Summer holidays in Mitteleuropa

I’ve long been a southern European, making my home in Rome, Italy, with its centuries of history, balmy weather, and proximity to the warm Mediterranean sea. But when I was younger, I used to live and work in landlocked European countries farther north. This summer holiday, my family and I drove up from Rome on…

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Admiring Hamburg on a boat tour

Hamburg is an¬†international port city, so no visit is complete without seeing the city from the vantage point of the water that surrounds it. When we were in this northern German city, we enjoyed going on a boat trip around the city center waterways and canals. We also traveled through locks, admired the Hafenstadt with…

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Exploring HafenCity and the Hamburg Dungeon

Last week I wrote about getting a sense of what life was like for a turn of the 20th century sailor by visiting Hamburg’s Rickmer Rickmers. If you’re exploring the northern German city of Hamburg, it makes sense to also explore the ‘new’ district nearby – HafenCity. Construction on this so-called ‘city within a city’…

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A bird’s eye view over Hamburg from St Michaelis

St. Michaelis, whose tower is perhaps the most famous landmark of Hamburg, Germany, is actually the newest of Hamburg’s main churches. The church, with its entrance marked by St. Michael slaying a writhing devil at his feet, has an unlucky history. The first church, built in 1649, was destroyed my lightening in 1750. The 18th…

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