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May 17, 2016 - Chisinau Afternoon

The morning was spent in our usual low-key way: get up whenever, coffee for most of us, exercise bicycle for Jim. We went downtown for lunch via a cab. (Several days ago, we could not get a cab at this time of day.). We ate at The Smokehouse which was our lunch spot last Thursday. They were out of 2 of their 8 beers. Does that indicate a lot of drinking among the folks here! Vlad, one of the owners, suggested that we visit Dendrarium Park. It's like a.botanical garden.which we did. It was quite an after-lunch walk to get there. Some plants...

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May 16, 2016 - Good R & R Day

After being quite the tourists over the weekend, we decided that it was time to take it easy. I did several loads of laundry early this morning which the maid would have done, but she speaks no English, & I am quite particular about my laundry...cold water, gentle action, hang to dry. Jerry, Jim, & I walked to a local market for some junk food...potato chips & Snickers. We had lunch here at the ambassador's residence because the frig was stocked with lunch items. After a lazy afternoon of reading, watching a little tv, & napping, Jim & I...

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May 15, 2016 - To Odesa, Ukraine

On the road at 8:30 am. The drive to Odesa is 3.5 hours with a considerable stop at the border to check passports. It was NOT a smooth ride. Not only are the paved roads bumpy, but they rocked the van from side to side as well. For this day trip, there were 5 of us: Jim & Jerry Pettit plus the three of us. Andre, the driver for the ambassador, handled those chores yesterday & today. We arrived in Odesa at lunchtime, so that's the first item we took care of. Jim Pettit had been here with friends last year, so he knew a good spot for lunch....

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May 14, 2016 - Multiple Events

We are heading out early tomorrow, so I must make today's entry before I go to bed tonight. (It's just past noon Colorado time.) Jim & Jerry Pettit, DD, Jim, & I were picked up by the ambassador's driver at 10 am. In an hour's crazy drive, we were at Vila Etnica where we saw limestone caves at a distance. We drove up a narrow road with some sharp drop-offs to visit Butuceni, an old Moldovan church. Jim, the ambassador, told us that we had to be very quiet as we went down to a dark area where it was cool enough to see our breath! Jim said...

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May 13, 2016 - Weather & Winery

Today's forecast was correct - 100% chance of rain! Most of it occurred between noon and 5:00, and we didn't need to be outside much. Peter, the house manager at the ambassador's residence, prepared a delicious lunch of salmon, rice, and roasted red peppers. He called a driver to take us to the largest winery in the world, Milestii Mici. (The rate for the driver was 300 lei per hour which is about $15. He stayed with us for our outing...about 3 hours.) The entrance to the winery was 400 lei/person which is about $20. Not bad for what we...

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May 12, 2016 - Walking in Chisinau

We had a relaxing morning just hanging out at the ambassador's residence. The weather forecast looked great, so we ventured out for the entire afternoon & evening. No cab was available late this morning, so Peter, the house manager, said that he would drive us downtown. Peter speaks pretty good English so we gained a lot of information along the way. Oh, street construction. It could occur anywhere at any time with no advance warning. All of a sudden, lanes reduce to one & cars squeeze to fit into narrowed spaces. So glad that we aren't...

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May 11, 2016 - From Munich to Moldova

Up at 4:30 am & at the Munich airport at 6:15. We drove through quite a few patches of dense fog. Scary! Our flight took off on time & was uneventful. Waiting for us in Chisinau, Moldova was our friend, Jerry Pettit. After an exciting taxi ride from the airport to the ambassador's residence, we settled in & rested a bit. (Taxi driver drove fast, braked hard, & followed too closely at those speeds.) The residence was a hotel, so each bedroom has its own full bath. The hardwood floors and tiles are beautifully polished. Nice place for our...

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May 10, 2016 - Day 2

Day 2 and 3:Wow, day 2 and 3 already. The bike just arrived and we are ready to get out of Munich. Great place but its time for us to move on. We are looking forward to some new adventures. We have been to the historical Haufbrauhaus now twice. Guess it was a lot of fun the 1st time to go back. We spend the day getting the bike ready for the next several weeks of travel and now ready to move on. Experiences of the day(s): *Bike ride through Munich's Central Park. It was a sight to see! Naked people laying around enjoying the sun! We loved...

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May 10, 2016 - Relaxing day

We had considered taking the train to Munich for a day of sight-seeing, but the very high chance of rain caused us to change our minds & stay in Wolfratshausen. The day involved walking, strolling through shops, eating & drinking. Our last happy hour & last supper with Rich were kind of sad, but we will see him again in the States in early June. We talked about the favorite things we did & what foods we enjoyed. For me, I thought the rafting trip was interesting, unusual, & involved a ton of work. My favorite beverage was their tasty dark...

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May 9, 2016 - Three Great Stops

What a nice day! We started our morning at Oberammergau, the city where the Passion Play is performed every 10 years & the city famous for its wood carvers. Jim & I have now been there 3 times, and we are always amazed at what the carvers are able to produce. Of course, there are plenty of items for sale that are laser cut, too. We spent about 4 hours in the city including time for lunch. Info from a travel guide book: Oberammergau was spared from a plague that swept Europe in 1633. The inhabitants promised to re-enact the Crucifixion &...

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May 8, 2016 - Cultural Celebration

You might be tired of hearing this, but we enjoyed another day of beautiful weather. Just a short drive from Wolfratshausen, maybe 5km, a May Day celebration was held. It was in the town of Walehstadt and is called Mai Feier. The search for a tree suitable to be a town's May pole begins in March. (Towns get a new pole every 4 - 5 years.). The tree is felled & brought to town where it is peeled, dried as much as possible, & decorated in blue & white which are Bavaria's colors. Rich told us the very interesting story of May poles, & I'm not...

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May 8, 2016 - Day 1 - Munich Germany

Day 1: After 19 hours of travel, Kim and I have arrived in Munich Germany. Flying Business Class is amazing!!!! Beds on a plane? WHAT?? Amazing food believe it or not. It was like a smorgasbord that included all the beer and wine you wanted. We were worried our 70 lbs bag would not make it to Munich but no issues there!! Experiences: * Beds, movies, food, and booze on our Condor Flight!!! *When they write down your room number as 5^^ this really means 511. Their 1 looks like ^. WEIRD but now we know after spending 10 minutes looking for...

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