One of my favorite things about last year’s trip to Amsterdam was the vibrant street art, graffiti, and painted hostels. So here we are, a year later, and the walls and the paint may have changed, but the visual feast … Continue reading
I so appreciate when the timing of the reading of a particular book seems to tie in most serendipitously with goings-on in my life and the world around me, especially when it happens to be a book not recently published, … Continue reading
View from our balcony at the Internacional Cool Hotel, what a treat! Surprisingly, the doors to the balcony were double-paned and kept out the majority of the street noise, so not only did we have a splendid view of Las … Continue reading
I knew La Sagrada Familia was going to be a life-changing experience. I felt it when first I glimpsed the basilica spires between buildings as we neared it on the tour bus the day before, a sudden tightening in my … Continue reading
Parc Guell is a sort of architectural garden wonderland designed by Gaudi, who I am beginning to realize has shaped structures all over this city. The park bears the same sort of whimsical, rounded, organic shapes common to a lot … Continue reading
La Sagrada Familia was one of the places I most wanted to visit in Barcelona, so I planned out my day of Gaudi, circling stops on my map, and paid the twenty-something Euro fare for the Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour. … Continue reading
I took the metro down to Las Ramblas where I knew where a little grocery store was. Each day I made a point of eating well at the hotel’s breakfast buffet, and then I acquired some very basic foodstuffs at … Continue reading
We began by taking the metro from Zona Universitaria to Drassanes, which allowed us to make our way up a portion of Las Ramblas. I think perhaps my photos give the impression that it was a rather solitary venture, but … Continue reading
Listen to them … the children of the night … –or– And then the werewolf asked, “Witch way to Alexanderplatz?”
Alexanderplatz and beyond from 29 floors up!
Christmas night we went into the abbey under an uneasy red sky.
Departing Amsterdam, we traveled south by train passing through (or maybe just near) towns like Dordrecht, Roosendal, Antwerp, from Holland into Belgium; transfer at Mechelen station and a second train to Leuven. This is where we’d be spending Christmas.
While in Amsterdam we stayed at Hotel CC on Warmoesstraat, very centrally located for visiting the Red Light District and Dam Square. The room was just large enough to fit a double bed with a tiny walkway around the edge. … Continue reading