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Pannonhalma Monastery – A Thousand Years of Benedictine History and Wine

Perhaps it was my imagination. The lavender harvest had been completed two weeks earlier, but as I trudged up the hill in temperatures hovering near the century mark, the air still seemed redolent with the herb’s rich, musky fragrance. At the top, I swiped rivulets of sweat out of my eyes and gazed…

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PHOTO: Library at Pannonhalma Abbey in Northern Hungary

Click on above photo to view it in large format: The library at the Benedictine Pannonhalma Abbey, founded in 996. The library holds more than 360,000 volumes, and the ceiling of its oval hall is painted with allegories of the four medieval university faculties: Law, Theology, Medicine and the Arts.

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PHOTO: Wine Cellars at Benedictine Abbey of Pannonhalma, Hungary

Click on above photo to view it in large format: Wine casks in the cellars beneath the Benedictine Abbey of Pannonhalma, in northern Hungary.

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Hungary Grapples With Its World War II History

Kiraly Street is the new mecca for the younger generation in Budapest. By day shoppers frequent its upscale boutiques, coffee shops, and designer outlets. After dark it hops with nightlife, offering restaurants with multi-ethnic cuisine, ruin pubs, and entertainment venues. It is the new place to see and be seen. But few realize…

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PHOTO: St. Stephen’s Basilica and Square, Budapest, Hungary

Street leading to St. Stephen’s Basilica and Square, considered the heart of Budapest, Hungary

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A First Hand Account from Syrian Refugees in Serbia

The young man in the dirty jeans and faded navy T-shirt wouldn’t tell me his name. I’d asked the group of refugees hanging around the park in front of the Belgrade bus station if any one spoke English and they’d pushed him forward. He was willing to speak to me on condition of…

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