Artist Sevcan Çerkez with Nelin Tunc / © Photo: Georg Berg

Strong women. A gallery for International Women’s Day

On my travels, I often meet women with exciting CVs and extraordinary careers. I write about their creativity, their courage, their perseverance and their successes. With every well-written story about a woman, the internet becomes more feminine. Women often receive support and encouragement from women. This also applies to the women I present in my gallery for International Women’s Day. Mothers encourage their daughters, businesswomen encourage rural women, grandmothers inspire their granddaughters, friends are there for each other and women’s organizations support girls and women.

Horse-drawn carriage and trees in bright autumnal colors on Cadotte Avenue. The driveway to the Grand Hotel Mackinac Island / © Photo: Georg Berg

Mackinac Island in Lake Huron

The ban on automobiles made the Michigan island a place of longing 150 years ago. The ride into the past begins with a trip in a speedboat

This staircase at Franklin Street and Lake Street is the start of the Chicago Riverwalk / © Photo: Georg Berg

Chicago Riverwalk & Pedway

There are over 400 skyscrapers in Chicago. In addition to the architecture above ground, there are remarkable constructions below ground. About two attractions that are exclusively for pedestrians

Garrett Popcorn flagship store on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Family recipe popcorn since 1949 / © Photo: Georg Berg

Made in Chicago: Snacks & Sweets

Nobody has to eat in fast food chains in Chicago. Three food tips that combine food with culture and history. From fictional sandwich shops to the Queen of Chicago

American flag and view of Lake Charlevoix / © Photo: Georg Berg

Charlevoix: Rich in stone and beautiful

Charlevoix confidently calls itself The Beautiful. While beauty is in the eye of the beholder, there is no doubt that this place is rich as a stone. And there are two reasons for this

View from the dome of the Mission Point lighthouse, Old Mission Peninsula, now a museum / © Photo: Georg Berg

Living in the lighthouse

Mission Point Lighthouse is a very special vacation spot. The vacation apartment in an exposed location can only be rented by those who apply to be a temporary lighthouse keeper. The job is particularly popular with women

Reflection of the Detroit People Mover. It is a 4.7-kilometre-long, automatically operated elevated railway system through downtown Detroit. Passengers on the ring line are tourists and employees from the stores and offices in the city center. The ride costs a quarter and offers an interesting view of the buildings in downtown Detroit / © Photo: Georg Berg

Mobility in Motown

Walks, bike tours and free streetcars. Mobility in Detroit works pretty well even without a car. Tips for getting around

Hart Plaza with skyline of downtown Detroit on the Detroit River. In the foreground the Horace E. Dodge fountain / © Photo: Georg Berg

Good vibes from Detroit

What defines Detroit today is the unreal feeling that arises when you discover the large and small projects of revitalization. The city that was on its knees is reinventing itself

Renovated Michigan Central Station will shine in its former glory at the end of 2023. The building has an eventful history. Decades of decay began in the 1970s. In the years after 1988, the building changed hands several times, once for less than 80,000 dollars. The station building became a stomping ground for vandals, homeless people, sprayers and junkies. From 2024, Ford Motor Company will use it as a mobility research campus / © Photo: Georg Berg

Enlightenment on a greenfield site

Michigan Central Station shines in its former glory at the end of 2023. While elsewhere in the world main stations were built in the heart of a city, in Detroit a monumental building was erected on a greenfield site in 1910. The aim was to revitalize the still tranquil Corktown district. That went badly wrong. As everyone knows, Detroit and later the whole of the USA relied on the car. Decades of decay began in the 1970s. The building changed hands several times, once for less than 80,000 dollars! Michigan Central Station became a playground for vandals, homeless people, sprayers and junkies and one of the most popular lost places for photographers. In future, trains will no longer run through this station. The Ford Motor Company is planning to turn it into a central research campus for mobility. Once again, the focus is on the future of global mobility and the Corktown district is set to benefit from this. This time it could succeed.

Ancient Roman evaporation basins for sea salt extraction / © Photo: Georg Berg

Sea salt from Gozo and Malta

Romans and knights carved basins into the soft stone on the flat limestone coast. Today, it is families who keep the tradition of salt harvesting alive

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