Things We Are Not Taller Than: Milan, Italy

Country 11: Italy | This post is both part of my 30×30 series (read more here!) and part of my travel traditions series (read more here.). “What a wonder it is! So grand, so solemn, so vast! And yet so delicate, so airy, so graceful! A very world of solid weight, and yet it seems …a delusion…

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Things We Are Not Taller Than: Athens, Greece

This post is part of a series. You can read about the origins of our travel tradition here. “We approached Athens from the north in early twilight, climbing a hill. When we reached its peak, we were dazzled to look down and see the Acropolis struck by one beam of the setting sun, as it posing…

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Things We Are Not Taller Than: Venice, Italy

This post is part of a series. You can read about the origins of our travel tradition here. If you look at the Campanile San Marco, you’d be shocked to know that it was built 1000 years ago. The graceful, fluted lines; the narrow, tapered windows; the patina’ed peak at the top of which rotates the…

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Things We Are Not Taller Than: Salisbury, England

This post is part of a series. You can read about the origins of our travel tradition here. It was built by the druids. Or by Merlin. Or by giants, who, while dancing in a ring, became frozen by an inexplicable power and turned to stone. It was magic, or superb engineering, or the work of…

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Things We Are Not Taller Than: London, England

This post is part of a series. You can read about the origins of our travel tradition here. When you think about the world’s most iconic buildings, Big Ben has to spring to mind. It instantly conveys London, the same way the Statue of Liberty or Eiffel Tower convey New York City and Paris. But did…

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Things We Are Not Taller Than: Berlin, Germany

Nothing thrills me more than passing the Brandenburger Tor. So iconic, so stately, so scarred with history. It always instantly calls to mind the famous John F. Kennedy speech (or rather more accurately, the bits sampled in Gostan’s Klanga—an earworm if ever I had one). Tim and I took this shot on our first visit…

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Things We Are Not Taller Than: Bavaria, Germany

This post is part of a series. You can read about the origins of our travel tradition here. We all have places that have captured our imaginations. For me, it was Stonehenge, the Pyramids, and Neuschwanstein, the epic castle hunkered in the mountains of Bavaria. I’m not the only one this white stone confection has moved…

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Things We Are Not Taller Than: Cape Town, South Africa

This post is part of a series. You can read about the origins of our travel tradition here. Listed as one of the new 7 Natural World Wonders, the flat-topped Table Mountain dominates the view in Cape Town, it’s grey-brown bulk the perfect antidote to the sparkly cerulean waters opposite. But the question niggling my mind…

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Things We Are Not Taller Than: Kraków, Poland

This post is part of a series. You can read about the origins of our travel tradition here. Once upon a time, before the city of Kraków was the bustling bohemian hotspot it is now, there was a cave. This cave was located on the banks of the Vistula River, at the humped foot of…

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Things We Are Not Taller Than

“Excuse me, would you mind taking our picture? We have a little tradition we do—just hold on and we’ll get into place.” It started as a little gag—Tim had once put me on his shoulders and I said I was taller than anything else around. When I came to Aachen to visit him, I found…

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