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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.

Masada

Masada! One of the oldest and most glorious places I have ever seen. We saw the classic, Roman buildings from the 1st century BC on the very top of this 6,ooo year old Chacolithic Period site. Today it is crammed … Continue reading

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The beginning of our Florida family visit- Wonderful!–But the ending was tragic.

All the tickets and reservation times seemed to gel together and our neighbor Jane, is driving us to out new airport terminal. Our flight to Miami, Florida was over four flights using some home miles to ease into first class … Continue reading

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Tivoli in Copenhagen, Denmark

Freefall at the Tivoli in Copenhagen, Denmark We took a cab from the airport to our Copenhagen Plaza Hotel and checked in. Stepping out on our 4th floor balcony I was delighted to see the main train station on our … Continue reading

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Andorra

The culmination of our parador trip ended (May, 20th 2017) in the principality of Andorra as we crossed the French Alps. The population of this whole country is 80,000 although not seen in this picture. Then as we drove through … Continue reading

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Exchange Family Reunion-Traipsing through London

May 12   After leaving Armenia  and Georgia, we flew into Paris, grabbed our luggage and hopped  the Eurostar to London. A 2 hour ride through  the outskirts of Paris, beautiful  farmland and with only 15 minutes under the  English Channel. … Continue reading

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An October family Thanksgiving in Portland, Oregon

Major holiday traveling is a headache. We tried to beat the system  by flying in and out of Portland during off-season and choosing a centrally located hotel  to limit  driving and crowds. I found Hotel Rose, along the Willamette River, facing … Continue reading

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The Bastides: the birth of French Democracy

Domme is an almost perfect bastide: a walled village sitting on a hillside. (credits: by Luc Viatour, August 30, 2012) The Bastides: the birth of French Democracy Between 1220 and 1372 about 700 bastides, also referred to as new towns, … Continue reading

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The Final Chapter of Cyprus…#3

The final chapter, number three. First I had to encourage Mike not to stop at every damn winery. (But later, more forcefully threatening death or dismemberment…) We stopped to see the Kolassi castle, the 14th century headquarters of Saint John … Continue reading

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Georgia, the collapse of the Soviet Union and Noah’s Ark

The history of both Armenia and Georgia begins with Noah’s Ark, pictured here, which to all accounts landed on Mount Ararat. Both countries metaphorically share this mountain and it can be said that their histories go back to the beginning … Continue reading

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The Oslo Norway Holiday Special

May 16 The beginning of our drive to the Oslo Festival was not auspicious. The weather was drizzly and cold. We needed to pass through 3 tunnels, catch a 20 minute ferry ride and drive up a snowy mountain. Little … Continue reading

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