UNESCO World Heritage Site #158: Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust

From the World Heritage inscription: Augustusburg and Falkenlust present the first important creations of the Rococo style in Germany. For more than a century, they served as models for most of the princely courts. Like the Residence of Würzburg, the castles and gardens are outstanding examples of the large princely residence of the 18th century. [...]

UNESCO World Heritage Site #157: Rietveld Schröder House

From the World Heritage inscription: With its radical approach to design and the use of space, the Rietveld is an icon of the Modern Movement in architecture and an outstanding expression of human creative genius in its purity of ideas and concepts as developed by the De Stijl movement. It occupies a seminal position in [...]

7 Things This World Traveler is Thankful For

Today is Thanksgiving in the United States today, and while you can take the boy out of America, you can’t take the American out of the boy. So in that spirit I thought I’d list the things I’m thankful for this year. Air Travel – Given how much we complain about airlines and airports it [...]

UNESCO World Heritage Site #156: Seventeenth-century canal ring area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht

From the World Heritage inscription: The historic urban ensemble of the canal district of Amsterdam was a project for a new ‘port city’ built at the end of the 16th and beginning of the 17th centuries. It comprises a network of canals to the west and south of the historic old town and the medieval [...]

Monday Travel Update – Berlin

The last week has been amazingly hectic for me. I had an 9 day stretch where I slept in a different city every night. London, Amsterdam, Utrecht, Cologne, Eisenach, Dresden, Leipzig, Wittenberg and Berlin. The hours I’ve been keeping, the weather, the travel schedule have all been bearing down on me to the point where [...]

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