Museums

From Switzerland’s slightly macabre “dead frog” museum to Germany’s U-Boat 995 memorial

Bunny mold at the Lindt Schokoladen Museum, Cologne

Imhoff Schokoladenmusuem: Chocolate, Git In Mah Belly!

For chocolate lovers the world over, a visit to the Imhoff Schokoladenmusuem in Cologne just might be in order.  The museum is the brainchild of Hans Imhoff, a German chocolate producer who envisioned not only a factory to make chocolate, but a place to showca...

Laboe Naval Memorial and U-Boat 995

Sunday brought glorious sunshine to our beautiful stretch of white sandy beach on the Baltic Sea where we were camping.  Instead of motivating us to get out and explore nearby sites, it was all we could do to tear ourselves away from the sand, sun, and surf.  ...
bed where Victor Hugo died in Paris, France

Stalking Victor Hugo, An American In Paris

I've admired the French novelist, Victor Hugo, for so long that I can't remember a time when I couldn't conjure up the image of his distinguished, grey-bearded face in my mind.  Even as a teenager, a poorly translated copy of Les Misérables was sufficient to c...

The Louvre, The World’s Largest Museum

Day 1 in Paris - get out of bed at 7 am.  Ok, make that 9 am.  Never a fan of early mornings, I was grateful that our friends Khoa and Bailey had been completely flexible about what time to meet rather than insisting on an early morning.  Despite that, Travis ...
The Tower of London across the Thames River

Tower of London

They bear down upon Westminster, the ghost-consecrated Abbey, and the history-crammed Hall, through the arches of the bridge with a rush as the tide swelters round them; the city is buried in a dusky gloom save where the lights begin to gleam and trail with ...

Descending into the Turda Salt Mine

If you didn't know where to find the entrance to the Salina 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 ...

Sighisoara, Birthplace of Vlad Dracula

The village of Sighișoara (See ghee swahr' ah) in Transylvania is possibly most well-known as the birthplace of Vlad Dracula, but this charming town of around 30,000 inhabitants is so much more!  Originally a Roman fort, the town was colonized by settlers of G...
Mercado de San Miguel, Madrid

¡Ayyy, te amo, Madrid! Te amo.

From the land of Swiss cows to the land of Spanish puerco, we finally arrived in Madrid on the evening of the third day of a two-week road trip from Switzerland.  We were excited to see AG, a friend who grew up in Madrid, and relieved to finally be able to sto...

Estavayer’s Dead Frog Society

The little Swiss town of Estavayer-le-Lac has a rather unusual claim to fame.  Hidden behind a creaking heavy wooden door at the top of some old stone steps is a unique gem of a museum.  This museum, the Musée des grenouilles, is home to a bizarre collection o...