Leaving on a Jet Plane

I first heard “Leaving on a Jet Plane” performed by the folk group Peter, Paul, and Mary. Over the years it was recorded by others, including Frank Sinatra, but perhaps no one as close to its meaning as John Denver, who  wrote the lyrics. Here’s a...

I Married Adventure

Years ago my sister-in-law gave me a book called I Married Adventure. Tell me something I don’t know, I thought, when I saw the title. I suppose I was going through a bit of a bump in the relationship road with her brother, which, since we normally have an...

Kraków’s Wawel Royal Castle and Wawel Hill together form the most important cultural and historical site in all of Poland. The Castle, which dates from the 1300’s, has royal chambers, Italian Renaissance art, the largest collection of Ottoman tents in...

Germany’s Gems

Sanssouci Palace, located in Potsdam, Germany, is the former summer home of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia. Although it was closed when we arrived, we were able to walk in its park filled with terraced vineyards, ponds, fountains, statuary, and flowers. It was a...

A Walk in the Park

For all the bicycle busyness of Denmark’s capital, we were impressed with the sense of calm evoked by the presence of so many parks and gardens. And water: lakes, canals, and fountains abound. From the exquisite King’s (Christian IV) Garden–also...

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