Musings on Montenegro

Montenegro is an interesting little country, the size of Connecticut and with a population of about 650,000. While other countries of the former Yugoslavia were involved in bloody wars in the 1990s, Montenegro sat quietly by waiting for the dust to settle. In 1996, as the Yugoslavian Dinar declined, Montenegro adopted the Deutsch Mark, and … Continue reading Musings on Montenegro

Lake Bled, Slovenia: More than just another pretty place

The beautiful Lake Bled was a late add to our travel itinerary and what a wonderful addition it was. Lots of people have seen the lovely pictures of the little church on the island in the middle of the blue waters of Lake Bled, with alps in the background. What else did the area have … Continue reading Lake Bled, Slovenia: More than just another pretty place

Amazing things in Ireland: Giant’s Causeway, Newgrange, and Knowth

Travelling from Derry on our way out of Ireland, we stopped at Giant’s Causeway, an incredible landscape of interlocking stone columns, then stayed overnight in Trim to visit the 5,000-year-old passage tombs, Newgrange and Knowth. The Giant’s Causeway The rock formations in the Giant’s Causeway are so beautiful and unusual. They resemble organ pipes and … Continue reading Amazing things in Ireland: Giant’s Causeway, Newgrange, and Knowth

Starkville with medieval buildings

In a conversation with his brother Bill, I overheard John jokingly refer to Cambridge, England, where we now are, as “Starkville with medieval buildings.”  Starkville is, of course, Starkville, Mississippi, the home of Mississippi State University.  I knew what John meant, as both are college towns surrounded by green pasture lands.  But, Starkville with its … Continue reading Starkville with medieval buildings