Photo Diary: French Alps in Chamonix

The French Alps were magical and terrifying at the same time. Fortunate for us, we were whisked up to the tops of the mountains via modern and safe cable cars/ gondolas. This post is a couple of photos I snapped in France accompanied by some mountain and climbing quotes. Mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery - John Ruskin You will climb only as high as your mind ...

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The saddest photo I took in Berlin, with a courageous story behind it

The saddest photo I took in Berlin was this photo, of a courtyard. Really, a quaint looking cobblestone courtyard you may ask? It's the story of tragedy and courage that gives me that 'lump in the throat feeling'...... During the World Wars, WWII more specifically, the building around the courtyard 'Bendlerblock', was used by the military and in 1944 it's where Colonel Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg and a group of ...

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A-Z Guidebook – Brandenburg Gate

In between exploring the colourful café scene and drinking 1 euro beer with our bratwurst for breakfast in the public square, we traced through a bit of history around Germany's capital city, Berlin. The Brandenburg Gate is an 18th century neoclassical piece of architecture. The tremendous structure towers over Unter den Linden Boulevard, having withstood time and wars – there’s many a story to tell. The dramatic statue of the Goddess ...

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Aiguille du Midi + Mont Blanc, Chamonix

Two young men, Michel-Gabriel Paccard & Jaques Balmat were the first to successfully reach the summit of Mont Blanc in 1786 and ever since mountaineers strive to transcend the mountain 4,810 metres above sea level in an environment where extreme climate conditions prevail. This morning we were taking two cable cars from the French town of Chamonix to Aiguille du Midi, a nearby summit with a great vantage point to the ...

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Fassbender & Rausch Chocolatiers at Gendarmenmarkt

Having spent a day largely exploring the confronting history side of Berlin, we stopped by a local chocolatier to indulge in a much sweeter side.  Any Chocolate lover, who happens to be in the city of Berlin should not miss the opportunity to visit the Fassbender & Rausch Chocolatier. Let me repeat this again, should not! Fassbender & Rausch Chocolatiers is located south of unter den Linden in a beautiful and ...

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