Europe

Trips in the British Isles, France, Italy, Spain and the Iberian Peninsula, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia and Baltic, and Southeastern Europe.

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Europe: The Bucket List

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Diving Silfra, Iceland, between the Continental Plates

Tentative: In the illustrated dictionary of my imaginings, the word has a picture of me sitting between the Eurasian and North American continental plates, getting up the nerve to immerse myself in water that is 35 degrees Fahrenheit. I'm so ready for the shock of numbing cold that when I dip ...
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What to Buy in Iceland: Shopping for Sweaters, Outdoor Gear, Lava Jewelry, Mud

Standing in the middle of a corral filled with Icelanders herding sheep this way and that, I notice that the colors of the sheep are the same as the colors of the sweaters worn by men, women, and children. The journey from sheep's back to shepherd's back is a short ...
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Dawn in the eastern Iceland town of Eskifjordur came with a spectacular view of the dock behind the rustic restaurant, Randulf's Sea House. Photo by Cardozo

Seeing Eastern Iceland, The Often Overlooked Side

  My trip to Iceland was a visual wonder...from the brightly painted buildings to the mountains to the people and their history. But while so many people do the Ring Road or stay close to Reykjavik, I went east to the less visited side of the island where the people, their ...
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The Icelandic Phallological Museum has had a couple of homes, but moved to its current location in the shopping district of Reykjavik in 2011. Photo by Diana Lambdin Meyer

Visiting the World’s Most Embarrassing Museum

I had been exploring the museum for a little more than an hour, appreciating the exhibits, enjoying the art and learning quite a few new things. That's what good museum experiences are about, right? But before I left to continue my exploration of other interesting sites in the area, I decided ...
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