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About carolinebotwin

Caroline Botwin and her husband Mike are retired educators who have always had a yen for travelling: he with a PH.D and teaching Architectural Engineering plus California wine education, and she having taught high school English, speech and drama. Both wanted to learn first hand about other cultures. While Mike predominately studied buildings and structures and met with winemakers, Caroline hunted for ancient sites and peoples. And kept journals of all their travels. Kevin Klimczak, extraordinaire, is the website designer and editor of the blogs.

Footsteps of the Templars Part 3

8-5-12 Today was Limoux’s Farmers Market. We had to wander around before leaving, checking out the quality of the fruits and vegetables, and other wares and were much impressed. A small bag of fruit left with us. We headed for … Continue reading

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Caroline the Catalyst

I once spoke to a clairvoyant woman when I was 22 years old. She told me many eerie things; she spoke of past lives, told me I rarely ever live beyond the age of 28 because I prefer to live … Continue reading

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Final Journey through Turkey: Part 3 redo

Friday 6-21-12 The ride down the hills to Assos was long and hazardous but we made it and checked into our third floor room-with-balcony. Only eight rooms had a view-with-balcony, which had a heavy overhang to keep out the weather … Continue reading

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Journal of Two Independent Travelers: Turkey– Redo 2

Friday 10-14-10 After breakfast we headed for Goreme and the outdoor World Heritage Site. It seemed like we climbed up and down mountains touring the caves: the home sites, church sites, business sites and a monastery. The Greek Orthodox settled … Continue reading

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Journal of Two Independent Travelers: Turkey– Redo

In the beginning, there was research and planning….. We argued. Mike wanted to see Turkey and I wanted to revisit Spain and France. Three different travel guides discussed the attitude of the male Turk toward the female which add up … Continue reading

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The “Wild” Tamed

  Lovely presentation of food! The wine is arriving shortly!   These faces are beginning to smile, and perhaps drool a little. Everybody needs at least half a glass of wine to start— and shortly all these medium solemn faces … Continue reading

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Living in the Raw

Mike is doing a, “happy dance” visiting Fangoria Winery. You can see (on his right knee) where he actually knelt to see and smell (not kiss) the vines. This young vineyard manager took us up and down the rows of … Continue reading

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Fanagoria Winery

In the beginning— There was rain, cold, and even bits of snow- but that was October in Moscow. Then onto St. Petersburg, and the weather was slightly milder but still cold. We’re standing before the ship that with one shot … Continue reading

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An unusual “Birthday Holiday” in Pacific Grove, California.

Our daughter Bronwyn and her daughter Edie were both born on January 27th. We arranged to stay for several days at the Lighthouse Hotel. They arrived from Sacramento while we drove up from San Luis Obispo- missing most of the … Continue reading

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Suzdal, Russia and The Golden Ring

This is the picture of our lodging at the Art Hotel Nikolaevsky, Posad. Looking closely on the left the building with three green roof tops is where we stayed in a lovely suite. The red roofed building with the blue … Continue reading

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