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Bulgaria – Sofia and Day-Away Sites

Ahhh, Sofia, the beauteous capital of Bulgaria. One is never far from a green space with profusions of flowers, fountains and benches under shade trees. And then there is the alluring pedestrian-only street with its array of cafes where music and laughter drifts from under canopied seating …cocoons of enjoyment! Just past this ped-zone the city’s marvelous architecture looms. The Palace of Justice is regal in glistening white. “Saint Sofia” reigns at the next intersection. This 8m female figure of bronze and copper standing on a 16m pedestal was erected in 2001, on the spot where a statue of Lenin once stood. She symbolically wears a crown (power), and holds a wreath (victory) in one hand and on the mid-section of her other arm she balances an owl (wisdom). Our Bulgaria Photo Gallery We move on to Party House. This Stalinist structure built in 1953 was once headquarters for the…

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Old, New and Odd Gems of Azerbaijan

Published in Inspired Senior Living Magazine – I admit, initially, not knowing where in the world Azerbaijan was located. Our desire to visit this country was inspired by my husband Rick’s and my search for places around the globe we had not yet ventured to – after having already set foot on the soil of…

Marvelous Moldova

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Antarctica – the Great White Continent

Our Antarctica Adventure. Penguins waddle past our feet on packed snow paths called “penguin highways.” Their turn to feed, they dive into the sea, while on a hillside rookery their mate sits on a rock nest holding soon-to-be-hatched eggs. The nesting areas are action-packed and noisy – calls to re-unite parents in the crowded environs,…

How to Travel with Carry-on ONLY

Published in Europe Up Close Whether travelling for long periods, through several countries, or just going for a week; we only travel with carry-ons. My husband Rick and I travel consecutively for many months annually, visiting a number of countries, hence numerous flights. Regardless of the length of these travel-stints (our last one entailed 25…