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Tilting at Ice-Cream Cones – Four travel essays

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May 18, 2011
Tilting at Ice-Cream Cones – Four travel essays

For 17 days my partner Leola and I visited the fine architectural monuments of Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona, were awed by Pablo Picasso’s stunning mural “Guernica” in Madrid, applauded as young flamenco dancers strutted across the small stage at the capital city’s Villa Rosa taberna, and gobbled up as many plates of paella as possible all...
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Yorkshire heaven

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March 27, 2011

The little Ford Escort had been hugging lineless left-hand-drive roads about as wide as the kitchen table for miles when we finally spotted Thwaite, a tiny village in England’s famous Yorkshire Dales. Ostensibly I was the driver but between the Ford, which seemed to have a contrary mind of its own, and my paranoid...
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Pythagorian paradise

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March 26, 2011

The travel agent had a shocked look on her face when I stepped off the quay in Pythagorio on the Greek island of Samos intending to rent a car from her. “You should not wear that here,” she whispered with a frown as she pointed to my white cap.  It had the word “Turkiye”...
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Russian afternoon tea in SPB – A travel essay

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February 25, 2011
Russian afternoon tea in SPB – A travel essay

By Soviet standards it wasn’t much of a parade on Russia’s national Flag Day this year (August 22). No ballistic missiles, no goose-stepping Red Army corporals, no anti-American speeches. In fact, the people that were sipping “Russian Afternoon Tea” with champagne and red caviar in the lobby of the Hotel Astoria probably didn’t realize...
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Berlin’s graffiti heaven

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January 27, 2011

A stand-up comic by night and city tour guide by day, Summer Banks will lead us on no ordinary romp through Berlin. This transplanted Californian is here to teach curious and slightly adventuresome tourists about the finer points of graffiti art and alternative living in the squats of the trendy and in some ways...
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