Amateur Traveler

Chocolate Quest in Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn, Estonia – View from Upper Town Estonia, a small country on the Baltic Sea is independent and thriving as can be.  This tiny country, a tad bigger than the state of Maryland is located near its former oppressor Russia and modern Finland.  Now enjoying political independence for twenty years, the capitol of Tallinn maintains...

Christmas Market on the Danube – Passou, Germany

I rounded the corner on the snow plowed cobblestone streets and my fellow passenger carefully chose her steps heading towards a centuries old building. She knew the route and while her heavy scarf blew in the wind she smiled with anticipation of what was ahead in the Christmas Markets in Europe. She had been here...
Wine and Ancestry in Slovenia

Wine and Ancestry in Slovenia

Each page crackled as the village priest opened centuries old church birth records and my anticipation heightened when the page fell to my great grandfather’s name. The discovery of a hand written family tree led me to this “old country” village of Metlika, Slovenia, Old Yugoslavia. Soon I would find the working vineyard where my...