Monthly Archives: August 2010

Heidelberg, Germany

Sitting in the Neckar Valley, Heidelberg, is home to the oldest university in Germany. Ruprecht-Karls-Universität (est. 1386) is one of the most prominent universities in the world, ranking right up there with schools like Harvard, Cambridge, and McGill.

From Frankfurt HBF, Scott and I took a slow, direct train to Heidelberg. On they way back we had to change trains at Bizmarckplatz. In the town itself, transportation is pretty simple. The #33 bus goes from the train station to old town. In terms of sights, the main destination is Heidelberg Castle. Also near the town are remnants of an ancient wall that Celts built to keep Germanic tribes out.

Heidelberg is a great German city to visit. If you ever have to eat food, this is a solid place to replenish. From Bavarian restaurants and pubs to local student cafes, this town has it all when it comes to cuisine.

Boston, Massachusetts

Boston was founded on September 17, 1630, by Puritan colonists from England. Today it is well known for its higher education and professional sports teams. As a city Boston was much smaller than I expected. The downtown skyline is similar to a Cleveland or a Jacksonville.

The city’s economy is also based on research, electronics, engineering, finance, and biotechnology. Recently, Boston has been experiencing gentrification and has one of the highest costs of living in the United States. Overall it is a great city to bring your camera to and learn a little history.

Many of my photos here are of historic Fenway Park. Being a die hard Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians fan, I don’t often like much about the Red Sox, but at the same time, as a baseball purist I have to put it in the same category as Wrigley Field as one of the top two stadiums in the majors. It has served as the home of the Boston Red Sox since it opened in 1912, and is the oldest Major League Baseball stadium currently in use.

Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt is the second largest city in Germany. To me, it would be a great city to live in because of all the modern architectural looking flats on each side of the Main River. To visit on the other hand, there really is not a ton to do if you are looking for that old German feel. Frankfurt is primarily a financial center. Thus, it resembles an American city with twelve skyscraper in total. Of these twelve, two are the tallest in Europe. Frankfurt was severely destroyed in WWII bombing raids. This forever changed the landscape of the city.

London, England

I figured that since I have been to London now about eight different times, I should share my thoughts. London is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world and for obvious reasons. The London Underground is probably the premier subway in the world, the city is clean, safe, etc.

After traveling through many large cities in Europe and in Asia, if someone were to ask me if London was in my top twenty, I would quickly say no. After my latest trip to London though, I looked at it from a different vantage point. When I first began traveling abroad, it was all about the excitement of different languages, cultures, and people. Whenever I would get to London it seemed like their was no adventure.

Apart from maybe a silly accent here or there, the local Brits seemed a lot closer to an average American than if I visited Texas. On this last trip, I took London for what it was and enjoyed it much more. Seeing Wimbledon, and the tailgate festivities for the Chelsea/Manchester United opener, showed a new side of London rather than the straight tourist menu of: museums, fish and chips, Big Ben/Parliament, Buckingham Palace, bed time.

Here are some snapshots I have taken in London over the years.