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What’s Doing in Eisenstadt, Austria

What’s Doing in Eisenstadt, Austria

Eisenstadt, the capital of Austria’s newest province, the Burgenland, lies at the country’s southeastern tip. It was created in 1921 from the German-speaking part of what had the Hungarian half of the Austro-Hungarian dual monarchy.  This means the visitor will encounter a mix of Hungarians, Croats, and German-speaking Austrians.
The region itself looks more like Hungary, with its plains and lakes, compared to the rest of Austria, which is more Alpine …

Peasants’ Paradise: A Video Tour of the Black Forest and Bavaria

Peasants’ Paradise: A Video Tour of the Black Forest and Bavaria

Bavaria and the Black Forest are among some of the favorite vacation destinations in Germany.  A lot has changed in 80 years but perhaps surprisingly much remains the same and a long-forgotten short film gives us a unique window on Germany in the last days of the Weimar Republic.
In the Internet Archive, mixed in with other forgotten classics, old horror movies, and old newsreels, is a collection of travelogues.   A …

Olympus Pen E-PL1 Review

Olympus Pen E-PL1 Review

The Olympus Pen E-PL1 is an interesting camera.  It falls somewhere between a compact digital point-and-shoot camera and a fully featured, interchangeable-lens digital SLR.  It’s the spiritual successor to the original 1963 Olympus Pen F, the world’s first half-frame 35 mm camera, an SLR that looked more like a Leica rangefinder camera.
The small size is helped by the compact storage mode for the zoom lens and the complete integration of …

Vila Bled, Slovenia Review

Vila Bled, Slovenia Review

Vila Bled, Josip Broz Tito’s former official summer residence and guest house, is on the shore of Lake Bled in the Slovenian Alps. It became a hotel in 1984.
WHERE IS IT?
Vila Bled is 55 km from Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital, and 360 km and a little over three hours from Munich, the closest major international gateway airport.
WHAT’S IT LIKE?
The hotel’s décor includes lots of local wood and classic mid-twentieth century furnishings.  …

Bled, Slovenia

Bled, Slovenia

500 meters above sea level, the town of Bled is a scenic alpine resort in northwestern Slovenia. Bled is perhaps best known for Lake Bled (Blejsko jezero in Slovene, Veldeser See in German) a 2,120 m long and 1,380 m wide lake surrounded by mountains and forests. The lake surrounds Bled Island (Blejski otok), home of the Assumption of Mary Pilgrimage Church, a popular tourist destination where visitors …

Visiting Northern Italy

Visiting Northern Italy

Many business travelers head south for the weather, Italian food and wine, and the “Northern Italy” experience. This section describes some of the cities and towns just off of the A22 (the Autostrada del Brennero), which is the main toll road running north-to-south through the region. It starts at the Brennerpaß, south of Innsbruck and the Europa Bridge. Signposted as “Passo del Brennero” in Italy, it is the lowest pass …

Visiting Milan, Italy

Visiting Milan, Italy

Milan is the commercial hub of northern Italy, the capital of the financial, business, and fashion worlds.  As a result, visitors to the city are more typically business travelers than traditional tourists.  Milan is the second largest in Italy, with a population of ca.1.3 million.
While Milan is big, crowded, expensive, and has car restrictions in the city center if you are driving, it is also filled with history and sophistication. …