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The Balkans With a Side of Turkey :: Part 1, Serbia

2 Sep

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If you follow me over on Instagram or Twitter, you might have caught a glimpse of my adventures in the Balkans (with a quick zip over to Turkey for good measure) back in June. Initially I thought I’d do a one post roundup including a photo or two of each place, but with five countries visited in 21 days that makes for a severely edited yet still long post. Instead I’ll be trying for quick highlights of each country, possibly with longer, detailed posts in the future. First stop, Serbia.

P.S. I guess this means I should post pics from Portugal and Morocco one of these days too…

Above: View from my 15th floor room. I arrived in Belgrade a few days ahead of our crew in an attempt to straighten out my jet lag. One perk? Awaking early to beautiful morning light.

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Train to Novi Sad (shown in the two pics below), the second largest city in Serbia. More on that day over here.

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And then back to Belgrade.

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Though I didn’t fall head over heels, all in all, I ended up liking Belgrade. One wrong turn, some help from friendly locals, and I found my way easily from there on out. While Belgrade didn’t have the wealth of museums many capitals do (I think they’re still getting the national museum back up to speed, though it’s worth a peek), it forced me to check out a few I might not normally have, namely the Nikola Tesla Museum (ask for the guy who demos the exhibits) and the Aviation Museum. Also, bring your appetite! Belgrade has no shortage of food offerings with its abundance of cafés/kafanas. Everything I had was very good and affordable.

As with most places a good bit of wandering is the best way to take it all in. Belgrade boasts a ton of details if you pause to look. It’s a city of contrasts. There’s obvious appeal in centuries of history in a scenic fortress, churches, squares, and art nouveau embellishments juxtaposed with the beauty of decay and grit of recent history – communist era buildings, a bombed Ministry of Defense ruin, and a revered and graffitied printing institution. Obviously with only five days, there is plenty I did not get around to seeing or experiencing – given the right opportunity, I would definitely return.

New Orleans :: iPhone Photos

26 Feb

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It’s an iPhone only post to wrap up my New Orleans photos. I usually allow myself a little more fun with filters on the phone pics. I also didn’t feel much like pulling the big camera out during the torrential downpour we experienced the first night. For the full experience, be sure to see the cemetery, evil eye and French Quarter posts too.

Mussels Lüke New Orleans

Storm Downpour New Orleans

Storm Wind New Orleans

Fleur di Lis Slickers - New Orleans

Irish Bar Lights - New Orleans

Palace Cafe - New Orleans

Bourbon Street - From Where I Stand - New Orleans

St Louis 1 Cross - New Orleans

St Louis 1 Tomb - New Orleans

St Louis 1 - From Where I Stand - New Orleans

St Louis 1 Tomb 2 - New Orleans

Bourbon Street Neon - New Orleans

French Quarter Chief - New Orleans

French Quarter - New Orleans

French Quarter Cathedral - New Orleans

Neon Fleur di Lis - French Quarter - New Orleans

Marching Band - New Orleans

Napoleon House - From Where I Stand - New Orleans

Neon Hotel - New Orleans

Sunset Over Rockies

New Orleans :: The French Quarter

19 Feb

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On the only full day of sight-seeing in New Orleans, we first wandered Saint Louis Cemetery Number One, then took a turn through the French Quarter, loosely following a walking tour route. It was a fairly sedate and chilly Monday, but we definitely enjoyed  just checking everything out, stopping for lunch, beer, the market and for a little souvenir searching as well.

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The below shot was taken the following day after a breakfast of cafe au lait and beignets at the famous Café du Monde. Then it was off to work. Sigh…

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And finally, the fog lifted a little as you can see from the below pics taken yet the next day from the 41st floor of our hotel. We attended a reception on that very floor the night before and you couldn’t see an inch out the window for the fog.

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New Orleans :: One More from the Cemetery

29 Jan

St Louis Cemetery Number One, New Orleans

Somehow I forgot to include this photo in yesterday’s cemetery post. It’s actually one of my favorites partly because of the evil eye which reminded me of my 2010 trip to Turkey. To this day I have one in my home, my office, and I try to have one clipped to my bag while traveling. I need all the help I can get!

New Orleans :: Saint Louis Cemetery One

28 Jan

Statue, St Louis 1, New Orleans

I had the good fortune to travel to New Orleans recently for a work conference. Having never visited previously I flew in a little early and did my best to see some of its sights. Of course there just wasn’t enough time. And of course that means I will have to return. They were also having their “one week of winter,” so photos and light proved a bit challenging with the rain, wind and fog. But in the case of the cemetery, the fog definitely lent to the atmosphere. We chose to visit Saint Louis Cemetery Number One due to its proximity, history and supposed safeness. (According to Frommer’s, unguided cemetery visits are not recommended – for the record, we felt perfectly safe.)

I recommend a visit to New Orleans and thoroughly enjoyed its food, drinks, history, people, sights, talents, quirks, originality and spirit. I look forward to plotting my return!

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Cross, St Louis 1, New Orleans

Daughters of the American Revolution, St Louis 1, New Orleans

From Where I Stand, St Louis 1, New Orleans

Marie Leveau Tomb, St Louis 1, New Orleans

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Statues, St Louis 1, New Orleans

Cross, St Louis 1, New Orleans

St Jude Shrine, St Louis 1, New Orleans

Weekend Wanderings :: Oregon Coast

7 Jan

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Picture four friends (friends yes, old friends – no, close friends – closer now!) watching football the evening of December 23rd, pondering the plight of New Year’s Eve and its overpriced, overcrowded, overserved, undertaxied masses… It’s no wonder that by the 24th we had a beach house booked for the 30th and 31st. It turned out to be an absolutely stunning (if chilly) couple of days – and a fun and memorable New Year’s to boot. Cheers!

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Weekend Wanderings :: Central Oregon

27 Nov

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Hey, remember me? This blog? Yep, we’re still here. It’s been a whirlwind couple of months with a lot of hours at the day job and a freelance gig thrown in for good measure (travel funds, yeah!). Add in some fun and a holiday – now I find myself with almost two months of photos to sift through. Feels good to get back to it.

This weekend wandering took place at the end of October when I had the good fortune to spend a fantastic weekend at Brasada Ranch in Powell Butte, Oregon. In the course of the weekend we went horseback riding (my first time on a horse!) and attended an amazing brewer’s dinner with Lompoc Brewing and 10 Barrel Brewing. I can’t say enough about the food, the drinks, the service and the people. Everyone was so kind and helpful. I’d go back anytime!

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