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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- Aveyron, France. Part 1

Footsteps of the Templars- Aveyron, France. This is a location map for the sites visited. 8-1-12 Averyon, France We left Montpellier, France on the A-75 highway to Paris. It was heavily packed with Sunday traffic and impacted with roadwork repairs. … Continue reading

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Woman Over Board

CCOPYRIGHT 1998 Introduction     In 1989, the ACLU came charging to my defense as a district teacher elected to the local school board.  Marqueta Sims, representing ACLU, held the reigns, winning 5 cases in the local San Luis Obispo court.       … Continue reading

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The Transformation of Breslau, Germany, to Wroclaw, Poland

This marvelous Town Hall dominates the main square (Rynet) in Wroclaw  and has for the last seven centuries. Originally only a single story after  the ruinous Tatar sacking in 1241, it now presents the late Gothic Style from the 15th … Continue reading

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Russia: an overview of a long trip.

First stop, Suzdal 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 … Continue reading

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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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