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Croatia: Zagreb, Hip Yet Medieval Capital

  Zagreb, with a tram running through the central square, has a lower and upper section.   Standing in front of our hotel at the farther end of the square, I thought that Zagreb was a flat city. However, when we made our way a few blocks north,  we could see that there was an upper and…

Croatia, Plitvice Lakes National Park

    Considered one of the most pristine nature preserves in Europe, Plitvice Lakes National Park is located in central Croatia, and within a two hour drive of the Adriatic Coast.  Sixteen lakes flow into one other, like tiny Niagara Falls spilling out of infinity pools. The water runs across limestone forming lakes, caves and waterfalls.  Natural…

Croatia: Searching for Truffles in Istria

Truffle hunting has long been associated with pigs sniffing out the ground in  southwestern France, Italy, and Spain. Actually, dogs are now fast replacing the hogs because they are easier to train, are more nimble, and have more stamina. Moreover, there’s a growing truffle industry in Istria, the wide peninsula that juts out into the…

Running With the Reindeer near Fairbanks, Alaska

I cringed as the tip of the reindeer’s wide antlers brushed against my elbow.  The terrain in the boreal forest at the Running Reindeer Ranch was slightly hilly, and if the animals behind me lurched ahead maybe they would knock me down. “Don’t worry.  They are the gentlest animals ever, and I can tell that…