Ohrid – anything but horrid
Western wall, St. Sophia church, Ohrid

Ohrid – anything but horrid

In brief: The ancient hillside city of Ohrid is an historical and natural splendor, but it still knows how to put on a party, especially a wedding . Ohrid hillside The UNESCO World Heritage city…

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Tracing the Thracians
Thracian cup

Tracing the Thracians

In brief: The surprise of discovery often stirs us in our travels. Uncovering remnants of Thracian culture along the Black Sea was a perfect example. Votive marble frieze The Thracians occupied more a spot on…

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Sofia’s Charming Tapestry
Sofia atop her city

Sofia’s Charming Tapestry

Grand boulevards, leafy parks of all sizes, pedestrian streets lined with bars and restaurants, majestic turn-of-the-century buildings, cafes and narrow streets...Sofia, like all sizable European cities, offers these impressive and delightful resources - for its…

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Plovdiv: lots of old, lots of new
Bulgarian revival houses, old town Plovdiv

Plovdiv: lots of old, lots of new

In brief: The layers of history that emerge in Plovdiv provide a multi-faceted charm we couldn't resist. Bulgaria's second city Plovdiv - set on seven hills, 150 kilometers east of Sofia - has been called…

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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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Iron, water, blood in Yekaterinburg
Ironworks at Museum of Architecture & Design

Iron, water, blood in Yekaterinburg

Yekaterinburg began in 1723 with a dam made of Ural larch, one never replaced till this day. It was a planned city, named in honor of Queen Catherine I, and organized as a factory town…

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Along the Trans-Siberian
Our Trans-siberian cabin

Along the Trans-Siberian

In brief: The Trans-Siberian railway offers little drama, but takes you into a special world. Our Trans-siberian cabin Our home for four days and nights, crossing Russia from Moscow into snowy Siberia, was a very…

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