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

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

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

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

Bruges: a walk down memory lane
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We stroll along the little colorful houses snugly jammed into one another, with carved effigies of saints over their doors. We wander through tiny back alleys and winding cobbled streets that abruptly end in one of the many canals. A fragrance … Read More

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