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Boennigheim Boris lehner, Assassin
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Germany

A German Murderer who died defending General Robert E. Lee

A book of history and mystery in Southern Germany was written by Ann Marie Ackerman, the award-winning author of “Death of an Assassin”. The book is about a true story of the German Murderer Who Died Defending Robert E. Lee (Kent State University Press, 2017). Ann-Marie is a former American prosecutor now living in Bönnigheim, […]

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King Ludwig II of Bavaria Royal train
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Germany
Northern Europe
Travel Destinations

Versailles on Wheels, two glorious Wagons of King Ludwig ll

While in Nürnberg we spent time exploring the DB Museum (Train Museum) on Lessingstrasse. There we saw two magnificent, original train wagons of the King of Bavaria, Ludwig II (1860’s). Ludwig took over the train from his father Maximilian II in 1864. He not only wanted the train to be technically modern, but also culturally […]

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Germany New Years lucky charms
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Germany
Northern Europe

New Years Lucky Charms

A Chimney sweep, a Pig, a Horseshoe or four leaf Glover. f you want to help your luck in the new year, you can try lucky charms. I’ll reveal how these little helpers achieved their symbolism. For example, the chimney sweep saved houses from a fire. They are also known as messengers of good fortune.

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Life size baby Jesus. Munich Christmas miracle, Baby Jesus, Christkindl
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Germany
Travel Destinations

The Munich Christmas miracle

The people of Munich have their very own Christkindl or Christchild. Every year it is displayed for worship from the first day of Christmas until the Three Kings Day early January, in the Bürgersaal Kirche (Church) The daily mass at 5 pm has a long tradition and are the highlight of the Christmas season for […]

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Nuernberger Christmas Market
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Germany
Northern Europe
Travel Destinations

Nuremberg has a new Christkind

The Nürnberg Christkindlesmarkt is one of the most famous Christmas markets in the world – with a “real” Christkind, the original Gingerbread and the Christkindlesglühwein. The new Christkind Benigna has opened the Weihnachtsmarket on Friday (29.11.19) with the traditional prologue In the 2019 opening of the Nürnberg of the Christkindlmarket, the new Christkind Benigna Munsi […]

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Zwetschgenmännchen, making dolls out of plums
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Germany
Northern Europe

“Zwetschgemännle” made out of dried Prunes

For decades the “Zwetschgenmännle” which are popular figures from dried Prunes, can be found at the colorful world of the Christkindlesmarkt. There are over 350 different figures – from “Nackerte” (Naked) to “Schlotfeger” (Chimney sweeper) to Lovers. The repertoire ranges. There are hundreds of Gnomes and bass Violin players, Guitarists and Pianists, Cooks and Waiters, Mushroom pickers, Pastors, and even Devils etc.

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Christmas of my childhood banner
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Germany
Northern Europe

“Weihnachten” from my Childhood

The Advent in Germany is the most magical and festive time. I remember the romantic historical Christkindlmarkets, the garland, lights and glittering Christmas trees, the Glühwein and Lebkuchen that makes a dreary season heart light up. As children we decorated a wreath with four candles, called “Adventskranz,” and lit a new candle every Sunday. Afterward we would walk down the street and view the decorated homes with wreaths, yards and trees with strings of lights, and pyramids with candles in the windows.

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Spatchcock a turkey
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Main Course
Recipes

Spatchcock a Turkey?

How to make the juiciest Turkey with the crispiest skin, and will also cook in a fraction of time. There is an easy technique. You can just cut out the backbone by spatchcocking your bird, also called “butterflied turkey”   If your turkey is natural and has not been brined or pre–seasoned, you could brine […]

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Angie's Glass Mosaic flowers
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My Art

My Glass Mosaic

I was always fond of Glass and Crystal, or anything transparent, colorful and shiny. When walking in my neighborhood as a kid, I passed by a workshop that made beautiful Stained Glass Windows for churches and doors for homes. I admire anything with Glass Art. I had the opportunity to take a Mosaic class 2 years ago working with glass pieces. I produced mainly flowers like Lillies, birds like Cardinals, Blue Jays and Yellow Goldfinch, also Owls, Butterflies, German Vineyards and River Scenes

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Doener plate, Turkish food
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Germany
Main Course
Northern Europe
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Döner, a popular street food

Döner is the Turkish version Greek Gyros. When in Germany, I order my Plate with a slaw, cucumber, tomatoes and fried garlic potatoes. It’s my other favorite street food while in Germany. The true Döner was discovered 1867 by Iskender Efendi (Master Alexander), the original family restaurant is located near Istanbul (Bursa), Turkey, where the […]

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