Note: I tried to remember details from our tour. Apologies for any inaccuracies. Our main purpose in traveling to Krakow was to visit Auschwitz. At first, I was a little off-put by the tour buses outside. We had booked several days before and had trouble finding an available time slot. The idea of Auschwitz as a… More Auschwitz

Ars Magica in Prague

Everyone would agree that Prague is a city of rich and sometimes terrible history. In 1989, The Velvet Revolution precipitated the end of communist rule in what was then Czechoslovakia. 1989—that’s not very long ago. Although some buildings and structures in Prague date back to medieval times, it seems to me that we often focus on the history… More Ars Magica in Prague

The Bone Chapel

A couple of months ago, I traveled to Kutná Hora to see the Bone Chapel, more officially titled the Sedlec Ossuary. I loved it. I didn’t find it at all spooky or disrespectful. I guess I’ve seen other places in Europe where bones are used to create images, and to me it’s a vast bony bank of stories.… More The Bone Chapel

Ich liebe Berlin

Berlin is vibrant, friendly, diverse, and relaxed. I soaked myself in history for two days, and it was a relief to see the bright optimism of Berlin today on every corner. People there are loud. They laugh a lot. It’s relaxed. It’s a happy place. There’s a sense of non-conformity, lots of organic food, and… More Ich liebe Berlin

Český Krumlov

A couple of hours from Prague, you’ll find the picturesque township of Český Krumlov. It’s so pretty! I kept expecting Belle to come out and start singing. It’s prettier than any Disney town, actually! The castle moat has bears!   I’d really like this table war that was part of an exhibition…        … More Český Krumlov