What a horrible loss...



Over the weekend thieves stole 20 tons of Nutella and Kinder eggs, taking an entire trailer full of the stuff in central Germany. I think I'll head to my local warehouse store and buy a two-pack of the industrial size before prices spike.

Airberlin files for bankruptcy


The German airline airberlin recently filed for bankruptcy, though flights are continuing for at least the next three months, thanks to an emergency loan from the German government.

The company operates low-priced short haul flights within Europe, and more recently has been offering cheap trans-Atlantic flights between the US and Europe. They also own and operate Austrian-based discount airline Niki, originally founded by racing driver Niki Lauda. The company has been losing money for years, and Abu Dhabi-based airline Etihad, one of the company's major shareholders, finally pulled the plug on providing more operating cash.

Lufthansa, Germany's largest airline, is currently in talks to buy airberlin.

Travel Thought for the Week


“Travel is a creative activity, one that should enhance the traveler as well as the places and people visited.”

– Carl Franz, American travel writer

Weekend Video: Scotia Symphonia

Breath deeply. It's the weekend.


Sistine Chapel in Detail


I don't expect to find this on the Amazon best seller list. A team of photographers spent the last five years photographing every square inch of the Sistine Chapel in detail, producing over 270,000 digital images. The images have been used to publish a new three-volume book that will set you back a cool €12,000 (roughly $14,000).

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