Category Archives: Memorials & Monuments

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

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.  We lounged around on our Family Fun Blanket, sipping coffee and devouring Continue reading Laboe Naval Memorial and U-Boat 995

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

Climbing the Eiffel Tower, Paris’s “Lady of Iron”

Travis and I spent our last evening in Paris with Khoasimodo, Esmeralda, and one very special lady – La dame de fer, “The Iron Lady.”  As the most visited paid monument in the world, the Lady drew us to her as she does millions of visitors each year.  A trip to Paris just wouldn’t be complete without a visit to its most iconic Continue reading Climbing the Eiffel Tower, Paris’s “Lady of Iron”

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?

Switzerland to Romania: Road Trip or Goat Rodeo?

Do you ever get tired of seeing people’s travel photos where everything looks perfect?  The ones where the women are sporting expensive hair styles, flawless makeup, and handbags perfectly coordinated to match their shoes?  Everyone is smiling for the camera but casually posed as if they always stand that way.  The light Continue reading Switzerland to Romania: Road Trip or Goat Rodeo?

Job Interview in Göttingen

July 31st is a big day that’s rapidly drawing near.  As of the end of July, our visas officially expire in Switzerland, our lease ends and we have to move, and Trav’s job ends.

When we moved here, none of the five labs where he interviewed Continue reading Job Interview in Göttingen

Zermatt, Gateway to the Matterhorn

Despite that the town of Zermatt is incredibly touristy, we felt it would be a shame to live in Switzerland without visiting it at least once.  And considering that it’s truly the gateway to the Matterhorn, the primary departure point with multiple trams accessing hiking trails, climbing routes, and the ever-present alpine huts, it would be Continue reading Zermatt, Gateway to the Matterhorn

Avenches, Just The Other Side of Misery

When yet another week of stellar, sunny weather gave way to rain, clouds, and lightning in the Alps, Travis and I again postponed our plans to go hiking and camping at Aletsch Glacier or near the Matterhorn.  Instead, we opted to drive the 15 minutes or so to the little town of Avenches, known locally for its Roman ruins, ancient Continue reading Avenches, Just The Other Side of Misery

Teufelsbrücke, The Devil’s Bridge

As soon as we paid for our rather unpleasant night of camping at Lake Lucerne and were back on the road, our sense of adventure returned.  According to the website I’d found about Teufelsbrücke, it was only about 30 minutes from the lake, so we expected to be there in a jif. Continue reading Teufelsbrücke, The Devil’s Bridge