John Lewis: Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation

In his final essay before his death (and released today, the day of his funeral), John Lewis wrote: While my time here has now come to an end, I want you to know that in the last days and hours of my life you inspired me. You filled me with hope about the next chapter […]

John Lewis: Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation

The Baths of Trier, Germany!

Originally posted on Paris1972-Versailles2003: So let’s switch over to the neighbor and visit again my favorite city of Germany. Not only was the second city ever visited there it was the first one with the family and came back several times afterward; see my other posts on the oldest city in Germany, Trier! However,…

The Baths of Trier, Germany!

That little old town Trier, in Germany!

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I think ,I have mentioned on the previous post but the way I came here was by accident or curiosity of a traveller. My idea and our family was to visit Luxembourg city, and we came here often. On one of the earlier trip, we had extra time and saw a brochure on Trier in the tourist office , been close and we with a car, we took off for the Roman city of Trier. Yes that is how we came to know Trier, and it has been a must visit once in a while over the years,and has become our favorite city in Germany, said.

I have written on it several times and would like to give the link to the previous blog posts here:

Trier oldest city : https://wordpress.com/post/paris1972-versailles2003.com/2273

Quaint Trier https://wordpress.com/post/paris1972-versailles2003.com/11162

Come back to Trier : https://wordpress.com/post/paris1972-versailles2003.com/11393

Trier (Trèves in French) is in the region state of Rhineland Palatinate …

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Photo by Amy St Aubin

This photo flick speaks more volumes than words can ever say. In the past year or two, we have been drowning in the world of hatred, deception, division and destruction. While winds are changing, and rapidly and people want change in leadership, especially in the US as more people are turning their backs on Trump, the change is for a good reason, as seen in this photo. Something to think about….

How to Be a Better Tourist

Crowd control measures have been taken in Venice & Cinque Terre, locals in Barcelona are demanding that tourism be brought under control to save their city, London and Paris are elbow to elbow with millions of tourists every day and Dubrovnik and Amsterdam are being swallowed up by the sheer number of daily tourists. And while cities are struggling to handle the stress of mass tourism, all it takes it one rotten tourist to ruin it for others. After years of traveling and working with tourists on a daily basis, here are my tips for being a better tourist, based on my observations.

How to Be a Better Tourist

While we deal with the after-effects of the Corona Virus, we’re currently thinking of ways to rethink the way we behave towards the environment we’re living in so that we can better understand what we’re doing and find ways to avoid destruction of places of natural and historic places and engaging in behaviors that are destructive and can produce unwanted consequences, like the Corona Virus. We’re already seeing a trend between Covid19 and global warming as well as other forms of environmental destruction and cities and regions are beginning to scale back on tourism. Have a look at the article on how cities like Venice and Paris are taking action to avert over-tourism.

3 Day Alsace Wine Route Itinerary

Nestled along the eastern border of France, snuggled up against Germany, the Alsace region is one of the best wine routes in France, passing through the foothills of the Vosges Mountains, past a plethora of abbeys, castles, vineyards and wine taverns, making for one of the loveliest holidays you’ll have in France! Visiting the Alsace wine region is perfect for those who love whimsical, fairy tale towns overflowing with half-timbered buildings and picturesque cobbled-stone streets!

3 Day Alsace Wine Route Itinerary

One of the dark horses of European wine, Germany has prided itself on the wine. One can find vineyards in Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, the regions along the River Rhine and this area, the Alsace. Our guest columnist takes us on a tour through this region, it’s villages, it’s culture and especially the wine. Enjoy the guest post! 🍷😎❤️

While the current travel restrictions are in place I have no new stories to post so what I thought that I would do is to go through my picture archives and see where I was on this day at any time in the last few travelling years. On 30th May 2008 I was at Lake […]

via On This Day – Friedrichshafen on Lake Constance — Have Bag, Will Travel

Photo Flick Nr. 28

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Looks can bring more than a smile on your face. It can spell a sense of hope, one that you rely on in hopes that there is a better future ahead.

A couple of months ago, my family and I decided to create a garden on our balcony, consisting of not only vegetables, but also flowers. Unlike in the past, we decided to make it friendly for the insects- in particular, bees. We’ve seen a drop of over 75% of the insect population globally in the past 30 years, with causes of the decline being pointed out to the extensive use of pesticides for crops, urban sprawls coming at the expense of forests and other natural places of wildlife and lastly, global warming resulting in insects being pushed to unknown regions and sometimes towards extinction. One cannot stress the more importance of maintaining a fragile eco-system which has been pushed to the breaking point, especially within the last five years.

Weeks later, and with that, fully grown wild flowers, sunflowers and other native grasses, we received our guests with open arms, as bees have been feasting what we’ve been offering them- pollen from flowers and just in case, a quick stop for rest before moving on.

These two photos, taken up close, show how important bees are for our entire eco-system. One is a facial shot and one on the side. Without our friends, we could never have the fruits and vegetables that is served on the tables of every home around the world. And without food, life as we know it would not exist. It’s time we take action and even having wild grass and flowers is a start. I know we have a long list of items we need to do to ensure that the next generations can take advantage of the environment we can offer, whether it is planting trees, reusing empty buildings for businesses and accommodations, preserving places of natural and historic interest, using the bike or public transportation, reducing meat and changing our diet, or even embracing local travel instead of traveling globally. But every small effort such as this is a starting point.

So have a look at the pics, and ask yourself (-ves) this: What can you do to save our planet? Think about it.

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John Lewis

Honoring civil rights activist and Congressman John Lewis, this photo flick says it all. Courtesy of Sean Schwab and located in Atlanta Georgia, it depicts the senator who left his mark for his moving speeches which promoted equal rights for all and not for the significant few. As issues involving discrimination among blacks has reached its boiling point after the death of George Floyd, we need more of John Lewis in order for minorities to have as many rights as whites and equality for all. John Lewis died on July 17th at the age of 80. The mural include one of many quotes by the late Representative. This was posted by Art for Amnesty and can be found on its twitter page.

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