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The Checkpoint Charlie Museum
May 11, 2010
The Checkpoint Charlie Museum

The anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall 20 years ago made me think of a visit I made to the Checkpoint Charlie Museum almost 15 years ago.  I remember thinking the museum seemed somewhat small and I was surprised to find out that Checkpoint Charlie no longer stood on that location; the building [...]

The Berlin Wall – A Farewell Without Tears
November 9, 2009
The Berlin Wall – A Farewell Without Tears

“A farewell without tears.” These were the fitting words spoken by the last prime minister of East Germany, Lothar de Maizière, at the 1990 reunification ceremony that took place almost a year after the fall of the Berlin wall. Today marks the 20 year anniversary of the memorable and meaningful and cold night that the [...]

Berlin Street Art
October 24, 2009
Berlin Street Art

Any unsanctioned art developed in public spaces, such as graffiti artwork or street poster art, is considered to be street art. Typically, the term “street-art” or the more specific term “post-graffiti” is used to distinguish contemporary public space artwork from vandalism and territorial graffiti. Some of the most stunning and innovative street art is in [...]

Oktoberfest Doesn’t Begin in October
October 5, 2009
Oktoberfest Doesn’t Begin in October

Oktoberfest doesn’t begin in October – that’s when it ends. While bars in the U.S. are just beginning to celebrate autumn with their Samuel Adam’s and Harpoon’s seasonal, Oktoberfest inspired beers, the official celebration in Munich, Germany has already come to a close (running from mid-September to the first Sunday of October). Before coming to [...]

Surfing in Munich?
July 1, 2009
Surfing in Munich?

While Germany’s coastline includes the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, the best surfing in Germany can actually be found in landlocked Munich, the capital of Bavaria. The surfing is actually river surfing and the Isar River is the place to find it. Munich has two good surf spots known as Eisbach and Floßlände. Both [...]

Alternative Travel Activities in Berlin
April 6, 2009
Alternative Travel Activities in Berlin

Berlin is a very important and unique city. With bullet holes from World War II that still pepper the faces of everyday buildings and the remains of the Berlin Wall, history is everywhere in Berlin. There is so much to see and do in Germany’s capital city. Here are 3 of our favorite travel activities [...]

A Trip to Munich
March 2, 2009
A Trip to Munich

One of the first things I noticed on my connecting flight from London to Munich was the presence of quite a few skiers. There was a couple and three different groups of guys (amongst which was a guy with a mohawk and another wearing shorts in February) who were decked out in the latest snowboarding [...]

The Christmas Markets of Europe
December 16, 2008

All across Europe, ‘tis the season in which locals and tourists alike stroll along festive streets and town squares to browse handmade crafts, toys, and decorations at local Christmas markets. The smell of fir needles, along with the aroma of roasted chestnuts and freshly baked goods, fills the air as carols quietly hum above the [...]