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Ljubljana

SLOVENIA | Thu, 28 Jul 2022 | By krodin | Views [54]

Zagreb and Ljubljana Flew to Zagreb from London on Friday to visit the National and City Museums.  Unfortunately, both are still closed due to renovations caused by earthquake damage.  The rest of the city was also pretty barren as everyone ... Read more >

Tags: cities, history, museums, towns

After 50 Years: Returning to Prague

CZECH REPUBLIC | Wed, 27 Jul 2022 | By krodin | Views [73] | Comments [1]

After 50 Years: Returning to Prague  The last time I was in Prague, in August 1972, I was greeted at the border by guards with guns who tore the seats out of my VW beetle looking for contraband, which they promptly found. My girlfriend and Olympic ... Read more >

Tags: cities, history, museums, towns

Pristina- caught between past and present

KOSOVO | Sun, 5 Jun 2022 | By krodin | Views [69]

PRISTINA Took the bus from Belgrade to Pristina, which took just under six hours and cost less than E20.  There are a couple of control points during the journey, so it was good to have the ID and passport handy.  While Serbia still considers ... Read more >

Tags: churches, cities, history, museums, towns

Belgrade Impressions

SERBIA | Sun, 5 Jun 2022 | By krodin | Views [76] | Comments [1]

BELGRADE Arrived in almost 30 degrees C Belgrade from 8 degrees C Stockholm. After all the extremely long lines to get through security at Arlanda Airport, getting into Serbia was a breeze.  The cab ride into town didn’t take too long ... Read more >

Tags: churches, cities, history, museums, towns

Kings, Grand Dukes, Town Councils and Tsars 4: Helsinki

FINLAND | Sun, 5 Jun 2022 | By krodin | Views [56]

Kings, Grand Dukes, Town Councils and Tsars: A Brief Excursion to Historical Northeastern Europe 4 HELSINKI I arrived in Helsinki via a quick two hour ferry from Tallinn. The ferry was huge as it is used as a main transport link between Estonia ... Read more >

Tags: churches, cities, history, museums, towns

Kings, Grand Dukes, Town Councils and Tsars 3: Tallinn

ESTONIA | Sun, 5 Jun 2022 | By krodin | Views [46]

Kings, Grand Dukes, Town Councils and Tsars: A Brief Excursion to Historical Northeastern Europe 3 TALLINN It was cold, but sunny, and there are very few people in the Old Town. It seems the tourist season doesn’t start until well into ... Read more >

Tags: churches, cities, history, medieval towns, museums

Kings, Grand Dukes, Town Councils and Tsars 2: Vilnius

LITHUANIA | Sun, 5 Jun 2022 | By krodin | Views [63]

Kings, Grand Dukes, Town Councils and Tsars: A Brief Excursion to Historical Northeastern Europe 2 VILNIUS The hill behind Cathedral Square with castle ruins and an old (reconstructed) tower is named after King Geminidas. During his family’... Read more >

Tags: churches, cities, history, medieval towns, museums

Kings, Grand Dukes, Town Councils and Tsars 1: Krakau

POLAND | Sun, 5 Jun 2022 | By krodin | Views [52]

Kings, Grand Duke, Town Councils and Tsars: A Brief Excursion to Historical Northeastern Europe  Originally, I had planned on including Lviv and Kiev in my itinerary to medieval cities in Northeast Europe, but the war in the Ukraine changed ... Read more >

Tags: churches, cities, history, medieval towns, museums

The Columbian Caribbean Coast: Tayrona to Cartagena

COLOMBIA | Thu, 30 Dec 2021 | By krodin | Views [168]

The Columbian Caribbean Coast  Tayrona National Park is perhaps the most famous park in the country and for good reason. The rainforest mountainsides roll down like waves of multi-hued greens to meet the whitewater waves of the sea. The Santa ... Read more >

Tags: beaches, cities, history, museums, national park, towns

A November Day in Bogota

COLOMBIA | Wed, 1 Dec 2021 | By krodin | Views [116]

November Day in Bogota Arrived late at night, so I didn’t see much when I got in other than the lights on the top of the surrounding mountains.  The cab driver was kind enough to explain that they were the lights from the Virgin of Guadalupe ... Read more >

Tags: cities, history, museums, towns

Breezing through Bulgaria

BULGARIA | Wed, 10 Nov 2021 | By krodin | Views [132]

Breezing Through Bulgaria Bulgaria is a land filled with mystery and beauty. I traveled to Bulgaria to visit the National Museums of Archeology in various cities in order to learn more about the ancient Thracians and their deities, but was hit with ... Read more >

Tags: cities, history, museums, towns

All Hallow's Eve in Peles and Bran Castles

ROMANIA | Mon, 1 Nov 2021 | By krodin | Views [108]

All Hallow’s Eve in Peles and Bran Castles  As I only had a limited time in Romania and did want to get into the countryside, I did what I normally do not do, which is book a day trip group tour to Peles and Bran Castles and Brasov. I wanted ... Read more >

Tags: castles, history, museums, towns

In Search of Ancient Tomis

ROMANIA | Mon, 1 Nov 2021 | By krodin | Views [93]

In search of Ancient Tomis  According to The ancient city of Tomis: Roman Frontier within the Cross-border Region Romania-Bulgaria by the Archeological Foundation of Romania, the Tomis Melesian colony was established as a trade center in the ... Read more >

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A Day in the Old Town and Museums in Bucharest

ROMANIA | Sun, 31 Oct 2021 | By krodin | Views [101]

A Day in the Old Town and Museums of Bucharest  I had wanted to get to Bucharest and to Romania for awhile, but the timing was never quite right.  I now had two weeks to visit museums and ancient sites in Romania and Bulgaria while friends ... Read more >

Tags: cities, history, museums, towns

Pakistan 2 - The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mountains

PAKISTAN | Wed, 13 Oct 2021 | By krodin | Views [145]

 Pakistan 2 – The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mountains  The drive from Mingora to Chitral is long, windy, and the roads, while asphalted, are often torn up. Nonetheless, the journey is beautiful.  The landscape changes from fruit orchards, ... Read more >

Tags: history, mountains, museums, on the road

Pakistan 1 - Karachi, Islamabad, Peshawar and Swat Museums etc.

PAKISTAN | Tue, 12 Oct 2021 | By krodin | Views [137]

Pakistan 1: National Museums etc. in Karachi, Islamabad, Peshawar and Swat  Arrived in Karachi without any idea of what this trip would bring. I had tried on numerous occasions to travel to Pakistan, but something always came up.  After ... Read more >

Tags: cities, history, museums, towns

Balkan Adriatic Coast Weeks 2B and 3: Albania, Montenegro, and Croatia

ALBANIA | Sun, 18 Jul 2021 | By krodin | Views [162]

HMMM, never made it to the Illyrian Royal Tombs.  Even though I knew where to turn off from the main road, there were no signs on the back roads and I drove around on pot-holed dirt tracks for almost an hour, before giving up and asking for directions ... Read more >

Tags: beaches, history, museums, on the road

Adriatic Coast - Week 2 A, Northern Albania and Western North Macedonia

MACEDONIA | Thu, 8 Jul 2021 | By krodin | Views [141]

Week 2a  - Adriatic Coast + Northern Albania to Western North Macedonia It turned out that Velipoje is right on the coast, and it was here that I found our hotel.  The dark grey sandy beach is extensive. It stretches from the town area about ... Read more >

Tags: beaches, cities, history, museums, towns

Advent in Brussels

BELGIUM | Tue, 17 Dec 2019 | By krodin | Views [210]

Advent in Brussels  Christmas lights hang across the streets, on signposts, on man-made and nature-created trees and on the roofs of all the Plasir d’Hiver market stalls. Crèche dominate squares and churches. Welcome to Advent ... Read more >

Tags: advent markets, churches, city visit, museums

An Autumn Day in Seoul

SOUTH KOREA | Mon, 11 Nov 2019 | By krodin | Views [431]

My first introduction to South Korea came on the Peach Airline flight that showed a video of Yeongdo Island that had been illegally annexed by the Japanese and after recovery was now a symbol of independent Korea.  The advertisements and videos ... Read more >

Tags: city visit, museums, sacred sites

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