My Luxembourg City – Part I
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  7:30 am. The train from Mersch was slithering along the rails. Soon we would enter Luxembourg City’s railway station. But the rattling wheels lurched to a halt on the Biisserbréck (Biisser brigde). The sun was rising. From my window … Read More

Bonaventure Cemetery: Our First Stop in Savannah
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As I cross Talmadge Memorial Bridge over Savannah River, Kerstin is entering our next destination in the navigation system: Bonaventure Cemetery. Traveling 4000 miles to visit a cemetery? Why not. Apparently it is a quite famous cemetery… an “older” one … Read More

Slow traveling through Hoi An… in 24 Hours
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24 hours to visit a city is a bit thin. And the little town of Hoi An, located about 100 km south from Vietnam’s former imperial capital Hue, certainly has a lot to offer.   But there are many ways … Read More

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 that … 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

Remembering the Past at the 9/11 Memorial Pools in New York City
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Moments that shape the world shape you too. 9/11 has shaped generations. And we all have our own story to tell…   On September 11, 2001, I was in Paris with Kerstin. It was her first time in the French … 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

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

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