Cape Town 2019

It’s fantastic being back in Cape Town! A location that stole my heart during the 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 two plane…

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Bach’s Christmas Oratorio Cantatas I-III Berlin Cathedral

I’m enjoying Berlin’s holiday celebrations. Last night it was Bach’s 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 first, as other…

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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 that shines a different light on things. It’s a complex city with a young population and immense history and nuances – nothing is quite what…

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Potsdam Germany UNESCO World Heritage Site

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 didn’t hamper the…

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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 hopelessly lost to feeling ecstatic while blending with locals and making successful transport connections! Navigating Berlin As a point of comparison, Istanbul’s 14+ million population makes Berlin’s 4 million seem small,…

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