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Around Bursa

TURKEY | Saturday, 6 Jun 2015 | Views [253]

PART OF THIS VISIT TO TURKEY IS A TRAVEL EXPERIMENT to test our hypothesis — that it is better to endure the cold desolation of off-season travel than to compete with the tourist hoards of summer.  There are many new places we want to see ... Read more >


Photos: Central Turkey

TURKEY | Thursday, 4 Jun 2015 | Photo Gallery


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Czech-ing Out Tribec

CZECH REPUBLIC | Tuesday, 2 Jun 2015 | Views [281]

WORLD HERITAGE SITES MAKE GREAT TARGETS for road trips, even if the sites themselves are sometimes disappointing.  It’s the journey, after all, not the destination, that counts.  Searching them out is a wonderful way to discover the ... Read more >


Telc and Lednice

CZECH REPUBLIC | Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | Views [244]

THE CLEARING SKIES PREDICTED FOR TODAY never materialized and it was cold and drizzling when we parked in the town square.  During the Middle Ages, Telc was one of the planned settlements amid the virgin forests established to insure political ... Read more >


Cesky Krumlov

CZECH REPUBLIC | Monday, 25 May 2015 | Views [240]

“CESKY KRUMLOV,” THE WAITER REPLIED when I asked where he would take his girlfriend for a weekend getaway.  The summer floods of 2002 had put an end to the Prague tourist season and so he had time to sit with us and chat — we ... Read more >


Karlovy Vary

CZECH REPUBLIC | Sunday, 24 May 2015 | Views [217]

WHEN EASTERN EUROPE WAS A NEW AND EXOTIC destination for Americans, a trip to the Czech Republic meant a visit to Prague and maybe a day trip to Cesky Krumlov.  That’s what we did back in 2002. Today we are older, more experienced and, ... Read more >


Photos: Czech Republic

CZECH REPUBLIC | Saturday, 23 May 2015 | Photo Gallery


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Prague Interlude

CZECH REPUBLIC | Saturday, 23 May 2015 | Views [211]

THERE IS SOMETHING SPECIAL ABOUT PRAGUE.  Maybe it is the Danube.  Perhaps it is the fact that Prague escaped WW II unscathed.  Or maybe it is the pride shown by the Czechs in giving the old girl a face-lift after four decades of Communist ... Read more >


Roman Holiday

ITALY | Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | Views [141]

CONNIE’S NIECES' HOLIDAY, NOT OURS.  Amber and Ann were in Rome before their Mediterranean cruise and we flew in to join them for a couple of days.  Wouldn’t you know it, their flight was nine hours late so we spent the morning ... Read more >


Photos: Roman Holiday

ITALY | Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | Photo Gallery


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Hortabagyi National Park and Holloko

HUNGARY | Saturday, 16 May 2015 | Views [297]

SANDOR HAS THE BIRDS OF HORTABAGYI National Park wired.  More importantly, he has the 4WD Toyota pick-up to squish through the wet fields to where they live.  Hortabagyi sits on the western edge of the “steppe,” the same one that ... Read more >


Of Wooden Houses, Wooden Churches and Cold Feet

SLOVAKIA | Monday, 11 May 2015 | Views [199]

NOT EVEN THE COLD RAIN DETERRED CONNIE.  It’s May, the village of Vlkolinec beckons and, by god, she is going to wear shorts and Tevas.  This once, at least, bull-headedness trumps common sense.     It's May, after ... Read more >


Banska Stiavnica to Ruzomberok

SLOVAKIA | Saturday, 9 May 2015 | Views [257]

THE DANUBE HYDROFOIL BARELY KISSED THE DOCK in Brataslava and we hopped off in that most Soviet of cities.  We imagined hidden microphones in our room in Hotel Kiev.  That was back in 2002 when we were just learning the ins and outs of travel.... Read more >


Photos: Slovakia

SLOVAKIA | Friday, 8 May 2015 | Photo Gallery


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Sopron

HUNGARY | Thursday, 7 May 2015 | Views [177]

SOMETHING SEEMED FAMILIAR ABOUT SOPRON, located in the tiny nipple of northwestern Hungary that juts into Austria near the wetlands of Ferto-Neusiedler National Park.  A quick look back at our journal from the winter of 2013-14 reminded me that ... Read more >


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