An Incomparable Inertia: Skopje to Saloniki by Rail

January 5th, 2013 · Comments Off on An Incomparable Inertia: Skopje to Saloniki by Rail

By Chris Deliso for Travel Intelligence (2006) Unless you take the other one, in the dead of night, the train arrives in late afternoon and by that time you just want to sit down and sleep against the window. But usually the press of people, all pushing and clamoring to board (grandmothers with glass jars […]

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Seductive Southern Crete

October 26th, 2010 · Comments Off on Seductive Southern Crete

By Chris Deliso Although Crete hosts one-quarter of Greece’s annual visitors, one can escape the crowds by heading south. Thanks to the rugged mountains that stretch across much of the island’s spine, southern Crete remains a place apart. Known for their hospitality, traditional music and healthy home-cooking, Cretans are also fiercely independent. They often rebelled […]

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Letter from Macedonia: A Vital Jewish Heritage

March 24th, 2010 · Comments Off on Letter from Macedonia: A Vital Jewish Heritage

By Chris Deliso Moment Magazine (2006) Once a year, in March, Moritz Romano returns to his hometown of Bitola in southern Macedonia. There he walks up the Sirok Sokak, the old Turkish name for the grand pedestrian avenue lined with open-air cafés and neoclassical edifices. At 84, his hearing is weak and his gait slow, […]

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Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2010 and 1000 Ultimate Experiences

January 5th, 2010 · Comments Off on Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2010 and 1000 Ultimate Experiences

Not exactly travel guides, but too portable to be coffee-table books either, these beautifully presented companion volumes – released just in time for the holidays- open a fascinating perspective on the far-flung wonders of the world, through the colourful writing and magnificent photography for which Lonely Planet books have always been known. (Ordering information at […]

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Ireland: the Blaskets

January 5th, 2010 · Comments Off on Ireland: the Blaskets

By Chris Deliso (2005 (Travel Intelligence) Stretching beyond and forever is the cold Atlantic. The western sky also stretches wide, and in evening the sunset dissipates, seems to float, on vast thick clouds, inflated and tinged with purples and reds, like those regal jellyfish bobbing on the westward ocean. Standing atop the cliffs outside the […]

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Drinking in Dublin

January 5th, 2010 · Comments Off on Drinking in Dublin

By Chris Deliso (written in 2001, published in 2004 by Travel Intelligence) A raucous roar went up as time expired, and a bloodied County Meath emerged the winner. The dejected losers, archrivals Dublin, plodded off the field in silence. The 30,000 fans who had almost torn down old Croke Park with their bare fists spilled […]

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Macedonia’s Enchanted East

January 5th, 2010 · Comments Off on Macedonia’s Enchanted East

By Chris Deliso for Travel Intelligence (2004) “You guys are sitting on a gold mine here,” rasped the jovial American, clad in a Dallas Cowboys football shirt and marked by his unmistakable New England accent. “This country is incredible.” A bit past middle age and just returned from the Athens Olympics, the New Hampshire man […]

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A Visit to Staro Nagoricane

January 5th, 2010 · Comments Off on A Visit to Staro Nagoricane

By Chris Deliso May 26, 2006 (Balkanalysis.com) On Easter, the apple trees were blossoming in Staro Nagoricane, along the lower part of the village near the river, birds singing in the treetops and crickets buzzing in the fields. The little river marks the southern border of the village, separating it from Trnovac and surrounded by […]

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Carnivals Warm Guests in Snowy Macedonia

January 5th, 2010 · Comments Off on Carnivals Warm Guests in Snowy Macedonia

By Chris Deliso, Lonely Planet Travel Writer Denver Post (Dec. 10, 2006) Despite its partially Mediterranean climate, Macedonia in winter can be snowy and cold. No surprise then that the country’s hospitable inhabitants keep warm with copious amounts of food and grog, along with carnivals marked by costumed tomfoolery. Luckily, those traveling through southeastern Europe […]

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Turks Living in the Shadow of Iraq

January 4th, 2010 · Comments Off on Turks Living in the Shadow of Iraq

By CHRISTOPHER DELISO YUKSEKOVA, Turkey, Oct. 11, 2002 (UPI) — It is a confusing mix of thatched-roof huts and garish modern apartments, a town where sports cars compete with roaming chickens and cows for the dust-strewn road. In the farthest reaches of Turkey, nestled snugly between Iran and Iraq, is Yuksekova, unpretentious center of drug […]

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