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A Morning in Macharaviaya and Benaque


At the beginning of May, Lars and I spent a couple of days in Spain in order to sign the rental contract for our house in Torrox. During this short period, we stayed in an apartment in Torrox Costa near the sea. Having arrived quite late the day before in Malaga, we had some time to kill before we could enter…

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Tuscan Gems – Sassetta


This time Lars and I take you to a small historical village. The road from Campiglia Marittima to Sassetta is a very pleasant one. Half of it takes you through meadows and vineyards, the other half is a curvy road through hilly forests. Sassetta itself is located on a hilltop. The center of the village has the usual pub, pizzeria and…

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Riga Cathedral

An Hour in Riga Cathedral


It is one of the landmarks of the Latvian capital and one of the biggest medieval buildings in the Baltic States. Riga Cathedral is a fine example of Gothic architecture and dates from the beginning of the 13th century. It has one of the biggest pipe organs in the world, which is now undergoing renovation. Have a look in the…

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The Fairy Tale Palace


If you haven’t got a lot of time in Schwerin, make sure to visit the Schwerin Palace. It has been compared to Versailles and Neuschwanstein. The original castle dates from the 10th century, whereas the current one has been built in the 19th century. It is a beautiful example of romantic Historicism and has had many uses. The palace served…

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The City of Towers


The next town was on the wishlist of Lars: Duderstadt. We entered the center of town through the old city gate, called Westerturm. It is known for its twisted tower, something I hadn’t seen often before. Continue your walk and you will automatically end up at the central square which is completely surrounded by half-timber houses. A beautiful example is…

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Last Trip of 2012 – Inside Metz Cathedral


It already looked so beautiful at the outside, but as soon as Lars and I were inside the cathedral, we were simply blown away by its grandeur. This is what Wikipedia has to say about it: Saint-Stephen Cathedral is a Rayonnant Gothic edifice built with the local yellow Jaumont limestone. Like in French Gothic architecture, the building is compact, with slight projection of the transepts…

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Our Adaptable Adventure – Inside the cathedral of Périgueux


When you look at the cathedral of Périgueux, you are struck by its enormous size. I actually had quite some problems photographing the whole building or even a part of it. But what you see outside doesn’t prepare you for what you are about to see inside. It actually consists of two parts: the “old church” (8th – 9th century)…

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Beautiful decay


About 30 km to the south of Brussels is a small town, called Villers-la-Ville. And at the outskirts of this town are the impressive ruins of a Cistercian abbey. It was founded in the 12th century and it took more than 100 years to be built. In the 13th and 14th century the abbey became quite famous, but from the…

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