Backpack Benji
Jerusalem.

Jerusalem.

Jerusalem! The ancient Biblical city full of incredible history.  A most holy site for Christians, Jews and Muslims.  Our first stop was at a vantage point along the Jericho Road with an excellent view of the entire city including the…

Crete.

Crete.

Chania, Crete, Greece rests on the site of Kydonia, one of the most important cities of the ancient world and conquered many times over by Romans, Byzantines, Venetians and Turks. Our ship docked at dawn and I made my way…

The Isle of Capri.

The Isle of Capri.

          Through the bay on the southern edge of Naples there lies an “Island of Dreams”. From Firenze (Florence), we made our way down to the seaside town of Sorrento. From there, we chartered a small boat from Marina di Puolo…

Cinque Terre.

Cinque Terre.

From Rome we moved north to visit Cinque Terre, the five small villages on the coast of the Italian Riviera in the Liguria region of Italy. I had arranged for us to stay via AirBNB in one of the colorful painted houses in the…

Rome.

Rome.

After I saw my brother off, I took an overnight train from Munich to Rome, where my sister flew in the following day. I met her at the airport and helped her experience her own Roman Holiday.  Our first stops were…

In Bruges.

In Bruges.

I went back to the states where I had to settle my dear mothers’ estate and ended up moving my remaining belongings to the oceanfront at Virginia Beach, Virginia. Eventually, the travel bug bit me again so I headed back to…

Moscow.

Moscow.

Because of my military background, it took over two months and three attempts to secure my visa to make an unaccompanied trip to Russia, the largest nation on our planet. I flew into Moscow, where there are four airports to…

Magnificent Minsk.

Magnificent Minsk.

Being in Lithuania and heading to Russia, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to visit the country of Belarus. I flew into Minsk, where the airport is a 45 minute drive from the huge metropolis of the capital city.  After going…

Amsterdam.

Amsterdam.

From Paris I decided to go soak up some Dutch culture so I ventured northward to experience Amsterdam. Aside from the famous red lights and hash houses, Amsterdam is a truly cosmopolitan city filled with canals and bicycles, and surrounded…

Venice, Italy.

Venice, Italy.

In my train cabin from Salzburg to Venice was a well-to-do Muslim family, and an older couple from Australia. We talked briefly and followed each other as we had to switch trains in Villach, Austria for the second leg of…

Krakow and Auschwitz.

Krakow and Auschwitz.

From Warsaw I travelled to Southern Poland and checked into a historical hotel in Old Town Krakow near the well-preserved medieval core of the ancient city. This city is a true gem with a beautiful open market piazza (Glowny square).  Once a Renaissance-era trading outpost, the town…