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TREASURE-HUNTING IN ROTHENBURG

One of the best ways to spend a day in Rothenburg is shopping. I don’t even like shopping, yet Rothenburg is just so charming, welcoming and relaxed, that it imbues with joy even one of the most stressful and tedious [for me] activities. Tiny Rothenburg is a GREAT shopping destination. But you won’t find Prada or…

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ROTHENBURG, the Most German of German Towns

Do you remember how I thought that Tallinn was the most whimsical place ever? Well, Tallinn has nothing on Rothenburg, which should be in the running for the title of “Real Life Town That Looks the Most like It Just Dropped Out of a Disney Fairy Tale.” Rothenburg ob der Tauber (which means “Red fortress…

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EUROTRIP 2015: Recap Preview

Remember how last year I wrote 24 posts about my vacation in Crimea? Brace yourself, because that was just one peninsula, and now I have three countries to reflect on!    GERMANY: Frankfurt, Mainz, Rothenburg, Rhine Valley (including stops at Rudesheim, Loreley and Koblenz), Munich, Bavarian Alps (Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Oberammergau)  ITALY: Bologna, Ravenna, farm-stay…

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MOSCOW WALKS: Skyscrapers in MOSCOW CITY

Moscow City is a ghost town on weekends. It also might very well be a ghost town on weekdays too – this skyscraper city known officially as the Moscow International Business Center has entered its third decade of development, and although a number of businesses have already moved in, the complex still has a “work…

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And Just Like That, It’s Winter Again

My seasonal depression begins during the Summer Solstice. For most Western people June 21st marks the beginning of summer, but for me it is the end; in fact, it’s the official first day of “Winter Is Coming.” * * * Living in Moscow means you can’t just assume that you will get all the trappings…

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RUSSIA IN RUSSIAN ART: VASILY POLENOV

Vasily Polenov was part of the landmark Peredvizhniki (The Wanderers or The Itinerants) school of realist Russian art. Many of his paintings — such as Golden Autumn or Moscow Courtyard — have become downright iconic.  When not painting Russian landscapes, Polenov created many pieces based on the New Testament. He traveled extensively to the Middle…