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Marvelous Montenegro (Black Mountain)

Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro I blink a few times and squint… is the fellow walking on air?! The vast space dances in light from above reflecting the gold of saintly objects and diamond luster of marble giving the uncanny illusion of the man’s feet not touching the floor. Rick and I are inside the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ in Podgorica, after much time appreciating the exterior of white stone with brilliant gold crosses rising into the azure sky. Construction of this Orthodox house of worship began in 1993, competed 20 years later. Of the 17 bells in the loft, the heaviest weighs in at around eleven tons, and is the largest bell in the Balkans! On the church grounds are older tiny chapels, and beyond this an eerie abandoned cemetery – the above ground vaults are now forlorn hollows, bereft of the deceased once buried within. Our…

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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…

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

Small landlocked Moldova may be one of Europe’s best kept secrets. It is not (as yet) flooded by tourists, it’s easy on the budget and has great sites to see.  This former Soviet republic is bordered by Romania to the west and Ukraine to the north, east and around its southern tip. The country’s climate…

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,…