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An Act of Random Kindness and a Saved Trip

November 24th, 2017 · No Comments · Travel

I saw this just the past day or two, on some website. “Describe an act of random kindness that you encountered.” I think the point of this is … the act ought to be dramatic, unexpected and from someone you do not know. That is what the “random” is getting at. I probably am forgetting […]

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When a Cheery ‘Hello’ Seems Threatening

November 4th, 2017 · 1 Comment · Austria, France, Travel

I have become … oh, not obsessed but definitely interested … in the notion of saying hello to strangers. As the French do. On our most recent trip to California, I tried out the French method, in English, to people I encountered while walking. “Good morning!” It met with some success, suggesting that suburban Americans […]

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A Memorable, 18-Day Iberian Road Trip

November 2nd, 2017 · No Comments · Barcelona, Baseball, Dodgers, Sports Journalism, tourism, Travel

(Above: A statue to a bullfighter, in Seville.) Passing references have been made on this site to our tour of the Iberian Peninsula. Normally, more of that would have appeared here, as we went along, but the Dodgers were in a seven-game World Series — which vied for attention on this blog — originally intended […]

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Failing to Take into Account the Fall Classic

October 30th, 2017 · No Comments · Baseball, Dodgers, tourism, Travel

I can’t adequately explain how this happened. A couple of months ago, we finalized a commitment to an 18-day trip to and through Spain and Portugal. Not a crazy idea, considering we are already close to the former, which is attached to the latter. Also, not crazy considering that 1) we have spent little time […]

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Lisbon: Friendly People and Faded Grandeur

October 26th, 2017 · No Comments · tourism, Travel

As the capital city of Portugal, Lisbon was one of the world’s most important cities in the early days of the Age of Discovery. Portugal was, by almost a century, the first European nation to seek out trade and conquest in areas previously unfamiliar to the rest of Europe. In particular, in sub-Saharan Africa, India […]

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Porto: Who Knew?

October 22nd, 2017 · No Comments · Portland, tourism, Travel

Portugal seems to be a bit off the grid, among American tourists. Inexpensive, lots of sun — but not a priority. In practice, it is a country Yanks visit only after seeing the leading sights of Europe, led by those in France and Britain. It turns out that Portugal’s second city, Porto, is in itself […]

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Europe: Bigger Than We Think

October 17th, 2017 · No Comments · Spain, tourism, Travel

Americans tend to think of Europe as a small place. Physically small. Especially when compared to North America, let alone Asia. And Europe is fairly compact. Especially the western half of it. From Ireland to, say, the borders of the former Soviet Union. But, and it’s big but … Europe is not dinky. If you […]

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Vienna, Budapest, Prague: 21st Century Tourism Triplets

September 20th, 2017 · No Comments · Budapest, Prague, tourism, Travel, Vienna

And I thought it was my idea. No, really. Someone already on the continent who is keen to see some well-known capitals of Europe that are not the usual London, Paris, Berlin, et al. Let’s get out a map … Hey, wait! Budapest, Vienna and Prague are arranged more or less on a straight line […]

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Vienna, Day 5: Bingeing on American Movies

September 19th, 2017 · No Comments · Austria, Lists, Movies, tourism, Travel, Vienna

It wasn’t only because we found meals in Vienna to be expensive, compared to nearby cut-rate European capital cities Prague and Budapest, that we avoided Vienna’s restaurants for most of our stay in the Austrian capital. Though that was much of it. Another major factor? A chance to binge on American-made movies in VO (version […]

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Vienna, Day 4: Grim Reminders of Austria’s Third Reich Past

September 18th, 2017 · No Comments · Austria, tourism, Travel, Vienna

A canal separates the monument-rich “inner city” of old Vienna, Austria, from the newer neighborhoods to the east. Behind those housing districts is a sprawling park named the Augarten, where citizens and tourists can frolic or exercise or relax. However, the Augarten has two squat, ugly towers that look out of place. In fact, they […]

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