Who doesn’t love German Christmas markets? Towards the end of November, they start popping up in towns across the country. It seems no village is too small to host their own festive extravaganza. In any given year, Berlin alone offers between 50 and 100 Christmas markets, though only a handful of them are sizable. Each market Continue reading Two of the Best Christmas Markets in Berlin
The hilltop ramparts of Königstein Fortress are so large and impregnable, it’s said that no enemy has ever dared attack. Founded during the 13th century in what was then the Kingdom of Bohemia, the site sprawls across a 240-meter tall plateau. A man-made wall built on the existing sandstone cliffs stretches for nearly two Continue reading Königstein Fortress: Come For the Views, Stay for the Concert
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
We love it in the States when stores and malls start playing Christmas music, typically right after Thanksgiving. It’s the time of year when it’s impossible to turn on the radio and not find a station playing classic holiday tunes mixed with the occasional song of a more dubious nature, such as “Grandma Got Run Over By A Continue reading TSO, Not Your Granny’s Christmas Music
Up until last week, we were two Americans who would have answered, Euro-whoody-whatty?
Not for the first time, we were grateful for our Lithuanian roommate who is clearly far more hip to European culture than we are. She Continue reading Eurovision 2015
Are you sometimes totally astounded at how talented your friends are? I frequently am. We recently learned that our friend, Rana, is a soprano with a local blues gospel choir, the Bonny B Fri-Gospel Singers. Based in Fribourg, the group performs public concerts several times a year. She recently invited us to see her group sing in Continue reading Bonny B Fri-Gospel Singers