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May 10, 2021

Germany: Hildesheim


Church of St. Michael in Hildesheim

The devastation of World War II left an indelible mark on much of Germany.  The Allies, particularly towards the end of the war, bombed Germany’s larger, strategic, and more industrial cities.  This left many populated areas as piles of rubble.

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Germany: Fagus Factory in Alfeld


Fagus Werk

“Are you architects?”

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May 9, 2021

Germany: Golsar, the Mines of Rammelsberg


The Rammelsberg mine

On the southern outskirts of Goslar Germany is the Rammelsberg mine.  Until the ore was depleted and the mine closed in 1988, Rammelsberg had been in operation for more than a thousand years.  Since the Middle Ages ores containing zinc, lead, copper, and smaller amounts of gold and silver, all deposited by an undersea smoker approximately 390 million years ago, had been pulled from the tunnels under the mountain.  At the time of its closure Rammelsberg held the distinction of being the oldest continuously active mine in the world.

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Germany:  Golsar


Church towers in Goslar

Goslar Germany’s appeal came as a surprise.  We had chosen to stop in this former Hanseatic League commune in part because it is a UNESCO World Heritage site status and in part because it fit our trip itinerary.  Not atypically for long road trips we had not given much thought to what we would see before we arrived.  The pictures we saw of Goslar looked nice at the time we booked the room.  But Tourist office pictures often present idealized views of towns and we don’t put too much stock in them.  But in this case the pictures didn’t lie.  Goslar is beautiful.

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May 8, 2021

Germany: Kassel, the Orangerie

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The Orangerie in Kassel Germany

Orangerie’s are garden buildings typically associated with stately homes.  Their purpose, as the name implies, is to house orange trees.  Most operate with the orange trees planted in large planter boxes.  These boxed trees can be moved outside to a sunny patio when the weather is favorable and then back inside to protect against the cold.  The arrangement allows oranges to be raised in climates where it would otherwise be impossible 

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May 7, 2021

Germany: Kassel, the Vertical Earth Kilometer

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The “Vertical Earth Kilometer” in Kassel Germany

In Kassel’s Friedrichsplatz Park is what appears to be a disk of brass inconspicuously mounted in the concrete pavement.  The “disk” is actually the top of the “Vertical Earth Kilometer,” a brass rod extends a kilometer beneath the surface of the earth.  Created by Walter De Maria the art installation is claimed to be tallest art exhibit on earth

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Germany: Gengenbach


Stadtkirche Sankt Marien

In the summer of 2019 France was in the midst of a serious drought. The lack of water cut short our usual summer of cruising France’s inland waterways aboard our barge Wanderlust. It follows from a basic rule of boating: If there isn’t enough water to float your boat you aren’t going to go anywhere. And so it was this summer.

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July 30, 2020

Gigi, R.I.P.

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Gigi ball in mouth on her last day

In late October 2010 we traveled to see a litter of puppies at their Modesto foster home. The pups had recently been rescued from a stray litter in Sacramento. We sat and watched the pups play awhile. Eventually one of the pups came up behind us and licked our ears. Whether the puppy knew what she was doing or not, she had picked us to be her humans. Soon we left Modesto with a puppy sitting comfortably in Becky’s lap like she had been there all her life. (more…)

October 25, 2019

France: Gorges du Verdon and Sisteron

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Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

The fastest way by car to Saint Jean de Losne from Monaco makes use of the A6 and A7 autoroutes. Autoroute 6 and 7 take run along the natural travel corridor established by the Rhône and Saône River valleys. (more…)

October 15, 2019

Monaco: Borders

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Monaco in the foreground, France in the background

During our short stay in Monaco we took the opportunity to walk across the border to France. It’s easy to do: You just walk behind the Monaco train station and you are in France. There is no barrier or sign that you changed countries and no obvious border marking. Unless you check with a real estate agent or look closely at Google Maps there’s little to tell you that you exited one country and entered another. (more…)

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