Whimsical Wismar (Day out Hamburg)

The powerful Hanseatic League has been mentioned frequently on this blog, and we've covered several Hansa cities: Hamburg, Bremen and Lübeck in Germany; Torun, Gdansk and Krakow in Poland; Tallinn and Riga in the Baltic countries. In neighbouring Sweden, there's Stockholm and enchanting Visby. In Belgium, there's Bruges and Antwerp. Finally, there's lively London and beguiling Bergen. And there are [...]

2018-11-07T08:25:49+00:006 November 2018|Daytrip, Germany, UNESCO World Heritage|

Bremen: Town musicians and so much more (Day out Hamburg)

A donkey, a dog, a cat, a rooster - you're looking at the famous Bremen Town Musicians. This 200-year-old Grimms brothers' fairytale is about four friends, all a bit worse for wear and mistreatment at the hands of abusive owners. Well, nothing for it, only [...]

2018-11-05T16:19:09+00:0021 October 2018|Germany, UNESCO World Heritage|

Riga: a harvest festival, a Soviet memorial, a hundred years

1918! A monumental year. World War I ended, empires broke up, national borders were rearranged, political orders changed dramatically, and new countries appeared. One of these was Latvia. The little Baltic country declared its independence from Russia on 18 November 1918, just one week after the [...]

Toruń: Copernicus, World Heritage, gingerbread, a brass ass – and notaries

Notaries Public in Poland. There’s something I wouldn’t have thought I’d ever google. But I have – and this is what I’ve learned: According to one of Poland’s many notaries, A notary acts as a person of public trust, they safeguard the security of legal [...]

2018-11-02T09:31:52+00:008 March 2018|Poland, UNESCO World Heritage|

In Bruges: UNESCO meets black comedy crime

I was first in Bruges just after uni. It was a brief trip, just 3-4 hours, and what I remember best was cleanliness! Not so much as a gum wrapper littered the cobbled streets. Years later, I returned with Ali. Possibly an even shorter visit. [...]

2018-06-01T10:49:34+00:002 October 2017|Belgium, UNESCO World Heritage|
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