Category Archives: Vignettes

HMS Triconmalee and Hartlepool

HMS Triconmalee, one of the few preserved early 19th century warships, can today be found at the Hartlepool Maritime Experience conveniently located in metropolitan Hartlepool, The Middle of Nowhere, in the county of Durham. There’s something rather sordid about Hartlepool, … Continue reading

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Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Enough other folk have praised the remarkably well preserved medieval town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. I don’t have anything more to add re: its beauty, besides that it reminded me a lot of Luxembourg City, though far less cold. … Continue reading

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Kloster Andechs: Beer, Schweinshaxe, and a Bavarian Monastery

Travellers finding themselves tiring of Munich’s metropolitan hubbub would do well to consider a day-trip out to the scenic Andech Monastery of Kloster Andechs. From Munich itself you can travel with the local train service to the town of Herrsching, … Continue reading

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Relics of the Cold War: Tempelhof Airport

It was here that the Allied aircraft of the Berlin Air Bridge (Berliner Luftbr├╝cke) landed, brining much needed supplies to the people of Berlin. Shortly after the war’s end the Soviets blockaded Berlin in an attempt to assert their own … Continue reading

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Treptower Park

Berlin’s Treptower Park can be found off in forgotten corner of the city next to an industrial estate, bordered on the one side by the Spree River, and on the other by the contentious neighbourhood of Neuk├Âlln. Today the park … Continue reading

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