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Ron Stern interviewed by CBS Affiliate KELO in Sioux Falls, SD

By | November 5th, 2015|Global Gum Shoe, North America, Videos|

When I visited Sioux Falls, South Dakota in October 2015 on a foodie tour, I was interviewed by CBS Affiliate KELO. I had an enjoyable [...]

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Mt. Pilatus and the Golden Round Trip

By | October 5th, 2013|Global Gum Shoe, Videos|

This is one unforgettable side trip you must take. Known as the Golden Round Trip, this includes the boat trip from Lucerne to Alpnachstad and a ride up the world’s steepest cogwheel railway to the Pilatus Kulm peak. The ride to the top of Mt. Pilatus is one of the most spectacular you will ever experience. It is hard to imagine that the engineers and workers who built the track were able to construct such a massive feat […]

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Canal Barging in Alsace-Lorraine on European Waterways Part 2

By | September 23rd, 2013|Global Gum Shoe, Videos|

Here is more of the trip I took on some lovely canals in the Alsace-Lorraine region of France aboard the Panache, one of the boats [...]

Canal Barging in Alsace-Lorraine With European Waterways

By | September 19th, 2013|Global Gum Shoe, Videos|

There’s a reason why people who have taken canal cruises are often repeat customers. Pastoral landscapes serenely pass by at 4 mph, allowing you to take in all that your senses intended. Add to this gourmet food, personalized service and daily excursions and you have the perfect relaxing vacation. My wife and I booked a trip with European Waterways through Alsace-Lorraine, a region of France created by the German Empire in 1871 and encompassing parts of the Rhine, Moselle Valley and Vosges Mountains. […]

The Global Gumshoe Investigates Münster, Germany

By | June 2nd, 2013|Global Gum Shoe, Videos|

The first thing I noticed stepping out of the train station in the city of Münster was the huge number of students and bicycles. Crossing the street, it seemed like a river of both flowing around me. I guess that’s why it is called Germany’s Bicycle Capital. The earliest roots of the city started with the emperor Charlemagne who sent out missionaries to Münsterland in 793. This sowed the seeds for the first cathedral in 850 followed by the construction of some parish churches and a protective city wall. Today, the wall has been replaced by a scenic tree-lined promenade greenbelt which runs alongside the River Aa and is a very popular place for strolling or, of course, cycling. […]

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The Global Gumshoe Investigates Osnabrück, Germany

By | June 2nd, 2013|Global Gum Shoe, Videos|

Just a short 20-minute train ride from Münster, the town of Osnabrück is the only major German city located within a nature park. The Natural Reserve of the Northern Teutoburg Forest, Wiehengebirge Hill or TERRA.vita for short is the largest one of its kind in the country, covering 1,200 square miles. […]

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The Global Gumshoe Investigates Augsburg, Germany

By | May 28th, 2013|Global Gum Shoe, Videos|

Founded in 15 B.C. by the Romans, Augsburg was the seat of provincial government of the Roman Empire. Augsburg became a Free Imperial City during [...]

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Zurich and the B2 Hotel and Spa

By | May 5th, 2013|Global Gum Shoe, Videos|

The Romans founded Zurich almost 2000 years ago, and ruins can still be seen around the city. Today, with 380,000 inhabitants, it is truly a [...]

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Geneva – Le Richemond

By | May 2nd, 2013|Global Gum Shoe, Videos|

At the other end of the country is Geneva, the world’s smallest metropolis. Home to 200,000 inhabitants, it is best known as the birthplace of the International Red Cross as well as the home to 32 international organizations, including the United Nations. The Red Cross museum is particularly impressive with moving displays of humanity in the face of decades of world war. […]

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