10 weird finds at new Savers thrift store in Fairview Park (photos)
FAIRVIEW PARK, Ohio -- You can find a German-made cuckoo clock, a TV for $5 and an Italian end table with a built-in music box at the new Savers thrift store, which raises money for Easter Seals. The Fairview Park store at 21201 Center Ridge Road is ...
April 10, 2015
Widow Margaret Tyler, 71, is a retired telephonist who has four grown-up ...
My brother and I still restore clocks, it's our main form of income. Funnily enough people from the Black Forest in Germany, where the cuckoo clocks we know today were originally made, still send their clocks to us for restoration. Now that we are both ...
April 6, 2015
Neoconservatism - Where Trotsky Meets Stalin and Hitler
Their core belief—that society can be managed by the state in both its political and economic life—is equally at odds with the traditional conservative outlook and with the non-Stalinist Left. In this important respect the neoconservatives are ...
April 2, 2015
Germany's great outdoors: The Black Forest, wine country and Saxon Switzerland
Between the bucolic Black Forest High Road and the Murg Valley, it protects thick woodland, glacial lakes, thunderous waterfalls and dark moors. You can even find house-sized cuckoo clocks near the village of Triberg. The region is also a fine-dining ...
March 27, 2015
How a gentle electrical jolt can focus a sluggish mind
The treatment powerfully depicted in the 1975 Oscar-winning movie “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest” is called electroconvulsive therapy. It's delivers big jolts of alternating current to treat But in 2000, some German scientists published this ...
March 31, 2015
Plucky outsiders take on Swiss giants at Baselworld
That is what German clock-maker Andreas Fritsch, who is exhibiting at Baselworld for the first time, has done. He has been invited by the prestigious Independent He wanted to become a watchmaker at the age of 12, when he saw his father repair a ...
March 24, 2015
Trekking Around Titlis: Snowshoeing in Central Switzerland
It's late afternoon, that magical part of the day when the sun gives those last rays everything it's got. The pretty alpine landscape now seems magical, as a pink hued glow is cast upon the snow. Only the soft crunch of snowshoes striking the ground ...
March 23, 2015
We had an interesting tour guide, who told us his long German name, then said to just call him “Flo. ” He mentioned that, if we really wanted to bring home some authentic German souvenirs, something that everybody he knew contained in their homes, buy some schnapps. He said he “never wore leather pants, never owned a cuckoo clock,” but everybody in Germany had a bottle or two of schnapps in their homes. This palace, begun in 1720 and finished in 1744, was designed by Balthasar Neumann for Prince-Bishops Johann Philipp Franz von Schönborn and his brother, Friedrich Carl von Schönborn. The gorgeous frescoes throughout the building were painted by the famous Venetian painter Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. The ceiling above the grand staircase is the world’s largest ceiling fresco at 677 square meters. Tiepolo painted the continents (only 4 known at that time: Europe, America, Asia and Africa) around the ceiling. The continents are represented by “a typical landscape and animals (or the painter’s vision of these animals) and a female allegorical figure,” (Wikipedia). The British conducted an air raid over the city on March 16, 1945, and “about 90% of the city full of civilians (and military hospitals) was destroyed.
Kayley, Jill, Meagan, Liza, and I were so ready to leave for our first 10 day break in Prague, Munich, Salzburg, and Vienna. Our train to Prague did not leave until 16:00 so we had a lot of down time packing before we left. We left for the train to Basel, Switzerland and then get on a night train to Prague. We got to Basel around 21:00 and went to the platform where our night train was, but we were not sure which car we were on so we told Meagan, who had the tickets, to go ask the ticket guy. However, when she went up to him, she didn't think he spoke English so she didn't say anything instead just put the tickets in front of his face and pointed to the car number. This was my first time sleeping in an overnight train. There were six beds in each compartment, three piled on each other on either side. It was so tight that when we walked into the compartment, we got stuck and couldn't turn around because our backpacks would just bump into the beds. I was first in a compartment with bunch of old men, but thankfully this nice German boy traveling alone switched beds with me so I was with Jill, Liza, and Kayley, and some creepy old man. By the time I switched beds with the German boy, the creepy old man had made himself right at home. It was a little uncomfortable, but I passed out on a 13 hour train ride. We finally got to Prague around 10 AM (YAY.
So this weekend a big group of students broke into small groups and we headed east to Prague, in the Czech Republic. I had a lot of really high expectations coming into this weekend because I had heard so many good things about Prague. It’s incredibly historic, and whether you’re into Medieval things, 19th century drama, or war and communism, Prague is the place to be. Also- it has the perk of being the only European capital that was spared from heavy WWII bombing, so you can... Communism only ended here in 1989, so while it’s such a historic place, you can also view Prague as ’25 years young’. This place exploded with energy after communism, and it’s a place that a lot of twenty-somethings like visiting. That was what I knew going in. The first thought you’d have now if you haven’t visited yet is that you want to go. Well, get in line because unless you went 5 or 10 years ago you’re in for a tourist town that sometimes starts to feel like Disney... I was really excited to visit a place that was less touristy than Rome or Florence, but still offered all of the cool things to do and see. I thought that this place would be left more untouched and that I was entering a really foreign place where I would have to try to speak the language. Not so much, Prague is as much of a tourist town as any other in Europe (and yes, I got away with speaking English the entire time).