Verona is perhaps best known as the setting as of Shakespeare’s romantic/tragic play, Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare was so moved by the beauty of Verona that it was the setting for two additional plays, The Two Gentlemen of Verona and The Taming of the Shrew. It is not hard to imagine that much of the historical city center remains the same as it was when Shakespeare visited. Continue reading In Fair Verona
As I’ve said before, here and in real life, the majority of cities do not appeal to me. Where ever I have traveled, I have that almost without exception, I have enjoyed smaller cities and rural areas more that the … Continue reading Hamburg (Part One)
The museum consists of two main parts: one showcasing the experiences of immigrants leaving Germany and one showcasing the experiences of emigrants coming into Germany. Continue reading Deutsches Auswandererhaus (German Emigration Center)
Oldenburg is a mid-sized city, with a population of about 160,000 people. One of the first things we noticed is that there are a huge number of bicyclists bicycling all over the town. The main part of the city is filled with shops – some familiar, some new. Continue reading In Search of Ottemans: Oldenburg, Germany
After a couple of blocks the square opened up and I saw the full magnificence of the plaza. Not only was the big church here, the Rathaus (town hall), parliament building, and several other large buildings framed the square. At this point, I realized I had somehow stumbled into a UNESCO World Heritage Site – namely “Town Hall and Roland on the Marketplace of Bremen.” Continue reading A side trip to Bremen, Germany
The first place we visited was the island of Fehmarn, the ancestral home of the Wieses (my maternal grandfather’s family).
Fehmarn is an island located just off the northeastern coast of Germany in the Baltic Sea. This island is a popular summer destination, and its claim to fame is that it was the site of Jimi Hendrix’s last concert. Looking through the available information on both our family history and the island in general, we decided to stay in Burg auf Fehmarn. Continue reading In Search of Wieses: Fehmarn, Germany
For the last three and a half years, my life has had one constant. Through three different jobs in three different towns in three or four different houses, one thing has always been with me: my book. I first wrote about it on this blog back in June 2013, and at that point I was deep in the initial writing process and feeling pretty confident, even writing that I thought it would be published early the next year (2014). Continue reading Officially Published