Mozambique

Since it was only a few hours’ drive from where they lived in Mbabane, Swaziland, Rick and Wendy visited Maputo, Mozambique for a long weekend in August 2006. Rick has since returned in February 2009 and April 2012 on TechnoServe business. Mozambique is a country recovering well from its failed socialism after independence. Its beautiful coastline is its main reason to for tourism from regional countries.

Victoria on Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Victoria on Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Our four days in Victoria, the capital of Vancouver Island AND British Columbia (BC) gave us a feel for the history—human, geological, and cultural—of the southwestern-most province of Canada. Upon our arrival into Victoria, we checked into the historic Empress Hotel....

Backpacking in Sierra

Backpacking in Sierra

After a two-night trip in the Santa Cruz Mountains earlier this summer, in August, Rick and two friends went backpacking into the Sierras’ Desolation Wilderness for a few days. The lakes were still partially frozen and the trail was still covered quite a...

Prague & Nearby Karlovy Vary in Czech Republic

Prague & Nearby Karlovy Vary in Czech Republic

Prague was the first of the many cities that we visited with pedestrian-only sections, in at least part, if not all of the central districts. This makes the ambiance wonderful. Despite our timing of late May (the “shoulder” season), the city was busier than we...

Vienna, Austria – the Jewel of the Habsburg Empire

Vienna, Austria – the Jewel of the Habsburg Empire

We set off on our 2+-hour tour of Vienna armed only with a large, unwieldy map in German/Austrian that only showed the streets on one side. Descriptions of buildings and sights were on the only on the back. Though we weren't thrilled about feeling as if we had been...

Budapest, Hungary–our favorite former Austro-Hungarian city

Budapest, Hungary–our favorite former Austro-Hungarian city

Budapest, Hungary is a city of both historical and modern culture with elaborate architecture built from the 1700s forward. It was the 3rd stop on our May 2017 tour of Eastern Europe, and our favorite "big city" in the former Habsburg or Austro-Hungarian Empire....

Slovenia’s Charming Ljubljana & Lake Bled in Julian Alps

Slovenia’s Charming Ljubljana & Lake Bled in Julian Alps

Ljubljana is a totally charming small city—though it is capital of Slovenia and its largest city at under 300,000 residents.  The whole country’s population is only 2 million but of the former Yugoslavia countries, it was the 1st to leave and is the most successful....

Croatia–from Zagreb & Rovinj to Dalmatian Coast

Croatia–from Zagreb & Rovinj to Dalmatian Coast

Highlights: Zagreb, Postojna Caves, Prejama Castle, Rovinj and hill towns of the Istrian Peninsula, Plitvice Lakes National Park, and Split (our 1st stop on Croatia's famous Dalmatian Coast). In Zagreb (ZAH-greb), we met our friends with whom we traveled for the rest...

Croatia’s Crown Jewel on the Dalmatian Coast: Dubrovnik

Croatia’s Crown Jewel on the Dalmatian Coast: Dubrovnik

We sailed from Hvar to Dubrovnik on catamaran Ferry, the fastest and the most comfortable way to get to Dubrovnik.  We met our guide at Place Gates for our walking tour, then we learned some of the history and culture by visiting some important city sites: Old Town,...

Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro

Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro

Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina. One day we were driven 10-hours to and from Dubrovnik to reach Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina. This small historic town is primarily fascinating for its unfortunate and still-evolving history. Mostar, spanning the deep valley of the Neretva...

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