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The Sparkling Mirrors of the Reichstag, Germany’s Capitol Building

Germany’s capitol building, the Reichstag, in Berlin is naturally lit through the use of these sparkling mirrors and windows.

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A Day Trip to Bruges

I climbed back onto the train to Brussels wishing I had leanred a little something about Bruges. I had spent the day there and knew only one thing more than when I arrived: Bruges has some pretty awesome canals. Well, I suppose that isn’t entirely true; I did learn a couple of other things worth […]

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Having a Waffle with a Pis

I stood at the intersection of the Rue de l’Étuve/Stoofstraat and the Rue du Chêne/Eikstraat. It was a little messy, whipped cream running down my arm, but I was thoroughly enjoying my waffle. Had I not stopped to get a cone of French fries earlier, I would have likely had a second while admiring Manneken […]

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Sightseeing Prague’s Royal Route

I went sightseeing in Prague after I left a RIAS Berlin Kommission meeting at the German embassy to the Czech Republic, high on a hill in what is known as Lesser Town in Prague. It was a rainy and chilly afternoon, but there was a lot to see in one of Europe’s most vibrant and […]

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A Walking Tour of Dresden

A damp clung to my bones. It was mid-afternoon and the morning’s fog stuck in the air as a fine grey mist. I took refuge in a hotel close to the famed Frauenkirche – a restored version of its grand predecessor destroyed in the Allied firebombing of Dresden at the end of World War II. […]

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The Ghosts of Christmas 2011

I had a fantastic year of travel. It was probably one of the best ever for me. And with it came recognition as one of the best travel blogs of 2011 by Washington Flyer. To sum up my annual adventures in a single story is like writing about your own year, everything that has happened […]

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Exploring Berlin’s Museum Island

I stood at the top of the steps to Berlin’s Altes Museum. Before going in to view the museum’s collection of classical antiquities, I paused for a moment to admire the impressive view at the end of Museum Island. It was just as inspiring as all of the amazing works I had already seen, particularly […]

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Traveling to Stasiland

Twenty-two years ago this week, the Berlin Wall fell. Thousands of people danced around it and straddled the top, celebrating the demise of one of the most significant symbols of oppression and division ever. In an instant the gates were open and the Berlin Wall, still sprawling for miles in either direction throughout the city, […]

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