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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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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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Jul102018

Rome is a walkable city for sights

Turned out Rome is a far more walkable city than I expected in late June. Temperatures were mostly 28C/82-83F, dry on our first day and more humid with a couple of brief, but heavy afternoon rain showers. Proximity of so many major city attractions like the Colosseum, Roman Forum ruins, Markets of Trajan, Alter of…

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