Esslingen turns back time 600 years, awakens in Middle Ages

Esslinger Medieval, Christmas Markets come alive for holidays Story and photos by Kevin S. Abel As the Holiday season is upon us, across Europe the Christmas markets open their stalls and attract millions of visitors with decorated and lighted stands and the smells of the holiday. If you consider yourself a Weihnachtsmarkt professional, the Esslinger Christmas …

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Ehrenfels Castle ruins stand testament of time along Rhein River

Photo by Kevin S. Abel The Ehrenfels Castle formed together with the Mauseturm and the Klopp Castle a northward barrier since the 13th Century, in order to protect the territory of the archbishop of Mainz. In the Middle Ages it was strategically of greatest importance because of its favorable location above the Binger Loch. It …

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Lava Lizards of the Galapagos Islands

Story and photos by Kevin S. Abel Galapagos Lava Lizards (Microlophus albemariensis) are the most abundant reptile on the Galapagos Islands. Lava Lizards have attitude and like most of the Galapagos animals, they have a relative lack of fear of humans and can be observed quite closely. There are 7 different species of Lava Lizard on …

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