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50 of Our Favorite Photos of 2016

It was a bit of an odd year for us in 2016. While we did some trips around the Midwest in the first half of the year (and Kris went to Baja California by herself) we didn’t do much until June. Two reasons for that: we bought a small condo in Saint Paul, Minnesota, to […]

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A walk in Dubrovnik is good for the appetite.

Croatia’s Cuisine: Dalmatian Coast Food and Wine

A week in Croatia does not make me an expert in anything. But I ate every day, so that counts for something! We were alternately impressed and underwhelmed by the food in Croatia. Many restaurants were closing for the season–we were there in late October–so a faltering selection may have colored our culinary experience. But […]

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The Aljafería Palace, Zaragoza, Spain

After the reconquest of Zaragoza in the early 12th Century, the Aljafería, the palace of the Moorish king of Zaragoza, was transformed into a palace for the victorious Christian king of Aragon, Alfonso I and his successors. Originally begun in the 9th Century, the palace also served as a fortress both before and after its […]

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Tomb of Christopher Columbus, Sevilla, Spain

No matter what you might think of Christopher Columbus, or Cristobal Colón, as he’s known in Spain, you have to admit that he is perhaps the person who most affected the history of the world–for good or bad. Because, although evidence mounts that other Europeans reached the Americas before Columbus, he was the one who […]

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An Exclusive Tour of Rome’s Palazzo Colonna

You may have walked right by this place, the Palazzo Colonna in the middle of Rome, and noticed nothing. Given the number of stray pieces of architecture strewn around town–columns, cornices, pillars, carvings, and building blocks–the plain exterior walls of this property can easily go unnoticed. But the Palazzo Colonna is worth a look inside, […]

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The Peristyle, Diocletian’s Palace, Split, Croatia

I hope you know the lengths I go to sometimes to get the best photo possible. Like this one. I’d been to the Peristyle area of Diocletian’s Palace three times in our two days here in Split. I went both evening and day, trying to get the right shot. But there were always people, or […]

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