Rediscovering Metz: a lesser-known city in France
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  Metz! Ici, Metz! The snappish female voice repeated it twice. Insisting on the triple s at the end of the word. We looked at each other and bursted into laughter, imitating the SNCF voice by adding a few other … Read More

In Bergamo, when it drizzles…
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According to the weather app, it’s sunny here in Bergamo, I said. Outside, the rain was pouring down on a bunch of black umbrellas moving forward on the Via Bartolomeo Colleoni.   Kerstin opened the window and gazed out as if … Read More

Luxembourg: our country from the perspectives of travelers
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Oh you girls are from Luxembourg! Rich kids living in a financial paradise, huh?! For a moment, we thought that the lady was going to charge us double for our night in Brancion, just because we’re from Luxembourg!   To … Read More

Lesser-Known Towns in Europe for Weekend Getaways
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Why don’t you like to visit the major European cities? My sister seemed confused when I told her that we prefer to spend our weekends in smaller and lesser-known towns in Europe. It’s not that we don’t like metropolises. Rome, … Read More

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

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