I started this blog to write about my trip on the Trans-Mongolian Express. I have expanded it to include my June 2012 trip to Malta and further to include trips taken subsequent to 2013. The former trip taken in May and …

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“Good morning,” said our local guide Barbara when she met us in the lobby to lead our guided tour of Budapest. And for me, the difficulty in compiling this tale of my travels reaches it zenith. As I noted in my previous entry, for some reason my …

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If this were a normal recounting, I’d be writing about my time in Budapest in rather rapturous detail because the city is a visitor’s dream. But, if you were with me at the beginning of this tale, you know this isn’t …

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When I left off yesterday, World War I had ended and Hungary had signed the Treaty of Trianon that left it not only considerably smaller in area and population but substantially resource poorer than it had been before the war. Now we …

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Hungary for a new adventure – Part 1: The historical appetizer

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This is the morning five of us leave on the post-tour extension to spend a few days in Budapest. Our reduced number meant that for the first time since our arrival, we wouldn’t be traveling in a large 40 person …

 

Roll up, Roll up for the musical tour

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Yes, this is an invitation but you need no reservation because I’m dying to take you away. Take you today. Enough of that. The reality of today’s entry is considerably less psychedelic than my reference. I going to wrap up my visit …

 

It’s been a long trip. Maybe it’s time to spend the day in Bled

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As I noted yesterday, Slovenia is not a particularly big nation so going from point A to point B anywhere in the country isn’t particularly time consuming. For example, in about two and a half hours you can drive from Ljubljana to Letenye, Hungary …

 

Feeling sLOVEnia

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Thus far on our trip around the Balkan Peninsula the countries of the region we’ve visited have had long, troubled and war ravaged histories that contrasted with both the natural beauty of the territory and some of the stories of cooperation and …

 

Taking some of the mystery-uh out of Istria

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In the long biographical post about Tito, I wrote that Istria has a rather volatile history and promised I’d detail it during our visit there. Well, we’re in Istria and have boarded a bus to take us from Opatija to visit Motovun – …

 

Falling for Plitvice

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Our main stop today will be one of the most scenic and photographed places in Croatia – Plitvice Lakes – and will almost certainly be one occasion when you, as readers, might celebrate the loss of my camera simply because the …

 

Let me offer you some history with that cup of Tito

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When I cut off my abbreviated biography of Tito in the previous entry, I’d discussed some of the events that shaped him in his early life up and had stopped a few years before the start of the Second World War. Although he …