Category Archives: Architecture

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?

Half-Timber Houses of Hann. Münden

Half-timbered houses are a “thing” in Germany.  They’re pretty much everywhere.  It’s nearly impossible to drive through a single German village without seeing at least a few of these picturesque buildings with their distinctive bands of dark timbers lacing the exterior.  During construction, the spaces between the timbers are Continue reading Half-Timber Houses of Hann. Münden

Queen for a Day at Wartburg Castle

The only fault one could possibly find with German castles is that there are just so many of them.  It’s difficult to decide which ones to visit and which ones to skip.  While last year we celebrated my birthday in Lucerne followed by a visit to The Devil’s Bridge in Switzerland, this year I wanted to celebrate like a queen.  And what Continue reading Queen for a Day at Wartburg Castle

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?

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

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 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

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