Three Days in Athens


Bad travel advice is rare. Travelers are open and adventurous types, with countless suggestions of off-the-beaten-path locales, such as museums not frequented even by locals. However, several folks have mentioned to me over the years that there’s little more to Athens than the Acropolis. Those people should be slapped. I was fortunate to connect with […]

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Impeccably clean, friendly to tourists and smartly designed, Iceland’s capital is remarkably safe as well. If I had realized sooner that Reykjavik was a mere five hour flight away, I would have visited a lot sooner. Spending a day, or a few, in the city is a must-do on any Nordic adventure itinerary. See: Hallgrímskirkja […]

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We saved the best for last. Moscow, that is. It was our last stop on a whirlwind tour through Russia, on a climbing trip with Alpine Ascents International. Moscow pulsed with grandeur, and I was continually amazed by the enormity of the city’s monuments and squares. The Cathedral of Christ the Savior (above) was ordered […]

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St. Petersburg

Even through the haze of jetlag, St. Petersburg was a marvelous city to behold. It marked the start of my summer adventure in Russia, and the cultural warm-up prior to my summit of Mount Elbrus, the tallest mountain in all of Europe. Our first stop on the tour was the State Hermitage Museum, affectionately referred […]

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A Day in Geneva

My day in Geneva began as many travel days do, in the pouring rain. Incidentally, most museums were closed on Sundays as well. Refusing to stay inside and admit defeat, I threw on a rain jacket and took to the streets. Before long, I found myself in the quaint Vielle Ville (Old Village). Tucked into […]

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