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    4 Countries in 6 Hours

    What is the fastest you have ever visited 4 different countries? Our record is now 4 in less than 6 hours. We had a long and really unique trip a short time ago that led to this. We were going to travel from the Ukraine down to Varna on the Black Sea in Bulgaria. First,...

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    Over The Top – Odessa, Ukraine

    We set our sites on Europe in the early winter and visited Paris, Cannes, Avignon in France then Turin and Venice in Italy. None of this even remotely prepared us for our visit to Kiev and Odessa, Ukraine. Yes, we wanted snow after two years in SE Asia and yes we wanted a change in...

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    Photographing Romania: Bucharest / Sigishoara

    Our trip to Romania was very short but we found time to visit a few places in Bucharest before I main trip to Sigishoara. One of the most iconic figures in ancient times was Vlad the Impaler. Many things have been written about him over the centuries although most are guess works, works of fiction,...

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    Photographing Spain: San Fermin / Montserrat / Barcelona

    This is part of two journeys to Spain that we made in 2015. The first was a stay in beautiful Barcelona and the second was our trip to Pamplona for the annual Bull Run in that city. Barcelona The stay in Barcelona was the first stop on our current journey. We left the United States...

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    London: Her Best to See in 24 Hours

    You only have 24 hours to spend in London during a layover. What should you do and what should you try to see? There are so many areas and landmarks in London that you certainly can’t see them all. We made a list of things that are iconic to London and a few came to...

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    Running With the Bulls Part 2

    Running With the Bulls-An Adventure-Up the next day and getting ready to visit Pamplona for the first time. Today is the opening ceremonies for San Fermin, that is the true reason we are here. The running is a sideline to a festival held in honor of the patron saint of the region know as Navarre....

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    Running With The Bulls Part 1

      Our road to Pamplona started out as a wild idea, after all, who has not dreamed of running with the bulls? A macho thing, Oh Yes, but also a dream I have had ever since reading Hemingway. He adored the run as much as I do. I finally decided that even though I was...

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    The Wonders of the Danube Delta

    The Danube Delta is the second largest delta in Europe and one of the most beautiful biosphere reserves in the world. Spreading over almost 3500 square kilometers in the South East of Romania, the delta is part of the UNESCO heritage since 1991. The main reason for this distinction is its unique flo...

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    Dinner At A Real Vampire’s House

    Yes, we had a pretty decent meal this week at the real home of Vlad the Impaler … not Bran castle where most people visit. The home is located in Sighisoara, Romania. The town is one of the best preserved medieval towns in all of Europe. Sighisoara is over 1000 years old which means the...

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    Starting Out in Bucharest

    Our vote for Bucharest goes into the PLUS COLUMN. We would have to say that we love the city. Unlike Barcelona, Rome, Paris or London, all the places we have visited, Bucharest has that small city flavor even with a population of just under 2 million. We are staying in the center of the city...

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    Montserrat Monastery and Black Madonna

    We took our last excursion from Barcelona yesterday. We caught a local train out of the Espania station to the Montserrat Monastery about 35 miles out of town. The trip took about an hour and once we were out of town, there was the Spanish countryside to see along the way. A Little About The...

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    A Walking Paradise

    One of the things we do love about the area is the ease of getting from place to place here. We have at least 40 to 50 good restaurants within a 5 minute walk. The food stores are so plentiful that I simply can’t understand how they all stay in business. We have at least...

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    Where Is That Turkey?

    Catchy post title huh? Got you here, so I guess it was good. This is going to be a ‘different kind of post’! You see, We are still in Barceloneta and we have been looking for a turkey since we’ve been here. Because every morning and every afternoon, there is a tom turkey right...

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    Barcelona – Our First Few Days

    We put our feet on the ground in Spain on the 28th of January and are now in our apartment in Barcelona. This will be home for the next three months, until April 22nd. We were able to get an adequate place for $900 USD which included all utilities, washer, wi-fi and cable TV. As...

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