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  • Myanmar, Part II: The Beautiful Burmese

      It is very difficult to identify a culture’s people we adore as much as the Burmese.  Eternally open, joyous and exuberant with life, they are at the very heart of our experience in their country and certainly the memories and images we took away from it.  While we spent a total of four days in Yangon and Mandalay, the two principal cities, [...]

Moscow: Capital of the Russian Federation

February 17th, 2017|Russia|

  Above is the famed Novodevichy Convent at night from across the lake that, in the dead of winter, becomes a skating rink and was a favorite of Tolstoy's when he lived in the neighborhood.  The convent itself has a long history dating from its founding in 1524. [...]

St. Petersburg and the Rivers of Russia

February 15th, 2017|Russia|

  That sleek white ship sprawled across the photo above is our river cruiser, the MS Mstislav Rostropovich, on which we traveled for seven days down the rivers of Russia from the Neva in St. Petersburg to the Volga and Moscow. We have long wanted to visit Russia, [...]

A Month Crisscrossing Poland

January 15th, 2017|Poland|

  We recognize that the huge moving sand dune on the Baltic coast of Poland is not what one would expect to find at the top of a posting about that country, but we are a little tired of headline photos of cityscapes, and decided to begin with what is [...]

Romania Redux

June 18th, 2016|Romania|

When we put one of these postings together,  we usually include at least something of the history of the country, but present day Romania was only unified in the late nineteenth century. Even in the minds of the Romanians today, it is still most strongly felt as a [...]

Rural Romania: Horse Carts and Haystacks

June 11th, 2016|Romania|

  We have to begin by admitting that we simply fell in love with Romania and have given a good deal of thought how to document our experience there. In the end we have decided to do two postings about Romania. This posting will focus on the rural [...]

Across Bulgaria to the Black Sea

May 22nd, 2016|Bulgaria|

    We spent our last night in Serbia parked about a mile from the Bulgarian border and crossed first thing in the morning.  Sofia, the capital, was not far off, but we had just seen two capitals, and Sofia is not the 'garden spot of the Balkans.' [...]

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