Bratislava

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Immediately east of Austria is the country of Slovakia, which began it’s most recent incarnation in 1993 when the former Czechoslovakia was set free from the Soviet Union and split into two separate nations.  Prague became the capital city of … Continued

Iberian Peninsula

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May 30 – June 2.    We visit towns on the Atlantic coast of the Iberian peninsula.  The sea is rougher than the Mediterranean or Indian Ocean, which I find a welcome change – nice to feel some movement again, to … Continued

Southern Europe

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 May 26-29.   The southern coasts of Spain and France are popular vacation destinations.   Fashionable seaside towns, sidewalk cafes and moderate Mediterranean weather attract millions of vacationers, despite the gravelly beaches and poor water quality of the Mediterranean Sea.  It’s a … Continued

Italy

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May 23-25, Italy.  We visit three ports in this ancient land, home to generations of great artists, inventors, and explorers.  The country of Italy is less than 200 years old, but the history of the place is over 3,000.  Today … Continued

Israel

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May 18-20: Israel. Another day, another country, last stop in the middle east.  I spend three days in Israel, touring this thoroughly modern country with a thoroughly ancient history.  Lots of holy sites, biblical significance, and ruins of past empires.  … Continued

Cairo

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May 17, Cairo, pyramids.  We begin our tour in Cairo with a visit to the Egyptian museum.  Appropriately, they have the largest collection of Egyptian antiquity in the world.  The building is somewhat in disrepair, though the collection itself is … Continued

Luxor

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May 16, Luxor, Egypt.  Second day viewing Egyptian antiquities.  We see huge stone temples, hear endless stories of dynasties and their pharaohs, empires, conquests, gods.  Our guide, with his college degree in Egyptology, rattles off the names of more pharaohs … Continued

Valley of the Kings

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May 15, Valley of the Kings, Egypt. There once was a river called Nile, That supported great pharaohs in style, With gods they were chummy, Dressed up as a mummy, These kings of the valley of Nile. Our three-day tour … Continued

Safaga, Egypt

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May 14, Safaga, Egypt.  Located in the northeastern corner of Africa, Egypt is mostly desert.  There is the western desert, located west of the Nile, and as you might have guessed, the eastern desert located east of the Nile.  Then … Continued

Petra

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May 13, Petra, Jordan.  The ancient city of Petra is perhaps the most impressive of Jordan’s thousands of archaeological sites.  To get here from our last stop in Oman took five days.  First we sailed through the pirate-infested waters of … Continued

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