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EUROPEAN SOJOURN: Bulgarian double wedding (Day 20)

Vidin, Bulgaria. Jerry and I were sick; our colds had gone into bronchitis, with bone-shaking coughs, especially Jerry’s, which kept waking him up at night. In Belgrade, I had suggested we not go on the bus tour but he would … Continue reading

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EUROPEAN SOJOURN: Dry Serbian humor about a wet subject (Day 18)

Rain-swollen rivers did not cause problems for us. Our ark just floated a bit higher than we would have otherwise. But it did cause problems for people living along the shore. When we were docked in Belgrade (at the confluence … Continue reading

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EUROPEAN SOJOURN: Hoof-position matters (Day 14)

According to Wikpedia’s article, Equestrian Statues: Hoof-position Symbolism: “In the United States and the United Kingdom, an urban legend states that if the horse is rearing (both front legs in the air), the rider died in battle; one front leg … Continue reading

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EUROPEAN SOJOURN: A tail of two bunnies (Days 8 and 18)

Nuremberg was the hometown of Albrecht Durer, the 16th century painter of Praying Hands and Young Hare fame. None of his paintings remain in Nuremberg; they are in art galleries all over the world. But in Tiergärtnertorplatz, the public square, … Continue reading

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EUROPEAN SOJOURN: The forkman (Day 7)

Ursula, our guide in Bamberg, stood us in front of this statue of a frowning, bearded man dressed in a leafy tutu and standing on the heads of fish. She asked if anyone knew who the man was. “Poseidon,” I … Continue reading

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EUROPEAN SOJOURN: Longevity (Day 7)

What do 16th century reformer Martin Luther and 20th century performer Elvis Presley have in common? According to our young, beautiful, blonde tour guide Ursula in Bamberg, they both stayed in the Messerschmitt Hotel. I haven’t been able to verify … Continue reading

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EUROPEAN SOJOURN: Bamberg cloudburst, with child (Day 7)

On rare occasions, my cell photos surprised me with their detail. Here in Bamberg, Germany, they captured every streak of rain, every glistening cobblestone, every expression, by face or body language–of impatience, stolid resignation, boredom, pleasure in spite of the … Continue reading

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