Caves & Mines

From a glacial ice cave in the Alps to a salt mine in Romania

Historic buildings of Rammelsberg Mine in Goslas

Touring the Historic Rammelsberg Mine

Legend tells that in the year 968, a knight was out hunting deer in the forests of Rammelsberg, a peak in the Harz Mountains.  Stopping for a rest, he tied his horse to a tree.  Restless, the horse pawed at the ground, unearthing a rich vein of silver.  Thus b...

Descending into the Turda Salt Mine

If you didn't know where to find the entrance to Turda Salt Mine, you'd likely drive right past it.  Capped above ground by a modern glass and steel dome next to a huge parking area, surrounded by small hills dotted with marshy salt ponds, not much about the p...

The Unexpected Cave Hermitage Of Tosantos

Everyone who knows my mom knows that she's perpetually late because she's incapable of going from point A to Z.  Instead, she stops at points B through Y in between.  Even if her final destination is point B, she'll still visit points C-Z if they're mildly int...

St. Beatus vs the Dragon

After several weeks of pretty spectacular sunny weather in our little Swiss valley, we knew our luck couldn't hold out.  But we were still bummed when the sun fled with the arrival of our weekend, bearing gloomy gray skies and rain.  It was our roommate, Ginta...