Category Archives: Driving Around Europe Without A Map

Driving Around Europe Without A Map, Part 25 … A FAREWELL CONCERT BY THE WORLD’S GREATEST PIANIST

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There he sat, right under my feet! I could have spit on his shiny, bald head … the legendary Sviatoslav Richter, the finest, sublimest pianist on the planet! I could see his fingers rippling over the keyboard like water in a shallow creek. The melodies were hypnotic. The … Continue reading

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Driving Around Europe Without A Map, Part 24 … MAD MIDGET MUSLIMS AND A CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH ZEITGEIST

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We knew we’d be hitting a city soon. The paved road gave it away. Whenever we hit it we’d hit a city soon afterwards. The longer the stretch of asphalt, the bigger the city. And this was the biggest we’d hit in quite a while … … Continue reading

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Driving Around Europe Without A Map, Part 23 … AN ANGEL IN THE WILDERNESS

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How is it that relatively unimportant scenes from our past remain etched in our memory as deeply as those of great consequence? Is it a unique scent that does the trick? A special sound or touch that triggers some hidden, genetically … Continue reading

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Driving Around Europe Without A Map, Part 22 … THE UNEXPECTED FIESTA!

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I woke up in the middle of a cow pasture surrounded by cows, flies and cow pies. I had no idea how I’d gotten there. None at all. I tried hard  to remember but I couldn’t recall a thing! My three traveling companions … Continue reading

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Driving Around Europe Without A Map, Part 21 … A MACEDONIAN MELEE

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The plate crashed against the stone wall and splintered into shards that lay scattered on the clean swept earth floor. We’d just settled-in at our table in a public house when that porcelain projectile flew just above our heads! We damn near jumped out of our skins! Our nerves … Continue reading

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Driving Around Europe Without A Map, Part 20 … SERENDIPITY AT THE END OF A GOAT PATH

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Sometimes things just make you feel happy and warm all over. It’s a miracle really, for happiness is one of the last things that’d come to mind if you viewed our situation on this planet realistically … after all, you could say we’re just a bunch of insignificant … Continue reading

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Driving Around Europe Without A Map, Part 19 … AN ANCIENT ATHENIAN RITUAL

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We snuck into the taverna as if we were on recon patrol. We moved slowly, cautiously sweeping our heads to spot any sign of danger and to take an inventory of exits … just in case. It was night and we were in a low-low-rent, blue-collar waterfront neighborhood of Athens. … Continue reading

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