Spain – Seville: City

Seville is home to over 700,000 citizens and is famous for its festivals and celebrations. It’s enormous 16th century cathedral is one of the largest in the world. Next door is the sprawling palace-fortress Alcazar started in the 10th century. The old town is packed full of parks, cafes, restaurants, churches and local shops. There

Turkey – Ferry to Cyprus

Cyprus is the third-largest Mediterranean island and one of the most popular tourist destinations, attracting over 2.4 million tourists per year. A former British colony, it gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1960 and became a Commonwealth republic in 1961. The Republic of Cyprus is a developed country and has been a member of

Croatia – Zagreb: City (2)

Zagreb is the capital and the largest city of Croatia. The city is the cultural, scientific, economic and governmental center of the Republic. The city’s population in 2006 was about 784,900. In 1991, it became the capital of the country following secession from Yugoslavia. During the 1991-1995 Croatian War of Independence, it was a scene

Italy – Rome: Walk (3)

A walk from the Piazza di Spagna and the Spanish Steps along the trendy streets (Condotti, Borgognona, etc) with their high fashion boutiques and cafes including the famous Cafe Greco, established 1760. The cafe’s interior looks more like a museum. Toward the River Tiber is the crumbling mausoleum of Augustine and the modern white exhibition

Poland – Kalisz: City (2)

Kalisz is a city in central Poland with about 120,000 inhabitants. The city is an important regional industrial and commercial centre, with many notable factories, the Calisia piano factory among them. The city is also a centre for traditional folk art. Kalisz is now considered to be the oldest town of Poland, because it was

Spain – Trujillo City

Trujillo is a town of about 10,000 residents. From this small place Pizarro set off in 1502 to explore the New World. His adventures are now etched in history as leader of the conquistadores who made bloody conquest of the central American Inca empire. In his trail came a flow of Christian Spaniards to new

Turkey – Ankara

Ankara is the Turkish capital and final resting place of Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey. His enormous mausoleum–Anitkabir–is a beautiful solemn place, guarded 24 hours a day by precise honor guards. Along the Black Sea coast is the pleasant town of Amasra with its fishing harbor and old castle ruins.

Croatia – Zagreb: City (3)

Zagreb is the capital and the largest city of Croatia. The city is the cultural, scientific, economic and governmental center of the Republic. The city’s population in 2006 was about 784,900. In 1991, it became the capital of the country following secession from Yugoslavia. During the 1991-1995 Croatian War of Independence, it was a scene

Poland – Kazmierz Dolny

(City in photos 1-13?) (Photos 14-30 in the environs of Kazimierz Dolny) Kazimierz Dolny (photos 31-50) is a small town in eastern Poland, on the eastern bank of the Vistula River in Pulawy County, Lublin Province. It is a considerable tourist attraction as one of the most beautifully situated little towns in Poland. It enjoyed

Spain – Seville: Holy Week

Seville is home to over 700,000 citizens and is famous for its festivals and celebrations. During Holy week (week before Easter) Seville is host to more than fifty religious processions, six or eight a day from different parish chruches, that wend their separate ways through the city. Each one passes through the huge cathedral and

Croatia – Adriatic Islands

The Croatian Dalmation coast with its thousand islands is a very picturesque and appealing corner of Europe. It has drawn tourists for thousands of years and a drive along the coast and across some of the islands immediately reveals why. Good ferry service connects most of the larger islands. The largest island is Cres –

Gibraltar – City and Rock Tour

Gibraltar has changed hands with nearly every major invasion since the ancients Greeks claimed it as the end of the known world. In more recent times it has been ruled by Muslims, Dutch, Spanish and now England, since 1713. Only 27,000 citizens call it home. Instead of going to war to get it back, Spain

Holland – Gay Games 1998

The Gay Games were hosted by Amsterdam in 1998. There were more than 25 sports and 1500 athletes. The opening and closing ceremonies were held in the local stadium. Venues for the sporting events were spread out across the city and suburbs. The photos here are of the ceremonies, rowing and swimming. The swimming and diving were held in the picturesque city of Amersfoort, a twenty minute train ride south of Amsterdam.
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Hungary – Scenery of Budapest

Budapest is the capital city of Hungary. As the largest city of Hungary, it serves as the country’s principal political, cultural, commercial, industrial, and transportation center and is considered an important hub in Central Europe. In 2008, Budapest had 1,702,297 inhabitants. Widely regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, its World Heritage

Italy – Rome: Spanish Steps

The gracious marble Spanish Steps, built between 1723 and 1726, leads down from the church of Trinita dei Monti to the Piazza di Spagna/Spanish Plaza  (so named for the Spanish embassy in the plaza). The boat fountain Fontana della Barcaccia (Fountain of the Old Boat) at the bottom  of the steps was built a century earlier

Italy – Rome: Walk (5)

A walk from the Sant’Angelo Castle, across the river over the beautiful Sant’Angelo Bridge with its decorative statuary to the Parliament building and on to the stunning Pantheon, an ancient place of worship to all the gods and burial place of Italian kings. Read the stories about gay Italy

Norway – Countrywide Drive

Norway was the first European nation to declare independence in the 20th century. Since World War II the country has experienced rapid economic growth, and is now among the wealthiest countries in the world. Norway is the world’s third largest oil exporter. It was ranked highest of all countries in human development from 2001 to