Welcome to my travel blog.  I’m just reorganizing things so you may find a different look from time to time.  On the top of this page you can access my publishing company Ranger Doug’s Enterprises or jump directly on board my 1899 tugboat, Katahdin.   Directly to the right is an archive beginning in Antarctica in 2004 so scroll away and enjoy!

 

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Eastern Europe and other Gulag-y Places

Eastern Europe and other Gulag-y Places

The last push from Budapest to Istanbul isn't an easy one and involves five separate trains not including the maze of undergrounds from Halkali to my destination in the center of Istanbul. The Man in Seat 61 lays it out pretty well but it's hard to grasp the sequences...

The Bridges of Budapest

The Bridges of Budapest

There are about a dozen bridges spanning the Danube River here in Budapest.  I didn't know this as I trained into town but I was soon to learn.  From Venice, it was an all day trip to Vienna--arriving about 5pm.  I grabbed a room at the Motel One or some such...

Stranded in Venice!

Stranded in Venice!

There is no equivalent to Venice. This city defines Italy with its elegance, renaissance marble architecture, music, shipping and world exploration, right up to the color palettes of its artists.  It also defines crowded tourism and near-extortion for many basic...

Naples, Pompey, Capri and JFK’s yacht

Naples, Pompey, Capri and JFK’s yacht

Let's start in Naples. Before heading out to Capri, let's talk about boats.  While my host, Bruno, does his maritime stuff here in Naples, I get a tour of the boatyard.  I won't even begin to describe these beauties--Stradivarius of the Seas so to speak. but I've...

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