Dutch Treats: Rembrandt and Jackman
Rembrandt as an apostle

Dutch Treats: Rembrandt and Jackman

Beyond walking and boating around Amsterdam, we dived into several museums, including the Rijksmuseum and the splendid van Gogh collection. And for something completely different, a stellar performance by Hugh Jackman at the city’s Ziggo…

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Circling Iceland: The North
Kolugljufur waterfall

Circling Iceland: The North

Here are some of the things we enjoyed around this spectacular country…in three geographical regions. Secondly, the north, which we felt represented Iceland in microcosm and was a good area to explore if you have…

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Circling Iceland: The West
19th c church near Kirkjufell

Circling Iceland: The West

Here are some of the things we enjoyed around this spectacular country…in three geographical regions. First, the west. We drove the complete ring road of Iceland, a roughly 1400 kilometer trip according to Iceland, but…

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Romanian potpourri
Working the fields

Romanian potpourri

Here's our final salute to Romania with a potpourri of people, places and things. And a nod to the Romanian language, which you know more about than you think, as it is derived mainly from…

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Rough-hewn: wooden churches of Romania
Eye catching panel, lives of the saints

Rough-hewn: wooden churches of Romania

The eight World Heritage wooden churches in the west of Romania are far different from the east's impressively painted churches (see that post here). The latter were Orthodox Christian built by royalty up to the…

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Rolling Romania
Small farm, Maramures

Rolling Romania

In the northeast, we drove hundreds of kilometers amid the mountains, hills and valley - no road was the same and each of them presented either glorious vistas or atmospheric landscapes. In the west, amid…

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Real castles & forts of Transylvania
Fortified church of tiny Biertan

Real castles & forts of Transylvania

As if painted churches and wooden churches, low costs, colorful old cities, and delightful terrain weren't enough to entice you to Romania, you can also visit quite a number of ancient castles and fortified churches…

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