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How I entered Czechoslovakia

Bartolomejska to Konviktska streets in Prague

Ah, those 25-year anniversaries. As soon as the Wall came down, I was all over Eastern Europe. Not only did I catch the Berlin Wall three months before it fell, but I also approached Berlin from the East in Easter 1990, while everything was in limbo. But what I remember most from that trip is […]

My grand Bucharest Hotel

The lobby Grand Continental Bucha

  The Grand Budapest Hotel of the film may not itself exist ­ ­– its exteriors were filmed in Schloss Heinewalde in Saxony and the interiors belonged to the Warenhaus Görlitz on the Czech-German border (after extensive restoration  by Wes Anderson himself), but there are many that do. I have stayed in several grand European […]