Berlin

Night Train to Berlin

On a rainy night in February, I was waiting in Paris’s Gare de L’Est station for the night train to Berlin. Those last four words are loaded with romance. And I was taking this winter journey in search of the romance of rail travel in a European winter.

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On the trail of Richard Strauss in Germany

This is the view from composer Richard Strauss’s house in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Is it any wonder that he wrote the “Alpine Symphony”?

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Hotel Adlon Kempinski

It was the electric shaver and toothbrush that finally did it for me. I had left them, as you do, lying by the sink in the bathroom and came back to find them both tenderly lying on velvety cotton cloths. A small but elegant gesture from housekeeping that finally convinced me that actually, The Hotel […]

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