Friday, November 19, 2010

Stuttgart and Baden-Baden Germany and Paris France

BANKSY: Paris, France
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Visited a few places in England during my stay. Windsor Castle is a must-see! Inside Windsor Abbey you can stand on the tombs of Kings... which is probably the closest encounter I will ever have with a regent. We had to clear out early because the Duke of Edinburgh was holding a banquet.


A week long backpacking adventure was needed, so I trekked by train from England to the land of my ancestors: Germany. Stuttgart was teeming with protesters. Employees of Mercedes Benz flooded the streets with banners, flags and whistles demanding more benefits and higher wages. The more subtle demonstraters of Stuttgart 21, those in favor of the new railway station to be built before 2012, were camping in public parks in makeshift tarp villages.


But the city is beautiful and the people are very friendly. New friends and new experiences!


Baden-Baden is in the heart of the Black Forest, where my family history ends abruptly at an orphanage. Unfortunately my camera died and so I was unable to take pictures. But the Black Forest is the set of most of the Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales... so you can imagine the dark mystical scenery about that place. Yea... I felt at home.

In Paris I visited a friend I met in Miami and we toured all the right places: The Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, San Michele, The Latin Quarter, Le Opera, Center Pompidou, parks, shops, and the fun Brazillian restaurant Favela Chic.




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