The Concealed Castle

By Dennis Rettke, Traveling Donkeys For our road trip through Europe, there was no doubt in our mind that we wanted to drive as to fully immerse ourselves in our European encounter, and it didn’t take long before we drove the car away from the highway and into adventure. It was a sunny day and…

Corridoio Vasariano – The secret corridor in Florence

As the sun rises on Florence, the riverside houses, clutched up against each other facing the River Arno, become shades of the rising sun. Turned yellow as if jealous, they look upon the opposite houses and at the bridge between them. The bridge, equipped with its own houses, hovering over the river as it has…

In Bruges

Bruges – or Brügge in the local tongue – is just a skip and hop away from England on the other side of the English Channel and lies just an hour’s drive north of Bruxelles. We visited this picturesque medieval town late march and were rewarded with a sentimental air to the settings. The damp cobblestone…

Pearls of Provence: Les Baux-de-Provence

Perched atop of a rocky spur on the edge of Les Alpilles mountain range in central Provence, crowned with a castle ruin, overlooking the plains to the south, rests another Pearl of Provence: Les Baux-de-Provence. Medieval village While the area has been a popular vantage point and settlement from 6.000 BC., the village you encounter today…

The Legend of Roland

The story about the brave and reckless knight Roland and his legendary sword Durendal is rooted in historical facts. His story inspired the romantic movement in medieval France and song were sung about him, praising him as the perfect knight. But how much is true? Is fiction better than fact? Fact Roland really was a Frankish…

Happy Birthday Bicycle!

At the rate technology advances these days, it’s hard to wrap one’s head around the fact, that an analog device such as the bicycle is only 200 years old. Today. Draisine June 12th 1817, the German Karl von Drais rode the world’s first bike from his home in Mannheim to Schwetzingen 7 kilometres away and back…

Five Fab Barcelona Breaks

Barcelona is an international tourism destination with world-class appeal. It has unique architecture, exquisite gastronomy and a pleasant climate. With so much to experience and so many people wanting to do so, Barcelona can get pretty crowded. Then what? Especially in summertime, the Rambla is bursting with a heated, international crowd, so if you feel…

Pearls of Provence: Roussillon

You find yourselves walking amidst a foreign landscape, like cowboys in a Colorado setting. Any moment an angry pack of indians could leap over the dark red mountain top and descend on you. The sun beats down on this exotic landscape and reveals fifty shades of ochre. But you’re not in Colorado. You’re in Roussillon,…

Top100 Austrian Attractions

By Jen Miller – www.jenreviews.com  Deep in the heart of Europe lies a land of emperors, waltz and schnitzel. A haven for hikers, skiers and city lovers. From the magnificent palaces of Vienna to the steep mountains of the Alps, every tourist can find something exactly to their taste. Austria is the birthplace of famous classic celebrities…

Heidelberg – a romantic intellectual

Heidelberg is truly one of the most beautiful cities in Germany and will spellbind you from the moment you drive towards it from the other side of the Neckar river. Located in southwest Germany in the region of Baden-Württemberg, this charming city is surrounded by steep hills and stunning nature, underscored by a winding river…