Category Archives: Churches & Cemeteries

Footsteps Through Berlin: 15 Unforgettable Experiences

No city in Germany is quite like Berlin. Whether you’re interested in historical sites from WWII, the city’s subsequent division under Soviet rule, street art, international cuisine, or world-class museums, the city has something for everyone. Next to centuries-old buildings, modern new businesses spring up daily. The city changes so quickly Continue reading Footsteps Through Berlin: 15 Unforgettable Experiences

So what’s the deal with Hannover?

Munich is known for its Oktoberfest.  Berlin has the Berlin Wall. Heidelberg is home to one of the prettiest castles in Germany.  But what’s the deal with Hannover?  We live just an hour south, yet other than the fact that it’s the local seat of government for our region of Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony), we know very little about Continue reading So what’s the deal with Hannover?

Cologne Cathedral, Germany’s Most Visited Landmark

Covering considerably more square meters of ground than an American football field,  Cologne Cathedral towers over its city of roughly 10 million.  Construction on Kölner Dom – as the monstrous Gothic church is known in Germany – began in the year 1248.  Work continued sporadically for over 600 years until it was officially Continue reading Cologne Cathedral, Germany’s Most Visited Landmark

Photo Highlights of Père-Lachaise Cemetery

On the morning of our last day in Paris, Travis and I visited one last attraction – the Cemetery of Père-Lachaise.  After spending three wonderful days exploring the city with our friends, we’d said goodbye to them the night before after our guided tour of the Eiffel Tower.  Waking up a bit late, we’d checked out of our Airbnb, caught Continue reading Photo Highlights of Père-Lachaise Cemetery

Sacred Snails of Sacre-Coeur

One thing that struck me about Paris is that, like many of the larger cities in Europe,  it’s flat – really flat.  With few exceptions, most of the buildings reach a fairly uniform height, and from a distance, perspective is lost as they merge into a blanket of concrete and steel.  It’s possible to climb all the tallest buildings in the city – Notre Continue reading Sacred Snails of Sacre-Coeur

Anybody know who’s buried at the Pantheon?

For me, a trip to Paris wouldn’t have been complete without a visit to the Panthéon.  Patterned after the original, much older Pantheon in Rome, the one in Paris was originally called the Église Sainte-Geneviève as it was a church built to honor Genevieve, the patron saint of Paris.  Though construction on the church began in 1758, Continue reading Anybody know who’s buried at the Pantheon?

Khoasimodo and the Bells of Notre Dame

Perhaps it was luck, perhaps it was fate that our first trip to Paris ended up being with a friend whose name is Khoa.  Pronounced Kwa, it’s not surprising that an easy-going prankster like our friend would become the target of countless jokes revolving around his name. Basically any word that starts with “qua” is fair game.  That said, I Continue reading Khoasimodo and the Bells of Notre Dame

Easter Spanking at Prague Castle

Did somebody say blue skies on Easter?!  Like someone had flipped a light switch, we awoke Sunday morning in our tent in Prague to a very different world from the morning before.  Absent was the pitter-patter of rain on our tent fly and gloomy light that barely filtered through the canvas.  Instead, a circus of birds chirped Continue reading Easter Spanking at Prague Castle

Easter Weekend In Old Town Prague

Travis and I are really still such outdoor folks at heart that sometimes it’s hard for us to get excited about trips like our Easter road-trip to Prague.  Despite typically having a laundry list of fantastic attractions to see, planning a trip to a big city requires an attention to practical details we’d much rather avoid – the necessity Continue reading Easter Weekend In Old Town Prague

The Cathedral of St. Barbara

Before our trip to Prague on Easter, we had never heard of the Cathedral of St. Barbara, the patron saint of miners.  Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and regarded by many as one of the most spectacular Gothic cathedrals in Europe, we saw it perched high on a hill overlooking the town of Kutná Hora as soon as we Continue reading The Cathedral of St. Barbara