Vézelay: If Stones Could Speak…
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  I can’t believe my eyes when I see the road sign “Vézelay”, as we leave the famous Grottes d’Arcy-sur-Cure. I always thought that Vézelay – the town that I know through 19th century literature – was located somewhere between … Read More

From Chablis to Auxerre – A Road Trip through Burgundy
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Road trips: unpredicted stops, unexpected sights, and unanticipated routes… Road tripping is like writing. You never know where the next turn/word may take you.   As we are leaving the Chateau de Tanlay in Burgundy, Mei is keeping the itinerary … Read More

Alternative Athens: Our 7 Favorites
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    With a history of more than 5000 years, Athens is all about archaeology. Each and every corner of the city harbors archaeological sites, museums, and monuments. If you browse through Visit Greece, Discover Greece or Odysseus, you’ll see … Read More

Time-Traveling back to Paradise at Maulbronn Monastery, Germany
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Mei parks our crimson crossover. Now what? I ask. Now we get out of the car. She says it with a smile. Clearly, she knows what’s waiting for us on the other side of the parapet walls topped with ruby … Read More

The Toledo Train Station – Or Where Time Stands Still
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  Train stations. A passage. People come, people go. I never liked train stations when I was a kid. Crowded places, random faces, pickpockets, always gusty, too windy in winter, too sticky in summer, these huge halls used to make … Read More

Enchanting Gardens of the Grand Château d’Ansembourg
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  When you have to wait for over a decade to marry the person you love, you owe it to yourself to find the perfect venue to celebrate your long-awaited union. As we were anxiously waiting for the law to … Read More

The Convento do Carmo in Lisbon, Portugal
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Lisbon. 9 am. The air is crisp and clear. We walk down the Rua da Oliveira ao Carmo, and there it is: the ruins of the Convento do Carmo.   With naked arches and piers pointing loose to the sky, … Read More

From Strongili to Santorini: A little gem among the Cyclades islands
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As we docked at the ferry port of Santorini, we gazed at a 300m high steep cliff. The view is impressive from afar, but is even more remarkable when standing at the foot of the rock face, especially when you … Read More

The Bodleian Library in Oxford
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Like curious schoolgirls, we sat under the armorial shields and dark oak bookcases of Duke Humfrey’s Library, and listened to our guide, a slim senior woman with shrewd blue eyes, as she revealed the bibliographical pilgrimages of the oldest collection … Read More

A Hidden Gem in Southern Luxembourg
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Mother Marie-Joseph Max, a ninety-something Benedictine abbess was resplendent with joy. She shared her knowledge with us with extreme generosity, and made history come alive. The following material was gathered orally. Fleeing the Kulturkampf: from Germany to Luxembourg The Benedictine … Read More

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