Photo Essay: Malahide – An Irish Castle Dream

I’m not a person who is easily impressed when it comes to castles. I mean, I love castles. How could I not? But my home country has approximately 25,000 of them, so it takes something special to catch my eye. But then Ireland happened. Ireland’s castles are defensive, eerie, and mysterious. They don’t look like … Continue reading “Photo Essay: Malahide – An Irish Castle Dream”

Photo Essay: The Castle of Braunfels

Usually, I don’t like German clichés as I’m the walking opposite of a typical German (despite my hair color maybe): I don’t eat meat, I prefer wine over beer, I’m horribly chaotic and I’m never ever on time. But I feel like there is one cliché about the country of Germany itself which really is … Continue reading “Photo Essay: The Castle of Braunfels”

Photo Essay: Sainte-Chapelle in Paris

Every once in a while I just have to go back to the roots. Back to my roots as an art historian. I can’t go too long without writing about my beloved Gothic cathedrals. If you have read my little art historical background you know that I decided to become an art historian while being … Continue reading “Photo Essay: Sainte-Chapelle in Paris”

Photo Essay: Medieval Bruges

If I look back on the cities I traveled to this year, I’m surprised how I managed to stick to my (unintended) theme of gorgeous cities with canals and a medieval center — Nuremberg, Strasbourg, Colmar, and even Paris are all places with an exciting medieval history and I adored visiting all of them. Although … Continue reading “Photo Essay: Medieval Bruges”

10 Places You just Can’t Miss in Portugal

Summer has finally arrived in Germany and I cherish every little second of sunshine. The other day, I was waiting for my bus home when I suddenly longed for a cold, fresh pressed orange juice. I sat on a bench in the sun sipping my juice and realized how much I miss Portugal. A country … Continue reading “10 Places You just Can’t Miss in Portugal”

A Birthday in Bruges

I think I’m a little weird when it comes to birthdays. Usually, I try not to care about my birthday and I rarely plan anything, sometimes even trying to pretty much ignore the date. In the past, I would rather take an extra shift at my part time job in a clothing store than throw … Continue reading “A Birthday in Bruges”

Photo Essay: Utterly Dutch Utrecht

I knew I would like Utrecht. My little sister has been there a few years ago and said it was like a mini Amsterdam. When I visited Amsterdam a while back, the city and I didn’t really connect. I mean — I had a great time in Amsterdam, I liked the pretty canals and enjoyed … Continue reading “Photo Essay: Utterly Dutch Utrecht”

Photo Essay: The Colors of Colmar

When spending a few days in the Alsace one might quickly get the feeling that it looks pretty much the same in every town — cobblestone streets, half-timbered houses, cute little bakeries with kouglof (or in German Gugelhupf) in their window displays. And all this is definitely true for the little town of Colmar, but … Continue reading “Photo Essay: The Colors of Colmar”

Photo Essay: Stunning Strasbourg

Yet another alliteration, but this time it really makes sense — the biggest city in the French Alsace region is truly nothing but stunning: The medieval center of Strasbourg is circled by canals and the majestic cathedral towers over the half-timbered houses with their colorful shutters. Little deserves the term picturesque more than Strasbourg. One … Continue reading “Photo Essay: Stunning Strasbourg”

Photo Essay: Inside the Cathedral of Strasbourg

No matter how much I like the view of gorgeous 19th century town houses or ancient Roman ruins, my favorite buildings of all times will always be the grand Gothic churches. No other buildings make you feel that small and insignificant, but at same time encase you with such an atmosphere of spirituality and serenity. Every … Continue reading “Photo Essay: Inside the Cathedral of Strasbourg”