Places Visited, on Three Continents
PART TWO: WESTERN EUROPE
A: Austria, Slovakia, Germany, Russia, Belgium, and the Netherlands
Graz ! Austria's second largest city is scenic, busy and rather youthful with 6 universities and colleges and more than 40,000 students. This was a whirlwind 3-hour tour.
A very short visit to Vienna in March 2007
Vienna in May of 2007, starting with a Whimsical Walk in Wien
A half day at Semmering, a mountain resort
A half day at Eisenstadt where Haydn lived and worked
A walk on the Donau-Insel, Vienna
Vienna once more in 2010, with visits to:
The Wienerwald again, this time near Vienna
An in-depth comparison of the plague monuments of Vienna and Baden, with emphasis on the artistic treatment of women in general, and Mary Magdalene in particular (warning: artwork with some nudity will be displayed and discussed).
Berlin, Quedlinburg and Peine, impressions from a business trip without benefit of personally taken photos.
This is an account of a business trip with one free afternoon and one and a half 'free" days.
(1) Trip overview (map showing destinations);
(2) Dachau's concentration camp memorial;
(3) the Konigsee and Berchtesgaden;
(4) the Zugspitze in the clouds; and
(5) two of "crazy" Ludwig's castles along the "Romantic Road." (exteriors only).
(1) Introduction to this day-trip
(2) Megalith Park in Bad Fallingbostel
(4) a short stop in Hannover
(5) a very short stop in Köln (Cologne)
(6) a very short stop in Frankfurt (a stopover on the way to Russia)
Hamburg in the Fall of 2014.
Köln (Cologne), a longer stay in the Fall of 2014.
Early July of 2013 saw me in Moscow for my first time. It was a week of work, but it also allowed for some walking trips in the city. In addition, some cultural tours were arranged by the organization that hosted us in Moscow.
This trip had a surprise beginning. A visa violation on my part landed me in detention and with my unscheduled butt on the next plane completely out of the country 24 hours later. I was expelled! Then I re-entered the country in Moscow, as expressly allowed by my visa, and the rest of the trip was very good, flawless in fact, thanks to our Russian hosts.
Under this heading:
F--The Kremlin (In two parts)
G--Downtown Moscow walks (In two parts)
Brussels, a very short trip in March 2007 with just one afternoon of spare time to spend in the city
Three photo pages somewhat related to the life of Jan van Ruisbroeck, the cathedral that stands where his church used to stand, and the woods in which his monastery used to stand in and near Brussels
A 2006 revisit to the grove where Ruisbroec found inspiration
Brussels: poor quality photos but a good short history of the Large Beguinage of Brussels
Leuven: photos of the Large Beguinage in this city, east of Brussels
Brugge: the Venice of the North, a beautiful city with a beautiful Beguinage
A number of Belgian towns (Valenciennes, Tournai, Cambrai, Chalons), where Marguerite Porete lived or traveled (link also tells her story)
Luik (Liege) the city where my ancestors lived until they migrated into the new Dutch Republic
Nijmegen, a short day's tour of my (our: my brothers, sister and father were born here too) birthplace
Several short visits to destinations in the Netherlands (Nijmegen-Duivels Berg, Heusden), Fall of 2014.
Bratislava, a 3-hour tour
Go to First Western Europe Page (Austria, Belgium, Slovakia and Germany)
Go to Second Western Europe Page (Andorra, England, France, Spain)
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