6 Historical Things to Do in Munich besides Oktoberfest

The city of Munich is known worldwide for its annual Oktoberfest.  Munich is more than just a city to drink beer in.  It is steeped in history.  Munich has been the seat of power of the Bavaria since the 1200s.  For centuries, Munich was the home to House of Wittelsbach which was one of the longest ruling houses in Europe.  After World War I, the city would play a role in the Nazi’s rise to power. It earned its place in the horrors of World War II.  After WWII, the city was occupied by the US and rebuilt. Continue Reading . . .

Nine things to know about the stairs up the Eiffel Tower (and other helpful tips)

Paris, France, the City of Lights and the City of Love. It is the home of many famous landmarks. The Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral, and last but not least the Eiffel Tower. Instantly recognizable by most of the world population. This landmark was built to the 1889 Exposition Universelle (World’s Fair). No trip to Paris is complete without a visit to the Eiffel Tower. The Eiffel Tower is located in the 7th of Paris Arrondissements. Continue Reading . . .

Photo Thursday – Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore

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Every Thursday, I will be posting a photo from my travels.  Today’s Photo Thursday is from the top of the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, Italy.  Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore is also know as the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower.  It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of central Florence. The Cathedral was consecrated in 1436 and the basillica is one of the largest in Italy.  The Cathedral’s distinctive exterior is made of white, green and red marble was added in 1864. Continue Reading . . .

Photo Thursday – Visitng the Kapellbrücke

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Every Thursday, I will be posting a photo from my travels.  Today’s Photo Thursday is from Lucerne, Switzerland.  This photo was taken during my 2006 summer People to People trip to Europe. The main tourist attraction in Lucerne is the Kapellbrücke or Chapel Bridge. The bridge is Europe’s oldest wooden bridge and the world’s oldest truss bridge.  The bridge was built in 1333.  In 1993, the bridge was damaged in a fire and many of the interior paintings were destroyed.  The bridge was restored and it is still possible to visit and walk across the bridge. Continue Reading . . .

Photo Thursday – View from the London Eye

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View from the London Eye

Every Thursday, I will be posting a photo from my travels.  Today’s Photo Thursday is from the top of the London Eye in London, England, United Kingdoms.  The Eye is 135m (443 ft) tall and the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe.  It is one of the most popular attractions in London.  While I was planning my trip to London, I wasn’t planning on going up the Eye.  Walking across the River Thames, I decided that I couldn’t go to London and not go on the Eye.  I purchased a ticket and into the 30-minute cue I went.  I spent the time examining the structure.  Once I boarded the moving capsule, the 30-minute journey around the wheel began. Continue Reading . . .