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OLD TOWN GDANSK, POLAND

OLD TOWN GDANSK, POLAND

A SHORT VISIT TO OLD TOWN GDANSK, POLAND BY MARGARET MENDEL Arriving in Old Town Gdansk was an interesting experience. The city dates back a thousand years and is a collection of buildings and monuments designed in Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque style. Originally the city was a Polish stronghold, erected by Mieszko I of...

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Gdansk, Poland

Gdansk, Poland

GDANSK, POLAND BY MARGARET MENDEL It was time for us to leave Amsterdam. We would return in a couple weeks, but for now we were on a journey that would take us across the Baltic Sea and on to the shores that have only existed in my mind through history books, in novels of...

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VIEWS OF AMSTERDAM

VIEWS OF AMSTERDAM

CANALS, BIKES AND AN ABANDONED TOILET BY MARGARET MENDEL This summer we decided to travel the region of the Baltic Sea. We started our journey in Amsterdam. A perfect choice. The morning we arrived in Amsterdam the weather was perfect. It wasn’t the weather that impressed me, but the magic and beauty of this city...

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HERCULANEUM

HERCULANEUM

It’s the last week in October. That means soon there’ll be lots of ghosts and goblins walking the streets begging for sugary treats. The TV stations will replay classic vampire and zombie movies. Some intrepid epicureans will delight in eating marzipan eyeballs. We’ll all have a ghoulishly delightful time. But let me take you...

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ELEPHANTS IN THAILAND

ELEPHANTS IN THAILAND

The Thai people have a long and shared history with the elephant and since my visit to Thailand I have a broader understanding of these huge animals. I’d seen elephants in the Zoo and watched them do tricks in circuses, but to me they were simply large lumbering beasts with not much to offer outside...

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A BRIEF REPRIEVE FROM THE WRITING LIFE

A BRIEF REPRIEVE FROM THE WRITING LIFE

Lately I’ve been doing a great deal of work on PUSHING WATER, a novel in revision, and getting the final drafts of FISH KICKER ready for its publication that’s coming in March 2014. Most of the day I sit at my desk, in my seven foot long office space, nose glued to the computer...

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LOST IN TOLEDO, SPAIN

LOST IN TOLEDO, SPAIN

Traveling is the most fun when I have one unexpected experience after another, and I’d put our trip to Toledo in that category. Our adventure in Toledo started with a most delightful treat when we entered the Madrid Train Station to purchase our tickets to this Medieval hill town. When you walk into the station the...

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PARK GUELL

PARK GUELL

On Sunday we went to Park Guell. I’d seen photos and read a few sketchy articles related to the place, but nothing compares to actually seeing this park in person.  The visit here was like a sophisticated adult wonder-walk with a couple of children’s playgrounds tucked here and there. Guell was from a wealthy...

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