Budapest, Zagreb, Ljubljana: Double Time to Western Europe

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“You know it’s almost September, right?” Pat asked me. I guess I had a vague notion. “Where are we going next?” he continued. That was a good question. We wanted to see so much; Moldova, Hungary, Croatia, and Slovenia before heading back into Italy and checking out Venice, then to France for Nice and Montpellier. […]

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Cluj Napoca, Romania: Do You Mine if We Get Salty?

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Our travels through Romania were winding down. We had hit and miss experiences throughout the country, mostly good (Sighisoara, Sibiu, Bucharest) to middling (Ploiesti, Brasov), and only one really bad experience (Sinaia). Our final stop was to be Cluj Napoca. Good? Bad? Or, indifferent? Let’s find out.   The Romanian Connection A high school classmate […]

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Ploiești, Romania: Striking Out in Wine Country

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Lunatic Fringe Why on earth would we leave nice, cool Sinaia in the beautiful Bucegi mountains to retrace our route back down to the blazing-hot Wallachian flatlands? Ploiești wasn’t even a tourist town. It was an oil producing and refining center. Had we finally gone mad? Were we being over-protective of our scotch? The voices didn’t […]

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