In the Marais with Martine

We took advantage of the Paris Greeter again and just as before, it was well worth it.  If you have some time and really want to get to know an area, I cannot recommend it enough.  The personalities of the greeters are unique, but the common link is that they all share a passion for…

Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam

Everyone always comments on their claustrophobia in the Annex that Anne Frank and seven others lived in during the Holocaust.  The challenge for me was trying to comprehend how someone could survive in such little light . I felt the darkness was symbolic of the dark times.  I can’t imagine staying inside for 25 months….

L’Orangerie in Paris

The former orange shelter located in the Tuilleries Gardens is an Impressionist treasure.  If hearing names like Monet, Renoir, or Picasso conjure interest, then this is a great museum for you.  The collection cannot compare in size to the collection at the Musee D’Orsay, but the works are well worth the visit. The feature exhibit…

Visiting Dachau

Sometimes the sites we see while traveling do not have a positive memory.  Although it can be challenging to enter these places, it is important to go.  Visiting a place like a concentration camp brings knowledge that is crucial to pass down.  Dachau was my first concentration camp.  It may sound odd to say this,…

People in Sculpture

Sculpture is one of my favorite art forms.  It always amazes me how someone can take rock or stone, and turn it into something that tells a story.

Traveling to Europe for the First Time

You’ve got your passport ready for its first European stamp.  Perhaps you’re feeling a little nervous about the unexpected elements that come with traveling abroad.  Although you may be experiencing some fear, it really is not so different from visiting other states.  With some knowledge going in, you will be a pro as you step…