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Eleven fifty-nine PM “my” time; 5:39 AM local time, descending into Paris. It was an easy flight except for no, or very little, sleep. But that was okay for I hoped to sleep on the next leg from Paris to Vienna. I was traveling to join many former guests, as well as John Freidin, his partner Kathryn, and Gerry and… Read More

September 16, 2011 in More Europe VBT Community / (0) comments

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In Germany, it’s getting to be that time of year when lederhosen and giant pretzels are almost as ubiquitous as large, glass steins of locally brewed beer. Oktoberfest is an annual festival held in Germany from late September and into early October. Now boasting over 5 million visitors each year, the world’s largest fair was a long time in the… Read More

September 13, 2011 in California VBT Community / (0) comments

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All across California, from Santa Barbara to San Francisco, grapes are ripening and vineyards are in full production as California’s harvest season is in full swing. This year marks the seventh in a row that September will be commemorated as California Wine Month, and tastings are being held throughout the Golden State. “The Crush,” as it known locally, is a… Read More

September 08, 2011 in Italy VBT Community / (0) comments

Machu Picchu, Peru

On September 8, 1504, in Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Michelangelo unveiled one of the most recognizable contributions to the Italian Renaissance, David. Though the 17 foot statue took three years for Michelangelo to complete, its conception began well before the famed painter and sculptor began working on it. In the 15th century, overseers of the Basilica di Santa Maria del… Read More

September 07, 2011 in Spain VBT Community / (0) comments

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Every year, in late September, the city of Barcelona erupts celebrating the Festival of La Mercè, the city’s largest official holiday. Though the actual feast day of La Mercé is September 24, festivities begin a few days before the feast and generally extend until the 25th or 26th of September. The holiday was initially organized in the 19th century to… Read More


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