LAKE BLED – DRACULA’S SUMMER HOME

Posted by Pat on June 6, 2012 in Travel |

4 June – Lake Bled, Slovenia Sunny and warm for my one hour bus ride north to scenic Lake Bled, known for its emerald green mountain lake with Bled Castle perched high above, all amidst the Julian Alps. Bled was first mentioned in 1004, when it was awarded by Emperor Henry II to Bishop Albuin I […]

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SLOVENIA – LJUBLJANA AND ŠKOFJA LOKA

Posted by Pat on June 4, 2012 in Travel |

1 June – Ljubljana, Capital of Slovenia Ljubljana is said to be founded by the Greek hero Jason, who stole the Golden Fleece and along with his Argonauts sailed the Argos across the Black Sea and up the Danube and Sava. In transit they stopped at the Ljubljana Marshes where Jason slew the Dragon. Thus, […]

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The Balkans

Posted by Pat on April 16, 2012 in Travel |

I graduated from Purdue University a history major. Yet, what I know of the Balkans could be counted on one hand 1) where it is 2) Tito lived there 3) Milošević was there 4) the Saracens, Mongols, Huns, Manichæans, Romans, Byzantines, Christian Crusades, Venetians, Ottoman Turks, Napoleon, Italians, Austrians, Hungarians, Nazis and Communists sacked and pillaged […]

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