My Luxembourg City – Part II
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  Oh you’re from Luxembourg? The waiter looked surprised, and quickly added: but it’s such a small country! Well, Luxembourg might be small, my friend replied, but the country’s still big enough for Mei to fit in there! I burst … Read More

Tracking Leonardo da Vinci: from Vinci to Anchiano in Tuscany
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  Oh so you want to become a painter like Leonardo da Vinci, huh? A ridiculous question that someone asked me many years ago, when I said that I wanted to study art. It popped up in my mind again … Read More

Exploring the American Museum of Natural History in New York City
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  Founded in 1869, the American Museum of Natural History in New York City sports a typical late 19th century Neo-Gothic architecture. At the main entrance on Central Park West, we look up at the equestrian statue of Theodore Roosevelt. … Read More

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

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

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

Eating our way through Crete
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I just climbed out of the shower as Kerstin almost ran me over. Oh my god, I just made a very old woman run uphill!, she exclaimed. She had been sitting on our guesthouse’s rooftop, observing the deserted Lasithi Plateau, … Read More

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