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Hike Sucha Bella Gorge 

Written by Hank Martin in E. Europe

On those rare winter days in Slovakia when the sun is a bright yellow disc in a cold, clear blue sky you remember that action makes you human. So you move, leaving Spisska Nova Ves to itself and discarding the little downtown park and bars where you can do shots of absinthe and walk to an auditorium now converted in to a night club.

Each step West you take brings a renewed pioneer feeling, as if you are an adventurer heading towards unknown destinations. Eventually trees with huge, nude canopies frozen by winter’s cold, and pine cones tossed carelessly to the rock hard terra by evergreens appear.

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How to Navigate a European Cafe

Written by Hank Martin in E. Europe, Travel Tips, W. Europe

Ahhh…the European cafe, a focal point of any great Europe adventure. With nice weather you can sit outside on the patio and watch people walk through the town square while sipping a foofy latte of some sort. Or, you can proceed inside and stumble your way through the tables scattered like land mines in front of the entrance. I am convinced this is done to see who is a tourist and who is a local. Tourists trip, blunder and crash through the entrance while locals already know the best route through this cafe land-mine. European cafes embody everything that is notable about European culture: simple pleasures, portion controlled coffee, the company of others that you …

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A Musical Sea Organ in Zadar, Croatia

Written by Payton Lee in E. Europe

Zadar, Croatia – Sea Organ Croatia took my breath away every second it got. From the beauty of the coastline and clear beaches to the rushing of waterfalls, this country has been blessed with eye-catching landscapes. After camping through this skinny coastal land, I found a new appreciation for the wonders of nature. And then, we found the cherry on top in Zadar. The Zadar boardwalk is beautiful at night with ambient lighting and an endless view of the sea lined with cargo ships lit up. But, it doesn’t stop there. This beautiful boardwalk plays a tune that melted my heart. The morske orgulje, as the Croatians say, is a musical sea organ built to …

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Atlantis…The Lost City Uncovered

Written by Hank Martin in E. Europe

Sometimes when we are are lost in the present the past reveals treasures that show us a new way for the future . It is not every day that a whole city gets frozen in time, unavailing stories and traditions of long ago.  Stretched out on the red sand I watch small waves crash into the shore. Whoooooo puuuusssshhhhh. Poseidon sends row after row of the rippling Aegean Sea out to meet the wet sand. The cliffs and sand were infused with red from volcanic eruptions. This is how the nearby city of Akrotiri, a greek city preserved and buried under volcanic ash gained its fame. The excavations are deep, as if they are digging …

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The Theatre of Dionysus: Think Big

Written by Hank Martin in E. Europe

Located near the Parthenon is the theatre of Dionysus, a theatre responsible for shaping European theater today and giving the world the tragic and comedic plays. The greatest of these two was the tragedy, a play aimed at giving audiences a cathartic, life changing experience through the tragic experiences characters underwent.