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Europe Sustainable Travel
Children learning sustainability at Camp Pod Ostrog
Situated in the hills of Montenegro lays a little village named Pod Ostrog. While the village has only 200 residents, there are one million tourists annually visiting due to the Serbian Orthodox Monastery Ostrog. The monastery is visited (by people of all faiths) so that they can pray for their wellbeing and health. Over the...
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Seaside Village in Crete
What are the first thoughts or images that come to mind when you think of Greece?  Is it its beautiful clear waters and beaches?  Strikingly blue skies?  Its whitewashed buildings?  Music and dance?  Its history?  Contributions to philosophy and our political process?  Its delicious and healthy food?  Perhaps, is it all of these combined images...
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Bulgaria Girl near Belasitsa Nature Park
My first impression upon crossing the border from Macedonia to Bulgaria was of the sweetness of both the air (its smell of hyacinths) and people of Bulgaria.  Over the days, almost like a slowly blooming flower, I then began to discover its stunning vistas, burgeoning wine industry (not to mention their fantastic walnut liquor), variety...
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Rock Climbing Outside Skopje
When I was four years old, my family moved from Athens, Greece to Lausanne, Switzerland so that my father could pursue a career opportunity. Thinking that it would be a fun adventure, my parents decided to drive to Switzerland through Yugoslavia.  All I remember from that mid-1970s road trip was seeing lots of mountains. However,...
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Monte Rufeno Olive Picking
As we walked along the short trail back from the olive grove in Lazio, I began to smell fresh mint and other aromatic herbs underfoot, wildly growing on the side of the farmhouse, and instantly felt transported to a simpler time when families had to grow their own food and raise their own livestock to...
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Greek Cuisine
I may be biased given my Greek heritage, but I think authentic Greek cuisine (I am not including the ubiquitous gyro) still represents the values of slow, farm to table cooking made with fresh, wholesome ingredients.  Whether you are a vegetarian, pescatarian or omnivore, it’s easy to find a wide variety of healthy dishes when...
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Musical Performance in front of Cathedral, Zagreb
Last summer’s travels with my son was a part social experiment, part field research on how sustainability is viewed through the eyes of a nine-year-old child. Each country we visited, namely Cyprus, Greece, Croatia, and Scotland had their own flavor of what sustainability and green travel meant.  For Croatia, sustainability generally translated to a more...
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Wild Atlantic Way Scene
There’s so much that surprised me during my trip to Ireland last October from the people (extraordinarily friendly souls who have a penchant for going out of their way to help others) to the vistas (there’s a reason people call it the Emerald Isle) to the music (celebrating humanity’s full range of emotions from sadness...
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Bus Travel from Split Croatia
With classic rock music playing, reliable Wi-Fi access, and spectacular scenery (think of the Pacific Coast Highway in California times two for beauty), who knew bus travel in Croatia could be so fun!  Last summer, my nine-year-old son and I traveled for 17 days throughout Croatia. We started out in Dubrovnik and continued on to...
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View of Dubrovnik from Fortress
Dubrovnik, Croatia is high on many people’s travel bucket lists – and with good reason! When our family traveled there this summer, I was awestruck by this beautiful coastal city from the moment we first walked through Pile Gate into the Old Town.  The sound of the birds, the lively chatter of families strolling along...
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