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Nov182017

Winter travel in Europe packing light

Winter in Europe was appealing travel for me when I flew San Francisco to Copenhagen, then visited Malmo, Sweden; Prague, Czech Republic; Wroclaw and Krakow, Poland; Stockholm, Sweden in January 2017. Sure, the weather can be bitterly cold, but some days can also be brilliantly clear skies for wonderful photo opportunities. The crowds might be…

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Aug102017

Loyalty? Yes! Loyal? Not so much for my hotel travel

Last month I stayed 20 hotel nights in Europe spread across several major chains. Choice Privileges: 5 Points Plus Cash reward nights = 30,000 points + $225 for Ascend Collection Skt. Petri Copenhagen and Clarion Prague City. Marriott Rewards: 2 reward nights = 15,000 points at Courtyard Pilsen, CZ. IHG Rewards Club: 3 reward nights…

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Jul082017

Cheap Eats Dining in Poland

I love to cook my own meals. The cost of dining out in restaurants in the USA is a wasteful overspend most Americans make rather than cooking their own meals. That is a realization I made in the 1980s when I used my first computer to keep track of all our expenses. Shifting nearly all…

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Jun292017

Travel Planning several moves ahead

This is a personal thoughts piece on how I plan travel. My travel itineraries are planned several moves and months ahead, yet I am still tweaking my hotel stays in Europe two weeks from now. Club Carlson’s Free Fridays promotion motivated me to shift some hotel nights around to Carlson properties for our July travel…

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Apr272017

Traveling longer in Eastern Europe

For me, the connotation of ‘Eastern Europe’ are countries that were politically part of the Soviet Union for the first 30 years of my life. As a teenage ‘army brat’ living in ‘West’ Germany at a time when there was an ‘East’ Germany, the iron curtain had concrete meaning for me. I never saw the…

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