‘Ich bin ein Berliner!

  “All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin. And therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words ‘Ich bin ein Berliner!’ – John F. Kennedy   Berlin, devastated by Allied bombs, punished by … Continue reading

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Budapest – The Liszt

If you come from Paris to Budapest, you think you are in Moscow; If you go from Moscow to Budapest, you think you are in Paris. -Gyorgy Ligeti Albert’s salon. 36 tulips in our bedroom. “Heidi” chocolate from Romania. Szechenyi … Continue reading

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Wien’s Artful Dodgers

“A representational photograph says, ‘this is what Vienna looked like.’ An interpretational photograph goes one better and says, ‘this is what Vienna was like. This is how I felt about it’.” – David DuChemin   High drama at the Spanish … Continue reading

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Copping a latitude

“Traveling…leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta Desperate to return our Lancia before the 3-day Easter shutdown, we race to the tiny car rental outpost at the Bolzano Airport and discover it shuttered. Perplexed once … Continue reading

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I segreti del Nord Italia

“Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life.” -Anna Akhmatova The Oriental Bar at the Metropole Hotel in Venice offers shelter from the chilly wind off the Adriatic. Entering, we are in a Bogart movie … Continue reading

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Città e Campagna (Town and Country)

“Rome was a poem pressed into service as a city.”                                                             … Continue reading

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Une Promenade dans Paris

“A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life. -Thomas Jefferson Paris is rainy. We are not taking it personally – just different hues for the eye and camera. Our first task after … Continue reading

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Mellow Velo: Les Villages de Bourgogne

“If you’re afraid of butter, use cream.” – Julia Child Hop over les Alpes via Brussels and we are delivered in Geneva, gateway to promises of lush plaisir awaiting us in Burgundy. Exercise, adventure, and epicurean delights are our mission … Continue reading

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Down the Danube: Bratislava and Budapest

“ It is pleasant to have been to a place the way the river went.” – Henry David Thoreau Peering east from Vienna, we “Google” Slovenia incorrectly, and end up in Slovakia! (just some EU humor) Bratislava is 80 kilometers, … Continue reading

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Lord of the Ringstrasse

  “When you set out to take Vienna, take Vienna.” -Napoleon Bonaparte We take our seats for dinner at stylish restaurant Huft. The man at an adjoining table politely removes his leather portfolio occupying my chair. Sheaves of fresh music … Continue reading

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