Culture

Prague Jewish Corridor

Certainly in Prague, taking a walking tour of the Jewish corridor is a must-do. Called Josefov in Czech, it essentially became a ghetto as Jews were restricted from settling anywhere else in the city. Eventually, a good amount of the area was destroyed to make way for broader streets and new buildings. Fortunately, some very […] Read more…

Prague: The City of One Hundred Spires

…and a hundred thousand beers. At least. If you like beer, you should visit Prague. If you like cool architecture, you should visit Prague. If you like old stuff, you should visit Prague. If you like modern and/or ancient history, you should visit Prague. If you just want to wander around narrow cobble stone streets in an ancient […] Read more…

Budapest’s Thermal Baths

Fun fact: Did you know that Budapest sits on top of the world’s largest thermal cave system? These caves were created by gushing hot spring that now create the city’s famous bath houses. Therefore, it would be a complete shame to visit this beautiful city without, literally, plunging in, as the locals do!   When I […] Read more…

Budapest : Pest District

If Buda is the more ancient hilly district, Pest is the bustling, sprawling modern sister. Not to say that Pest is too modern. After all, it still houses continental Europe’s oldest underground railway system which runs below the famous Andrássy út, an elegant street lined with beautiful buildings from Budapest’s shining era before the desolation of […] Read more…

Budapest : Buda District

    Budapest, the modern day city of the two ancient cities of Buda and Pest that are eternally separated by the swift-moving Danube River. Its ancient roots and history of occupations, turmoil, and war have shaped it into one of the most interesting and diverse cities in Europe. In a way, it has remained one […] Read more…

Paris: Notre Dame and Victor Hugo

“The greatest products of architecture are less the works of individuals than of society; rather the offspring of a nation’s effort, than the inspired flash of a man of genius…” Victor Hugo The Hunchback of Notre Dame Notre Dame de Paris is one of France’s most notable structures. A definitive example of French Gothic architecture, it […] Read more…

Paris Museums & Sights

“I sometimes think, how is anyone ever gonna come up with a book, or a painting, or a symphony, or a sculpture that can compete with a great city. You can’t. Because you look around and every street, every boulevard, is its own special art form and when you think that in the cold, violent, […] Read more…

Paris Side Trip: Versailles

Of course, when in Paris, it is a shame to miss Versailles. Unfortunately, the crowds at the palace threaten the whole experience; lining in front of the gilded entry gates, pushing and shoving through the narrow doorways and to the front so that they, too can have their picture taken in front of Marie Antoinette’s […] Read more…

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