Tag Archives: Europe

Palermo Is A Real Rush

I almost cut short my visit to Palermo. It is an exhausting city. It is a noisy, dirty, chaotic, exhausting city. Motorbikes whiz past with reckless abandon, streets collect puddles of fish-water from frenzied seafood markets, garbage piles up on … Continue reading

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Peace And Tranquility In Szeged

I stayed two days in Szeged, Hungary, and loved it for what it was: A relaxing, charming college town with a lot of outdoor recreation. Everywhere I explored those two days in June, people were out biking, running, swimming, sunning, … Continue reading

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I had simply assumed that I’d be able to reach Timișoara, in Romania, by train from Belgrade. I was mistaken. When I went to the Belgrade train station to inquire about tickets, the not-very-polite teller scoffed, “Timișoara?” Then she wagged … Continue reading

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Announcing A New Blog About Calabria & The Mezzogiorno

Last year I wrote a post about visiting part of Calabria, in which I touched on some Calabrese history, culture, travel, and a little family/immigration history. The subject has continued to interest me, to the point that I have decided … Continue reading

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Off The Beaten Path In A Serbian Kafana

Denizens of the the literati, the cognoscenti, the blogerati, and yes even the intelligentsia (here’s looking at you!) may be pleased to learn that there are still places on this green Earth not extensively Yelped, TripAdvisored, and Zagated to death. … Continue reading

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Plenty Of Eastern Europe Content Coming Here Soon

Salutations! Beginning this weekend I’ll be embarking on a five-country tour of Eastern Europe, through Istanbul, Turkey; Belgrade, Serbia; Timisoara, Romania; Szeged and Budapest, Hungary; and Bratislava, Slovakia. (I may stop by Vienna if I have the time.) After that … Continue reading

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All Aboard The Train To Sicily

You’re looking at the upper deck – not sure if that’s a correct maritime term – of the ferry that shuttles between Reggio di Calabria, on the tippy toe of the Italian peninsula, to Messina in Sicily. It’s a fairly … Continue reading

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Stein Am Rhein – ‘The New Glarus of Switzerland’

I’m joking, of course. Stein Am Rhein, a tiny hamlet that sits astride the Rhine River, less than a kilometer from the Swiss-German border, probably sells fewer Aaron Rodgers jerseys than its semi-glaciated Dairyland counterpart. Nevertheless I did the same … Continue reading

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Back from Italy, and I Brought Italian Citizenship With Me

Of all the souvenirs I might have brought home with me from my trip to Italy, nothing could possibly top what I snagged in one tiny Calabrian backwater village: My Italian birth certificate. That’s right: I’m now recognized as an … Continue reading

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Flamenco in Madrid followed by Haggling in Fes

Luciana and I arrived in Madrid Tuesday evening around 9 pm – just enough time to check in to our hotel, clean up, and get some tapas and a Flamenco performance in. We were pretty pleased with ourselves. However we … Continue reading

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