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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Solidarity in Gdansk



At the moment, the entire family is traveling through the Baltic States. But this time last year, a father-son adventure was taking place in Poland. Father's day is a perfect time to reflect on that.


It's likely that you've read my travel story in Baltimore Style Magazine about my father-son trip to Warsaw with a side-trip to Krakow.


But have you seen my article about our excursion to Gdansk published in Go World Travel?


Across the Baltic Sea from Scandinavia, and bordered by Germany, Lithuania, and Kaliningrad (Russia), Gdansk is a city influenced by them all. It also holds an important place on the stage of world history: Gdansk was the place where the first shots of World War II were fired, and home of the Solidarity Movement, which initiated the end of Soviet occupation across Eastern Europe.


Read all about it: check out "Solidarity in Gdansk: A Father-Son Trip in Poland" published in Go World Travel.


www.goworldtravel.com/travel-to-gdansk-poland/







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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Where to Now? The Baltic States



We've finally dusted the Moroccan and Italian dust from our shoes. That means it's time to hit the road again. Active wheels don't rust, right?


Where to next? The Baltic States.


In Latvia, we'll marvel at medieval architecture in the Old City and Old Town Square, and we'll hit the beaches, parks, and architecture in Jurmala.


In Lithuania, we'll explore Vilnius, countryside castles, and the famous Hill of Crosses.


We loved Estonia a few years back, but will most likely save it for another visit, wanting to focus on the Ls.


There's so much to see. But after a few weeks in Italy, we anticipate it being a little more laid back and less crowded.


Regardless, we'll enjoy exploring! What would you do with two weeks in Latvia and Lithuania?


https://wikitravel.org/en/Baltic_states

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Thursday, June 07, 2018

These Books Will Keep You in the House



Three more of my reviews published in Baltimore Style Magazine, both in print and online, will give you plenty of excuses to stay in the house. These books are perfect for reading at the beach, on a plane, or in the comfort of your own armchair or bed.


Salman Rushdie has written the first notable novel of the current political-cultural era with The Golden House.


In Colm Toibin's latest, House of Names, he turns to the drama of ancient Greece for a retelling of the story of Clytemnestra and the House of Atreus.


If the houses of Rushdie and Tóibín seem a bit weighty, Shari Lapena’s A Stranger in the House may be a cozier place to dwell.


So stay in with these house books. Check all three out at http://baltimorestyle.com/homebound.





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Friday, June 01, 2018

Poland’s Architecture, Mermaids and LEGOs in Baltimore Style


This time last year, I was with my son, Alex, adventuring through Poland. 

At one point during my father-son trip with Alex last summer, I remember wondering whether I’d made the right choice of vacation. While other kids were on the beach or at Disney Land, we were trudging through the dingy streets of Eastern Europe. But we were also rewarded with some of the most amazing and authentic sights—and seeing how much Alex enjoyed the adventure laid to rest any second guessing.

Baltimore Style Magazine published my travel story about our adventures both in print and online. 

Join me and Alex as we travel through Warsaw and Krakow.

Pick up a copy in print, or check it out online at http://baltimorestyle.com/architecture-mermaids-legos/.

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