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Month: August 2019

German Plum Cake, Zwetschgenkuchen
Cake and Torte
Desserts
Germany
Recipes

Zwetschgenkuchen or Plum cake

Perfect to accompany an afternoon coffee is the Zwetschgenkuchen. You can find or pick plums from June till late September when they are ripe. In the US you can buy this oval purple fruit in some stores, they are called Italien plums. This recipe is made with a yeast dough on a rectangular sheet cake […]

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Wartburg, Eisenach
Germany
Travel Destinations

Eisenach, the Martin Luther Saga and home of J.S. Bach

After an exciting week in Leipzig, we stopped in Eisenach and Erfurt and discovered those towns and their history. The Wartburg castle itself has an impressive history. Not far from Erfurt and to the West is Eisenach looking up to the Wartburg castle. Martin Luther, who was a monk, spoke out against church corruption and […]

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Franconia Tracht, traditional clothing
Germany

Franconia’s traditional Folk clothing or Tracht

When growing up in Franconia, my parents took me to nearby villages for their Folk Parades. Franconia is in northern Bavaria, many of their costumes or Tracht have their roots from the Baroque period. The “Splendor of the Tracht” is celebrated in Ochsenfurter Gau. The richly decorated Tracht of Lower Franconia is not without reason […]

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Dresden. Zwinger, Germany
Germany
Travel Destinations

Dresden should be on your Bucket list

Dresden is always worth a visit. Unfortunately it was almost completely destroyed in a firestorm allied bombing in February 1945. After so many years, it is now completely rebuilt. I have been there twice, first time in 2006, right after the Frauenkirche was erected, and at Christmas 2012 to visit the Dresdner Striezelmarkt At the […]

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Cologne cathedral, Kölner Dom
Germany
Travel Destinations

Cologne Cathedral- Germany’s most exciting Church

If you would take the train to Cologne, you practically step out of the Central station and see this immense historic Cathedral or Dom looming in front of you.   This time we met up with daughter and family, who vacationed a couple days in Amsterdam, a three hour train ride away. To pick them up, […]

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