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July 31, 2012
by Alan (Travelin' Al) Stiebing
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Trencin Slovakia – Along the Rah River

Trencin Slovakia Castle, overlooking the town clock tower

Trencin Slovakia Castle, overlooking the town clock tower

On the Western edge of Slovakia, not too far from the Czech border situated along the Vah river is the city of Trencin Slovakia. Although the city has it’s modern areas, the old town portion has many items of great and historic value. Continue Reading

July 7, 2012
by Alan (Travelin' Al) Stiebing
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Christmas in Frankfurt

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Frankfurt Christmas Market 2011

For most people, Christmas is a magic time of the year. Strolling in the winter night, listening to Christmas songs, the lights decorating homes and trees, and maybe a nice warm drink in your hands. Now, imagine all of that, but in Frankfurt Germany. That is an experience you just shouldn’t miss. Continue Reading

November 24, 2011
by Alan (Travelin' Al) Stiebing
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Crossing Europe by Rail – Exhilarating Exhaustion

In the summer of 2009 I decided to fulfill a wish I had since I first discovered my love of travel. It was my hope to one day travel across Europe by rail. It took me a while to decide the direction of my journey and exactly where I wanted to start and end the trip. The other part that took some time was deciding the many possible places to visit in the middle. During the months of planning I determined that sometimes the best part of any trip is not just the travel itself, but finding where your travels should be. Continue Reading

August 29, 2009
by Alan (Travelin' Al) Stiebing
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Europe 2009 – A Change in Plans

I had originally thought about traveling to Brasov today to see the Bran Castle. But, by the time I was ready to go, I had missed the morning train. The next one wouldn’t put me there until 2pm and I’m just not sure if that would give me enough time to explore. Besides, I didn’t do any exploring yesterday. So there should be some things for me to do in the city. Continue Reading

August 27, 2009
by Alan (Travelin' Al) Stiebing
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Europe 2009 – Entering Romania

He was correct. At what was 11pm (in the Hungary time zone) the train came to a stop and you could hear people knocking on the cabin doors as they made their way along the coach. They finally made it to our cabin and checked our passports. Since I am from the US mine required a little more effort. They logged my information and then gave me a stamp. Continue Reading