Schloss Lichtenstein, Germany

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Schloss Lichtenstein, Germany

Schloss Lichtenstein is a Gothic revival castle. It was built in the late 1800s and thus was built for beauty and not defense. Just seeing it stirs the imagination.

Your showtune for September 7 is

“Sometimes” – My Life With Albertine

Music: Ricky Ian Gordon   Lyrics: Ricky Ian Gordon & Richard Nelson

Sometimes things don’t work out the way you would like, but you just have to get past it.  Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time led to this savory musical about a dejected man who narrates the story of his experiences with Albertine, a girl he coveted but whose love he never fully had.  In this song, the man tortures himself by imagining the sexually-open Albertine being involved with several women.

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Your showtune for September 6 is

“No Day But Today” – Rent

Music and Lyrics: Jonathan Larson

Puccini’s opera La Bohème led to this musical which spoke to a generation.  The show is about struggling artists living in New York during the AIDS crisis of the 1980’s, and if it teaches us anything, it is that life isn’t about what you own.  Life is about living and loving.  Listen to this song, forget your regrets, live like this is your last day, and love every moment.

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Doesn’t Everyone Want to Live in Luxembourg?

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

I adore Luxembourg. It is beautiful, full of art and culture, and home to some of the friendliest people in all of Europe. I would move to Luxembourg in a heartbeat. It is also an important city for the European Union, being chock full of European Institutions (some examples include the EU Commission and the EU Court of Justice).

Your showtune for September 5 is

“Into the Fire” – The Scarlet Pimpernel

Music: Frank Wildhorn   Lyrics: Nan Knighton

During the French Revolution, the time period known as the Reign of Terror, the setting of this musical, began on this day in 1793.  Jump into the fire with this exhilarating number where the dashing aristocrat Sir Percy Blakeney convinces his friends to help him after taking on the identity of the titular heroic crusader.

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The Astronomic Clock, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Strasbourg, France

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Astronomic Clock, Strasbourg, France

This remarkable clock contains what is probably the first perpetual motion computus. It’s complex machinery also shows the position of the sun, the moon and the planets. This is the third clock to be built here. It was designed and executed by Jean-Baptiste Schwilgué sand inaugurated in 1842.