Tsar and Peace: Tallinn’s Kadriorg Palace
Kadriorg, then and now

Tsar and Peace: Tallinn’s Kadriorg Palace

We were well aware of the broad historical sweep here in Estonia: how in the Middle Ages, the Danes along with merchants allied across the Baltic in the Hanseatic League kept control of the country;…

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Estonian Prison Blues: How We Nearly Ran Afoul of Europe’s Visa Rule
Schengen countries (Dark share common border; light have their own border; gold are future participants)

Estonian Prison Blues: How We Nearly Ran Afoul of Europe’s Visa Rule

We thought we had figured out a legitimate way to stay in Europe for six months, when a normal visa lasts just 90 days. We just discovered we were wrong...and so far wrong we could…

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Dirty Little Secrets of Hvar
Lavender for sale, Hvar Island

Dirty Little Secrets of Hvar

“It’s shit!” our driver bemoaned as he maneuvered his 4WD along the dirt track. We were bouncing around Hvar Island on a unique tour called Secret Hvar, an excursion that brought us to viewpoints off…

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The Harmony of Sarajevo
The line between Ferhadija and Saraci, west and east

The Harmony of Sarajevo

The two women, dressed similarly in jeans and warm jackets, admired the cat sitting on our fleece jackets. The warm afternoon sun had sunk below the buildings, putting us in complete shadow, and the air…

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Good Vibrations? In touch with the Bosnian Pyramids
Pyramid of the Sun

Good Vibrations? In touch with the Bosnian Pyramids

“Put your hands out,” the archeologist encouraged us. “And stretch your fingers over the megalith and feel the vibrations.” We tried, and kept trying, but our fingers weren’t quite feeling the vibrations so much as…

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Ruins and Revivals: A Danube Journey
Entry point to Devin Castle

Ruins and Revivals: A Danube Journey

It’s all about the journey, not the destination. We’ve all heard that line before, whether noted about the potential of travel or preached about life’s passage. Over the years, for us, travel journeys have usually…

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