Bulgaria

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 Town of Velinko Tarnovo \After a full day of sailing through a section of the Danube known as the Iron Gates we reach a small town along the norther border of Bulgaria.  On the other side of the river is … Continued

Serbia

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 A building remodeled by NATO forces in 1999 We sail into the city of Belgrade, capital of Serbia.  After our usual breakfast aboard the boat, we gather in the lounge to hear a local historian.  The presentation is fully attended … Continued

Croatia

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 A building riddled with bullet holes in town of Vukovar We leave Hungary, continuing south to Croatia.  Most tourists to this country visit cities on the Adriatic coast, such as Dubrovnik.  However on a river cruise, visitors instead stop in … Continued

Southern Hungary

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We sail to the southern edge of Hungary, docking at the small town of Mohacs.  Not much to see here, though we stroll the main street, quiet on this warm Spring day with a few pedestrians, more bicyclists and not … Continued

Budapest

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We sail toward Hungary’s capital city of Budapest on a cool spring morning, stopping first at the nearby river island of Szentendre.   We are met by horse-drawn carriages and taken to the sprawling Bodor horse training facility, where we watch … Continued

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

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