Virtual Travel

COVID-19 alert: All content on this blog site is accessible from your sofa at safe distance from people and wild animals. You can travel the globe without a suitcase or mask! It’s a brave, new digital world … welcome to the wonders of wanderlust.

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I’m American-made, Brussels-based and world-traveled. With footprints on all seven “Cs” (continents), I share stories about them in this “armchair travel” blog to remind us that our planet is amazing and worth exploring, even from afar.

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Europe

Destination Heligoland by Charter Expedition Yacht

Discovery is a dream rooted in nature … who knew Heligoland archipelago north of Germany had such stunning cliffs and fluffy cows! This once Frisian then Danish hideaway was taken over by the British in 1814, which ceded it to Germany in 1890 in exchange for Zanzibar and other African territories. The Germans used Heligoland as a naval base during both World Wars and as a tourism spot in between. Today it a site for navigation, wind-energy production and scientific research, namely orinthology.

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Europe

Nautical Knots and Locks of Love in Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg is Germany’s northerly darling that’s a gateway to the world as a major international port. It accesses the North Sea via the Elbe River and rivals Venice with its web of canals and waterways. More than 15,000 ships from over 100 countries pass through Hamburg each year. The city-state also has a lake (Alster, divided into inner and outer parts), massive shipping and ship building industries, and maritime culture from water “buses” to a weekly fish market. This explains why Hamburg is Germany’s second most populated city after Berlin and has more consulates than almost any city in the world.

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Unlike Australia, Antarctica is only a continent, not also a country. That’s because it does not have sovereignty, a government, a political system, an army or a permanent population.