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Germany

Europe makes it so easy, even for the busy tourist, to take a meandering stroll through a public park.  Due to their central locations, the following parks are hardly an addition to a traveler’s checklist — indeed, they connect visitor points of interest so smoothly, you’ll think you planned to take that little break in [...]

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If you weren’t able to catch — or catch tickets for — all the films you wanted to see at this year’s Berlinale, a few of Berlin’s theaters offer additional showings of select films in their theaters in the weeks following the festival.
Perhaps it’s just a rainy February Tuesday evening, and you’re not in the [...]

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Every Monday, the Deutsche Guggenheim Museum in Berlin opens its exhibition to the public for free.  Located on Unter den Linden, it’s nearly equidistant from Museuminsel or the Brandenburg Gate and is a quick hop from Gendarmenmarkt.  Plan 30 minutes to an hour to view the artwork and browse the gift shop in this relatively [...]

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The days are getting longer and lighter.  The New Year’s debris has finally been cleared from the streets.  Snowfall has turned to rain.  And so, once again it is time for Berlin to put giant bears on posters, roll out red carpets across town, and welcome the glitterati of the film world to the city.  [...]

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Welcome to this week’s Travel on a Shoestring Carnival, focusing on the highlights of the European continent. Photographic inspiration of the Crimean vineyards at harvest time comes to us from Q. Sakamakil at National Geographic’s Best Trips 2013. Click on the image to view further pictures of this Ukrainian destination.

Four posts from France [...]

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It’s the first of the month (rabbit, rabbit), and you know what that means:  February’s calendar desktop is now ready for download.  Preview of the image at left.
If you’re not sure how to change your desktop wallpaper, follow the easy instructions in the For Your Desktop tab.
Enjoy!

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A new “express” bus service now links Südkreuz train station in Berlin with Schönefeld Airport.  Price:  6 euros, 4 euros with any BVG ticket, 3 euros with a weekly or monthly ticket.  For those flying into Berlin, the ticket remains valid for further transit on public transportation in Berlin ABC.
This bus represents no monetary savings [...]

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I love capitols – can’t get enough of their marble halls, gilded domes, dark wood paneling and hundreds of tiny desks (at least they always *look* tiny from the viewing gallery) with multicolored voting buttons.  They capture a regal era removed from our own with a permanence found rarely in modern architecture.
While in DC at the beginning of January, my destination [...]

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At the confluence of the Moselle and Rhine rivers in the lovely city of Koblenz, Germany, stands a large monument called Deutsches Eck (German Corner).  Originally dedicated to the empire of Kaiser Wilhelm I, its partial destruction in WWII led the remnants to serve as a memorial to German unity until 1989.  It was rebuilt by [...]

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The Russians have a term — avoska — for a small tote bag carried “just in case.” Theirs were used for the random times where lines spontaneously formed for things like bananas. When lines appeared, people would join even if they weren’t certain what was on offer (on the grounds that, if people [...]

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