Copenhagen: Water Everywhere







July 22. 2015

Dear Friends,

As its name implies, Copenhagen is a town that has a long history of international commerce and trade. 

The name of the city reflects its origin as a harbour and a place of commerce. The original designation, from which the contemporary Danish name derives, was Køpmannæhafn, meaning "merchants' harbour", or Hafn or Havn ("harbour").

Wherever I walk, I find water: rivers and canals and the open sea.

Copenhagen: A City of "Tradition"?





July 21, 2015

The Kingdom of Denmark

Copenhagen, the capital city  

A lovely city …

A bright city …

A colorful city …

A walkable city …

A modern city …

A traditional city …

And yet, a city where anything goes?

Trebinje: Quiet and Attractive Town






(Pop 36,000)

Semi-Autonomous Republika Srpske


June 8, 2015

My kinda town, Trebinje is ...

Quiet off-the-tourist-track …

Shady town square …

Café to read a book...

Attractive lived-in Old Town …

Path along the Trebišnjica River… go fishing … row a boat …

16th Century Arslanagić Bridge …

Pizza … pastry … café … to read a book …

My kinda town, Trebinje is 

Mostar: Stari Most



June 3, 2015

Dear Adventure Travelers,

Did you know that for a small fee of a mere 25 Euros, you can personally perform a (supervised) high dive off the most famous bridge in the Balkans?   

The Stari Most or Old Bridge of Mostar, built in the Sixteenth Century, stands 25 meters (82 feet) above the Neretva River.  By comparison, the Olympics Platform Dive is a measly 10 meters (33 feet).

In 1993, during the Civil War in the former Yugoslavia, the original bridge built by the Ottomans was destroyed.

The elegant bridge was rebuilt in 2004 and is the most recognizable landmark in the country.  There’s a lot of history here.* 

Lake Matka and Treska Canyon



May 20, 2015

Lake Matka lies only about a forty minute drive outside Skopje. 

Formed by a hydroelectric dam, the lake sits below the steep sides of the Treska Canyon.  It’s an idyllic spot for a moderate hike along a narrow path above the tranquil lake.

After my hike, I returned to the outdoor restaurant that overlooks the lake.  I lingered over a lunch of delicious fish soup with salmon and vegetables, and a green salad with sautéed mushrooms and grated cheese. 

Is there a better way to spend a day?