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About Dimitri Moursellas

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Our Odyssey 1993 onward
Well, it's long story... but it all started in 1993 when Audre got a contract for a World Bank project in Indonesia - that was the beginning of our Odyssey or worldwide travelling or vagabond globetrotting... call it what you will.

A year and half later, Dimitri planned a 9-month trip from Jakarta to Istanbul. It was supposed to be just an interlude between contracts. However, six months into that trip, while meditating on top on Mount Sinai, Audre saw the light! A couple of weeks earlier, Dimitri had calculated that we could most probably live on just the appreciation on our mutual funds (without touching the capital) and had proposed retirement to Audre's initial shock and dismay. So, on Mount Sinai, Audre got the message from above that it is perfectly okay to retire and go travelling throughout the world at 49 (Audre) and 54 (Dimitri). And the rest is history...

The general organization is something like this:

Indonesia and surrounding areas
9-month trip from Indonesia to Turkey
Skiing in the Alps (Italy and France) and summer trips
Onward to present time

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Audre & Dimitri from 1989 to 1993
Dimitri from 1941 to 1989
Audre from 1946 to 1989


CLICK HERE FOR OUR NEWEST BLOG ADDITION: Audre & Dimitri's Traveling Love Affair


CLICK HERE FOR A MORE DETAILED ACCOUNT OF OUR MEANDERING LIFESTYLE AS REPORTED BY:
El Commercio (Peru)
China Daily
Vail Daily 1 of 2
Vail Daily 2 of 2


AND FOR THE NEWEST ADDITION HERE IS A LINK TO OUR FIRST BOOK Eating Beijing Book Preview AND it's eBook version
Indonesia, 12-1993 to 4-1995
Our odyssey begins!
Singapore, 2-1994
We love Singapore!
Australia, 5 & 8-1994
The World Bank contract gave us an all-expense paid holiday in 8-94. We chose to go to Australia and New Zealand.
New Zealand, 8-1994
The New Zealand Heli-skiing Experience Was The Highlight of That Trip.
India, 2 & 3-1995
Our first trip to India: The Golden Triangle and Heli-skiing in the Himalayas!
Vietnam, 7 & 8-1995
We spent a month traveling from Saigon to Hanoi in 1995. We think that Vietnam has been over-hyped. In Saigon we stayed in Cholon-where the movie The Lover was made-Dong Khanh Int'l Hotel, 2 Tran Hung Dao B Blvd. Dist. 5, HCM City Tel. (848)352-410, Fax:352-427. We ran with the Hash House Harriers. Saigon is not scenic or charming. City Hall and the PO, as well as a handful of villas, are architecturally interesting. Otherwise, not at all. It is noisey (with horns and old engines), very dirty and decrepit and poor. There were more churches than we expected, less cars and more bicycles and scooters. There is a miniature business every 10 feet (bike repair, etc.). The weather was hot and almost everyday it rained. The restaurants were good. Sitting out is common but the exhaust fumes were chocking. There were many new hotels but the prices were high.
Hong Kong, 8-1995
When our Vietnamese visa expired and they would not renew them, we hopped from Hanoi to Hong Kong. We had a blast and ate well too!
China, 8 & 9-1995
Nepal, 9 & 10-1995
India, 10-1995 to 1-1996
Maldives, 12-1995
We're glad that we went to the Maldives but the snorkeling wasn't great and finding the right island hotel is a challenge. We stayed at two. When we found the Banyan Tree and were very happy there.
Egypt, 1-1996
Jordan, 2-1996
Turkey, 3 to 9-1996
Italy, 10-1996 to 8-1998
Summer 1997 around Europe
Milan + Paris + Amsterdam + Brussels + London + Alberobello + Nafplion
Spring 1998 Italy, US, Asia
In DC we saw relatives and cleaned out our storage facility
Summer 1998 Italy & Tunisia
Winter 1998-99 Courchevel
Summer 1999 Scandinavia & France
Winter 1999-2000 Courchevel
Much fewer photos this season compared to last...
Summer 2000 Spain, Portugal, US
Winter 2000-01 Val d'Isère
Summer 2001 UK
Our UK summer started out with a little hop over to Italy for the obligatory 3-year car inspection, then some Loire valley, and Paris. At our first stop in southern England, we experienced a very hot summer. Even though our hotels were gaggingly expensive, none had air conditioning (not really anyway). "Just don't need it," they say. "Yeah, right". As we headed north it got cooler and we could sleep without air conditioning. Unfortunately, it quickly got very cold and cloudy and rainy - a typical English "summer". We will remember the year 2001 as being the one with the two winters in a row!
Winter 2001-02 Val d'Isère
Our second ski season in Val d'Isère could well become our worst snow-condition winter of our 6 seasons in the Alps... Pray for snow!!!
Summer 2002 The Med
Spring and Summer 2002 in the Mediterranean
Fall 2002-2003 Asia
2004 Australia
A year and a gigantic road trip gives us a feeling for the vastness and emptiness of this country. We loved seeing it all and having a wonderful social life in Sydney with Dimitri's school friends from Egypt. We did great biking in Melbourne and Adelaide and many other places as well and we met fabulous, big-hearted people.
2005 New Zealand
2005 USA
Our trip to the USA for Jackie Weisman's wedding was filled with loving reunions with family and friends, as well as nostalgia, stress and eye-popping discoveries of modernity.
Tahiti 6 to 9-2005
Tahiti conjures up dreams. There are wonderful things and not so wonderful things; definitely not the paradise that French propaganda has portrayed. There aren't any beaches to speak of, for instance. There are gorgeous verdant mountains going into the turquoise sea of the reef-protected lagoon. The people look like Hawaiians and the music sounds Hawaiian too (that's good). The people speak French (that's good) and they have acquired the French ouvriers attitude (that's bad).
2005-6 New Zealand
Back to NZ to continue our tour. A very apt climate description which could apply to anywhere in NZ: "The Catlins has it all when it comes to weather. Rainy days bring to life the rivers, waterfalls and forests. Strong winds shape the edges of the forests; and the swirling tresses to ocean bull kelp make fantastic viewing from the cliff tops. Such volatility contrasts with calm days, clear air, long summer twilights and vivid sunsets that are also characteristics of the Catlins."
2006 Chile
Our South American exploration began in Chile, a great first stop.
2007 South America
By car, from Santiago heading north up to Lima and back
2007 Los Angeles
Our 7-week shopping trip to Los Angeles
2007-08 South America
Back to South America to continue our tour
2008-09 USA
2009 China + Philippines
2009-10 Vail Valley
2010 Vail to Vancouver
2010 Vancouver
2010 Whistler, Canada
2010 Beijing
2010 Vancouver to Vail
2010-11 Vail Valley
Summer 2011 Vail Valley
2011-12 Vail Valley
Summer 2012 NM, MX, AZ, UT
After a year and a half hiatus, we are starting back on the road again and doing a little 5000 mile loop
2012-13-14 Vail Valley
Back to the Vail Valley for our 5th consecutive winter of skiing & 2nd summer of hiking & 6th skiing season
2014 Home
On 1/3/2014, we became the proud owners of our new home at the Four Seasons Vail. No more homelessness!! In 2017, we had some professional photos taken and also got an amazing Virtual Walkthrough
2014 Summer - SF, HI, S. Korea
2014-15 Vail Valley
Back in Vail for our 7th ski season and full-time residency at our new home at the Four Seasons
10-2015 Oaxaca
After staying in Vail for one whole year, we traveled to southwestern Mexico in October 2015 to soak up the culture there
2015-16 Vail Valley
Living in Vail for our Eighth Winter with great early season snow!
4-2016 Japan
The idea for this trip was based on a video: Anthony Bourdain No Reservations s07e08 Japan Real. We wanted to emulate his experiences and we did and we loved it. A very useful book was "Roads & Kingdoms Japan - Rice, Noodle, Fish" with a foreword by Anthony Bourdain. That book also gave Dimitri the incentive to use Microsoft's OneNote which turned out to be extremely useful. Here are the 3 notebooks: Introduction, Tokyo, and Hokkaido. Also very useful was Google MyMaps Tokyo and Google MyMaps Hokaido.
2016 Vail
The summer of 2016 we concentrated on Dimitri's recovery from his leg-straightening surgery and keeping him upbeat by socializing
9+10-2016 SW Colorado
We were totally wowed on our first road trip to Southwest Colorado and New Mexico to see the fall foliage, the San Juan Mountains and the ruins of the Ancient Puebloans/Anasazi people.
2016-17 Vail
Vail and our hometown activities
2017 Alaska
We finally made it to Alaska!
2017 Vail
Summer in Vail with Dimitri's newly straightened leg working great!
2017 Mexico
Our October vacation from our otherwise every day vacation
2017-18 Vail
We're getting to be long term residents in Vail (just about anyway)
Fall 2018
Another bucket list item: an African Safari. Plus a 1-month road trip in UAE & Oman. Stop and visit relatives in Boston on the way out and in Washington DC on the way back.
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Audre & Dimitri from 1989 to 1993
Dimitri from 1941 to 1989
Audre from 1946 to 1989
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