Legends, lore, and little hidden gems of Amsterdam

Will travel for tulips – All the days – Keeping Amsterdam Weird Like I said before, I used the I AMsterdam card like I was mad at it. I would recoup my Euros even if my legs gave out trying to get to yet another location where the card meant I could get in for free. Amsterdam…

Then I paint my dreams

Will travel for tulips – Days 4 & 7 combined – SO. Much. Art. I dream of painting, and then I paint my dreams – Van Gogh The Rijksmuseum and Museumplein were so easily accessible by tram. In fact, you could stay most places in the city and be within reach of a tram line. Many…

A hobble around Museum Island

A German Christmas Story – Day 5, Berlin – Museum Island Despite a very swollen and rather stiff ankle, I wrapped it up with sport tape and an ankle support sock and set out for Museum Island, a UNESCO heritage site on the River Spree known for its architecture and concentration of art and artifacts….

Apfelstrudel and outdoor art on the Wall

A German Christmas story – Berlin, Day 3 – East Side Gallery (morning) My morning breakfast so far had consisted of a cappuccino and some kind of sandwich at Starbucks. I mixed it up a bit and went across the street to a different coffeeshop. Shocker! I had my usual cappuccino but ordered apfelstrudel instead for…

War, peace, and the surprising beauty of stones

Diary of an Autumn Leafer – Jeju Island Tourist Bus Besides meet up with old friends and colleagues who now work in schools on Jeju Island – and having Mexican food and local Korean BBQ for various meals – there were a few looping tourist buses that run around the island to drop people off…

Hearts of glass and oyster shells

Notes from a Pacific Northwest road trip – Chihuly Glass Museum, Space Needle, oysters  Of all the things to see in Seattle – including the famous Pike Place Market – the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum is an absolute, absolute must-visit location. Situated right below the Space Needle, the museum was a gorgeous, bursting-full garden…

Highlights of a hidden gem

If you aren’t sure about visiting Bratislava, here are some reasons why you should: The view from the castle(s) are fantastic. Bratislava Castle looks over the city, and Devin Castle, which I didn’t get a chance to see, looks over the confluence of the Moravia and Danube rivers. 2. The buildings look like they are…

I just want your extra time and your … Kiss.

Another day, another gorgeous palace to explore … and little tribute to Prince, RIP. The Lonely Planet guide says that if you’re going to visit any place in Vienna, it should be Belvedere. With its combination of beautiful views (Belvedere – beautiful view), gardens galore, and the Upper and Lower parts of the art museums,…

I heard the trailing garments of the Night

Bend low again, night of summer stars/so near you are, sky of summer stars/pick off what he wants in the sky bowl/so near are you, summer stars/so near, strumming, strumming/so lazy and hum-strumming” – “Summer Stars”, Carl Sandburg I began this post with a bit of poetry. Poetry elevates us, really. It was the original text…

The straight line is God less

Hundertwasser. I had never heard of him before, but I was told that I must see the Hundertwasser flats. I noticed an advertisement in the Schwedenplatz metro tunnel, and it was only 10 minutes away from that stop! However, this jaunt required a tram. I’m not good on trams and buses – well, to say…

Let’s go to the Hof!

The Hofburg. Because one palace isn’t enough if you’re a mega-wealthy royal. What does help if you learn how to read a map. I knew at some point on this holiday that I would look at the map and walk in the opposite direction. Well, it happened this morning as I exited the metro and looked…

I’m just going to call it the art museum

I don’t claim to speak German, or anything resembling German. Since I work with students all day, and the word “no” is often on my lips. This includes such timeless teacher treasures as, “no, you can’t go to the bathroom” (use may!), or “no, you can’t play a game/watch YouTube/text your friends during class.” I…