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August 4, 2015
by Alan (Travelin' Al) Stiebing
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Heathrow Arrival Then Off Amsterdam

I do manage a little bit more rest before the cabin starts showing signs of activity and it’s obvious that they’ll be handing out the morning snacks and drinks before our arrival.  Of course, my little screen still doesn’t work properly and I can’t even call up the little map that shows our progress to Heathrow.  Guess I’ll just listen to a little music on my phone and wait for touchdown. Continue Reading

August 2, 2015
by Alan (Travelin' Al) Stiebing
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Summer in Europe 2015

Back in 2009 I set off on a trek across Europe, from Netherlands to Romania, for about 21 days (Europe 2009).  When I finished that trip, I swore I would never take on anything that ambitious again.  So what am I about to do?  Why I’m heading out for 28 days on a journey that will have me starting in Netherlands again but this time I’ll only go as far as Slovakia. Continue Reading

Bratislava, Slovakia

September 18, 2013
by Alan (Travelin' Al) Stiebing
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Traveling To Bratislava Had It’s Issues, But Worth It

When I decided to take my first trip overseas, I chose to head to the deep end of the pool.  I had made several online friends in Europe, one in The Netherlands and another in Slovakia.  After a little contemplating, we decided to meet up in Bratislava.  I would be there 21 days with only a few days on my own.  It was going to be a great trip. Continue Reading

St. John the Baptist Cathedral

August 23, 2013
by Alan (Travelin' Al) Stiebing
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Trnava, Slovakia

Trnava, Slovakia

Trnava, Slovakia – Main Street and City Tower

It’s a bright sunny day as I walk down the main  street(hlavná ulica), now a wide pedestrian walkway with large planters filled with greenery. The city clock tower acts as a guide post to Trojicne namestie (Trinity Square). My morning departure has deposited me in the city of Trnava, Slovakia(trnava.sk). Founded in 1238, it was the first city to receive a town charter and the concentration of churches has earned it the title “parva Roma” or “Little Rome”.

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Slavin Memorial, Bratislava

August 7, 2013
by Alan (Travelin' Al) Stiebing
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Slavin Memorial – Bratislava, Slovakia

When I first traveled to the Slovakian capital city of Bratislava, I tried to do my homework ahead of time.  But, like most people, there were things that I missed in my travel guide book.  One was tall stone pillar with the stalwart soldier keeping an eye over the city.  After a little research and a lot of exploring, I found myself at the historic Slavin. Continue Reading

hostel

July 31, 2013
by Alan (Travelin' Al) Stiebing
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Hostel Misconceptions – Not Just For Youth Travelers Anymore

prague-hostel-advantageFirst off, let me just say that I am not a young person. Not to say I would be considered old by most, but certainly not in my twenties or even thirties. I also didn’t do a lot of international travel until later in life. So, I never had the experience of staying in the large sleeping halls associated with most hostels. You know what I’m talking about. The room with 6 to 8 (or more) bunk beds and no real place to secure your belongings from the unknown roommates you’ve been situated with. Continue Reading

Rahr & Sons Brewery

July 16, 2013
by Alan (Travelin' Al) Stiebing
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Rahr and Sons Brewery

Rahr & Sons Brewery

Rahr & Sons Brewery

Less than 10 years old, the Rahr and Sons Brewery sits in the South-side neighborhood of Fort Worth, TX.  It’s an unassuming place most of the week. But for a few hours every Wednesday and Saturday it is a hot bed of activity.  That is when they host their “Brewery Tours”, although the tour is a small part of the event. Continue Reading