Some cities, like New York, supposedly never sleep. Others, like Paris, seem to wake early, getting ready for another day. Amsterdam, at least on a Saturday morning, appears to be a city that likes to sleep in.
Rain began to fall soon after my husband, Peter, and I sat down at a cafe overlooking the Amstel River in Amsterdam. But we were cozy and dry, and the rhythm of the drops only served to double the ambience as we sipped wine and chatted about past travel adventures.
About 8 miles north of Wiesbaden, Germany, at the foot of the rolling Taunus Mountains, lies the 1,000-year-old town of Eppstein. Dominated by its partially renovated castle, first mentioned in the year 1122, the town of just more than 13,000 possesses a picturesque pedestrian district and hidden historical treasures spread around its modest confines.
After the bodies of nine victims and the shooter were hauled away, every cable news and talk show in America called Chris Mintz a hero — a meaningless term when applied to most soldiers. It’s too clean a word to describe a man the Army declared a menace.
She wrote on Facebook, “On September 19, 2016, while in uniform, I made the conscious decision to not stand for the Star Spangled Banner because I feel like a hypocrite, singing about ‘land of the free’ when, I know that only applies to some Americans."