Paul Fisher


Paul Fisher

May 27-30 Rome
June 3-7 (Group trip) Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, Belgium
June 24-26 Oslo
July 8-11 Wangen, Wittenberg
July 15-18 Paris
July 24-26 Vienna
July 27-28 Prague
July 29-30 Dublin
August 1-4 London
August 5-7 Around London
August 8-9 York
August 10- Stratford-upon-Avon
August 12- Fly back to the United States

Places Visited So Far:
United States, Canada, Mexico (of course); but this summer so far:
Belgium, Netherlands, Italy, France, Netherlands, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Austria, Norway

Visited Countries Map

Europe » Netherlands » Limburg » Maastricht August 10th 2010

Well, I'm back in Maastricht after a thrilling two and a half week trip through Europe. I am busy uploading pictures and unpacking, then packing again, so writing for the present will have to wait. I may get to start writing about where I went tomorrow, we'll see. In the meantime, I present you with a list of museums that I went to and something that I learned about each city that I have been to. Vienna- Hofburg Imperial Apartments, Kunsthistorisches Museum, St. Stephen's Cathedral, town center Prague- Castle Museum, Castle Quarter, Jewish Quarter, 4 synagogues, classical concert Dublin- Temple Bar, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Christ Church, Dublinia, Trinity College, Chester Beatty Library, Grafton Street, National Museum London- Victoria and Albert Museum, Imperial War Museum, Westminster Church, Shakespeare's Globe, St. Martin-in-the-Field Church, Westminster Abbey, Palace of We ... read more

Well, ever since you read “South Germany Day 1” you have probably been wondering “So when will he get to the Luther sites?” Wait no more, that is practically all that the rest of this post is about. You might notice that I skipped a day, that is because the entire day was spent riding on the trains to get to Wittenberg so that I could see the Luther sites Sunday morning, then start back to Maastricht. It was about eight hours by train to here, and then about the same to Maastricht. So I am going to skip the train-riding day and get to Sunday morning, and the sites that I came all that way to see. Breakfast was excellent, I was not expecting such a variety of foods available in a hostel. They had ... read more
Hymn book
Castle Church
Inside of Castle Church

Europe » Germany » Baden-Württemberg » Ravensburg July 9th 2010

Well, today was an interesting day. I got to sleep in today as opposed to yesterday, I got up at 5:30 AM instead of 5 AM. The head of the family who I am staying with works at a secondary school, and I got to go to school with him and sit in on a class. I also saw mechanical workrooms, other schoolrooms, and offices. After that, we went to Ravensburg and he led me on a tour of the town. We saw the town hall, churches, upper and lower towns, and lots of other things. Evidently Ravensburg was tied heavily to trade, connecting the Mediterranean, Russia, and Western Europe. When the Reformation came around, the town was so split over which denomination would be in charge that they required their mayors to switch off, so ... read more
Birnau church
Lake Constance

For this entry, a long preface is needed in order to make the whole trip make sense. Not this past family vacation, where everyone but me went to the family reunion, but the one last year, where my family (including me this time) went through the Southwestern United States and saw American Indian sites, we met a German couple. They were at Canyon de Chelly, and had come to the United States for several weeks, rented a camper, and were traveling from San Francisco through the Southwest, up through the Midwest, and then back to the West Coast. Anyway, they invited me to come visit them when I came to Europe the following year. So there you have it, this was the weekend that we agreed that I could come to visit them. As I ... read more

Europe » Germany » North Rhine-Westphalia » Aachen July 2nd 2010

Aachen was the city to explore on today’s schedule, with the cathedral as the target and getting a haircut also on the to-do list. I have no pictures of the haircut, but lots of cathedral pictures! First was the haircut. My professor recommended the place, and since I needed a haircut, I went to go check it out. While my hair is rather shorter than I am used to now, it is certainly neater than it was before, and already feels better with less hair in the heat today. Next was getting the cathedral, which was amazingly simple and fast. The cathedral was amazing, but the experience of visiting it was kind of disappointing, as you will shortly figure out. The site itself is a World Heritage site, which gives you some idea of its importance, ... read more
Outside of cathedral
Side corridors

Europe » Germany » North Rhine-Westphalia » Cologne July 1st 2010

Today I went to Cologne (or Köln as everyone over here seems to spell it) and saw the cathedral, the Roman Museum, and a Lego store. For Jacob, the highlight would probably be the Lego store, but the cathedral was probably the most stunning one I have seen so far. Everything at the Lego store was in German anyway. If one left the ceilings out of it, the outside of the cathedral would be more interesting than the inside. I walked around the building several times just looking at the incredible stonework done the entire height and length of the building. Once inside, the tombs and everything were interesting, but the soaring ceiling was the most awesome thing about the place. There evidently were some reliquaries there that I probably took pictures of, but there was ... read more
Above one of the doors outside
Inside the cathedral
The cathedral organ

Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo June 25th 2010

Today was quite crazy, as I saw nine museums in one day. Unfortunately, that meant I could not stay more than an hour and a half at any of them, and some I could have easily spent twice that time looking at various artifacts and talking with the staff. This was a busier day even than days in Rome, so this may be a long post. The day opened with getting up at 7:30, much to the dismay of the other three guys sleeping in the room (I was in a four-bed hostel-type accommodation there- single rooms were too expensive). I hope they got back to sleep eventually, but I wanted to make the first boat of the day over to where the museums were, and the boat leaves at 8:30. After a hurried breakfast I ... read more
Viking cooking
Stave church
Cutting logs

Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo June 24th 2010

Today was the start of my Oslo trip, and most of the day was quite boring. First I sat on the train to Eindhoven for hours, then on the plane for hours, then on a bus for hours. Traveling, and thus sitting, consumed most of the day, but getting to Oslo was worth it. The first step was getting from Maastricht to Eindhoven, just like the other time I flew. Once at the Eindhoven train station, I had to take a bus to Eindhoven airport, check in, go through security, and sit around for an hour and half waiting for my flight. They had us start boarding the plane early, which was nice. It was a smooth two-hour flight to Oslo Rygge airport, and we arrived a rather surprising thirty minutes ahead of schedule. From there, ... read more
Cannons inside
Across the water

Europe » Netherlands » Limburg » Maastricht June 16th 2010

A brief word on food in Europe probably should be said. My first introduction to buying food in another language (other than Spanish) was on one of the first days I was here. We had to stock up on food for four days because the stores would be closed all weekend and Monday for a holiday, so we had to get food fast, with no time to figure out what we were actually buying. It actually worked out quite well, with some things being recognizable, but other things I just had to buy and hope it was moderately close to what I wanted to get. Some things are sort of close to what you intended to get, such as this peanut-butter type stuff. I think it is actually some sort of chocolatized-hazelnut-milk spread, which is ... read more
Fish sticks
Garlic powder

Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Amsterdam June 15th 2010

Yesterday was my first traveling day in a couple of days. It felt like forever since I had traveled anywhere, but it had really only been four-five days. Anyway, today I headed out early and got to Amsterdam with about four or five hours to see what I could see, and then head back to Maastricht for dinner. I made the most of that time at the Amsterdam Historical Museum and the Old Church. I visited the Old Church first. Before I heard about their organ on the internet, I had no intention of visiting the place. What could be there to see that I would not see in many other churches later? I was wrong. The church is magnificent, even if they are doing a massive restoration project which requires all stand-alone objects to be ... read more
Old Church smaller organ
Old Church stained glass
Early cannon

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