Cape Town South Africa 2019

It’s fantastic being back in Cape Town! A location that completely stole my heart during the very first visit in 1987. The beautiful coastal city is surrounded by incomparable Table Mountain. I arrived on May 2nd after a series of flights beginning in Catania Sicily and passing through Rome and Addis Ababa Ethiopia – including…

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Bach’s Christmas Oratorio Cantatas I-III Berlin Cathedral

Bach Christmas Cantatas I’m enjoying Berlin’s holiday celebrations. Last night it was Bach Christmas Cantatas performed by the Cathedral Choir led by cantor Tobias Brommann at Berlin Cathedral on Museum Island. Senior musicians from the Baroque Orchestra must have attended another gig last night as there were noticeable mistakes and rolled eyes all around… A…

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Berlin Reflections

I’m approaching two months in Berlin and there’s still more to see and learn. Each city has personality, and Berlin is uniquely difficult to describe. I’m not a fast-moving tourist, so moving at a slower pace helps shine a different light on things. It’s a complex city with a young population and immense history and nuances…

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Potsdam Germany UNESCO World Heritage Site

State of Brandenburg Yesterday I visited Potsdam, capital of the State of Brandenburg 15 miles south of Berlin. Scenery during the train ride changed from graffiti tagged concrete walls to colorful autumn trees and stately mansions in Berlin’s west suburbs. October weather has been mild with warm sunny days, but it’s getting colder. Light rain…

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Exploring Berlin

Learning to navigate a large city requires patience and perseverance – ha… Berlin’s heated pace is both daunting and exhilarating. I’ve gone from being befuddled and hopelessly lost to feeling ecstatic while making successful transport connections and blending with locals. Navigating Berlin As a point of comparison, Istanbul’s 14+ million population makes Berlin’s 4 million…

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