this is one of the best preserved, and home today to Benedictine nuns. The tiny on-site Begijnhuisje museum gives you an insight into a typical cottage. Afterwards, prolong the serenity with a stroll in the swan-filled Minnewater park nearby.

tinyurl.com/a6mhsz6

GROENINGEMUSEUM
Bruges' prized collection of art dating from the 14th to the 20th century is housed in the small Groeningemuseum. Highlights of this prized collection of art dating from the 14th to the 20th century are the Flemish Primitives (Room 2), including masterpieces by Jan Van Eyck and Hans Memling. But also look out for works by Hieronymus Bosch (Room 1), and surrealists René Magritte and Paul Delvaux (Room 9).

Room 1, entitled Municipal Patronage, concentrates on works from the 15th and 16th centuries, many of which were commissioned by the city of Bruges. The gruesome Judgement of Cambyses (1498) by Gerard David depicts the Persian king being led from his throne and flayed alive. Here too is The Last Judgement, a fantastically nightmarish work by Hieronymus Bosch. It's filled with fire and mayhem, men and nuns being boiled alive and strange creatures devouring everything in sight.

Room 2 presents the Flemish Primitives. Most notable are works by Jan Van Eyck, who is generally considered to be the first great master of this period. Van Eyck's masterpiece Madonna with Canon George Van der Paele (1436) is a radiant portrayal of the Madonna and the infant Jesus surrounded by three figures: the kneeling canon and, next to him, St George (his patron saint), while a richly clothed St Donatian looks on. The textures and detail are almost photographic - to viewers in the 15th century the portrait must have appeared incredible. Also in this room is Van Eyck's very honest portrait of his wife, Margaret. Here too is Hans Memling's Moreel Triptych, in which the serious central scene of brown-garbed saints is offset by fine detail such as the cheeky grin on a nearby child or the priest petting a deer.

Room 3 moves on to the Renaissance in Brugge, with several works by Jan Provoost and Pieter Pourbus. The latter is noted for his stern portraits. Rooms 4 to 8 explore baroque, neoclassicism and symbolism, as well as sculpture.

Room 9 is given over to Belgian modern art from early last century, and includes works by Henry Van de Velde, Jean Brusselmans and Rik Wouters, as well as several dark pieces by Constant Permeke. Dominating the whole scene is the Last Supper (1929) by Gustave Van de Woestyne, one of the expressionists who set up at St Martens-Latem near Ghent early in the 20th century. Surrealism also gets a look in, with the movement's pivotal figure, René Magritte, represented by L'Attentat (The Assault; 1932). There's also Paul Delvaux's strange Sérénité.

Rooms 10 and 11 focus on more-recent modern art, with Pierre Alechinsky's The Three Days (1959) a highlight.

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HEILIG-BLOEDBASILIEK
The Heilig-Bloedbasiliek takes its name from the relic of Christ's blood brought here after the Crusades, sometime between 1150 and 1200. The church has two distinct and highly contrasting sections: the sombre 12th-century lower chapel, built along pure Romanesque lines and almost devoid of decoration, and the much-renovated and lavishly embellished upper chapel, accessed by wide stairs near the lower chapel's entrance.

In the upper chapel is the silver tabernacle containing the phial that holds a few drops of the holy blood. This relic is still venerated in one-hour services at 10:00 and 15:00 every Friday. On Ascension Day it is paraded through the city in Brugge’s biggest annual event, the Heilig-Bloedprocessie.(Holy Blood Procession; www.holyblood.com) Duck into the pint-sized Museum of the Holy Blood next door to see the jewel-coated reliquary that holds the phial during the procession. This is Belgium's oldest, and arguably most beautiful, stadhuis. Built between 1376 and 1420, its exquisite turreted Gothic stone façade is decorated with replica statues of the counts and countesses of Flanders (the originals were torn down in 1792 by French soldiers). Inside, a few rooms are open to the public but the chief attraction is the 1st-floor Gotische Zaal.

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KANTCENTRUM
Watch lace-makers at work at the Kantcentrum. Lace (kant in Flemish, dentelle in French) blossomed in Flanders in the 16th century. Naaldkant (needlepoint lace), which developed in Italy, was predominantly made in Brussels while kloskant (bobbin lace) is believed to have originated in Brugge. The latter requires thousands of painstaking and meticulous movements of bobbins and pins. Each lace-maker had her own patterns, which stayed in the family and were handed down through generations.

The Kantcentrum is best known for its bobbin lace-making demonstrations - informal gatherings of 20 or so women who congregate (afternoons only) in a small room at the rear of the complex. It's fascinating to watch, and a credit that these women are determinedly keeping the art form alive. The centre's lace museum displays a very modest collection of traditional lace. The bulk of lace sold in shops throughout Belgium these days is handmade in Asia or machine-made in France. If you want handmade lace from Belgium you're going to have to hunt for it and state what you want. Even reputable shops generally do not advertise which of their stock is made outside Belgium.

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MARKT
Brugge’s nerve centre is the historic Markt, a large open square flanked by medieval-style buildings and bustling with horse-drawn carriages, open-air restaurants and camera-clicking tourists. Standing tall at its centre is a monument to Pieter De Coninck and Jan Breydel, the leaders of the Brugse Metten, and lording over everything is the fabulous belfry.

Most of the gabled guildhalls edging the Markt are not original. Notable at Markt 16 is Craenenburg café; in this building the Hapsburg heir Maximilian of Austria was imprisoned by the leaders of the city in 1488 after attempting to restrict their privileges. When Maximilian later became emperor, he took revenge by directing trade to Antwerp.
The Markt's eastern side is dominated by the Provinciaal Hof, a neogothic building home to the post office and a handy ATM.

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Since January 13th, I've walked 141,781 steps. I'll be updating the challenge today, probably in an hour or so so if you haven't updated the thread with your steps yet, please do so.

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1/13 to 1/19 47047 steps

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Sothis is where we will put our steps I need ot see teh last tiem I updated

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Thanks, Babe!

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1/13 - 1/9 154,994 steps. I got lost for 2 days so I am late... again! LOL

BTW, I love the way you laid out this update for the team! You rock!

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We started this challenge in Oslo, Norway on July 8, 2012. Since then, we have walked a total of 7,484,290 steps, which equals 3,615 miles and we have visited the following towns:

- Arvika, Sweden – July 15, 2012
- Koping, Sweden – July 22, 2012
- Stockholm, Sweden – July 29, 2012
- Ostersund, Sweden – August 5, 2012
- Kramfors, Sweden – August 12, 2012
- Umea, Sweden – August 19, 2012
- Lulea, Sweden – August 26, 2012
- Oulu, Finland – September 2, 2012
- Kokkola, Finland – September 9, 2012
- Jakobstad, Finland – September 23, 2012
- St. Petersburg, Russia – October 14, 2012
- Kaliningrad, Russia – October 28, 20212
- Gdansk, Poland – November 4, 2012
- Szczcin, Poland – November 18, 2012
- Hamburg, Germany – December 4, 2012
- Copenhagen, Denmark – December 16, 2012
- Bremen, Germany – December 30, 2012
- Amsterdam, Netherlands – January 13, 2013

If you want any info about any of the places we have already visited, let me know and I'll copy them into a Google doc for you to view. Here's the info I posted about Amsterdam last week:

Since December 31st, we have walked 597,447 steps for a total of 283 miles. On December 31st, we were in Bremen, Germany and now we have travelled to Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Today it is 34 and sunny in Amsterdam. The forecast for the week is temperatures in the low 30s and mainly clear skies with a little precipitation on Tuesday in the form of snow mixed with rain.

The Netherlands, being the most densely populated country of the world, has very interesting cities, beautifully preserved nature, and varied landscape, always fresh through the wind from the sea. This is the country, where light astonishes the visitor. No wonder, that the Dutch gave human civilization several important painters.

Official Name
- Kingdom of the Netherlands (Dutch: Koninkrijk der Nederlanden). The Kingdom of the Netherlands consists of the Netherlands and its overseas islands - Netherlands Antilles and Aruba.

The Netherlands or Holland? - Talking about the Netherlands, people often incorrectly call it Holland. In fact, only the central part of the Netherlands is geographically named Holland. This part of the country consists now of two provinces Noord Holland (North Holland) and Zuid-Holland (South Holland). This is the region with important cities such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague (Den Haag), Delft, Leiden and Haarlem.

Population & Languages - The Netherlands is 81% populated by Caucasian Dutch population of Germanic or Gallo Celtic descent. Contrary to popular ideas, more Dutch are Catholic (31%) than Protestant (21%). In the Netherlands, women slightly exceed the male population. Dutch is an official language, spoken by almost all of the population except for the expats coming from the Anglo-Saxon countries.

Seventeenth-century buildings. Joint-smoking alien sculptures. Few cities meld history with modern urban flair like Amsterdam.

Admire Art
- You can’t walk a kilometre without bumping into a masterpiece in the city. The Van Gogh Museum hangs the world’s largest collection by tortured native son Vincent. A few blocks away, Vermeer’s Kitchen Maid, Rembrandt’s Night Watch and other Golden Age treasures fill the Rijksmuseum. The Museum het Rembrandthuis offers more of Rembrandt via his atmospheric, etchingpacked studio and the Stedelijk pulls out Mondrian among its modern stock. And when the urge strikes for something blockbuster, the Hermitage Amsterdam delivers: the outpost of Russia’s State Hermitage Museum picks from its three-million-piece home trove to mount mega exhibits.

Bike & Boat
- Two wheeling is a way of life here. It’s how Amsterdammers commute to work, go to the shop and meet a date for dinner. With all the bike rental shops around, it’s easy to gear up and take a spin. If locals aren’t on a bike, they may well be in a boat. With its canals and its massive harbour, this city reclaimed from the sea offers countless opportunities to drift. Hop in a canal boat (preferably an open-air one) or one of the free ferries behind Centraal Station for a wind-in-your-hair ride.

Feel Gezellig
- Amsterdam is famously gezellig, a Dutch quality that translates as convivial or cosy. It’s more easily experienced than defined. There’s a sense of time stopping, an intimacy of the here and now that leaves all your troubles behind, at least until tomorrow. You can get that warm, fuzzy feeling in many situations, but the easiest place is a traditional brown cafe. Named for their wood panelling and walls stained by smoke over the centuries, brown cafes practically have gezelligheid on tap, alongside good beer. You can also feel gezellig at any restaurant after dinner, when you’re welcome to linger and chat after your meal while the candles burn low.

Wander into the Past
- Amsterdam is ripe for rambling, its compact core laced by atmospheric lanes and quarters. You never know what you’ll find: a hidden garden, a shop selling velvet ribbon, a jenever (Dutch gin) distillery, an old monastery turned classical music venue. Wherever you end up, it’s probably by a canal. And a cafe. And a gabled building that looks like a Golden Age painting.

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If anyone is particularly interested in certain aspects of European towns like architecture, local cuisine, tours or whatever, let me know and I'll try to incorporate it into the descriptions I post.

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A lot of members on the RA Chicks Fit Club Team had pedometers so we decided to do a virtual hike of Europe. But, now that we’ve merged with the Living With RAD Team, we didn’t want to give up on the Hiking challenge so we’re going to continue it here with the help of as many of you who want to join in.

Each "walker" can choose how they wish to ring up the mileage (walk, run, cycle, kickboxing, dancing, skate, roller-blade - any form of exercise is good). Here's a website that shows you how many steps per minute different activities are:

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As to wearing a pedometer all the time, you actually don't have to. I wear my pedometer all the time EXCEPT when I'm doing my exercise videos and for my videos, I use that website to calculate my steps.

So, for example, if I do kickboxing in the morning for half an hour, it is calculated by 30 (minutes) x 242 (steps per minute) which equals 7260 steps and then I put my pedometer on after my exercise and wear it for the rest of the day and at the end of the day, I add the two numbers together and that's my total for the day!

It's especially good if your exercise is swimming or water aerobics or bicycling because you really couldn't wear a pedometer for those, right?

So, please go to your personal Spark appointment book and enter a reminder to submit your total weekly steps on each Saturday night or Sunday morning (early) throughout the challenge.

You can do this by hovering over My Trackers on your Start page and then clicking on Planner. When you get there, click on Add Appointments and this will bring up a box called Add an Appointment.

Title – Log Weekly Steps on Hiking Challenge on RAD team, for example
Date – either put the date as tomorrow night (January 19th) or Sunday morning (January 20th)
Time – a time Saturday night or a time Sunday morning (early is best)
Send a reminder – This is a good idea especially until you get in the habit of submitting your steps. I would suggest a 1 hour reminder would be good.
Send the reminder to – make sure your regular email address is in here.
Repeating – Repeat this appointment every week.
End Date – no end date.
And, then click Save.

Once I get the total steps from everyone, I'll convert them to miles and post an update of where we are in Europe with information about that location (if we happen to land somewhere one of you lives or has visited in real life, perhaps you could post some information about it, too). I usually try to update the challenge on Sundays so if you could please post your steps by mid-morning on Sundays, that works best for me. If you’re late, it’s not a big deal, I ‘ll just add them to the next week’s totals.

If you miss a week, don't fret but remember that the more walkers we have the faster we will complete the tour. Goodies will be given for various reasons, not just to the person who goes the farthest. Get your shoes shined, your visas in hand and be ready for our first destination - I promise this will be fun!


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Joanna from Dundas, Ontario
BLC20-24 - Amber Amazon Warriors
Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

Amazon Warrior Rewards:
Week 1 - The Knife
Week 2 - Pyrgomache
Week 4 - The Spear
Week 6 - Prothoe
Week 7 - Bow & Arrows
Week 9 - Alkaia (Mighty One)
Week 11 - Mace
Week 12 - Alcinoe

Happy and healthy people have a better chance to live with confidence and contribute value to the world than anyone else. Don't take that for granted. ~ James Clear ~

 current weight: 210.5 
 
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