Trieste: A City of Laurels and Inspiration

  Some friends and I visited the beautiful sea port city of Trieste in Italy yesterday, just a short ride from our home in the Istrian part of Croatia. As rustically charming as Istria is with its tiny hilltop stone villages and ubiquitous olive groves and vineyards, Trieste is charming in a whole different way. …

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Reaching the Matterhorn

Sitting in a little Art Deco cafe in Zürich, Switzerland called Grand Cafe Odeon. It reminds me so much of a place in Prague that I was lucky enough to spend time in 2009 when my eldest Sarah was studying abroad. I’m drinking a cappuccino, thinking of getting some champagne like the Swiss couple next …

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Licorice, Tivoli Gardens and Freetown Christiana

Licorice, Tivoli Gardens and Freetown Christiana.   What do these three vastly different things have in common? Well, they are all located in Copenhagen, so there is that. But like the multitude of bike riders that roll through the Danish city each day, each offers a distinctly unique version of the Danish lifestyle, so I …

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Making Groceries the Croatian Way

If you grow up in New Orleans, I’m sure you've heard the phrase "making groceries" from someone in your family.  For those who live in other parts of the country or the world, the term doesn't mean a person is going to physically produce some edible product on the spot, but that you are going …

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Off on a Pig Trail (or What’s the Buzz?)

The weather's been on and off around the Pula area the past few weeks with rain and cold days interspersed with beautiful sunny days that hint of the warm weather to come. On one sunny morning Carolyn and I decided to go explore the area that surrounds our new home. Our apartment is in a …

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The Place where Cookie Monster lives

On our first day walking around the city of Pula we wandered through the ancient streets in awe. It's not just a beautiful city, but a historic one as well.  According to one source, archeological remains show evidence that the city of Pula goes back from 400,000 to a million years B.C.  That's pretty old, …

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Searching for a Home in Croatia

    As we walked along the cobblestone sidewalks of Rome, I became obsessed with the massive and unique doors that faced the centuries-old streets. Some were brown and heavy with brass knockers; some were heavy black iron; some painted, peeling, and solid, while some were newly varnished and clean. One thing that they all …

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