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Taklamakan Desert, China – August 28, 2014

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August 28, 2014 China! We finally arrived in Kashgar, the Magical City of the Silk Road. Our cute guide, Zhang Zhiqiong, was waiting for us. An English major, she chose the rather unusual name of “Green” as her English nickname.…

Pamir Hwy #1, Tajikistan 7/2014

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Turning off the Wakhan Corridor, we breathed a little sigh of relief, but really, compared to the roads we had driven through Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan just to get to Khorog, the Wakhan had been a drive in…

Georgia 6 – Food, 6-2014

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Years ago when we traveled in Mexico we used to laugh at people coming south with their motorhomes, cupboards full canned food, on the assumption that people in Mexico didn’t have any. Now, as we travel through some of the…

Georgia 5, 6-2014

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We had been looking forward to Georgian wines since we had our last sip of Italian Nero d’Avila. To our disappointment, most of the stores in Georgia stocked plenty of beer, vodka and juices, but rarely more than a few…

Georgia 3, 6-2014

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Certainly one of the more pleasant things about driving into Georgia was that it is a Christian nation. We were no longer woken up before sunrise by amplified loudspeakers throughout town calling us to prayer. In fact, driving by villages…

Corinth Canal, Greece 2-2014

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Leaving the Peloponnese and heading to Piraeus, the Athens harbor, we had to cross the famous Corinth Canal that connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Aegean Sea. Cut through the narrow Isthmus of Corinth, it effectively makes the peninsula…

Mycenae, Peloponnese, Greece, 2-2014

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Going way back to Greek history classes in high school, Monika has a vivid memory of the Lion Gate at Mycenae, so naturally this was a must-see stop. In the second millennium BC, Mycenae was one of the major centers…

Georgia 2, 6-2014

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A day in our peaceful river camp gave us time to reflect on this new country. Thoma, the gentleman who had presented us with wine, cheese and bread the evening before, adamantly insisted we go and visit his mother in…

Georgia 1, 6-2014

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Time warp!! The faster we go the more we get behind with our blogs, so we thought we’d bring you all up-to-date, since we are now getting deeper into places where anything can happen and often does. We will still…

Kosmás, Peloponnese, Greece 2/2014

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Driving north towards Mycene and Corinth, we could have followed the freeway, but we had read in one of our guidebooks about the little alpine village of Kosmás on the coastal route.  It was a pretty easy choice. Heading into…

Sparta, Peloponnese, Greece 2/2014

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It was a short drive from Mystras to (new) Sparta, founded in the 1830s when Mystras was basically abandoned. Sparta became a prominent city-state in ancient Greece and was unique for its social system and constitution, which completely focused on…

Mystras, Peloponnese, Greece 1/2014

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Leaving Olympia we were headed south to Sparta via Mystras. It was raining. Coming down a long hill overlooking the large perfectly shaped bay towards Pylos, we passed a sign: “Nestor’s Palace”. It suddenly dawned on us that this was…

Olympia, Peloponnese, Greece 2/2014

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Arriving at the historic town of Olympia, the original home of the Olympic Games, Spring was clearly in the air. Flowers were blooming and lemon and orange trees were overloaded and dropping fruit on the ground. Tourist season had not…

Dimitsana, Peloponnese, Greece 1/2014

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On our way to famous Olympia, we detoured briefly to spend the night near a village called Dimitsana. We had heard of a unique open-air Water Power Museum. Always interested in learning about how people lived and worked in the…

Kalávrita, Peloponnese, Greece 1/2014

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Returning from Delphi we again crossed the beautiful Carilaos-Trikoupis Bridge over the Gulf of Corinth and headed more or less south into the Peloponnese peninsula. It was then that we noticed a page in one of our guidebooks about the…

Delphi, Greece 1/2014

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This is an introduction to Greek Mythology. There will be a short quiz when we leave Greece and Zeus will be watching you! Leaving our peaceful overnight camp at the small fishing village of Monastiraki, we drove to Delphi, the…

Patras, Peloponnes, Greece 1/2014

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Our overnight passage from Ancona, Italy to Patras, Greece in our little mini cabin, listening to the drone of the ship’s engine all night, reminded us why we have never taken an ocean cruise. Returning to our truck, while we…

Ancona, Marche, Italy 1/2014

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We had been playing Blog Tag with Rob and Nina Blackwell for months as we made our way across the US, shipped to Belgium, and proceeded to drive through Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain, Portugal and Italy. Meanwhile, Rob & Nina…