Andernach

Among the seemingly endless amazing sights in Germany is the Geyser Andernach, the highest cold-water geyser in the world. I didn’t even realize that there are both hot-water and cold-water geysers until I found out that Andernach is only about an hour away from us in Germany and read up […]

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City of Beer, Erlangen, DE

One of the biggest beer festivals in Germany is the Bergkirchweih in the Bavarian town of Erlangen. The Bergkirchweih is an open-air festival that takes place for 12 days every year and attracts about a million visitors a year.  It started way back in 1755. We spent two nights in […]

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The Song of the Nibelungs: Drachenfels

There is a famous epic German poem called The Nibelungenlied (say that three times quickly!) or The Song of the Nibelungs. I’ve actually read most of the poem – as an English translation – but for some reason have yet to finish it. Anyway, one of the main characters in […]

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Aachen

The first German building placed on the UNESCO World Heritage site was the Aachen Cathedral in, of course, the city of Aachen. Aachen is about a 2.5 hour drive from us, so rather than get up at the crack of dawn for a day trip that would involve a 5-hour […]

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Alkmaar, Netherlands

Have I mentioned that the Netherlands is one of my favorite countries in Europe?  I like it more and more every time we go there.  After visiting 36 European countries, I think I’d still choose the Netherlands as the country I’d live in if I was going to live in […]

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Gelnhausen, DE

While I was looking for some information about the Brothers Grimm for our visit to http://lyonsloco.blogspot.de/2014/02/the-brothers-grimm-childhood-home.html Steinau an der Straße, I came across a map that had several towns highlighted.  One of them was Gelnhausen, although I’m not quite sure what the relation is between the town and the Brothers […]

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Florence, Italy

For some reason, Florence had not been at the top of my list of places to visit in Italy.  It was on the list, but it just wasn’t at the top.  That changed after my friend Vicki picked Dan Brown’s book Inferno for our book club.  Although the book has […]

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Bitburg, DE

The last weekend in January we made an unexpected visit to the city of Bitburg. I say unexpected because we originally were supposed to go to Verdun, France for 2 days. I just need to mention that I was not the one who made the arrangements for this trip and […]

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