Hamburg Weihnachtsmarkt – Hamburg Christmas Market 2014

Hamburg-Christmas-Market

Hamburg - the Christmas Capital of the North - Hamburg Weihnachtsmarkt: Hamburg stakes its claim as the Christmas capital of the north.  This is because nowhere else in the north of Germany are there so many Christmas markets within such close proximity of each other. From the main train … [Read more...]

Rüdesheim – Christmas Market of Nations 2014

One Christmas Market, 12 Christmas Traditions at 2014 Rüdesheimer Weihnachtsmarkt: There are many Christmas markets in Germany, but the pretty historic town of Rüdesheim has a Christmas market that's special. Called the Christmas Market of Nations or Rüdesheimer Weihnachtsmarkt der Nationen, … [Read more...]

Square du Vert-Galant – Named after an Amorous King

Square du Vert-Galant, Île de la Cité

SQUARE DU VERT-GALANT IS AN ECOLOGICAL GREEN SPACE IN THE HEART OF PARIS: At the western tip of the Île de la Cité, at the Pont Neuf end, is a little green space called Square du Vert-Galant. The square was named after Henry IV whose nickname was "Vert-Galant" ("Green Gallant"). The old king had … [Read more...]

Embarkation Day – Amsterdam to Budapest River Cruise

MS Poetry in Amsterdam

THE DUTCH CAPITAL IS A POPULAR STARTING POINT FOR EUROPEAN RIVER CRUISES: Amsterdam to Budapest River Cruise - Avalon Waterways - Day 1 A twenty minute taxi ride from Schiphol Airport and we were at the NH Amsterdam Center Hotel where all cruise passengers were to meet. There are actually three … [Read more...]