Birch Aquarium

Birch Aquarium Holiday Style

posted by Sharon December 10, 2017 25 Comments

Birch Aquarium sits on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean in San Diego. It’s a research center open to the public and is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon.…

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Prague Castle

Prague Castle

posted by Sharon December 4, 2017 27 Comments

High on the hill above Prague’s Old Town, Prague Castle is a complex of varied buildings. Royal and religious structures have stood here since the 9th century. Today, it is…

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Prague Old Town Square

Prague’s Old Town Square

posted by Sharon November 25, 2017 40 Comments

Prague astounded me. Whenever I asked anyone who had visited if we should go, I was treated to a rapturous description.  So we went, with high expectations. And I must…

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Berlin Topography of Terror

Berlin’s Topography of Terror Center

posted by Sharon November 20, 2017 20 Comments

The Topography of Terror is a Documentation Center in Berlin that opened in 2010 to inform all who visit about the Nazi reign of terror. It’s an outdoor and indoor…

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Berlin Holocaust Memorial

Visiting the Berlin Holocaust Memorial

posted by Sharon November 5, 2017 40 Comments

The Berlin Holocaust Memorial is odd in many ways, one being its official name: Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. From the start, the memorial generated controversy even over…

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Berlin Tiergarten

Relaxing in the Tiergarten in Berlin

posted by Sharon October 29, 2017 20 Comments

The Tiergarten in central Berlin is an oasis of greenery and ponds in the middle of modern buildings of glass and chrome. I’d looked on Google maps before we arrived…

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Berlin Cathedral

The Berlin Cathedral

posted by Sharon October 22, 2017 32 Comments

The impressive Berlin Cathedral, with its magnificent dome, is a landmark in central Berlin. The church sits among the stately museums on Museum Island, with the Spree River flowing nearby.…

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Berlin Wall Memorial

Berlin Wall Memorial

posted by Sharon October 15, 2017 28 Comments

The Berlin Wall is familiar to us and yet much more complicated than I understood before visiting the Berlin Wall Memorial. The line of the Wall, built in 1961, zigs…

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Reichstag Berlin

Touring the Reichstag

posted by Sharon October 8, 2017 36 Comments

The Reichstag in Berlin is a fascinating pairing of the old and the modern, with layers of history, much like the city itself. Completed in 1894, it housed the government…

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