A Scandinavian Spring Break

What to do for Spring Break? I know…let’s go somewhere spectacularly cold. Fortunately, Jutland also turned out to be spectacularly picturesque.

  • Planning a rather atypical spring break adventure

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    For the first time in more than a decade I get to celebrate Spring Break. I managed to finagle the time away from my work obligations and my wife recently went back to school so we are taking a week and heading out on the road. For many people that means beach or ski time. […]

  • In flight: New York City to Frankfurt with Singapore Air

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    I was only a bit surprised to find a wide range of choices available for award flights from New York to Northern Germany in mid-March. After all, it is the middle of winter and most spring break folks are headed to sun and surf or other more traditional destinations. We had our choice of the […]

  • The medieval churches of Hildesheim, Germany

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    I’m generally not a huge fan of churches as a tourist attraction. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy them in moderation, but visits to Europe are often all about which old church is next on the itinerary. That gets reasonably tiring to me after a couple hours. So when we made plans to visit […]

  • More sights around Hildesheim, Germany

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    Hildesheim’s claim to fame is its Romanesque churches and they are absolutely worth going out of the way to see if you’re anywhere near the region. Assuming you get there, however, don’t just bail on town after checking them out. There really is more to town and it doesn’t take much extra time to enjoy […]

  • The church they didn’t repair: St. Aegiden’s

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    It is eerie to walk amongst the ruins left in the wake of war. In Hannover, Germany St. Aegiden’s Church presents an opportunity to do so in a most spectacular way. The church, like much of Hannover, was bombed during World War II and only the bell-tower and shell of the sanctuary remained. Many other […]

  • Taking in a concert at Hannover’s Marktkirche

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    For all the time I’ve spent in the churches of Europe, looking at the stained glass windows and admiring the pipe organs I’d never actually heard one of the organs play until this most recent trip to Germany. The Marktkirche in Hannover has a concert series throughout the year and we happened to be in […]

  • Inside Hannover’s New Town Hall

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    Looking at the New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus) in Hannover, Germany, I actually found myself thinking that the term "new" was some sort of a prank played on silly tourists like me who live in a part of the world where old generally isn’t compared to Europe. It doesn’t look particularly new and I figured […]

  • In flight: Copenhagen to Aarhus on SAS

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    The airports of Copenhagen to Aarhus, Denmark are only 84 miles apart. There isn’t a whole lot of time in-flight to worry about things like IFE or service. And, yet, somehow, SAS actually managed to provide service to the ~75 people on the CRJ-900 the day we flew. Sure, it was just coffee or tea, […]

  • A wee bit of Viking history in Aarhus, Denmark

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    The timing of our visit to Aarhus, Denmark left a wee bit to be desired. I actually don’t really mind that we were there which it was freezing, windy and snowing. The bad timing comes from the fact that the main day we had to spend in town was a Monday and the two main […]

  • Winter wandering on the beaches of Jutland, Denmark

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    Gale-force winds and freezing temperatures are rarely the desired forecast for a beach excursion. Given that we were in Jutland, Denmark in the middle of March, however, it was not particularly surprising that we were faced with that weather. The good news is that, as we headed up the coast, at least the sun managed […]