So Many Castles, So Little Time

Kronborg, Rosenborg, Christiansborg, Amalienborg,  Frederiksborg. How to see it all? We sure tried. One note on these buildings as they exist today: there were fires, fires, and more fires over the centuries. Paintings and tapestries and furniture were lost,...

Sweet Dreams

Zipping along a main thoroughfare in Copenhagen, my husband spied a store selling bed linens. How this was possible, given the cars, buses, and bicyclists vying for his attention, I don’t know. But he did. And given the need for a comfortable pillow, we stopped....

The City of Wheels (and Street Art)

Our apartment while we’re here in Copenhagen (or København, as it’s spelled in Danish) is a four story walk-up in the Nørrebro district, northwest of city center. It was built in the late 1890’s, evidence of which can be seen by exiting out of the...

A Day in Aachen

We’d eaten a simple dinner in the room at the Arte Hotel the night we arrived in Aachen: steaming bowls of stew, cheeses, dark breads, and red wine. Early the next morning, we drove into the main section of the city. We had two points of interest to cover: the...

Discovering Portugal (1)

Heading southeast from the seaside town of Esposende we now call home, our first stop was Celorico da Beira, specifically Solar de Queijo, famous for cheese, sausages, wine, and honey. Of course we tasted and made a purchase; what else can you do when the church (and...

Pilgrim’s Progress

Santiago de Compostelo in northwestern Spain is home to the Cathedral of Saint James the Great, whose massive dimensions dwarf those who journey to view it. Since the ninth century, it’s been the final destination for Catholic pilgrims along the Way of Saint...

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