Places to Go?
That's what this site is
about! It's a collection of personal experiences related to places we
visited in Europe and Asia between 2001 and the summer of 2005 (please see note
below). Places large and small, familiar
and obscure, active and happenin' to quiet and relaxing. The site contains
almost 300 articles and stories with over 2,500 photographs, so what we saw is
what you get! Enjoy and welcome aboard!
Travelogues -- A sampling
of my travelogues!
Copenhagen. This city has
it all -- gorgeous castles like the Rosenborg Slot, majestic Parliament
buildings such as the Christiansborg
Palace, a grand citadel complete with old-style cannons and kasernes,
massive market squares, the famously colorful Nyhavn inner harbor, and
the reknowned sculpture of the "Little Mermaid" perched on a
rock just off the shore. For families, there is the Tivoli
Amusement Park in the center of town. And there is so much more...
What can one say, it's huge!
Includes eighteen cheerful
winter scenes from across Europe.
Eight of them are from various Christmas Market including the biggest one
in the world at Nuremberg, Germany;
plus six scenes of various cities in the snow, such as the gorgeous
Nymphenburg Castle in Munich. Plus there are four beautiful alpine
snow scenes, including three from the Zugspitze, the highest point in
Germany! (Powered by Bravenet
d'Azur, France. The famous and popular vacation district! Beaches everywhere,
gorgeous ports, sunny Meditteranean islands, and all the fish-head soup
you can stomach! (Ok, maybe you have to drink some red wine first
before you try it.) Daily night trains run from Alsace to Monaco,
allowing plenty opportunities from those from the shivering north to
venture southward. I took three trips to the Cote d'Azur from
2000-2002, and always had a great time. My first trip went to Marseille
(pictured), site of the famous Cathedral and the mountain-topped Church of
Our Lady. Other trips took me to wonderful Nice
and Cannes during its famous Film Festival.
I also did the nearby country of Monaco,
which is a protectorate of France but given its own page here.
Everybody loves lists! Here
are a series of lists we compiled over the past couple years that can give
you some ideas for future travel destinations. Things like 10 Places on the Rhine.
The Rhine River is
Germany's signature river, although the Swiss certainly have reason to
claim fame from it. 10 European Getaways.
Here are ten European cities you probably never heard of -- but worth
putting on your summer vacation list. 10 German Getaways.
Here is a companion list exclusively for Germany. 10
War Memorials. For Memorial Day, here is a list of interesting and
different war memorials found across Europe.
The state of Saxony in the
former Eastern Germany is covered with
fantastic mountainous terrain and the peaceful setting of the Elbe River.
Saxony's major destinations are very well-known -- the gorgeous royal city
of Dresden with its impressive Semper
Oper Haus, the Zwinger hall with the massive Crown Tower (Kronentor)
entrance, and Pillnitz Castle; and the former Prussian stronghold of Leipzig
with its old town hall and immense war monument.
Feature Stories -- Special Events or Subjects
Bad Canstatter Volksfest.
Stuttgart is home to the second
largest beer festival in Germany after the
Running concurrently with the Munich affair, the Bad Canstatter Volksfest
draws a more local crowd and is lower-key, but every bit as fun and
musical. Plus, the Volksfest also hosts the Baden-Württemberg
Agricultural Exhibition which has lots of animals and big equipment -- a
great family event!
The capital city of Belgium
is one of the most impressive of European capitals. Brussels has
some extraordinary architecture like the Royal Palace and gaudy Grote
Markt, the grand museums of the Cinquantenaire
(pictured), and the many beautiful churches. Brussels is art, music,
and science (the massive and odd-looking Atomium, for example) at far
cheaper prices than Paris. I tried to do it in one day, and it was
simply not possible!
Wurstfest! How odd -- the largest wine festival in Germany isn't even
called a wine festival!?!
True story. The German Wine Road city of Bad Dürkheim's festival is
called the wurstfest, or sausage festival, even though the quantity of
wine sold far exceeds the number of sausages consumed at this
affair. Thousands upon thousand congregate on this small
Rheinland-Pfalz town each September to participate in this lively event!
This is one
of the most incredible experiences you will find anywhere -- the fabled
throughout the city, the beautiful brick houses with individually
decorated gables, the massive market squares and art museums, the
wonderful harbor, and the infamous (and I do mean infamous) red-light
district. It's also got the largest bike garage I've ever seen, some
of the most wonderful seafood restaurants around, and some absolutely
terrific shopping. Easily requires a full weekend, maybe even a
I finally participated in a German Volksmarch
(literally "People's Walk") in a small town not far from
Heidelberg. These organized walking events are held all over the country
and some people take them very seriously, trying to hit as many as they
can. For others, it's just a great excuse to get some good exercise. For
me, it was a lot of fun, and I'll probably do it again! Find out
what they are all about, and why so many Americans living in Germany get
Switzerland Region. Luxembourg's best known
and loved region, the Mullerthal is mostly medieval cities along tiny
river valleys topped with impressive castles, like that of Vianden
(shown here). Also in the region is the beautiful little village of Larochette
with its equally-impressive castle, Diekirch
with Luxembourg's famous National Military Museum (mostly populated with
American equipment), and the famous abbey city of Echternach
on the German border.
|Other Feature stories available
|Irish Hurling -- A True Amateur Game
-- learn a bit about this fast-paced, exciting, and deeply traditional
|Cannes Film Festival
-- A day in the life of an Ordinary Joe at the world's greatest film
festival. What's it like? Check it out!|
-- Going to the tropical island paradise of Bali? You must
attend a kecak performance, and here's why!|
|Living in Heidelberg
-- Moving to Europe? Extended business stay? Here's an
introduction to European everyday life, as demonstrated at the city
where I live now!|
300+ Travelogues Available for each of these 25 Countries!
Click below to access a country page!
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Bosnia and Herzegovina (1) --
Cayman Islands (1) -- --
Germany (152) --
Hungary (5) --
Indonesia (26) --
Ireland (4) --
Italy (14) --
Luxembourg (6) --
Malta (3) --
Monaco (2) --
The Netherlands (5) --
Poland (11) --
Singapore (4) --
Slovakia (3) --
Slovenia (3) --
Switzerland (13) --
United Kingdom (4) --
Vatican City (Holy See) (1)
Dear Visitors, Please Note:
This site has not been maintained since August
2004. We have kept the site on line and will post updates
on occasion when we have time, but we no longer live in Europe and cannot devote the time
necessary to keep this site continuously up to date.
We are about 50 travelogues in arrears and hope to catch up some day, and we
also hope to include some spots around the US where we now live. We
will continue to answer questions you may have about the locations we have
included, but please understand if we cannot respond promptly.
That said, we believe the site still offers plenty of useful
information to help you prepare your next vacation or your tour as an expatriate
overseas. Happy reading!
Warm regards, Tom and Veronica Galvin
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