Wandering through Herrnhut, Saxony

When the opportunity came to meet with my second brother, whom I hadn’t seen for more than six years, we agreed to meet half-way. He lives in Poland so we each travelled around 600 Km to Herrnhut in Saxony.  The area holds special interest for me, since I researched and wrote about Count von Zinzendorf […]

Wandering Augsburg – Part Two

As mentioned in my previous post, Augsburg’s population is 259,196 and is renowned as a centre for gold and silver. After exploring the Fuggerei and its bunker, Jackson and I wandered back to the centre to visit Town Hall. The Renaissance-style Town Hall was built in the 1600s, its showpiece, the magnificent Goldene Saal, is […]

Wandering Augsburg – Part One

City of Fugger, and of Gold- and Silversmiths – the lasting influence of one family. Here I thought that Augsburg was going to be just another boring city…. Wrong! When Jackson, my friend and fellow seminary-graduate came to visit from Hong-Kong, sightseeing Augsburg was one of the requests.  I don’t regret having gone there. There […]

Wandering About Around Christmas

We were spoiled with mild weather until mid-November.  Trees were still dressed in different shades of gold, red and brown.  It was so mild that my neighbor’s magnolia tree was starting to bud with new life, just as confused as the rest of nature! Suddenly temperatures dropped and we had to bundle up. That wasn’t […]

Wandering Antwerp and Family Fun

While spending time with my grandchildren, I took out a couple of hours to visit my long-time friend, Lia. We went into the heart of Antwerp, the second largest city in Belgium.  We wandered its Medieval streets and decided to catch up over lunch at a 16th. Century restaurant called “Het Hofke”(The Little Garden). Renovated but respecting […]

Wandering Mantova

This post comes with apologies for the delay, as the past weeks were filled with last-minute revisions to my upcoming book Hijacked! Idols in Disguise, and the launch of a faith course for the surrounding area. Mantua, Lombardy We made our way to Mantua under a steel-gray sky,  It was jus one of those days […]

The Generations that Witnessed it all

Call it the Baby-boomers, the Greatest Generation,  the worst generation, etc. Fact is, the Boomers, and all its various sub-groups, at the heels of the Silent Generation (WWI), are the ones who witnessed the most world-changing events, inventions and revolutionary phenomena over a 70-80-year period. Let’s have a pictorial mini wander in time at the, […]

Visiting Canada – Family and Friends

Freising, Bavaria When our noon flight from Munich to Toronto was delayed to 9: pm – due to an otherwise illegal crew rest – I took the bus to the nearby town of Freising in Bavaria. Freising dates from 4200 BC, when the first settlers arrived. In 996 AD, Emperor Otto granted Market rights which […]