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Guatemala City, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala Experience

San Antonio
San Antonio

The bloody Civil War of the Republic de Guatemala ended in 1996. Twenty years later, today,  the country continues to grow and prosper. The effort to rid the remnants of war,  hangover warriors  and other ego’s that still reach for power, is helping bring back the peace and beauty that this country has to offer.

 

Oh, we felt safe, with some caution. The heavily armed security guards, and I do mean heavily armed, are posted at most restaurants and establishments. A pistol on the hip and a massive shotgun in the hands, ready to blow anyone’s head off should there be a threat is to some, un-nerving, to me, it is reassuring. He didn’t shoot me. I took it as a sign that he was on my side.

Santa Catarina
Santa Catarina

 

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala is the most beautiful lake in the world, as many have said. Guatemala City is a big city worth visiting. The local people of this country will make you fall in love and want to return. The country is fighting for pure goodness. Join us on this episode of Stories Faces Places.

Panajachel
Panajachel

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Chicago: Travel Ideas, Food, Oysters, and more.

dsc01957Well, we stopped in Chicago again for a quick two days. Why? No particular reason other than we like the city. So we kicked off our fall tour in the Windy City. Our first stop was Shaw’s Crab House again, of course.

“I hate the slimy little things,” said Laura.

As for me, well, I was not into oysters dsc01962either, but the Shaw’s folks made believers out of us.

 

Join us on this episode for those stories and Laura’s  soap box  stand.

 

 

 

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Chicago: How to do a “Progressive Lunch” for Under $27 for Two

What is it about Chicago and food?

I was on the airplane in flight to Chicago when the fine gentleman sitting next to me asked if my final destination was Chicago.

IMG_2170 (1)“Yes” I responded.

He sat in the middle seat. He was a small man with the kind of body structure you wanted in the middle seat, small.

“Are you from Chicago?” I asked.

He responded affirmatively.  He was a kind-of proper gentleman, certainly not any one from the rough parts of town.

“Well,” he said, “I take it you’ll be eating while in Chicago?”

“Oh yes,” I said breaking into a medley of the many eating establishments in Chicago.  He jumped in confirming some and adding to the list with others.

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With so many restaurants and so few days, it’s almost impossible to hit so many places. But wait, in this podcast we’ll give you a great idea to make it to many more eating establishments than you can imagine in one day!

 

DSC01892We call it our version of our Madrid, Spain Tapas Crawl, Chicago style.

For starters, not as in appetizers, we present a partial listing of the food places, err, restaurants included in this podcast:

Ms. T’s, Pies-N-Cones, Big & Little’s, The Weiner’s Circle, Bahn Mi & Co., Shaw’s Crab House, Smoke Daddy, Emperor’s Choice, El Hefe, Big Star Taco, Umami Burger, Antique Taco, Las Mananitas

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Share your own version of a progressive lunch or dinner.

Vienna, Austria: Hanging with Beethoven and Something Different

Zum Schwarzen Kameel
Zum Schwarzen Kameel

Sometimes you need to take a break from your worries. Sometimes you need to venture off the tourist route, even if just a little.

So whether you are planning your next trip to Vienna or just needing a break from the everyday same old, then this podcast can solve both.

Bratislava, Slovakia
Bratislava, Slovakia

We visit with Beethoven, yes, you’ll hear about it.

We stop by a silent disco. I know, it sounds strange. We’ll tell you about it and where to go.

We also share how eating a hamburger differs in oh so proper Vienna.

 

Sopron, Hungary
Sopron, Hungary

More fun, more different ideas, and day trips to Bratislava, Slovakia and Sopron, Hungary are on this episode of Stories Faces Places.

 

 

 

 

Chiang Mai, Thailand: Eat with the Locals, Bath in Elephant Dung

Real Street Food
Real Street Food

After getting abused by a taxi driver as mentioned in our last Bangkok podcast, we were able to recover from the hit to our “schooling/education” budget.  We ate like locals with locals.

Elephant care is a must do when in Chiang Mai. Finding the right elephant rescue, a reserve which is helping to spread elephant education and awareness is key.  So, out of our street clothes and into Mahout outfits which are ratty old sack cloth pants and tops, one size fits all, not spandex, but one huge string for wrapping around your waist many times. If  you are thin, the outfit leaves you wanting a tailor and not even a good one.

Transportation for Peanuts
Transportation for Peanuts

Once changed into our not so new duds, we were ready to care and learn all about elephants, up close and personal, really personal, number two personal, for the elephant that is.

Those stories, zip lining in the jungle, being pushed and shoved in an over crowded street market, and more on Chiang Mai are in this episode of Stories Faces Places.

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Podcast: San Gimignano, Italy: A Wine Adventure In Tuscany

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Overlooking the Tuscan Valley
Overlooking the Tuscan Valley

Join us as we visit the small medieval town of San Gimignano, Italy.  Traveling by car is an adventure, and in this case the new experiences are worth more by car. Standing tall upon a hill in the middle of Tuscan wine country, San Gimignano, born 63 BC, is recognized by the thirteen medieval towers still left standing from the original seventy-two.

We’ll take you through the town on a wine tasting, and an unexpected dinner with the locals. We stumble into a community gathering, yes, without any tourists or English speaking people. Somehow, we navigated through the language barrier, making for a terrific experience that we hope all partake.

The wall in Volterra
The wall in Volterra

We find that people all over the globe are genuinely welcoming and hospitable.

After listening to this podcast, you will want to visit San G, as we affectionately call it.

 

Podcast: Lisbon: But the Fado was Free.

Lisbon, Portugal is a fun place to visit.  In this podcast, we share how we almost got taken for a “ride” in a taxi and how you can avoid trouble.  We share our  hunt for that perfect Fado experience, finding it buried deep within an old sailor’s den. We close with  a few other things to do around Lisbon.

If you haven’t read the blogs on this subject, here are the links to follow.

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Castle St. George

“But the Fado was Free”

“Stumble Around Lisbon”

“Off The Grid in Portugal”

Bar do Gincho
Bar do Gincho

 

 

 

Dinner Time Lisbon

Take a Short Train Ride Out of Lisbon