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A Hauntingly Beautiful Night Walk at Prague

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While incredibly awe-inspiring during the day, Prague is hauntingly stunning at night!

* Prague Castle in all its majesty.

Tourist Trap Chronicles - Prague's Museum of Alchemy

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While Prague is nowadays full of tourists, there was a time when the city was full of visitors of a more esoteric nature. 

* How can one NOT get intrigued by this shrouded figure by the Museum's entrance!

Church of St. Nicholas - A Baroque Masterpiece

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In a city full of spires, the Church of Saint Nicholas sure found a way to stand out. Dominating the skyline of Mala Strana, Prague's New Town, the Church is breathtaking both inside and out.

* From a distance, St. Nicholas looks very formidable!

Prague the Iconic - A Walk Along Charles Bridge

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Charles Bridge is one of Prague's most incredible and iconic landmarks. Crossing the Vltava River, the bridge serves to connect the Old Town Square with the Lesser Quarter, also known as Mala Strana. * The bridge was constructed in 1357 under orders from King Charles IV, the first King of Bohemia to be crowned Holy Roman Emperor.

Prague the Mighty - Castle Complex and St. Vitus Cathedral

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Apart from being the home to the Kings of Bohemia, several Emperors of the Holy Roman Empire, and Presidents of Czechoslovakia, Prague Castle also has the distinction of being the largest ancient castle in the world.

* Nothing screams WELCOME than two giant sculptures of legendary characters beating their foes to a bloody pulp.

Prague the Lively - Old Town Square and Jewish Cemetery

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Located between Charles Bridge and Wenceslas Square, the Old Town Square of Prague is also its heart. Containing, or within walking distance to all the city's major tourist attractions, you could spend a full day just appreciating the various sights, sounds, and tastes that the area has to offer.

Prague the Photogenic - Wenceslas Square and New Town

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Prague is probably the most photogenic city.. EVER. Looking like a mixture of every picturesque city in the world (Paris, Budapest, Vienna, etc), Prague is a feast for the eyes and the mind, especially for history buffs like this writer. 
Apart from being the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Bohemia, Prague was also the former capital of the Holy Roman Empire, played major roles during the Protestant Reformation and Thirty Years War, and was a crown jewel of the Habsburgs, Austro-Hungarian Empire, Nazis, and the USSR.

* The very orderly Wenceslas Square is the business and cultural center of Prague. This is where demonstrations, celebrations, and other gatherings are often held.

The Castles of Mad King Ludwig - Neuschwanstein

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The high point of a traveler's journey along the Romantic Road is seeing the majestic castles of King Ludwig II: the Linderhof and Neuschwanstein.  No wonder a lot of our beloved childhood fairy tales come from this part of the world as there is an ample supply of folklore, scenery, and structures to encourage these!
Unfortunately, no photos are allowed inside any of the castles, credit is given to images not taken personally. * The Linderhof Palace! While we were expecting a palace of such beauty..

Medieval Crime and Punishment Musuem

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The scenic town of Rothenburg, apart from being Germany's most charming, medieval village, contains one more star attraction especially for history buffs like yours truly.

* What would have been any regular old building was made so much cooler with the presence of this Ducking Stool, a device used to punish dishonest traders and disorderly women. What could this building be?!

Rothenburg - A Town Straight Out of a Fairytale

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Looking like every Disney fairy tale village that ever existed, Rothenburg is one of the highlights of Germany's Romantic Road, and is one of the country's most popular tourist destinations.

* I mean just look at that! I was half-expecting Pinocchio to walk-by. This is the Plonlein, the town's most iconic (and photographed) view; shockingly and, luckily for us, empty this day.

Harburg - A Medieval Castle on Germany's Romantic Road

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The Romantic Road is a 350 km highway crossing numerous Bavarian cities and towns highlighting the quintessential Germanic cultural experience. Lined with castles, walls, dense forests, rolling hills, and charming villages straight out of a Brothers Grimm fairytale, the Road is one of Germany's most popular tourist attractions.

* A shot of the Walls of Harburg, one of the largest and best preserved castles in Germania.

LEGO Mancaos in Munich

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Hitler's Munich and the Third Reich Tour

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Munich, apart from being historical capital of the Kingdom of Bavaria, is also infamous for being the birthplace of the Nazi Party. It was in these streets, after the humiliating defeat at the hands of the Allies during World War I, that disenfranchised and unemployed young men started meeting regularly to debate and argue about the problems of the German people. Munich at this time was very politically charged, with communists, anarchists, liberals, and fascists arguing incessantly. 
For most of the old photos found on this entry, a HUGE thanks to our friends over at http://www.thirdreichruins.com/munich.htm


* Munich's Town Hall, a beautiful landmark defaced by the disgraceful Nazi Swastika banner.

Hofbrauhaus and the Oktoberfest Festival

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Now it won't be a trip to Munich without a stop at the mythical Hofbrauhaus, the spiritual home of beer and the world-famous Oktoberfest, an annual festival for beer lovers the world over! 

* Founded in 1589 by Wilhelm V,Duke of Bavaria, the Hofbrauhaus is one of Munich's oldest beer halls and was the place that wrote the book on the famous and revered Bavarian Beer Purity Law.

Jerusalem - Holy Land of the Three Abrahamic Faiths

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Earth Hour 2016

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Earth Hour is best spent bonding with loved ones, sound trippin', and reflecting. Have a good break, my planet!
#ChangeClimateChange #EarthHour


Happy St. Patrick's Day 2016!!!

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To pints of Guinness and Irish Car Bombs!
Happy St. Patrick's Day!!


Munich - Center of Germanic Culture

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In the planning stages of the honeymoon, Monicca and I were faced with a dilemma. Since we could only go on leave for three weeks, we had to decide between Berlin and Munich. While Berlin is one of Europe's most vibrant, trendy, and hip countries, full of nationalities and almost New York-like in terms of vibe, we ultimately decided to go with Munich, seeing as how the city was perfectly in line with our theme to visit medieval European kingdoms.

* Size-wise Munich is only a third of Berlin. So while it is a city of over 1.5 million people, locals (who are very warm and friendly) like to brag that it has maintained a charming, medieval-town feel. And we agree!

Hallo Deutschland! Munich and the Marienplatz

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Having had the pleasure of exploring three kingdoms so far (Polish, Magyar-Hungarian, and Austrian), we decided to take a detour to Western Europe and explore an old kingdom in one of Europe's most historically fragmented states, Germania. At its peak, the German Confederation was a loose association of 39 Germanic states including the Kingdoms of Prussia (Berlin), Saxony (Dresden), Hanover (Hanover), Wurttemberg (Stuttgart), and Bavaria (Munich). 
Since we could only choose one Germanic city, we went for the area with the most castles, traditional villages, sausages, and beer, the home of the Oktoberfest, Munich!

* Arriving at the Marienplatz which has been Bavaria's main square since 1158!

Danenation is Back!

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Picking up where we left off, with our adventure in Munich!

The 88th Academy Awards

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What a night!!! Congratulations to all the winners!