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During medieval times, land was scarce so people did not want to use this limited resource for cemeteries. The custom was to bury the dead for some period and then to dig up the bones which were stored in an ossuary. This freed up the land for other uses and still gave some dignity to those who passed away. This is an image of what is commonly known as the bone church. The monks not only piled up the bones of the dead, but also arranged them in macabre decorations. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Czech Republic and was truly a sight never to be forgotten!

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This is Nove Hrady Chateau in the Czech Republic. It was built in the 18th century when the local nobility were influenced by French styles and is often called the Czech Versailles. While I am not so fond of rococo style, this chateau is a beautiful example. I fondly remember having a wonderful Czech pastry with my friend at the coffee shop here.

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One could argue that Slovenia is Europe's best kept secret. Most Americans would be hard pressed to find it on a map, but I think it is one of the best countries I have visited. This is the main square in Ljubljana, Sovenia's capital city. It is not a large city, but it is picturesque and has quite a few historical sights. I made this image in the early morning which is why I was able to capture it without any people. I would really like to go back again one day.

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This is Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest. At first glance one would think this is one of Europe's ancient monuments, but actually it was completed in the early 20th century. It is one of my favorite places because it looks like a fairy tale. I like the illuminated buildings against this beautiful twilight sky in this image.

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Croatia's Adriatic coast is so beautiful. This is looking down on Hvar town from Hvar Castle. We were lucky to have great weather when we visited several years ago. There are over 1,000 islands on Croatia's Dalmatian coast and Hvar is one of the nicest. Such a wonderful place for a summer getaway!

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When I visited Slovenia several years ago, we spent one night in Maribor because a friend wanted to meet up with his business acquaintance. I had never heard of Maribor and was not expecting much, but it was actually a very nice town. Maibor is the second largest city in Slovenia and this is the historic Town Hall Square. Slovenia is such a wonderful little country with so many surprises!

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This is the main square of Piran, a lovely town on the Adriatic coast of Slovenia. Piran was part of the Venetian Republic for many centuries and it still has a very Italian feeling. The bell tower in the distance is a smaller version of the bell tower in Venice. The building on the left is city hall which was built when Piran was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire so it has more of a central European style. I like the leading lines of this image which draw your eye towards the bell tower.

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When I am traveling I always try to find an elevated position with a good view. This is Hvar town on the Adriatic coast of Croatia. I found an old fort which had a great view of the town and went up to shoot the sunset. This image was taken just after the sun went down and the city lights came on. The Dalmatian coast of Croatia has over 1,000 islands. Hvar is one of the larger islands and you can see some of the smaller ones in the distance. I like this beautiful scene with the sunset sky in the background.

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When we visited Croatia several years ago we spent several nights in the capital, Zagreb. While Zagreb is not at the top of most people's travel plans we thoroughly enjoyed our stay their. This is St. Mark's Square which is in the center of the old town. The building in the background is Croatia's Parliament Building. If anyone is contemplating a trip to Croatia, I highly recommend spending several nights in this delightful mid-sized city.

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Budapest is one of the most photogenic cities I have had the pleasure to visit. This is a view of the Danube River from the Royal Palace. The illuminated building in the center is the Hungarian Parliament building and Chain Bridge is in the foreground. This city is so beautiful after the sun goes down and the lights come on!

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