One doesn’t have to travel the banks of the Ganges River to dive into the Siddhartha story. Traben-Trarbach, a small wine-producing village along another river, is awash in fulfillment thanks to the Buddha Museum.
Visitors still come to Civil War battlefields to ask why our great-great-grandfathers killed one another there, and whether we can resolve the stubborn differences they left behind. But the battlefields are more than memorials. They are also green, open spaces – natural reserves surrounded by rapidly expanding suburbs.