Western Europe

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

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Sitting high on a promontory overlooking valleys and rivers is the Old Town of Luxembourg. For over 1000 years these gorges were paramount to the city’s defense. Walking the pedestrian promenade of “Chemin de la Corniche” we are in for some fine views as it winds its way over the former ramparts (a UNESCO site).…

Brussels and Ypres Belgium

Grand Place

Brussels is the dashing capital of this eccentric little country, with comic book fanatics, sublime chocolates, great beer, and a boy peeing in a pool as its national symbol. Our plan is too seek out these eccentricities and also the chocolate/beer treats, but our first stop is the Grand Place. This square is well-named, as…

Germany Excerpt from “Our Book” Trekking the Globe

“PROST to München!” we toasted Munich Germany, the big city with small town ideas. Gemütlichkeit is what Germans call the convivial atmosphere of Bayern’s (Bavaria’s) capital. Even the uptight northern Germans come here to unwind in the vibrant setting of beer gardens shaded by giant chestnut trees, cavernous raucous beer halls, and endless eateries serving…