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Buoyant Bratislava

In the Little Carpathians, Bratislava and the hilly suburbs surrounding its old town are home to about 650,000 people. A castle, Parliament and a UFO tower affixed to a bridge keep watch over this delightful city just an hour from … Continue reading

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Cherishing Český Krumlov

Nestled in the heavily treed hills of the South Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic, Český Krumlov (pronounced ˈtʃɛskiː ˈkrumlof, or to my ear, chesky kroomlov) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site three hours from Vienna on mostly tiny roads. … Continue reading

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Vital Vilnius

Last August we visited Vilniaus senamiestis (old town), the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site in Lithuania’s capital. A gorgeous patchwork of ancient architecture, pleasant plazas, creeks, fields, forests and several hills, the city encompasses a delightful micronation, the Užupis Republic, … Continue reading

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Riveting Riga

When we visited Latvia in August during the lively Riga City Festival we marveled at policemen in oversize Toon heads patrolling free concerts and an ancient square filled with joyous life size fiberglass bears decorated to represent all the nations of … Continue reading

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Savor Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

Only a half kilometer from our auberge, Bibliothèque municipal Joseph-Roumanille (BJR) in the historic center of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence (SRdP) can be accessed by either of the two streets it borders.  The book return is in back of the old mansion they moved into … Continue reading

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Motivated Monaco

Surrounded by France and its Mediterranean port, this mountainous principality is a quick train trip from Nice, as long as the French national rail company isn’t having a grève (strike) day as it was when I visited… Monaco maintains 78 … Continue reading

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Dauntless D. C.

The main DC Public Library (DCPL) was closed for renovation when I was in our nation’s capital at cherry blossom time last spring, but I got a chance to visit the West End Neighborhood Library (WE), one of its 25 branches. Daffodils were blooming … Continue reading

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