Italy ~ Venice

I'd wanted to return to Venice since backpacking there after college. Stories of the mobs of tourists had dissuaded me.

Portugal

Cruise on the Douro River after exploring central Portugal.

No surprise that Portugal has become so popular, not 

Greek Islands


Finally explored the famous Greek islands Mykonos and Santorini, along with less touristy Syros.

May is supposed to be ideal, but, sadly, it was unseasonably cold

Greece ~ Athens

Amazing to have the Parthenon all to myself and only three other people. 

196 Countries

Visited all countries in the world 

Central African Republic

An upbeat moment (between my risks in CAR) with friendly students and museum directors at the small Boganda Museum in Bangui.  

Iceland ~ Fagradalsfjall

Always wanted to see a serious active volcano up close and Iceland's newly erupted Fagradalsfjall turned out to be perfect.

South Sudan

South Sudan, independent since 2011, is indeed "the world's newest country." Mundari cattlemen shown here with a Texas cattleman's son.

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