In Aachen Cathedral lies the body of Pater Europae. And who might he be, this Father of Europe, you ask? When I was an exchange student in the USA, someone once mentioned Charlemagne, a famous emperor of Europe. ‘What?’ I thought at the time. A European emperor I had never heard of? Well, turns out [...]
One day, many years ago, aimlessly wandering about the beautiful German city of Regensburg, I stumbled over this odd sculpture. From the front, it looks like a pious priest, praying for the geese, perhaps – or preaching to them. Ah, but don’t be deceived by that friendly first impression. Walk around the statue. Have a [...]
Museum Island Berlin – or Museumsinsel – is one of my top spots in the German capital – such a wonderful location and so much history in one place. Five major museums are here: Altes Museum (Old Museum), Neues Museum (New Museum), Alte Nationalgallerie (Old National Gallery), Bode Museum and Pergamon Museum. All are right [...]
Dear reader, I’m allowing myself one more indulgent post at the end of the year – last one this year, I promise Hoping to inspire a touch of wanderlust, here’s a little photo journey of 2013. January: Britain, South Africa, Denmark 2013 began with a quick stop in London, one of my favourite cities, [...]
In my quest to see sites that UNESCO has deemed worthy of special protection and preservation for future generations, I sometimes stumble upon rather curious ones. These can be quirky and fascinating sights off the beaten path, like these ruins in Armenia or this tiny island in the River Gambia. Other times, well, I’ll be [...]
I’ve been meaning to write a practical post on travelling with children, focusing on long inter-continental flights especially. It’s on my to-do list, has been for a while. And I will write it. But not today. However, I’ll share one of my tips now: wear them out. Worn-out kids, you see, fall asleep. Simple really. [...]
In 1983, Berlin was still marked by war, but a grand city still. Today, it’s even grander. And where Rome has beauty and chaos, Berlin has beauty and order.