Remembering Sensational Syria

Syria Video by Irene and Rick Butler- Syria “wowed” us with its rich culture, its fascinating history, its ancient sites,…

Egypt’s Sinai Region

Mt Sinai The Sinai Peninsula is a stunning desertscape of rugged limestone and granite mountains with substantial areas of shifting…

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Prague, Czech Republic

Prague Old Town

Each city around the world has its own feel. On our first walk over Charles Bridge and through the Old Town streets we find Prague to be one of the busiest historic districts to date – hordes of people jostle for space, inevitably someone steps in front of Rick’s camera as he is about to click, buskers a plenty, beggars kneel with their heads bowed, restaurant staff wave menus like flags… yet somehow I seem to be floating in a mystical space. Rick has the same sensation. Is this due to Prague Castle looking down like a silent fatherly sentinel, or is it the bridges’ many religious statues embodying protection, or the Old Town churches’ hovering presence, or perhaps it is the strains of Bach, Mozart and Vivaldi reaching through the din with a soothing effect – or all of the above. Our Prague Photo Gallery We never tire of…

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

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Sitting high on a promontory overlooking valleys and rivers is the Old Town of Luxembourg. For over 1000 years these gorges were paramount to the city’s defense. Walking the pedestrian promenade of “Chemin de la Corniche” we are in for some fine views as it winds its way over the former ramparts (a UNESCO site).…

Brussels and Ypres Belgium

Grand Place

Brussels is the dashing capital of this eccentric little country, with comic book fanatics, sublime chocolates, great beer, and a boy peeing in a pool as its national symbol. Our plan is too seek out these eccentricities and also the chocolate/beer treats, but our first stop is the Grand Place. This square is well-named, as…

Copenhagen Denmark

Nyhavn Canal

The most picturesque part of Copenhagen, the Nyhavn Canal quarter, is one of the 17th century legacies of Christian IV. Known as Christianshavn, the sun sparkling on the water alongside the long row of colourful old gable houses is fronted by sidewalk cafes….ahhh, our first cappuccino stop is truly pleasurable. Wooden boats at the waterway’s…

Vilnius Lithuania

Virgin Mary Icon

About a dozen people are silently looking upward. One lady is kneeling. They face us as we walk through the Gate of Dawn on the southern border of Old Town in Vilnius, a part of the original town walls that are still intact. We move about three meters in and turn to see what everyone…

Riga Latvia

Old Riga

The heart of the city, Old Riga, is like stepping into a fairy-tale kingdom, with its winding cobblestone streets, ornate buildings, and spired churches. It has a subdued atmosphere, even the rustle and chatter of groups seems to float placidly in the breeze. Certain buildings call for attention for assorted reasons; some involve being regaled…

Tallinn Estonia

Soviet Era Factory Complex

Tallinn Estonia “Old factories…let’s look closer!” says Rick….never mind that we are lost, and have been walking for an hour with a high-humidity temperature of 35degrees Celsius. After leaving the dock from our ferry crossing from Helsinki it seemed a simple matter to get to our hotel, except unknowingly Rick’s faithful compass changed its polarity,…