prague's jewish quarter

Visiting Prague’s Jewish Quarter can be overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be logistically overwhelming. Here’s the easiest way to visit the Jewish Quarter of Prague and a bit of background on this little neighborhood with lots of history. Prague’s Jewish Quarter: Layers of History Prague is home to one of the oldest recorded …

Terezin Concentration Camp

Picture this: The International Red Cross is coming to the ghetto. Yes, that kind of ghetto. The European ghettos that Jews were forced into during the horrific years of 1938-1945. There is overcrowding. There is stench. There is death. There is death everywhere, in fact. But there is hope. The Red Cross is coming …

walking tour of hitler's vienna

I hesitated before booking “Hitler’s Vienna: A 2.5-Hour Historical Walking Tour.” The name scared me a little. Would the tour in any way glorify the man? Would I be able to stomach 2.5 hours of learning about Adolf Hitler? In the end, I am glad I booked the tour. In no way did our …

Shoes on the Danube is a must-see WWII site in Budapest

This post explores the Shoes on the Danube Promenade and the Dohány Street Synagogue, two must-visit WWII sites of Budapest. Sometimes simplicity makes for the most powerful memorials, and that is true of the Shoes on the Danube Promenade where I returned multiple times when visiting Budapest. What are the Shoes on the Danube? …

Memorial at the Ravensbruck Concentration Camp

There was a Nazi Concentration Camp built just for women. Visiting Ravensbrück is hard but necessary. You must prepare yourself to walk into a world of contradiction. For starters, the Ravensbrück Concentration Camp sits on the shore of a picturesque lake in northern Berlin. The beauty of the scene belies the horror that once …

Chateau de Chenonceau

A visit to France’s Loire Valley is truly incomplete without a visit to Château de Chenonceau. I was first attracted to the Loire Valley in France because of the Loire River, which served as the demarcation line in central France during WWII. The flowing demarcation line cut communities in two. It sliced farms and vineyards in …