Jan 092013
 
An Angel and Street Art in Munich

On a walk in Munich to the Isar River and Friedensengel monument at Maximilian Park (Maximiliansanlagen), I had just crossed the Luitpold Bridge, and was looking for a way to safely cross busy Prinzregentenstrasse. Then I noticed the pedestrian tunnel under the street. What I found was more than an underground walkway. It was a showcase of street art.

Dec 202012
 
Sleigh Bells Ring in Europe

I’m addicted to European Christmas markets! In Germany and Austria, they’re called Weihnachtsmarkts and Christkindlmarkts depending on where you are. Each market has distinct aspects and settings that highlight its individuality, but there are many similarities — festive lights, hand-made arts and crafts, food, drink, and entertainment. I love sipping Glühwein and eating bratwurst sandwiches while browsing the arts and crafts stalls and talking to the artisans amid old European settings.

Aug 272012
 
Autumn Abroad: Best Fall Destinations in Europe

North American leaf-peepers know the destinations well: Ontario, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine suffer serious traffic as the hills come alive with fiery colours and crisp, cool air. It can be nearly impossible to see the forest for the tourists that time of year, but that doesn’t mean you have to abandon your quest for sizzling autumn colour. Europe’s forests put on a great show as well