Monthly Archives: February 2014

Next Stop: Belize

Whew! The blizzard of Prague/Dresden posts from the past is at an end, and we’re beginning a new adventure in the present: Karen and I are seeking warmer climes for two weeks in Belize. As I finish packing, it strikes … Continue reading

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Guten Morgen, Dresden, Gute Nacht

On my last day in Dresden, I hit the bricks early to experience the city waking up. Trams rolled down nearly-empty streets as the sun emerged from behind majestic buildings. After snapping photos for a while, I found a park … Continue reading

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East Germany Under Glass

Another former Eastern Bloc city, another museum full of Socialist detritus. More elaborate than the Museum of Communism in Prague, Dresden’s DDR Museum occupies several floors in an appropriately stark building. There are rooms full of artifacts and walls full … Continue reading

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Seeking Slaughterhouse-Five

To fans of Kurt Vonnegut (like me), Dresden is synonymous with his novel, Slaughterhouse-Five, Or the Children’s Crusade. During World War II, Vonnegut and his fellow prisoners of war hid in the basement of a slaughterhouse while the Allies bombed … Continue reading

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Fall and Rise of the Frauenkirche

If it were February of 1945, this street would be on fire. At that point in World War II, the German army was retreating but had not yet surrendered, and the Allies were looking for ways to hasten the end … Continue reading

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Next Stop: Dresden

Prague is so darn close to other historic European cities, and I had a couple of unclaimed days in my itinerary. I couldn’t help but add a third country to my two-week trip. Venice is a just few hours away, … Continue reading

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Do I Have To?

Obviously, when you go to Prague, you’ve got to visit Prague Castle. It’s up there on the hill, photobombing every picture you take of the skyline. It’s the embodiment of centuries of history. It has six different admission options. Do … Continue reading

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Communistalgia

I’m fascinated by the fading vestiges of Communism. Back in high school German class when Frau Andersson taught us about die Mauer (the Wall), it seemed like it would endure for generations. And then it was gone. Prague’s Museum of … Continue reading

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Greetings, email subscribers, I know a lot of posts have been popping up on Next Stop: World lately. I’m trying to get caught up on last fall’s trip before Karen and I embark on our next one (to Belize, at … Continue reading

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The Next Street Over

It’s October. It’s cold and rainy. And just look at this. The great thing about Prague is that when you find yourself fighting a mob of tourists, you can dart down an alley to the next street over… and there’s … Continue reading

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