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Current Events 86: A Farewell Toast

November 17, 2022 - For our final evening in Bucharest, Simona invited us to dinner at her home. Her house was far from the city center, in...
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Current Events 85: A Rehearsal

November 10, 2022 - We were rather downcast as we left the Great Snagogue museum and returned to the Choral Temple. It was such a fine, bree...
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Current Events 84: The Great Synagogue/Sinagoga Mare Part 2

November 03, 2022 - After the Allies defeated the Nazis, over a hundred thousand Jews poured into Bucharest. Many were survivors of the camp...
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Current Events 83: The Great Synagogue/ Sinagoga Mare, Part 1

October 27, 2022 - The Great Synagogue was doubly hidden. Its plain plaster walls masked a sumptuous interior. The ceiling was gorgeous, pa...
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Current Events 82: Bucharest's Choral Temple/ Templul Coral, Part 2

October 20, 2022 - The money and time for the synagogue's renovation were well spent, as the results were spectacular. The ceiling and wall...
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Current Events 81: The Choral Temple (Templul Coral), Bucharest, Part I

October 12, 2022 - Our levity yielded to solemnity when we met Simona and our Israeli friends at the Choral Temple, Templul Coral in Romani...
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Current Events 80: From Luxury to Whimsy

October 06, 2022 - After a lengthy dinner with Simona and our friends from Israel, Miri, Petra, HL and I took a costly taxi ride back to ou...
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Current Events 79: Caru' Cu Bere

September 28, 2022 - For our first dinner together, our friends and we went by taxi to Bucharest's central historic district of Lipscani. Sim...
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Current Events 78: The Village Museum

September 20, 2022 - It was late afternoon when we arrived at one of Bucharest's premier tourist attractions, The Village Museum. It was situ...
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Current Events 77: The People's Palace

September 14, 2022 - While everyone was questioning Egmund, the hero of the Revolution, HL took pictures of the Kretzulescu Church. The Ortho...
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Current Events 76: The Romanian Revolutionary

September 07, 2022 - Whatever its artistic or civic merits, the Impaled Potato was an incongruous addition to Bucharest's central plaza. The...
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Current Events 75: The Impaled Potato

September 01, 2022 - Bucharest was the largest, most densely populated city on our tour, with more than two million people. It had the fastes...
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Current Events 74: Very Little Paris

August 24, 2022 - As we approached Bucharest, the countryside yielded abruptly to equipment yards, truck depots and exurban excrescences f...
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Current Events 73: The Crossing

August 18, 2022 - We reurned to Ruse for our last night aboard the M/S River Aria. Towards the end of our farewell dinner, the chefs and t...
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Current Events 66: Changing Course

June 29, 2022 - From Arbanassi, the bus did not return us to Nikopol, where we had breakfasted. Instead, we went to a berth downriver, a...
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Current Events 53: Through the Locks

March 31, 2022 - Our ship entered the first lock at noon. Iron Gates I was the site of the first hydroelectric dam to supply power to bot...
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Current Events 51: Trajan's Tablet

March 17, 2022 - The Danube River carried our ship through the deepest gorge in Europe. Aside from a few craft sailing upriver, there wer...
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Current Events 50: Approaching the Iron Gates

March 09, 2022 - Next on our itinerary was a full day of sailing, which had given me pause before we booked the cruise. I had thought tha...
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