An excerpt from Hardy’s "The Trumpet Major"

It was just the time of year when cherries are ripe, and hang in clusters under their dark leaves. While the troopers loitered on their horses, and chatted to the miller across the stream, he gathered bunches of the fruit, and held them up over the garden hedge for the acceptance of anybody who would... Continue Reading →

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Cologne in Pictures

I visited Cologne for the first time this year on Good Friday, after having heard about it since years! It was a lovely sunny day, the warmest Easter time I have seen in Germany in the few years I’ve been here. Here are a few pictures of the wonderful city to give you a glimpse... Continue Reading →

Importance of Aachen in European History

Aachen's Rathaus (Townhall) is an interesting building. It is at the same spot where Charlemagne, the first Holy Roman Emperor, had his palace in around 800 A.D. Over the centuries, the palace that was once the most important center of power and culture in Europe, deteriorated. This side of the palace was facing the Aachen... Continue Reading →

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