World clocks display the time for a selection of cities around the world.  The world clock in Alexanderplatz is one of the square’s most famous features. At 10 meters (33 feet) tall and weighing 16 tons, it is topped by an artistic model of the solar system that resolves once per minute. On Today’s Date […]

With the first week of work in Europe under my belt, it was time to enjoy the weekend in Berlin.  Lucky for me, I got to spend an action-packed Saturday and Sunday with a native German and Berlin local. Our first stop on Saturday morning was at a local market where we saw farm-fresh produce, […]

At the end of World War II, when Americans occupied a section of Berlin, the Amerika Haus was established to share American culture and politics with German citizens.   Today C/O Berlin is in the Amerika Haus building where there are exhibits like Augen Auf! (Eyes Wide Open!) sharing 100 years of Leica photography. I had about […]

Located an easy walk from the Little Mermaid statue and the Kastellet, Amalienborg is the winter home of the Danish royal family.  It is comprised of four identical palace buildings with an octagonal courtyard that is monitored 24/7 by Den Kongelige Livgarde (the Royal Life Guards).  Their uniforms are similar to those worn by the guards at […]

As I walked along the water toward the Little Mermaid statue in Langelinje Harbor, I came across St. Alban’s Anglican Church.  As pretty as it was up close from the front, it was every bit as striking from a bit of a distance and from the other side after leaving the star-shaped fortress of Kastellet. St. […]

As if the breathtaking, natural beauty of Powell Gardens wasn’t already enough, this summer included an exhibit that incorporated Lego scenes into the park Dale Chihuly-style.  Artist Sean Kenney used more than 300,000 Lego bricks to create 27 sculptures in 14 scenes set around the gardens. My favorite exhibit was probably the Mallard Duck and Ducklings […]

Each year, the Powell Gardens hosts a Festival of Butterflies that allows visitors to interact with caterpillars and butterflies alike.  While there are 12,00 to 15,000 species of butterflies to admire, I remain partial to the Monarch butterfly.  One of these days, I need to do some of the things on my bucket list, like participating in […]