You’re not allowed to leave Israel without a visit to the Dead Sea. It’s not actually a law but it might as well be. Passport control should ask every visitor that question as they arrive. “How long is your stay? Are you carrying any fruits or vegetables? Have you arranged to visit the Dead Sea yet?” It’s practically required. There was no way we were leaving Israel without taking a dip in one of the world’s most famous bodies of water.
A giraffe leans out of the train window and screams “Woooooo!” at us while we walk down the street dressed as chickens. Today promises to get a bit wild. Luckily, we showed up fully ready to embrace the chaos. As it turns out, that’s the only way to properly prepare yourself for Carnival in Cologne.
When you hear a bike bell, you dive out of the way! That should be the first thing that you learn before a visit to Amsterdam. Most of the locals ride their bike everywhere and the whole city is set up with an excellent system of bike paths. Make no mistake however. These bike paths are for bikes, not for tourist to wander around like your drunk Uncle at Thanksgiving dinner. Once you embrace that idea, Amsterdam is a wonderful city to explore.
There are two factors that led us to staying a few nights in a castle in Oberwesel, Germany. The first is that I’m a big nerd and the second is that birthdays are a really big deal to Mimi. So, it was probably inevitable that we found ourselves booked at Castle Hotel Auf Schoenburg for my birthday that year.
The La Mercè Festival in Barcelona is an event that happens every year near the end of September and there’s a lot going on during this four day event. There’s the groups of Castellers, or human towers, that compete with each other. There are concerts, giants, parades, and light shows offering entertainment for everyone. But in my opinion, it doesn’t get any better than the Fire Run.