I wasn’t sure about a guided D Day tour of the Normandy Beaches because my obsession with the history of the Second World War means I envisioned exploring Normandy on my own. I wanted to wander without a timeline through the area that I had researched, read about, and obsessively watched on Band of Brothers …

You may get a bit dizzy reading Life After Life. Author Kate Atkinson rather intends to take the concept of time and dump it right on its head. What would you do if you had a do-over in life? Who might you fuck? Who might you kill? Would you assassinate Hitler if you could? Life …

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah is a story of two women in war. It is also a tale of a country torn in two. The Nightingale Plot (No Spoilers) It happened quickly. On May 9, 1940, life in France was normal. People shared carafes of wine in the cafés of Paris and kids laughed among …

The Prague Jewish Quarter tour 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. Let’s dive in! On a Prague Jewish Quarter Tour: Layers of History Prague is home …

Visiting Ravensbrück, the Nazi death camp built for women, 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 1.5 hours north of Berlin. The beauty of the scene belies the horror that once reigned there. …

This post details how to visit Château de Chenonceau in France and, perhaps more importantly, why you should visit this Château with an astounding history. 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 …