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Geneva, Switzerland and the Mandarin Oriental Hotel

By | April 26th, 2013|Global Gum Shoe, Videos|

Geneva is 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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Bern, Switzerland

By | April 21st, 2013|Global Gum Shoe, Videos|

Built around a hairpin turn in the river Aaar, this medieval city has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. Bern is cosmopolitan and one which boasts the longest covered arcades in Europe. Thousands of shops line these arcades including cellars (originally wine cellars) that now house businesses offering everything from flowers to clothing to a puppet theater. […]

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The Turks and Caicos

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

This string of about 40 islands and cays is located around 575 miles southeast of Miami and is officially classified as a British Overseas Territory. [...]

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Edmonton/Jasper Alberta

By | January 18th, 2013|Global Gum Shoe, Videos|

Ron Stern created this video montage of Alberta, Canada featuring photos and video clips from Edmonton and Jasper. Included are shots from the Hotel Fairmont [...]

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Wiesbaden, Germany

By | December 31st, 2012|Global Gum Shoe, Videos|

Wiesbaden is clean with interconnected pedestrian shopping areas, 19th century eclectic architecture and 26 hot springs. One survey listed Wiesbaden as having the most "Christmasy" [...]

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Rostock/Warnemünde, Germany

By | December 30th, 2012|Global Gum Shoe, Videos|

In 2018, Rostock will be celebrating 800 years of history dating back to the time when its fortunes were built on, strangely enough, salted fish and ale. Merchants would load barrels full of both to be shipped out to other cities, making Rostock both powerful and profitable. This included a fleet of 370 ships sailing under the town’s Hanseatic flag. The first university in continental Northern Europe, the University of Rostock, was built here in 1419 as well as the now beautifully restored university church. More than 14,000 students from 80 different countries have studied at this prestigious school. […]

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Potsdam, Germany

By | December 29th, 2012|Global Gum Shoe, Videos|

This is a refined city with 22 palaces and villas built in a variety of styles including Italian, French, Dutch, and Russian. It seems that back in the 18th century, Frederick the Great had a penchant for the finer things in life. He sent out his architects all over Europe and the results were some grand buildings that you will find here in Potsdam. […]

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Efurt, Germany

By | December 24th, 2012|Global Gum Shoe, Videos|

Located in the state of Thuringia, Erfurt’s roots go back more than 1270 years. Its centralized location along major trade routes made it an important trading hub during the Middle Ages. Johann Sebastian Bach’s parents were married in Erfurt in 1668 at the Kaufmannskirche (Merchant’s Church), still operating today. The Merchant’s Bridge is one the more impressive landmarks rivaling the popular Ponte Vecchio in Florence. Thirty-two houses line the bridge that spans the River Gera, making it the longest series of inhabited homes on any bridge in Europe. During my visit, the Merchant’s Bridge was a hub of activity where craftsmen can be seen creating blown glass works of art, wood carvings and hand painted china. […]

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Beaver Creek, Colorado

By | December 3rd, 2012|Global Gum Shoe, Videos|

Beaver Creek, Colorado is a resort town with a charming village, groomed ski slopes, great food and fun activities for the entire family.

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