Landmannalaugar, Iceland

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European Travel: Converted Amalfi Coast monastery offers breathtaking views

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AMALFI COAST, ITALY—On Tuesday, June 10, 1913, in Princeton’s Alexander Hall, Milton M. Brown took his diploma with all the assurance of a young man who knew where he was going in life. Plans were in the works to pursue his dream of becoming a travel lecturer on the Lyceum or Chautauqua circuits. His first set of lectures would be on Italy, which he had fallen in love with during a European grand tour in 1911. Following his passion for history, art, architecture and culture, he chose Rome and Naples as each deserving their own lectures.

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If You Ever Go To Paris …

Rambling with a Cantankerous Old Mule

… try not to spend only an hour there – running from the Gare du Nord, through the Metro and on to the Gare de Lyon. That’s what I did as I travelled from Belgium on the Thalys and TGV high-speed trains to the Alps a few days ago. I did, however, manage to snap a few pics in Paris – just to prove that I’d been there. No, there’s no Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, or Louvre.  In fact, I took a photo of only one famous thing, and I have no idea what it is. Enjoy anyway (and click on photos for bigger versions, if you like.)

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Sanur, Bali

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“Sendirian, mbak?”

I was often asked this question by the Balinese there. I had to explain that my friend and I both stayed at different places during our first & second day in Bali. I chose to stay in Sanur as I had a diving trip the next day. My friend was in Legian. Sanur is the closest city to Nusa Penida, accessible by 40 mins boat journey. It is a small town with a somewhat non-existent night life. I was lucky I was able to witness the people in Sanur celebrating Melasti (cleansing ritual) on that day (13th Nov 2012). The Balinese ladies were all geared in the traditional kebaya and the men in sarongs. Even the kids too.

Stayed in Little Pond Homestay for Rp. 200k (with a/c and hot water) as the other rooms were full. I dont use a/c that often so that is not a requirement…

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