Europe

The Kutna Hora Bone Church: Life, Death, and Silver in Bohemia

The Kutna Hora Bone Church: Life, Death, and Silver in Bohemia At first glance, Kutna Hora seems like any other once-prosperous European town. Big churches, beautiful cobblestone streets, and a central square that serves as the heart of the city and the center of life. If you haven’t ever heard of it before, your initial … Continue reading »

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Terezin Concentration Camp – Visiting the “Model Ghetto”

Terezin Concentration Camp: Visiting the “Model Ghetto” History isn’t always pretty and so, by extension, with travel. There are so many dark parts to our collective pasts, whether you happen to be in Prague or America or Cambodia or… anywhere really. Learning about these things in a book, at school, tends to leave one with … Continue reading »

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Klosterneuburg Stift: The Vienna Monastery you SHOULD be Visiting.

Klosterneuburg Stift: The Vienna Monastery you SHOULD be Visiting. Like most wine-drinking religion-enthusiasts, you’ll probably visit some sort of historic monastic abbey if you’re spending more than just a few days in Vienna. They have religion and culture, after all, including the sort of culture that leads to fermentation and eventually delicious monk-wrought wines. For … Continue reading »

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Austrian Wines and Crumbling Castles: A Wachau Valley Bike Tour

Austrian Wines and Crumbling Castles: A Wachau Valley Bike Tour Vienna is not, on the face of it, Europe’s most active or adventurous destination. My average day in the Imperial City involves exploring lots of traditional coffee houses and the historic Old Town, and only very occasionally something like a bike ride through the city center. Having … Continue reading »

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Czech Beer and Bars in Prague: An Absolute Beginner’s Guide

Czech Beer and Bars in Prague: An Absolute Beginner’s Guide As I imagine many of you are already aware, beer in the Czech Republic is kind of a big deal. They didn’t quite invent it (an honor ascribed to the Sumerians around 5,000 years ago), but they have done a lot to refine it into … Continue reading »

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Vienna Coffee House Culture: A Melange of Everything Wien

Vienna Coffee House Culture There may well be any number of things I appreciate more than a historic cafe with a cozy atmosphere and superbly tasty coffee, but anytime I’m in Vienna the memory of those others seems to get lost in the search for the perfect Wiener Melange. Vienna Coffee House Culture has its origins … Continue reading »

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Montparnasse Tower: A Better View of Paris

Montparnasse Tower: The More Beautiful View of Paris The biggest problem with places like the Eiffel Tower is of course that, once you get to the top, you have the whole beautiful skyline spread out in front of you… except for the viewpoint itself. There are plenty of reasons to skip the tall buildings altogether, … Continue reading »

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Netherlands Open Air Museum: Arnhem’s Little Secret

Netherlands Open Air Museum in Arnhem I don’t think the little city of Arnhem gets a lot of love from the travel set, given its out-of-the way location in the province of Gelderland far to the east of the big cities like Utrecht and Amsterdam. There’s at least one reason to visit, however, and quite … Continue reading »

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