Monthly Archives: August 2013

From cornfields to festivals, Midwest small towns have something special

We just returned from a one week stay in Hume, a very small town in east/central Illinois, about a three-hour drive south of Chicago.  Tim grew up in this area and still has family living there.  Our journey was primarily … Continue reading

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BULGARIA – Three Museums and Rila Monastery (UNESCO site)

After three days on our own, and a move to a new hotel, we finally joined up with the Gate 1 tour group.  Our new temporary residence is the Kempinski Hotel Zografski Sofia.  This 5 star hotel has a lovely … Continue reading

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BULGARIA – In Sofia, it’s all about walking tours and the architecture

In September, 2011 we set off for a two-week excursion to explore the Balkans.  When we travel we are open to doing it on our own with little preplanned, or booking a tour, or a combination of the two.  In this case … Continue reading

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CUBA – Varadero Beach and Medical Clinic

After spending a week in and around Havana, we traveled about 75 miles east to Varadero Beach.  Varadero is a resort town in the province of Matanzas.  It is situated on a long (12 miles), narrow (3/4 mile) peninsula.  Also called … Continue reading

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Cuba – Castro, Cars and Cigars

Housed in what was the former Presidential Palace up until 1959, the Museum of the Revolution is located in Old Havana, just a short walk from our hotel.  It is listed as a “must see” for Cuba, and was included … Continue reading

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