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
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 showcase 4,000 years of history and culture surrounding Continue reading Imhoff Schokoladenmusuem: Chocolate, Git In Mah Belly!
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
Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.~Les Misérables, Victor Hugo
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 Continue reading Stalking Victor Hugo, An American In Paris
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 Ezzy had been completely flexible about what time to meet rather than insisting on an early morning. Despite that, Travis and I were still running about 20 minutes late (my fault, as always) when we arrived Continue reading The Louvre, The World’s Largest Museum
On a continent that has as many castles as America has drive-thru coffee stands, one crumbling old fortress can almost start to look the same as the next. With that in mind, it would be almost forgivable to assume that Slovakia’s Spišský hrad – or Spis Castle, as it’s know in English – were just like any other European castle. Continue reading Why We Loved Slovakia’s Spis Castle
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 place indicates that this building might be anything more than an ordinary Continue reading Descending into the Turda Salt Mine
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 Germanic descent known as Transylvanian Saxons in the 12th Continue reading Sighisoara, Birthplace of Vlad Dracula
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 stop driving! After inadvertently missing an exit on the Autopista M-30 and Continue reading ¡Ayyy, te amo, Madrid! Te amo.
In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them. Mark Twain