Selection of Doors – Chisinau

For some reason, I was expecting a greater variety of doors from Chisinau, Moldova…

Tree Shadows and Blue Short Drain


Maybe it’s because all the Soviet era buildings were inflicted with a huge case of “sameness” … flat one color metal…

The doors from some of the older buildings were interesting, if somewhat weather-beaten.

Not Used Paper Windows

Double Doors


and there were a lot of signs that people were rebuilding..upgrading..repairing…

One New One Old Framed in Red Blocked


Nice city for a weekend get-a-way …. a long way to go to be a tourist magnet..  I couldn’t even find a shot glass ( my staple souvenir from trips)

More on the city later this week…


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2014 Favorites – Hotel

There is a difference between “Best” hotel and FAVORITE hotel.. Sometimes they are the same, but in my case, they are not..

The best hotel we stayed in was, by far, the Grand Hotel Continental ... This is a 5 star luxury hotel in Bucharest.. Beautiful building, wonderful staff, great breakfast, awesome service and the room was very nearly opulent..Of course, for the first time in my travels, I reserved a suite and the experience was such that I will do that again.. at least once a year…

But my favorite hotel this year was, and still is, The Charles Bridge Palace in Prague.. Situated just a short walk from the historic Old Town and over-looking the Vltava River, it is in a perfect spot for visiting the city..

The rooms are spacious, well appointed and have wonderful views of the city…

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The staff is courteous, friendly and very helpful with anything you might need.. The metro station is 5 minutes away and a trolley stops 50 meters from the hotel..

Prague is a wonderful city anyway..and when you couple it with a stay at the Charles Bridge Palace, it becomes damn near magical..

Happy Travels!

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2014 Favorites – Cities


15 countries….21 Cities..  Since my New Year’s resolution in January of 2014 was to visit a new country every month, I can happily say “Mission Accomplished”.. But where do those trips rate?  This is difficult because every trip was awesome.. it just so happens that some places ranked higher on the awesomeness scale..

Athens from Acropolis

                                                     Athens from Acropolis

We started off the year going to Greece.. followed by Cyprus, Spain, the Czech Republic, Austria, Turkey, Sweden, Romania, Poland, Latvia / Estonia, Netherlands, Belgium and Italy… Unfortunately Croatia (at the end of the week) will miss this years cut..

This is where it gets difficult..

#1 – Stockholm, Sweden    <— Past Posts from Stockholm

There are a couple reasons I chose Stockholm..

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The photographic opportunities were amazing.. The city, itself, while being a walking friendly place, has an impressive public transportation system.

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Stockholm is the definition of New Age technology meets Old World charm..

#2  Barcelona, Spain  <– Past Posts from Barcelona

For me, the difference between Barcelona and Stockholm, as a tourist, is negligible. Good food..good people and a wonderful year-round climate, makes it a great city to visit.

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#3  Riga, Latvia   and   Tallinn, Estonia   < —- Past Posts from Riga and Tallinn

What a wonderful trip this was…Able to see two world class UNESCO site filled cities in one 5 day trip.. Needless to say, modern amenities and old world architecture make this an easy choice..


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So there are the top 3 from last year…although technically it is 4…

Now the Not Best trip…

Larnaca, Cyprus

To be honest.. it was a good trip. Not one of the best, but a lot of that was my fault for planning a trip in the really really OFF season

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Beautiful scenery..interesting city..but almost no people..and no people meant almost everything was closed for the season.. It was difficult to even find a place to eat..  I will return to Cyprus on another trip..during a different time.. who knows, maybe it will move up the list..

Happy Travels!!

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