Saranda

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

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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Budapest

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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Zagreb

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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Trieste

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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Rijeka

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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Vilnius

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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Lviv

Lviv Opera, Ukraine

September 1 – 8, 2019 (Summer) Despite all our time in eastern Europe, Ukraine eluded us. It was time to change that. One week in Lviv was plenty to take in the gorgeous old town, sample local eats… and move on. Though many travelers about the city, we were less…

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Tiraspol

The Capital of Transnistria Inside Moldova’s borders is another country. Or maybe not? Depends on who you ask, and where. West of the River Dniester lies the bulk of Moldova, an independent country since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. The tiny strip on the other side of…

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