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Icelandic Horses and Craters

July 25th, 2017|

Armed with headnets, long sleeves and bug wipes we braved a day around Lake Myvatn, which didn't end up very buggy at all.   Hiking the crater wasn't easy, but the view was otherworldly. [...]

Icebergs in Iceland

July 23rd, 2017|

Harsh winds, strong currents, sun and air pockets have helped create these astonishing natural sculptures.

Icelandic National Parks

July 21st, 2017|

Vatnajokull National Park covers 13% of Iceland.   Sadly, Iceland is one of the fastest-warming places on the planet – as much a four times the Northern Hemisphere average. The 300-some glaciers that cover more than [...]

Iceland – Land of Fire and Ice

July 18th, 2017|

Iceland's electricity is produced almost entirely from renewable energy sources: hydroelectric(70%) and geothermal (30%).    

Reykjavik, Iceland

July 14th, 2017|

Reykjavik is the world's northernmost capital, and where 54% of the population live.  Iceland is for "island", nothing to do with ice.   The collapse of the Icelandic króna  in 2008 made it a cheap [...]

Budapest, Hungary

July 11th, 2017|

Budapest brought me to tears and made me laugh out loud.  We were only there briefly, long enough to see the sights and for me to lose Mike's driver's license in a taxi.  Surely it's [...]

Kutná Hora, the Bone Church

July 9th, 2017|

The Sedlec Ossuary is a small Roman Catholic chapel outside of Prague.  It contains the skeletons of about 40,000 people, whose bones have been artistically arranged to form decorations and furnishings for the chapel.  Why? [...]

Weird and Wonderful Prague

July 8th, 2017|

Prague is a fairy tale city that transports you into the bygone era with its beautiful castles, intricately carved cathedrals, old bridges, museums and quaint cobbled streets.  There is a heady mix of old world [...]

Finances in Frankfurt

July 6th, 2017|

We walked miles around Frankfurt on a beautiful summer day, listening to a multitude of languages.  What a cosmopolitan city.

Gutenberg Press in Mainz, Germany

July 4th, 2017|

Johannes Gutenberg, inventor of the printing press in 1450, is considered to be the most influential person of the millennium.  The printing press was a hugely significant invention in the Middle Ages because it enabled the [...]

The lighter side of Nürnberg

July 4th, 2017|

For centuries, Nürnberg was the undeclared capital of the Holy Roman Empire and the preferred residence of most German kings, who kept their crown jewels here.  "Nürnberg shines throughout Germany like a sun among the moon [...]

Nürnberg Germany’s Dark Nazi History

July 1st, 2017|

Nürnberg was pragmatically chosen for annual Nazi rallies because it was centrally located in Germany, and had ample space for large demonstrations.   Rallies were held from 1927 to 1939, staged as elaborate propaganda events, [...]