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Hungary

Gyor, Budapest and Szentendre

By: Zeren Earls - 07/14/2014
Gyor, Budapest and SzentendreSince freeing itself from communism in 1980, Hungary has blossomed into a westernized country. Gyor and Szentendre are charming small towns with a variety of cafes, restaurants, craft and sweet shops. The capital Budapest on the Danube is a beautiful city with great monuments, fashionable avenues, elegant shops, and a vibrant night life.

Czech Republic: Part Three

Slavonice to Slovakia

By: Zeren Earls - 07/11/2014
Slavonice to SlovakiaRich in history, this region in Europe fascinates with medieval and Renaissance architecture, imperial grandeur, and charming small towns. Friendly people, good food, and great Moravian wines enhance the experience. Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, offers many treasures, beckoning to be discovered.

Czech Republic: Part Two

Southern Bohemia

By: Zeren Earls - 06/17/2014
Southern BohemiaBordering Germany and Austria, South Bohemia rewards with its natural beauty, layered history, and architectural treasures. The medieval cities of Pisek, Cesky Krumlov, Ceske Budejovice, Trebon, and Jindrichuv Hradec are among the Jewels of the region with castles, chateaus, forts, monuments, churches, and monasteries. The hospitality of the people, along with their traditional crafts, and rich cuisine deliver a memorable experience.

Czech Republic: Part One

Prague

By: Zeren Earls - 06/03/2014
PraguePrague is a dynamic city blending great architecture, culture and cuisine. It has a vibrant, modern life set within a fairy tale environment of Gothic cathedrals, Baroque castles, Medieval gates, stone towers, and ornate bridges that link the banks of the picturesque Vltava River. Its maze of worn cobblestone streets is a joy to explore.

Colombia: Part Three

Cartagena

By: Zeren Earls - 04/17/2014
CartagenaA city with a unique blend of African, Spanish and indigenous cultures, Cartagena enchants. It has meticulously renovated colonial buildings, cobbled plazas and a shimmering waterfront. A lively street life with horse-drawn carriages, side-walk cafes and Caribbean rhythms after dark enhance the city's charm.

Colombia: Part Two

Medellin and the Coffee Triangle

By: Zeren Earls - 04/08/2014
Medellin and the Coffee TriangleAfter decades of challenges by the drug cartels, Medellin has reinvented itself as a modern, innovative and lively hub with style. The superbly scenic Coffee Triangle is a region of lush green valleys dotted by picturesque colonial towns and age-old haciendas. Not to be missed is the Cocora Valley with endemic soaring wax palms.

Colombia: Part One

Bogota

By: Zeren Earls - 04/01/2014
BogotaAfter decades of conflict Colombia is emerging toward a bright future. It is a beautiful country with spectacular landscapes, ranging from Andean peaks to rolling hills and sandy beaches. Bogota, its capital, is a sophisticated, multi-ethnic city with distinct colonial architecture, world-class museums and one of a kind attractions.

Bolivia

La Paz and Copacabana

By: Zeren Earls - 03/25/2014
La Paz and CopacabanaPast problems behind, Bolivia is a new country under the leadership of its first indigenous leader, Evo Morales. Fast developing in tourism, it attracts with vistas of snow-capped mountains, lush rolling hills, bustling cities, and colorful native populations. La Paz is the country's largest city; Copacabana its most picturesque at the crest of the world's highest navigable Lake Titicaca.

Kissing the Bleepin’ Blarney Stone

Blessed With the Gift of Gab

By: Charles Giuliano - 11/27/2013
Blessed With the Gift of GabWhen visiting Ireland it's obligatory to Kiss the Blarney Stone. Which I managed in my own fashion. The Castle is a dump. Better to be a peasant in a cottage with a turf fire than a lord living in that damp pile of stone.

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