Exploring Berlin and the Captivating East Side Gallery

Berlin, Germany

Eastside Gallery- Berlin Wall

Berlin, GermanyBerlin is the European city where I went back in time to relive WWII history. Exploring Berlin’s famous wall and walking the city, while learning more about the past was an important part of my European tour. A recent conversation I had online with a fellow travel blogger reminded me of Germany’s heavy history. Luckily, what’s in the past is in the past. Remembering the past assures us and future generations that history will not repeat itself. Continue reading

Dresden, A City Rebuilt from the Ground Up

Dresden, Germany is a city which was completely demolished during WWII and was rebuilt from the ground up. The city was in fact rebuilt using the very same bricks that fell during that dreadful war. The cathedral was the only standing building left in the small city, which community members hid in during the bombings. The cathedral eventually collapsed shortly after the bombings subsided, yet the beautiful cathedral was built back up using its original bricks amongst new bricks. Dresden’s character, charm, and story caught my attention and pulled at my heart strings. Dresden, Germany

Can you tell which bricks were the original ones?

A Somber Day of Remembrance at Dachau Concentration Camp

Dachau, Concentration CampDachau, Concentration CampIt was a somber rainy day when I visited Dachau Concentration Camp in Germany. The willow trees on the property seemed to weep with me as I walked amongst the fenced-in grounds with the grey clouds hanging heavy above my head, just like my heart. Walking alone through the camp made me feel like I was the only soul in Dachau hearing the  cries of the past being muffled by the wind. The massive camp holds secrets and history of the past. Truth, reality, redemption, honour, pride, and memory. Continue reading

Munich, city of hearty food and oom-pah bands

Munich, GermanyMunich, GermanyAfter departing Venice, Italy and driving through Italy toward Germany, I crossed the Austrian border and drove through Austria before entering Germany. It’s a shame my tour didn’t have time to stop so that I could experience Austria, even if it reminded me of Switzerland. In each country that I drove through the landscape changed significantly. The highway was lined by towering mountains on either side of the highway, with cloud and mist hovering at the base of the mountains. It is said that Munich, Germany is a whole world of its own compared to other cities in Germany. With only one night in Munich, I had to make the most of my time by sampling the best of what Munich offers: architecture (traditional & modern), music, food, and drink. Continue reading