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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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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