Opposite Republic Square, Yerevan, Armenia

February 10 – March 8 & March 26 – June 1, 2020 (Winter-Spring-Summer) It seems like every time we visit Yerevan, a decade of history happens all at once. Our first visit coincided with the Velvet Revolution, incredible to witness but not ideal for sightseeing. We looked forward to a…

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Old Fortress Sea Walls, Corfu, Greece

February 2-9, 2020 (Winter) Corfu was where we finally got our first taste of Greece. It’s a light appetizer if there ever was one. There’s no Acropolis looming over the population, nor whitewashed towns so popular on Santorini or Mykonos. The vibe here was more unassuming than that. An island…

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Golden Sunset, Saranda, Albania

January 29 – February 2, 2020 (Winter) Never have we turned against a place as quickly as Sarandë. But in fairness, Albania turned against us first. Thirteen hours of bus travel from Kotor was punctuated by a torrential downpour that centered entirely on our frantic transfer between distant bus stations…

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Kotor Bay, Kotor, Montenegro

January 1 – 29, 2020 (Winter) Of all the towns we’ve lived in while on the road, Kotor, Montenegro may be the most picturesque. It nestles into a mountainside, deep in a protected bay. The fortified old city sits on a narrow ledge next to the water. Perched on a…

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Metro Station, Budapest, Hungary

December 18, 2019 – January 1, 2020 (Winter) With Zagreb barred from running away with “Best Christmas Markets” again this year, the crown fell to Budapest. Naturally we made it our next stop. A few hours on a bus traded Croatia’s capital for Hungary’s, far more sprawling but no less…

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King Tomislav Square, Zagreb, Croatia

November 20 – December 18, 2019 (Winter) Cue the season for Christmas markets! Zagreb’s consistently rank as the best in Europe – this year they weren’t even allowed in the contest because they’d won too many times. During our first visit to Zagreb two years ago, we watched with great…

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Cathedral of San Giusto Martire, Trieste, Italy

Trieste is in many ways the sister city of Rijeka. Separated by national borders and a sliver of Slovenia, the cities’ histories are remarkable mirrors of each other. Both are port cities that were vital to the Austro-Hungarian empire. Both had diverse populaces that suffered lots of heartache and fighting…

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Statue taking a Break, Rijeka, Croatia

October 23 – November 20, 2019 (Fall) Rijeka is not a usual tourist stay. It has none of the big hotels and fancy beaches found further down shore in Dalmatia. This is the port city, the working-class corner of the coast. But that image belies a fascinating history (in general…

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Niagara Falls

Rainbow in the Mist, Niagara Falls, Canada

October 15-23, 2019 (Fall) We briefly returned to our home country to attend a friend’s wedding in Niagara Falls (USA), and took the opportunity to visit the famous and beautiful Niagara Falls (Canada). But in an unlikely twist, we flew first to Chicago to carpool the , many to our destination.…

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Angel of Uzupis, Vilnius, Lithuania

September 7 – October 15, 2019 (Fall) Lithuania! As is tradition, we returned to Vilnius for our third visit in as many years. It’s getting to the point that nothing short of a global pandemic could keep us from coming back. And yet, try as we might, it’s hard to…

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