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David Paul Appell's Blog – March 2016 Archive (4)

History, Beaches, and More in Budva, Montenegro



In case you’re wondering where is Montenegro, for starters it’s one of the world’s newest countries – a Slavic land once part of Yugoslavia, then Serbia, and now independent for just five years.  And though small (smaller than the U.S. state of Connecticut, in fact) it’s an up-and-comer indeed on the travel scene, with…

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Added by David Paul Appell on March 30, 2016 at 9:56am — No Comments

Soak This: The Thermal Baths of Budapest, Hungary





One of my very favorite things to do in Budapest when I spent some time there a few years ago was to spend a nice, soothing afternoon at a wonderful old fürdő (bath house). In the day and age of the elaborate luxury spa, old-fashioned bath houses seem practically extinct in North America except for a few…

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Added by David Paul Appell on March 30, 2016 at 7:09am — 1 Comment

5 of the Sweetest Chocolate Spots on Earth



Fewer foodstuffs in the world today seem to have more fans than xocolātl, the cacao-based infusion the Spanish conquistadors found quaffed by the elites of Aztec, Mayan, and other Mesoamerica societies they conquered. Back then, it was not…

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Added by David Paul Appell on March 20, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Terrific Ticino: Switzerland 'all'Italiana'



When it comes to this quintessential Alpine country deep in the heart of Europe, most people understandably think of it in terms of its Germanic and Francophone flavors. But way down in Switzerland's south, bordering Italy, the language and culture are Italian. Benvenuti (welcome) to Ticino!



Known in ancient Roman…

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Added by David Paul Appell on March 7, 2016 at 9:00pm — No Comments

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