Category Archives: Eastern Europe

The best way to see a country is from the footplate of a locomotive.

Aside from a longstanding desire to visit Transylvania, the driving force of my eastern European itinerary was an almost-as-longstanding desire to take a ride on a luxury train (generally), the Orient Express (specifically).  After researching many options, I had come … Continue reading

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Losing time to jet lag

I know there are solutions to jet lag — sleeping pills for the plane ride, a glass of wine, herbal tea, and other sleep aids of choice — but nothing has ever worked better for me than good old-fashioned sleep.  … Continue reading

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An atmosphere befitting Transylvania

The 9th of September 2010 is a day to remember, and its mood helps the remembering.  The day before, I had boarded a luxury train in Budapest and arrived in Romania the next morning.  By the time I arrived in … Continue reading

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Istanbul cats

Nine years ago I was in Rome Italy, and I was struck by how many stray cats were wandering about the Colosseum. Yet the number of stray cats there barely rivals those in Istanbul! From the time I arrived to … Continue reading

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Tonight I’m gonna bathe like it’s 1584

Now, if you’ve never had a massive jug of foamy water poured across your naked form on a hot stone table, I highly recommend the experience. Continue reading

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Turkish Delight

During a stroll on our first night in Istanbul, we passed by a shop window full of this candy, and I found the color-burst irresistible. Continue reading

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To most of us the term “harem” evokes images of dancing semi-clad ladies and and girls, inevitably falling into the 15th-century era-appropriate equivalent of pillow fights. Continue reading

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Who is this man?

Our guide told us that throughout this area there are mounds and hills that contain similar tombs all over the place — some of which have not yet been opened or discovered. Continue reading

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English tea in a Hungarian pub

After order my blackcurrant tea, I couldn’t well resist digging into the big bowl of peanuts but wondered where to place the shells after cracking. Continue reading

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Romanian dogs

I can’t help wondering how our own spoiled 40-pound pet would fare were she to be transplanted to the streets of Braşov, or Sighişoara, or Istanbul. Continue reading

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