Treasures of the State Hermitage Museum

In retrospect, I almost wish I’d rented roller blades to be able to cover all of the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. But only almost…it was delicious to savor its magnificance at leisure. Founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great, formerly the house...

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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