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Sunday travel anthology

Calderas, Corfu and … cream cheese?

Sunrise over the Danube River. bberwyn photo.

By Bob Berwyn

FRISCO — In between fretting about Colorado River flows and reporting on the travails of endangered lynx and sage-grouse, it’s good to get out and see the world. It helps look at issues in a global context — and so many issues these days are global. Of course, not every story is environmental. Sometimes, travel comes down to the simple task of trying to find a Frisbee in Rome … Travel: Around the world with a Frisbee.

Searching for roots can give travel great meaning, and if it involves a bit of Cold War cloak and dagger and European history, so much the better … Travel: Cold War memories along the Danube.

Leigh Wadden at the edge of the Wadden Sea, Texel Island, The Netherlands. bberwyn photo.

Or, you can search for the roots of your family name, perhaps linked somehow with one of the world’s great estuarine wetlands, inhabited by talking bumblebees … Travel: Mystery meat and talking bees on Texel.

Travel doesn’t necessarily require a passport. There are plenty of adventures to be had within a few hundred miles of anywhere, especially when you set out for the remote hinterlands north of the Grand Canyon with what you know is sketchy starter in your engine … Travel: Karma and climate change in the Southwest.

Little things can be the most memorable, like buying a big box of blueberries from a roadside vendor at a dusty, nowhere crossroads in Slovenia, then eating on the train while watching a blazing Adriatic sunset … A Balkan sampler: Blueberries and mopeds in Slovenia.

The lure of far-away places can reward with the unexpected. When you miss the ferry in Corfu — twice — you get to know a place a little better … Travel photo essay: World Heritage preserved in Albania.

And there’s probably nothing better than introducing your kids to the wonders of the world with a trip focused around one of the planet’s greatest sporting events … Travel: Father and son with World Cup fever.


New find confirms location of Julius Caesar’s assassination

Spanish archaeologists pinpoint a memorial erected by Augustus Caesar

Spanish researchers find memorial at the Curia of Pompey erected by Augustus Caesar.

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — Rome has always been a nexus of history, art, culture and politics, and now, Spanish researchers they’ve confirmed the exact location where Julius Caesar was stabbed to death on the Ides of March in 44 BC.

A concrete structure of three meters wide and more than two meters high, placed by order of Augustus (adoptive son and successor of Julius Caesar) to condemn the assassination of his father, was  the key for the scientists.

“We always knew that Julius Caesar was killed in the Curia of Pompey on March 15th 44 BC because the classical texts pass on so, but so far no material evidence of this fact, so often depicted in historicist painting and cinema, had been recovered,” said Antonio Monterroso, CSIC researcher from the Institute of History of the Center for Humanities and Social Sciences. Continue reading “New find confirms location of Julius Caesar’s assassination”

Travel: Around the world with a Frisbee

Playing Frisbee in Boulder, Colorado.
A game of toss is a fine intermezzo for any trip, even if it's just a short jaunt down to the Front Range. PHOTO BY BOB BERWYN.

Global game is an ice-breaker — and can help burn off calories from a schnitzel dinner

By Bob Berwyn

It wasn’t until Van Tazzi skidded his moped to a stop a few inches from the top of the Spanish Steps that I started to regret my offer to search Rome’s toy stores for a Frisbee.

It had seemed so important that morning, as we all sat around the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, deciding that we’d seen enough classical sculptures for the day. A Frisbee was what we needed to liven up the breaks between site-seeing, and since I was the only one of our ragged group of backpackers who could speak a passable sentence of Italian, I volunteered.

After several near misses that didn’t faze Van Tazzi in the least, I was breathing deeply, trying to slow my heartbeat. I watched our 15-year-old fixer race into the crowd, chattering as he went, no doubt asking everyone where he might find a “Friz-a-bi.” The flying discs are apparently as rare in Rome as flying pigs. Continue reading “Travel: Around the world with a Frisbee”