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To and from Europe with love

My trip to Europe in 2015 was wonderful, but it was also tinted with a little sadness. I just met my now husband back then only two and a half months before leaving. When I planned the trip, I was single and looked forward to going as a single man. However, when I left, I […]

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Discoveries in Paris

Meals were exquisite but far more expensive than Berlin. In fact, Berlin was amazingly inexpensive. The euro I saved in Berlin I spent in Paris, for sure. I had pastries every morning, in particular pain au chocolat. It was definitely one of the food highlights. Also, I had real hot chocolate in Paris. Also, very […]

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Seeing the famous sights of Paris

There is quite a bit to see in Paris, and I could publish several posts about the different sites. I’m just going to focus on the typical ones and my impressions of them however much I experienced of them. The Louvre museum the Louvre is gigantic. It’s hard to put into words. You can’t really […]

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Getting around Paris

I chose my hotel to be in the heart of tourist areas. I prefer to travel to new places this way. I find it helpful to walk around and get to know a place on foot first. There were several tourist attractions within a short walk: Notre Dame, the Louvre, the Jardin des Tuileries, Place […]

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Checking in to Paris

If you remember my post “First time traveling to Europe”, the train ride between Berlin and Paris came with some adventure. I arrived at Gare de Nord a little drained from my worry but not too run down. It was near le Marais (4th district), the area where my hotel was, Hotel de Rivoli. The […]

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Friends of friend in Berlin

A few times, I had dinner with my friend and his friends. It was a mix of coworkers and people he had met while living there. All of them spoke English, but many were originally from other non-anglo countries. I think the furthest non-angle but European country was Turkey. One of the first dinners I […]

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Monuments and sights in Berlin

There is quite a bit to see when you’re visiting Berlin. I’ve highlighted many of the monuments, memorials and other sights. However, there are still other things to see that I did not list here. If you ever go, prepare to have plenty to do. Brandenburg Gate and Berlin Wall I thought of only two […]

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Speaking German a little (and eating)

Everyone said I could speak English, but I tried speaking in German anyway. At least when I ordered food, I tried. Even then, I often asked “Sprechen Sie Englisch?” (my spelling is likely atrocious). Before going, I bought Rosetta Stone for German and practiced it a bit. I hardly got through any of it, though. […]

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The character of Berlin

When I got to Berlin, I quickly felt at home. Seriously, Berlin is a lot like Portland. First of all, it’s very green. There are many parks, and trees grow throughout the city. I’m sure if I had stood on a hill overlooking the city from one side, I would have seen more greenery than […]

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First time traveling to Europe

I knew before I left for Europe that Germany and France are my inherited motherlands. My father’s side of my family is German descent and my mother’s is French. Ok, technically, we found out mom’s side is French Belgian, but essentially, that side is French. I didn’t try to seek out any possible family. Maybe […]

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