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Aug212018

Tour of Auschwitz slideshow video

Last month we visited Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi concentration and extermination camp in Oswiecim, Poland. I posted a review of the miserable tour experience a few days later when we were in Krakow. Auschwitz-Birkenau tour in photos (August 2, 2018). Over the past few days I put together a 12:20 minute slideshow video and posted the…

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Jul282018

Clarion Congress Hotel České Budějovice

Clarion Congress Hotel České Budějovice is an example of a hotel deal that took me to a city I probably would never have planned to visit otherwise. A hotel suite bookable through Choice Privileges for 8,000 points on Friday-Saturday and 10,000 points Sunday-Thursday was 38,000 points for our Sat-Tue 4 night stay. I purchased 38,000…

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Jul262018

Colors of České Budějovice on a summer Sunday

Architectural color is one of the most appealing aspects of travel in the Czech Republic. On a summer Sunday late afternoon I walked streets of the historic city center of České Budějovice photographing brilliant colors seen all around. Old town České Budějovice is located at the confluence of the Vltava and Malše rivers surrounded by a somewhat circular green belt…

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Jul152018

Walking Rome – Villa Borghese Gardens

Before starting to write this piece I read Tripadvisor questions on where to stay in Rome as a first-time visitor. The link is an overview of neighborhoods in central Rome for hotels. My main concern when booking Rome is I wanted to be in the city center with easy access to public transportation and airport…

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