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Hell Squared In Hungary

We’ve done a great deal of traveling with a fair amount in third world countries and maybe it’s that I’m getting older but the past 24 hours have come near to hellish. We planned this trip to start in the Balkans with the first half ending in Budapest. The plan next had us taking a […]

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Prague (Praha), The Czech Republic

Peddle boats fill the river throughout the day on the weekend. Our first day in Prague and we’re overwhelmed. Mazes of cobblestone streets, castles and churches around every corner with layers of amazing gardens climbing the hillsides. In the evening at dusk people are drawn to the river as if it’s a celebration of another […]

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The Lennon Wall Prague

The John Lennon Wall Prague (With 3 Ns Not 2) John Lennon was and is a hero in Prague – even though John himself never visited Prague in his life. In Mala Strana, near the French Embassy, you’ll still find the John Lennon Wall. The wall that is nothing special has been named Lennon´s since […]

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Remembering D-Day & Visiting The Normandy Beaches

  The Beaches of Normandy, France The Normandy landings were the landing operations and associated airborne operations of 6 June 1944. The Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord often referred to as D-Day was the largest seaborne invasion in world history. The operation began the liberation of France along with western Europe. Should your travel plans bring you to the western coast of France or […]

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The Foundations Of English America

The United States has always been a country strongly influenced by English culture and heritage. While early exploration and colonization of the New World was dominated by Spain, with major outposts established in the Caribbean and Florida, England wanted a foothold in this New World. In April 1606 King James I of England chartered The […]

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The Legend of RMS Titanic

Places Where The Legend Lives On… In the annals of travel there have been a number of great tragedies. The Hindenburg Disaster The air disaster at Tenerife The Vegas hotel fire The Tsunami at Ao Nang, Thailand Along with a number of ocean liner sinking disasters that include; The Lusitania The Andrea Doria The Costa […]

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The Danube River’s Iron Gates

Sailing Through The Iron Gates Going up the Danube River from the Black Sea the river passes through some of its most remarkable scenery. The Iron Gates of the Danube River refers to narrow gorges with high granite walls that divide Romania and Serbia. The term “Iron Gate” was first coined by The Times of […]

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How To Beat Jet Lag

Jet Lag – The Curse Of Traveling In the last dozen or two years we have made a number of international trips. There have been times when we hardly experienced jet lag at all, but a few trips took days to recover. Our experience has taught us a few things including what causes the worst […]

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Avignon, France

Avignon, a city with a remarkable history. Very few people, outside of Southern France or the historians at the Vatican know much about the French Papacy. You see the Papacy hasn’t always been in Rome but actually resided in Avignon for a time. The Avignon Papacy lasted from 1309 to 1376 during which seven successive […]

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Melk Abby, Austria

Perhaps the grandest monastery in Austria, or central Europe is the magnificent Melk Abbey. The head Abbot, Berthold Dietmayr and the architects Jakob Prandtauer and Joseph Munggenast created this masterpiece from 1701 to 1736 upon the foundations of a much older medieval monastery. The centerpiece of the Abby is the library, with the main hall […]