The Lichtenstein Castle: An Obsession Unlike Any Other…
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  Castles have always held a hypnotic power over me. Not so long ago, Mei nurtured my obsession and tracked down one of the most naturally light-colored stone castles in the world: the Lichtenstein Castle in Baden-Württemberg, Germany’s Swabian Jura. … 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

Rodemack: A Medieval Town in Lorraine, France
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  Rodemack? Never heard of it… When I was a kid, many Luxembourgers considered the northern part of the Lorraine in north-eastern France as a poor region. Heavily industrialized, and home to the Cattenom Nuclear Power Plant, this area was … Read More

Annecy: the Venice of the Alps
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  Lakes. Because I wanted to see lakes… I needed to see lakes. Not as if there weren’t any lakes in Luxembourg, but I happened to be hit by a serious wanderlust too. 7 hours later, we checked in at … 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

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 Linha do Douro… or where it all began
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Young, wild and free: life was full of promises… At 18, Kerstin and I flew to Portugal. It was our first journey together. And the summer was long… We were hosted by her family’s friends. They lived in a tiny … Read More