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Communist Era Monuments Of Bulgaria

By |2016-07-07T00:39:36-05:00July 7th, 2016|Categories: Europe, Off The Beaten Path, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Communist era monuments of Bulgaria.  An amalgam of Soviet brutalist architecture and dreary grey cement resulted in numerous communist monuments throughout the country of Bulgaria.  Bulgaria resides on the edge of Europe.  While a member of the EU its bonds and history tilts toward its protector of Russia and its communist progenitor, the Soviet Union. Bulgaria [...]

Three Must-See Churches In Bulgaria.

By |2016-06-14T02:02:46-05:00June 14th, 2016|Categories: Europe, Off The Beaten Path|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Three must-see churches in Bulgaria. Bulgaria is not the first country that comes to your lips when you are planning a European road trip, but it should be. Bulgaria offers so much for a traveler. Here are three highlights. Tsarevets Fortress Several hours east of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, on a relaxing bus ride, is [...]

Tourism Fails

By |2018-08-27T17:38:15-05:00June 8th, 2016|Categories: Advice, Asia, Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Tourism Fails As someone who travels constantly, I have numerous interactions with airlines, hotels, tour providers, and everything in between. I witness the superlative and the truly, incredibly awful. I will be highlighting interactions with the latter.  I spend countless hours of my time and thousands of dollars righting these wrongs. Mystic Blue - Entertainment Cruises [...]

Buzludzha Monument – Flying Saucer

By |2016-09-08T22:41:39-05:00June 6th, 2016|Categories: Europe, Must-See|Tags: , , , |

Buzludzha Monument - Flying Saucer.  Exhilaration and awe. Literally, a giant saucer was suspended on top of Buzludzha Mountain. I stood at 4,700 feet and surveyed the Balkan Mountains. Ashen clouds surrounded the sterile flying saucer. I made my way up the stretched out stone-grey staircase of what appeared to be Captain America’s evil enemy’s secret [...]

Rila Monastery – Must-See

By |2016-05-30T14:55:34-05:00May 22nd, 2016|Categories: Europe, Must-See|Tags: , , , , , |

Rila Monastery – Must-See.  As the world becomes smaller, and all apparent information seems to be accessible in a nano-second over the World Wide Web, it becomes more difficult to become wowed when traveling.  I recently had a great surprise when visiting Rila Monastery.  I knew when perusing Lonely Planet, that Rila Monastery was a must-see. [...]

Picture Perfect Bruges

By |2016-04-21T00:41:03-05:00April 21st, 2016|Categories: Europe, Must-See, Photos|Tags: , , , |

Picture perfect Bruges.  Krakow, Prague, Dubrovnik, Tallinn are some of the most beautiful and perfectly preserved cities in Europe.  But arguably, Bruges should be on top of this list.  Bruges, located in the northern part of Belgium, dates back to the 9th century.  Bruges, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a medieval masterpiece.  Canals crisscross the [...]

20 Best Photos of 2015

By |2017-01-02T23:06:02-05:00January 2nd, 2016|Categories: Asia, Central America, Europe, Photos|

20 Best Photos of 2015.  Too many great memories for just 20 photos ... so I slipped in a couple of extras.  Hope you do not mind. Armenia I have been here every year since 2003.  And one place I always end up is in the heart of Yerevan in Republic Square.  The square was formally [...]

A Year In Review: 2015

By |2015-12-15T13:13:47-05:00December 7th, 2015|Categories: Advice, Africa, Asia, Central America, Europe, South America|Tags: |

A Year In Review: 2015.  It was a busy and rewarding year!! I covered a lot of ground on four different continents, some of it old, but plenty of new. In 2015, I traveled to ten new countries; including: Italy, Slovenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Peru, Panama, Romania, and Moldova. This brought my [...]