Tag Archives: Germany

Aachen Cathedral and Charlemagne’s BMI

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 [...]

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World at a Glance: Appearances can be deceptive in Regensburg

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 [...]

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Museumsinsel (Museum Island, Berlin)

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 [...]

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Berlin Modernism Housing Estates: architecture with a conscience

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 [...]

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A spring morning in Munich with kids

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. [...]

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Berlin, I love you still

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.

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Carnival of Cities for 1 June 2011 – from Abu Dhabi to Athens

Welcome! I’m happy to host this edition of the Carnival of Cities. After publishing the 18 May 2011 edition on Perceptive Travel Blog, Sheila Scarborough handed the baton to me. Without further ado, here’s a virtual tour of some of the world’s wonderful cities. Travel bloggers from around the globe presents:   Cities in the [...]

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