June Pic(k)s

Spotted these gems at the Berlin Hauptbahnhof on a busy Monday morning on my way out. Crisis or not, I could easily find better ways to spend €30 or €50. Anyway, they made me chuckle, so they made the cut for my personal favorite pics shot in the merry month …

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English excerpts from German Book Prize nominees

Friends and acquaintances often ask me to recommend guidebooks as they plan their first visits to Europe. I rarely do, suggesting they instead pick up some contemporary fiction from their selected destination. In many cases it’ll provide more specific insight than any single bulky travel guide, and it won’t become …

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30 Second Cheap hotel Advisor – Stuttgart

Mercure Hotel Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt Teinacher Strasse 20 Bad Cannstatt There’s nothing cheap or budget-minded about this place, so I’ll spare you (and me) much of these 30 seconds. At about 140 EUR/night, it’ll work for business travelers (or for those who aren’t paying themselves). WTF is up with hotels these …

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If you’re in Stuttgart over the next month or two…

here are a few items of interest:     lulu, originally uploaded by pirano.

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30 Second Cheap Hotel Advisor – Berlin

Sachsenhof Motzstraße 7 Berlin Stayed 4 nights, 15-19-Sep 2007 Roomy! Airy! I really enjoyed this place. Great location, just a short walk from the Nollendorfplatz U Bahn stop, nice neighborhood, and a sushi place across the street run by a friendly Vietnamese. Big minus is no internet access, but there’s …

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Gadling pic of the day

This shot of the Holocaust Memorial, or Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, was selected as Gadling‘s Photo of the Day today. Thanks! More about the memorial here. Sobering, provocative, and in an ethereal sort of way, quite relaxing. A must-visit. Berlin, 17-Sep-2007 Holocaust Memorial, originally uploaded by pirano.

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Post card from Berlin

Been in Berlin the past several days, quickly becoming my favorite European city. This is Berlin’s Olympic Stadium, recently rennovated, but it still breathes history. Berlin, 16-Sep-2007 Berlin Olympic Stadium, originally uploaded by pirano.

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Nude Beaches and Fruit Cocktail Bombers: piran café’s Top Trips of 2005

A couple nights ago I got together with a few colleagues for a belated New Year celebration, and over a few bottles of wine and shots of grandma’s slivovec, we reminisced about some of the places we’d been to in the past year. Our chosen profession means we all spend …

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