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Europe by Train

When I was a teenager, InterRail (Eurail for Europeans) was for 14 – 18 year-olds. Flying was expensive then; budget airlines didn’t exist (really, young’uns!), and InterRail was the cheapest way to get to southern Europe, sleeping on the floor all the way. Well, things have changed. And to prove that, the good folks at [...]

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Silent Sunday: Baskets for sale at the market in Inca

Baskets for sale at the colourful market in Inca, Majorca in the Balearic Islands, Spain

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Autumn in Munich

Last year, the girls and I spent a spring day in Munich, mostly enjoying the lively Marienplatz, and hanging about Viktualienmarkt, the wonderful farmers’ market in the city centre. This time, it’s autumn in Munich, which means one thing: Oktoberfest. Or in our case, pre-Oktoberfest. We’re about a week early, which means we have a [...]

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Silent Sunday: Belle Epoque steam boat on Lake Geneva

The Belle Epoque steam boat Rhône plies the waters of gorgeous Lac Leman (Lake Geneva) in Switzerland

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Hamburg by Instagram

Many European port cities have changed in later years. Formerly seedy districts have undergone urban renewal, sometimes veritable metamorphoses. Architects have been given seemingly free reign, often with spectacular results, such as in Rotterdam. Der Spiegel HQ – Hamburg is Germany’s publishing and media hub On a recent InterRail journey, a quick stop in Hamburg [...]

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Silent Retro Sunday: Palace of the Parliament, Bucharest

Palace of the Parliament (the former Palace of the People – Casa Poporului) in Bucharest, the world’s largest civilian building

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Andersen Hotel: Chic and urban in Copenhagen

I had certain reservations when I heard Andersen Hotel was located on the corner of Helgolandsgade and Istedgade. I’ve been in Copenhagen a million times, but rarely in this part of town. In fact, last time I was here, I was with of a group of curious fresh-faced teens, all gawking at the world of adult entertainment. [...]

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