Category : Europe

World Trip Leg #2 Round-up (1st Half): Europe

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[travelmap-map height=400 maptype="terrain" first=66 last=138] For "Round-Up" purposes, we've divided Leg 2 of our World Trip into two segments.  We spent nearly 9 months abroad on this Leg, with the first half being in Europe and touching into western Asia.  We'll cover this segment in this post.  The second half was overlanding through Africa, which we'll follow up on at a later date.  ...


Welcome to the Middle East: Turkey Time!

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Overall, I loved our three weeks in Turkey.  I don’t think there’s any place quite like it.  But there were some uncomfortable moments when I quickly realized that I was far from home and what I’m accustomed to.  The last three months in Europe have been a cake-walk.  Europe isn’t a big culture shock for travelers from the US. (the Euro-Trip is usually a good starting point for newbie ...


Beer, Brats, & Munch’s in Bavaria

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  When I was a kid I lived in eight different places (my Dad was in the US Army for 30 years).  One place in particular was by far my family’s favorite – the mountain resort town of Garmisch, Germany (on the border of Austria).  So when it came time to picking a place for my parents to meet us during our World Travels, Garmisch was a no-brainer.  And the timing just happened to work...


Good Friends & Good Times

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London I’ve wanted to go to London since I was a little kid.  It seems kind of strange – I’ve been to Antarctica, but not the popular destination of London.  For some reason, I’ve just never made it there.  Bryan’s been more times than he can remember though (several times for work and a few times for fun).  But he was happy to go back and also wanted to see more of Great Britain ...


2,004 Bottles of Beer on the Wall

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You might think that the more you travel, the shorter your wish list of travel destinations becomes.  It’s actually just the opposite.  The more you travel, the more you hear about awesome places from other travelers.  Or you meet people that convince you that you really need to plan a trip to their home country.  It’s especially tempting when they offer to host you and show you around. ...


Alpine Adventures

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  I just love the Alps. No matter how much I travel, the area of Bavaria (Southern Germany) and Austria will always be one of my favorite spots on Earth. The snow-capped mountains are spectacular, the air is refreshingly crisp and clean, and the towns and lifestyle are so peaceful and charming. I love the white and brown Bavarian houses with the huge wooden window boxes overflowing with co...


Don’t Judge a Country by a Few Bad Gypsies

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Our first encounter with Romanians was not a good one, to say the least.  In March 2010, we were in Dublin, Ireland and our rental car was broken into and our belongings were stolen by Romanian Gypsies.  Luckily, things ended well because Bryan and Erik chased the guy down and got most of our things back.  But I was apprehensive about traveling through Romania in a rental car two years later. ...


Island Hopping … Greek Style!

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Just as I suspected, my list of favorite places in the world keeps getting longer.  During our nearly two weeks in Greece, I completely fell in love with the Greek Islands.  If Bryan hadn’t booked a flight to Romania, I’d probably still be on some island, eating Greek salads every day. Athens We spent a day or so sightseeing in Athens.  A day or two in Athens is really plenty.  All of th...


More Travels Through the Balkans

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After a few days in Sarajevo, Bosnia, it was time to continue our way south through more of the Balkan countries and on to Greece. I could have spent a few more days in Sarajevo but we had a lot of ground to cover and our Europe travel itinerary was filling up quickly. It was time for one of my least favorite parts of traveling - an overnight bus. We took a series of three buses for over 16 hours ...


What a Difference Time Makes

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Remember when you couldn't turn on the news without hearing about Bosnia, Serbia, Kosovo, and other major conflicts in the Balkans?  It wasn't that long ago - the early to late 90's. In High School and even in College, I remember that Bosnia and Serbia were always in the news headlines for the terrible war and turmoil occurring there. Unfortunately, this always made me associate these places with...


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