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1,000 metres up: Hiking with Super Nicolas up Mt. Mansfield

Advice: in your 50s, don’t try to keep up with an 18-year-old. I learned that last year, when I went on a day-long hike my son. An 18-year-old outdoor enthusiast with leg muscles like steel springs and shoulders like mine … Continue reading

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Take a holiday in Spain: The Alhambra

Since I heard of it as a teenager, the Alhambra has seemed to be a jewel, a shining, perfect example of comfort, peace and repose for a prince. Pictures in books, TV and the Web presented cool gardens and reflecting … Continue reading

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Take a holiday in Spain: Madrid, day 2

Unlike most hotels in Austria, Spanish hotels do not seem to normally offer breakfast included in the price of an overnight stay. The Atlantico has a large buffet breakfast, but it seemed quite pricey. So we did the North American … Continue reading

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Holiday in Spain: Madrid, day 1

In the following series of posts, about my trip to Spain, I will try to give you some observations and tips that you do not find in most travel guidebooks. Madrid Madrid is one city, and many cities at once. … Continue reading

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Vienna—walkable and rewarding

Vienna is deceptively compact. It took us over half an hour on the metro/commuter train to get to central Vienna from the airport. Our hotel, the Kaiserhof (a Best Western Premier) is just outside the Ringstrasse. But once we checked … Continue reading

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