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5 Things To Do In Czech Wine Country

 Czech Republic,Travel Advice   Sep 21, 2017    By

I’m still searching for that undiscovered wine country. Many hidden gems emerged over the years to challenge the dominance of French and Italian wine. Spain’s Rioja region exploded onto the scene, vino from Australia and South Africa gained a cult following, and Croatia became recognized for the Zinfandel-like Plavac Mali grape. When I think of […]


Moving Pictures – Prague, Czech Republic

 Prague, Czech Republic,Music   Sep 17, 2017    By

Do you know the origins of the ‘one-man band’? I didn’t either. It turns out there isn’t much history to this phenomenon. Wikipedia only cites vague accounts of the one-man band appearing in Western Europe as early as the 13th century. I saw this once before years ago during a trip to Italy, however I […]


9 Weird Things About Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic

 Czech Republic,Travel Advice   Sep 14, 2017    By

In the 1800’s there were roving fly-by-night circuses that swept into towns suckering people out of money. To save on business costs they often had a meager and poorly trained group of animals with them. Some of the beasts were taught only a single trick to perform. This was the origin of the phrase ‘one […]


Shutter Love Sunday – Ostrava, Czech Republic

 Czech Republic   Sep 10, 2017    By

This picture perfectly represents the hedonism that is Stodolni Street, a five-block stretch of bars in the mostly forgettable Czech city of Ostrava. The sleaze was strong here, particularly with the crowd of rowdy men who celebrated later that night outside of this ‘Hell’ club. It reminded me of how someone would act as a […]


8 Things To Admire About The Orvieto Cathedral

 history,Italy   Sep 7, 2017    By

My first question was – what in the name of the Lord is this ginormous church doing here? Orvieto is a small hilltop town north of Rome. It’s significantly more active than most small towns due to rampant tourism. Scores of day-trippers flock here to sample the Orvieto Classico wine, admire views from the hill, […]


Medieval Festival In Rocca San Felice, Italy

 festival,Italy   Aug 31, 2017    By

I’ve been to medieval events before. I watched the grandiose show at Medieval Times in Anaheim, and played the slots at the Excalibur hotel in Vegas. I even visited the Viking Festival in San Diego two years in a row, which had a strong medieval vibe. What all those experiences were missing was a legitimate […]


Ravello, Italy – Two Restaurants You MUST Visit

 food,Italy,restaurant   Aug 24, 2017    By

The Amalfi Coast sirens were singing, and I was finally listening. My lack of coastal excursions this summer is primarily for three reasons: 1) I don’t like crowds; 2) I’ve already experienced San Diego beaches and the ones in Europe are never as good; and 3) The Amalfi coastal drive is said to be frighteningly […]