As a teenager living in Europe, I had an opportunity to learn about World War II firsthand, from a tour of Anne Frank’s house in Amsterdam to standing among thousands of white crosses overlooking the beaches of Normandy.  But the most human experience of all was visiting the Dachau Concentration Camp near Munich, Germany where […]

Commissioned by King Frederick William II of Prussia, the Brandenburg Gate was built to represent peace and was completed in 1791.  It leads to Unter den Linden, a famous boulevard lined with linden trees that once led to the Prussian palace. With 12 Doric columns, six on each side, the gate was inspired by the Propylaea, […]

Lisbon‘s small, vintage trams cross the city’s narrow, cobblestone streets and steep gradients.  They were introduced to Lisbon in the 19th century, and the original cars were imported from the United States. Here is a quick shot of one of the trams at night as we walked to the Bairro Alto district for dinner.  The […]