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Zoo Berlin, A Fantastic Attraction for Animal Fanatics

Zoos are something that always make me feel conflicted. While I hate seeing wild animals in captivity, especially if they seem agitated, I love animals. LOVE them! It’s unusual for us to even visit more than one zoo in a year, but during our recent trip to Berlin, we spent our last day in the city exploring the aquarium and one of the city’s two Continue reading Zoo Berlin, A Fantastic Attraction for Animal Fanatics

Chugging Glögg at the Goslar Christmas Market

Bigger isn’t always better, especially when it comes to Europe’s Christmas markets. The smaller villages in Germany offer fewer crowds and a more intimate festival experience. This couldn’t be more true than in the town of Goslar just 75 km southeast of Hannover, Germany.  Founded in the 10th century, the town owes its Continue reading Chugging Glögg at the Goslar Christmas Market

Highlights of the 2016 Goettingen Christmas Market

Somehow the holiday season snuck up on us this year.  It’s probably partly because Thanksgiving – our festive American predecessor to Christmas – comes and goes without fanfare in Germany.  Plus we don’t shop much and aren’t buying Christmas gifts this year, so we  haven’t been down into the Goettingen city center for months Continue reading Highlights of the 2016 Goettingen Christmas Market

Burg Eltz, Germany’s Most Enchanting Fairy-Tale Castle

Ok, we get it.  Some of you loyal readers are perhaps getting a bit tired of seeing our posts about one German castle after another. But we ask you to bear with us for one more castle – just one more! Perhaps you’re planning your first trip to Germany and are trying to prioritize what sites to see.  Or maybe you’ve been before and love Continue reading Burg Eltz, Germany’s Most Enchanting Fairy-Tale Castle

Two Sad Potatoes Are Not Going To Kashmir

We should be in India today.  We’re not.  For those who may not know, we’d been looking forward to a two-week trip to Kashmir for months.  Travis was invited to give a lecture at the University of Kashmir at a developmental neuroscience conference.  After that, we planned to spend a week hiking, camping, and sight-seeing in the Continue reading Two Sad Potatoes Are Not Going To Kashmir

Sedlec Ossuary, The Church of Bones

Last year on Easter we camped at an abandoned castle in Spain, a memory that’s still pretty hard to top.  This year we wanted to go somewhere much closer for the holiday, but couldn’t decide where.  We wanted it to fit nicely into a 4-day weekend without having to spend all of our vacation traveling to and from.  Göttingen is pretty Continue reading Sedlec Ossuary, The Church of Bones

The Luton Passport Fiasco

At some point in the last few years, I lost my enthusiasm for commercial flying.  It wasn’t any one thing that caused it, but rather a slow death from the exhausting process that it’s become.  Even a one hour flight still requires the inevitable 1 to 2 hour drive to the airport, the 2 hour process once there that’s a weird mixture of Continue reading The Luton Passport Fiasco

Tower of London

They bear down upon Westminster, the ghost-consecrated Abbey, and the history-crammed Hall, through the arches of the bridge with a rush as the tide swelters round them; the city is buried in a dusky gloom save where the lights begin to gleam and trail with lurid reflections past black velvety- looking hulls – a dusky city of golden gleams. St. Paul’s looms up like an immense bowl reversed, squat, un-English, and undignified in spite of its great size; they dart within the sombre shadows of the Bridge of Sighs, and pass the Tower of London, with the rising moon making the sky behind it luminous, and the crowd of shipping in front appear like a dense forest of withered pines, and then mooring their boat at the steps beyond, with a shuddering farewell look at the eel-like shadows and the glittering lights of that writhing river, with its burthen seen and invisible, they plunge into the purlieus of Wapping.

Gaslit Nightmares: Stories by Robert W. Chambers, Charles Dickens, Richard Marsh, and Others

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Gelmerbahn, The Steepest Funicular In Europe

When we lived in the States, we didn’t have a habit of seeking out the oldest, tallest, or biggest of anything, at least not intentionally.  If we did happen to visit a site qualifying as such, it was typically a natural phenomenon, like the world’s largest spruce tree in Washington’s Quinault Valley, the world’s greatest concentration Continue reading Gelmerbahn, The Steepest Funicular In Europe

Neuschwanstein Castle, A Dreamer’s Paradise

The first time I ever saw photos of Neuschwanstein Castle, I was just a kid who’d recently relocated to a small logging community in North Idaho.  Lounging on the brown shag carpet of our mobile home, I was flipping through an old National Geographic magazine from the stack my mom always had lying around the house.  A consummate Continue reading Neuschwanstein Castle, A Dreamer’s Paradise