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  • East is East and West is West

    East is East and West is West

    … and when the twain finally did meet, two worlds collided – and two rival viewpoints of history Two trillion dollars have been spent. This is not a trifling amount, even for one of the world’s richest nations. Still, East Germany – after 25 years of reconstruction – has preserved an Eastness about it which is not easy to define but easy to recognize, even by people who do not know Germany all that well. ... East is East and West is West Read More »
  • Crossing the Border Between Two Old Foes

    Crossing the Border Between Two Old Foes

    Half-German-half-Polish Usedom is used to playing second fiddle among Germany’s Baltic coast islands, but has a unique distinction Usedom is Germany’s sunniest spot. Talk about damning with faint praise, eh? But before any of you can accuse me of sneery sarcasm, let me point out that Usedom gets an almost Mediterranean 1917 hours of sunshine every year, more than some places in Italy (Bolzano, Milan) and Spain (San Sebastian), ... Crossing the Border Between Two Old Foes Read More »
  • The White Cliffs of Ruegen

    The White Cliffs of Ruegen

    As seen on an iconic, world-famous painting – and by Kaiser Bill’s mother Ruegen is Germany’s largest island and one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations. Unsurprisingly, considering the German love for hiking, Ruegen also has a dense network of hiking paths, all centred on the 140 km long Hauptwanderweg – the “main hiking path” – from Kap Ankona in the north to the southern ferry harbour of Altefähr. This ... The White Cliffs of Ruegen Read More »

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