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  • Color Saturated Nepal

    Color Saturated Nepal

      Nepal has always been primarily a Hindu culture rather than what most Westerners think of as a Buddhist one.  In many ways it resembles and reminded me more of India than what I would next encounter in Buddhist Tibet.  When the Chinese invaded and occupied Tibet, many Tibetans left their homeland and resettled in both Nepal and the Himalayan areas of India, [...]

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South to Andalucia and Moorish Spain

May 28th, 2017|

The most southern part of Spain--Andalucia--is so rich in history that it can be spellbinding, and that was certainly our reaction to much of what we experienced there.  This is largely the result of Moorish influence that is still prevalent and felt nearly everywhere.  After all, the Moors, [...]

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A Visit To Spain’s Basque Country

May 20th, 2017|

While not exclusively searching for sunshine prior to arriving in Spain, it was certainly something which seemed to make all the difference in our general attitude and mood.  In Spain we began to find it consistently. What sets Northern Spain apart most emphatically from the rest of the [...]

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Bonnie Does Bhutan

May 6th, 2017|

  The photo above is of  Paro Dzong in Bhutan, a country I’ve dreamed of going to since it opened to tourism in 1974. It is geographically isolated, squeezed between India to the south and China to the north, and has long maintained a policy of strict isolationism [...]

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Searching for Sunshine Through Germany and France

April 30th, 2017|

We returned to Europe on November 22nd and went directly to Duelmen, Germany to pick up our motorhome Romy after his long sleep in the freezing cold of winter, only to be greeted with more of the same.  We did, however, spend a few days in the neighborhood [...]

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Moscow: Capital of the Russian Federation

February 17th, 2017|

  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. [...]

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St. Petersburg and the Rivers of Russia

February 15th, 2017|

  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, [...]

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A Month Crisscrossing Poland

January 15th, 2017|

  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 [...]

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Highlights of Hungary: Budapest, Thermal Baths, and Mummies

July 19th, 2016|

  We were almost immediately seduced by Budapest. The last capital we had visited was Belgrade in Serbia over two months before. We had deliberately avoided the capitals of both Bulgaria and Romania because we were simply more interested in what was in the countryside, and felt as [...]

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