Zanabazar – Mongolia’s monastic hero
Zanabazar goddesses, Bogd Khan summer palace

Zanabazar – Mongolia’s monastic hero

In brief: The 17th c. monk Zanabazar has become a fitting hero for the newly independent Mongolian people, one whose legacy has been spiritual, practical and artistic. Born in 1635 in Tibet, Undur Gegeen Zanabazar…

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Cold comfort at the summer palace
Summer palace, 17th c. Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich

Cold comfort at the summer palace

Sometimes the least traveled places can be the most interesting, even in tough conditions. On a dark, bitterly cold day, we went to Kolomenskoye Park at the outskirts of Moscow because of the ravine. The…

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Going with the flow
About 1km of aqueduct high over Alcantara valley

Going with the flow

We had seen quite a lot of Lisbon and its surrounding towns when we first visited in the fall of 2017. This time we kept quite busy with other matters and enjoyed the pleasure of…

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Observation post: Moscow
Pedestrian mall near Tverskaya Street

Observation post: Moscow

Waiting in Moscow for a few days before beginning a rail trip across Siberia, we were pleasantly surprised to see the old city in such fine shape. We had not been here for 25 years…

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Granada a la carte
Comares meeting room

Granada a la carte

Except for one day during our visit in Spring 2018, Granada was as sodden and chilly as the rest of western Europe. Yet, on this first trip together to the south of Spain, we were…

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High over Portugal
Porto, from atop Torre dos Clerigos

High over Portugal

How could we have missed out on Portugal in our travels all these years, and especially Lisbon? We kept asking ourselves this question during our unplanned, but leisurely stay in the capital of Lisbon, plus…

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