Buergbrennen: Luxembourg’s Unique Way of Sending Off Winter
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  If you happen to be in Luxembourg on the first Sunday after Carnival, you might see a huge bonfire on the hilltop of cities and villages throughout the country. We call this tradition the Buergbrennen, and it’s the Luxembourgish … Read More

A Royal Stay at the Château d’Arc-en-Barrois in Haute-Marne
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  Are you sure this is the hotel you’ve just booked? Because this looks like a castle, a real Château ! Kerstin stopped the car at the entrance way, and looked at me. The wrought-iron gate was open, but we … Read More

Spinalonga Island, Crete: A Step Back in History
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  As the boat drifted toward Spinalonga Island, I closed my eyes to embrace the warm Aegean wind.   As an archaeologist, I’m used to explore ancient ruins. But visiting an island abandoned only in the late 1950’s was new … Read More

2017: Back To Where Our Hearts Belong
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 1. Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can’t remember who we are or why we’re here. – Sue Monk Kidd   By the end of 2016, we had two choices: we could … Read More

Our 10 Favorite Castles in Luxembourg… A Quite Personal Affair
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  Did you know that there are more than 70 castles in Luxembourg that have survived since the Middle Ages? What if we celebrated our wedding in one of them?   Kerstin looked quite surprised when she realized that I … Read More

Cheese Tasting in Amsterdam
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“Look at my face. I have a beautiful, young and healthy skin, right? That’s because I’ve been eating cheese all my life!”   The cheesemonger’s face was full and a bit reddish. Just like the giant round cheese he was … Read More

Christmas in Tivoli Gardens: a Fairytale Land in Copenhagen
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  It was 8:30 am when we arrived in Copenhagen. The Central Station was bathed in silence, the streets were deserted, and the only sound we heard was the crackling ice under our feet. Covered in white, the Danish capital … Read More

Fuerteventura: the Wind-Swept Canary Island
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  As we landed in Fuerteventura, a grumpy sky hovered above our heads. This was our pre-honeymoon trip, and optimism was in the air. So we ignored the undecided weather, and sailed off to our hotel in Jandía, located on … Read More

Exploring Cambridge University with a prospective student
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  Standing outside of the Cambridge Visitor Information Centre, we carefully studied the paper map. King’s College, Trinity College, St John’s College… and oh look: here’s the Fitzwilliam Museum, and there the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology!   Soon, we … Read More

The Castelo dos Mouros in Sintra – Or how I overcame acrophobia in Portugal
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  Standing on the outer fortifications of the Castelo dos Mouros, Kerstin is holding out her hand to me. Come closer! Take my hand; you really can’t fall from here. I keep looking down at the valley of Sintra, while … Read More

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