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Star Wars Episode VII in Croatian
Chuck Thu, 2016-02-11 07:00
People tend to think we lead a glamorous life of travel. I can assure you it’s not all museums, grand cathedrals, and skiing in the Alps. Sometimes it’s art galleries, castles, and barefoot cruises on the Aegean. Of course I jest. I jest love our travel life (sorry, I couldn’t resist). The fact is that it actually isn’t all about the great stuff we see and do. Sure, we get to go and see some great stuff, but that’s only part of our time. A surprisingly small part, actually. Most of our days are filled with the mundane, only made special by the fact that they’re mundane activities in a special...

The Schonbrunn Palace, With a Dash of Mozart and Strauss

Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria
Chuck Tue, 2016-02-09 07:00
Vienna is practically packed with two things: sausages and palaces. The famed Vienna sausages are an expensive delicacy here, so enjoy their mass-produced fatty-jellied goodness for pennies back home before coming here. It’s the palaces that this blog is about, particularly the Schönbrunn Palace. We didn’t actually enter a palace until the afternoon of our last day in Vienna, this despite tripping over and bumping into palaces at every turn in Vienna. If I had a Euro for every time I said, “Oops, damn, there’s another palace”… We did “walk-by’s” of Vienna’s other popular palaces, the Hofburg...

Vienna, Austria

Belvedere Palace, Vienna, Austria
Chuck Sat, 2016-02-06 07:00
Had you asked us to describe what we expected of Vienna before we visited, we probably would have said: culture and elegance. Now that we have visited Vienna, we can authoritatively describe Vienna with the phrase culture and elegance . In other words, Vienna delivers. We spent a week in Austria’s capital. It was Chuck’s first visit to Austria (he’s finally caught up with Lori in her list of countries), and Lori’s first visit to Vienna (she visited Innsbruck on a trip in High School). Wien, as Austrians call the city (pronounced “VEEN”), was the center—geographically and politically—of Europe...

Skiing In Slovenia's Alps, and European Skiing For Americans

Vogel Ski Resort, Slovenia
Chuck Thu, 2016-02-04 07:00
One of the first things I learned about Slovenia is that they have skiing. A Slovenian economic development rep once told me that the Alps spill into the northwest corner of this tiny country. Usually where there are mountains, people will try to ride them. If there is snow, of course. There’s usually plenty of snow in Slovenia’s corner of the Alps. Their end of Europe’s famed mountain range is called the Julian Alps; I have no idea why and am feeling too lazy to look it up. I’m guessing Julius Caesar had something to do with it. Europeans like to name pieces of the Alps, I believe to give...

The Top 7 Sites of Ljubljana, Slovenia, aka "Little Paris"

Ljubljana, Slovenia
Chuck Tue, 2016-02-02 07:00
“Ljubljana is just like Paris, except smaller. And without all the Parisians.” So described Chuck to Lori of the capital of Slovenia. It was a joke. We love Parisians and everything Paris. We’d rather not get bombarded with “letter de colère”’s from the Parisian’s Antidefamation League full of snooty comments about our blog. We like to make our own snooty comments about our blog, thank you. The comparison, however, stands. Ljubljana is a romantic little city, spotless and compact and happy. We used to think it exotic, but now it may figure into many of our future European travel plans. If you...

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