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France – Palace of Versailles

Who couldn’t love Paris, right? Well it seems the King of France, Louis XIV (known as Louis the Great) didn’t like the capital so much. So he began moving the government in 1678 to his father’s, Louis XIII, hunting lodge … Continue reading

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France – Paris – Stroll to the Eiffel Tower

Standing out the front of the Louvre is the Arc de Triomphe de Carrousel, a triumphal arch built between 1806 & 1808 to commemorate Napoleon’s military victories. Walk through the arch and Jardin des Tuileries (Tuileries Garden) is amazingly laid out … Continue reading

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Germany – Stuttgart to Heidelberg

Bavarian Journey Leg 7: Stuttgart to Heidelberg. Last stop on our epic Bavarian Journey through southern Germany was the university city of Heidelberg; a city of crumbling age and modern edge.We had been following the beautiful Neckar River through the last … Continue reading

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Germany – Tubingen to Stuttgart Part 2

Bavarian Journey Leg 6: Tubingen to Stuttgart Part 2. On a large rock overlooking the Echaz Valley, stands the “fairytale castle of Wurttemberg”; Lichtenstein Castle. There’s been a castle on this precarious spot since around 1100, but the current structure … Continue reading

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Germany – Tubingen to Stuttgart Part 1

Bavarian Journey Leg 6: Tubingen to Stuttgart Part 1. Tubingen is an old university town, dominated by its large student population and picturesque buildings. The Neckar River splits the town, but its the cobbled streets, local markets and cozy cafes … Continue reading

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Germany – Gengenbach to Tubingen

Bavarian Journey Leg 5: Gengenbach to Tubingen. For a brief walk back in time, we visited the Black Forest Open Air Museum Vogtsbauernhof. It has fully-furnished farmhouses representing different parts of the Black Forest during the last 400 years. Each farmhouse gives … Continue reading

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Germany – Freiburg to Gengenbach

Bavarian Journey Leg 4: Freiburg to Gengenbach. The old university town of Freiburg was unusually quiet, since it was a sleepy Sunday. The shopping streets were empty. The tram-lines were deserted. The students were gone. In fact, only the old city’s … Continue reading

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Germany – Hohenschwangau & Neuschwanstein Castles

Bavarian Journey Leg 2: Fussen to Lindau. Germany may very well be the land of castles (schloss in German), with Bavaria boasting the cream of the crop. Thanks to a vital trade route that sliced through this beautiful countryside back in Medieval times, … Continue reading

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Estonia – Tallinn

Estonia’s capital city is Tallinn (previously known as Reval from the 13th century up until 1918). Tallinn’s Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and with good reason. The old cobble-stone streets are filled with a mix of well-preserved medieval … Continue reading

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Estonia – Haapsalu

“Estonia? Where’s that?” It’s here. Tucked in Europe’s northeastern corner up against the might of Russia. It’s one of the three Baltic states; with Latvia and Lithuania. Beside the Baltic Sea, these three countries have had a long and eventful … Continue reading

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