Bonn: City of Beethoven

Sitting in the Music Room, I find myself moved to tears, and not for the first time today. A small circle of seats and a projection on the wall are the sole features of the room, but it an emotional sensory experience. Beethoven’s beautiful Moonlight Sonata is playing over a speaker, and the projection shows…

Goethe in Frankfurt

He is to German what Shakespeare is to English: the master, a writer who transcends mere language to become a cultural and national icon, spoken of with reverence. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is considered the master of the German language. And this is where he was born. The house feels out of place on a…

Frankfurt and Finance

The skyline of Frankfurt is different from most European cities. It is dominated not by churches, but by modern glass skyscrapers. Many of these are home to the industry that built this city: banking. And banking isn’t just a modern trend here in one of the world’s financial capitals. Part of the skyline In 1372,…

A Long Weekend in Venice

Editor’s note: I have been to Venice twice, but not in well over a decade, so it was lovely to experience a weekend in the city via this look from Mandy Meehan. For more of Mandy’s adventures, click here to visit her index page. When I was a little kid, I learned that Venice was…

A Cool Walking Tour of Pasadena

I’ve walked these streets a hundred times or more. Probably a lot more. And yet here I am, finding myself learning about new features I had never before noticed. I am here in Old Town Pasadena for a walking tour organized through the Pasadena Museum of History. The tour is focused on “saloons and speakeasies,”…

Frankfurt’s Altstadt

Romerberg has become one of the symbols of Frankfurt. The fairly small square is fronted by buildings seemingly out of the Middle Ages, the traditional German style that represents what so many people think of as truly European. The old city hall is gilded in gold - or something with a golden appearance, as I…

Vancouver, BC

Editor’s note: Vancouver is seriously one of the most wonderful places in the world. My guide, which you can see here, covers some of the same places as this beautiful piece by Sam Spector, although he fills in some important gaps. This is one of the reasons I love having other voices on The Royal…