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Photo Friday: Tallinn’s Incredible Medieval City Walls and Towers

Photo Friday: Tallinn’s Incredible Medieval City Walls and Towers

A while ago, I did a Photo Friday post about Tallinn’s incredible medieval city wall walkway, and (unsurprisingly) fellow trekkers were bedazzled and wanted to see the other towers and other sections of the wall.  As promised, if there was…

What I Learned about Nicosia, Cyprus – Europe’s Last Divided City

What I Learned about Nicosia, Cyprus – Europe’s Last Divided City

My weekend trip to Cyprus on the first weekend of August was totally unexpected and spontaneous, and until I did some research online while on the train to the airport, I’d had no clue that Cyprus was a divided republic…

Photo Friday: Over 1,000 Years of Pozsony Pride

Photo Friday: Over 1,000 Years of Pozsony Pride

With history and cultural pride come traditions, and keeping traditions alive is wonderful provided that no one gets hurt.  As far as I was able to see, Hungary’s tradition of Pozsony pride fits that bill, and what a wonderful surprise…

Photo Friday: Tallinn’s Medieval City Wall Walkway

Photo Friday: Tallinn’s Medieval City Wall Walkway

Trekking Tallinn’s medieval city wall walkway was the highlight of my day-trip there from Helsinki. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the walkway is a small section simply called Tallinn’s City Wall. It rained until about a half hour before I had…

Photo Friday: Hitler’s Vienna

Photo Friday: Hitler’s Vienna

Hitler’s Vienna was unquestionably different from the Vienna we know today, but there’s no doubt that it was magnificent. Vienna is the classiest, most glorious city I’ve ever seen, which makes it hard to imagine a person like Adolf Hitler…

Photo Friday: Outside Petergof (Russia’s Versailles)

Photo Friday: Outside Petergof (Russia’s Versailles)

Petergof, which is also known as Peterhof, is a magnificent palace with expansive grounds. Petergof is Dutch for Peter’s court, and the tsar who ordered its construction was Peter I, also known as Peter the Great, who ruled from 1721-1725.…

Photo Friday: Krakow’s Market Square

Photo Friday: Krakow’s Market Square

Krakow’s Market Square is history heaven.  Rynek Główny in Polish, or just Rynek for short, is one of Europe’s biggest medieval town squares.  Right in the middle of the Old Town between Wawel Castle and the part of the Royal…

Why I Visit Places that are “Too Sad and Depressing”

Why I Visit Places that are “Too Sad and Depressing”

I’ve been used to getting odd looks and having people think I’m an oddball for a long time for various reasons, but the biggest ones often come when people hear that I want to see places like Auschwitz.  They always…

Photo Friday: The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

Photo Friday: The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood has the most incredible church interior that I’ve ever seen, which means that it’s even more stunning than the inside of St. Basil’s in Moscow…wow! It’s called the Church of the Savior…

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