Ups and downs of Bucharest
Massive Palace of the Parliament,, Bucharest

Ups and downs of Bucharest

In brief: Why we had a mixed reaction to Bucharest, yet appreciated some of its charms. People are often ambivalent about Bucharest. Our group walk guide alternated between wonder and sarcasm in showing it to…

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Natural Macedonia
Cave, Matka Canyon

Natural Macedonia

In brief: Though small, Macedonia features plenty of inviting open spaces and reserves. Mavrovo National Park All over the Balkans, we have seen splendid, inviting terrain so we were not surprised that Macedonia enjoys its…

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A Window on the Silla
Seeing Gyeongju in Silla costume

A Window on the Silla

In brief: The Silla Kingdom of south-central Korea endured for nearly 900 years until 935. Today its legacy comes alive in its former capital, Gyeongju. It's thrilling to discover a history completely unknown to us.…

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Uncrossed borders – Korea’s DMZ
Reunion sculpture, infiltration tunnel 3

Uncrossed borders – Korea’s DMZ

In brief: For South (and likely North) Koreans, memories of war, of division are still strongly emotional and whose hopes for reunion, for peace still endure. We seized the opportunity to visit the DMZ (the…

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