October 27, 2014


Romania: Land of the Dracula Myth

 When I tell people I went to Romania last spring, often the names of two rather nasty men come up.  One was a very real person, who ran the country, spent vast amounts of money on huge buildings and projects, caused so much pain for the residents that his government  was overthrown and he was [...]

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October 20, 2014


Montreals’s Modern Mile End District

  by Mark Bain, Guest Blogger   For many of us, the true heart of a city is where the creative arts flourish.  On a recent visit to Montreal, I found that city’s beating heart – the vibrant, chic and slightly shabby Mile End district. This neighborhood has shunned the dull sameness of chains, instead emphasizing [...]

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October 13, 2014



  by  Kate Dernocoeur, Guest Blogger For centuries, the Austrians and Italians have squabbled over Verona, Italy, and the surrounding area, but we discovered it to be a sweet small city that curves along an S-shaped double-bend of Italy’s second-largest river, the Adige. No less than ten bridges, many of which are ancient, provide crossings [...]

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October 6, 2014


Art Round-up in Cody, Wyoming draws creative crowd

By Peggy DePersia, Guest Blogger  “Oh give me a home where the buffalo roam and the skies are not cloudy all day….” It’s called “BIg Sky” country and you only need experience it to understand why. Traveling over roads sparingly traversed by other motor vehicles in parts of Montana and Wyoming, one quickly gets a [...]

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September 29, 2014


ArtPrize is here again!

So, it is that time of year again in Grand Rapids.  Where people greet each other with a question, “What have you seen?”   They are, of course, referring to ArtPrize, the art extravaganza that takes over Furniture  City for 19 days with more than 1500 pieces of art ranging from the most traditional to the [...]

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September 24, 2014


Yellowstone National Park: Splendid, awesome, magnificent!

by Peggy DePersia, guest blogger Superlative expressions do not go begging when it comes to describing the beauty of the western plains terrain. With all of the exotic destinations available to world travelers today, the unique grandeur and beauty within our own U. S. of A. can, sometimes, take a ‘back seat’ to more come [...]

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September 15, 2014

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Exploring the St. Moritz area

 By Dick Michaux, Guest Blogger  When checking into the Hotel Walther in Pontresina, I asked about renting a car to explore the area around St Moritz and to drive to hiking trails.  I was admonished gently by the clerk telling me that all travel around this area was accomplished by bus and train and that [...]

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September 8, 2014


Romania: Why go?

  Several people have asked me, “Why did you go to Romania?”  Good question.  Part was scheduling.  We had a commitment in Germany early in the month and a plan to go sailing with friends on the Dalmatian Coast the end of May and needed a destination in-between.  Now, there are lots of places to [...]

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September 4, 2014


Looking up in Romania

 When we toured Romania last May I spent a lot of time “looking up.”   In a way, I think it is a bit of a metaphor for the state of this country.  They’ve had a rough time, but things seem to be heading in a positive direction—up.  It’s country that  has been all but closed [...]

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August 25, 2014


Bucharest: Drum Bun

   On the roads leading out of many towns in Romania, we’d see the words “Drum Bun” on big signs by or over the road.  I’d smiled and enjoy the happy attitude expressed.  Drum Bun means “Enjoy the Trip” In general that’s the feeling we encountered in Romania.  It’s a country that’s been downtrodden for [...]

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