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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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Rila Monastery, Symbol of Bulgarian National Identity

During my visit to Sofia I heard repeatedly that the nearby UNESCO World Heritage Site of Rila Monastery was a must see. Based upon this endorsement my expectations were high, but my first view of the monastery’s tall stone walls left me uninspired; it appeared to be nothing more than a simple stone…

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PHOTO: Jangchub Choeling Monastery at Tashi Palkhiel Tibetan Refugee Settlement near Pokhara, Nepal

Considering a future visit to Nepal? You’ll want to check out my Essential Travel Guide for Pokhara, Nepal, which is updated regularly.

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PHOTO: Puja Items and Instruments at Tashiling Tibetan Refugee Settlement, Pokhara, Nepal

Considering a future visit to Nepal? You’ll want to check out my Essential Travel Guide for Pokhara, Nepal, which is updated regularly.

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