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The Pantheon in Rome

  The Pantheon was an ancient building that was declared sacred, and now is a church. As a Roman Catholic church, the official Italian name is Santa Maria ad Martyres (Latin Sancta Maria ad Martyres). This building in Rome is colloquially referred to as La Rotonda. The Pantheon begun under Emperor Trajan around 114 AD […]

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Salzburg Residenzplatz
Southern Europe
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Three days in Salzburg, Austria

We knocked on the door of this darling bed and breakfast “Landhaus Bachmann”. A friendly lady, which happened to be the host, opened the door and let us stay for a couple nights. Also it is recommended to make reservations, we sometimes stop at places that have a sign “Zimmer frei” (accommodation). We got a […]

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Rothenburg City Hall
Germany
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Rothenburg o. T, Rathaus History

Thanks to three clocks, time never stops in the Ratstrinkstube (City Drinking Hall). Also see “Three Days in Rothenburg” Below the gable of the “Ratstrinkstube” is the the large city clock of 1683. The Sun Clock dates back to 1768, with the display and sundial mount, as well as the well-known Rothenburg coat of arms. […]

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Stuffed Cabbage
Allgemein
Germany
Main Course
Recipes

Krautwickel or Cabbage rolls

Krautwickel is a traditional German home cooked meal. You can add rice, but I like mine with potatoes. It’s basically the same recipe as my Frikadellen or German meat patties. The last time I had them in Germany when we were staying in Dettelbach at a restaurant where the locals hang out.  Krautwickel or Cabbage […]

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Hausmacher Wurst
Germany
Main Course
Recipes
Spreads

Kesselfleisch and Schlachtplatte (Boiled Pork)

My mother grew up on a farm and married my father, who was a teacher. She brought some of her customs back into our family. So every year, mainly in the late Fall we ordered a half pig from the butcher. To grind the meat, I found the Ninja Blender is the best choice. This […]

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Weiberfastnacht
Allgemein
Germany
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Weiberfastnacht, a day Women go crazy

I was in the Rheinland about this time last year. It was something you have to see, at least once in your lifetime A very old custom is “Weiberfastnacht” or „Altweiberfasching“ It is a holiday in the Karneval season,  celebrated mostly in the Rheinland area on the Thursday before Ash Wednesday the end of February. It […]

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Sahne Torten
Allgemein
Breads and Pastry
Desserts
Germany
Recipes

Käsesahne Torte, Cream Cake

One of my favorite Cakes or Tortes when sitting at a street cafe in Germany. It’s a little challenging for a beginner, but it’s worthwhile and tastes great! Best to start planning and preparing the cake 2 to 3 days before. The Cake bottom needs to be baked the day ahead and Cream topping should rest in the refrigerator approximately 12 hours to get firm

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Veishoechheim
Allgemein
Germany
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Veitshöchheim, from my Childhood

Veitshöchheim, is a suburb of Würzburg and only 7 km down the Main River. A well-known place, from which the successful broadcast “Fastnacht in Franken” has been shown on German TV for three decades. You could compare it with Mardi Gras in the US. At this time the big attraction of the year is Fasching or Karneval. […]

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Noah's Arc, Austria
Southern Europe
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Straw (Stroh) Sculptures

You’ll see the most incredible things besides the beautiful mountain peaks We ran into this “Arche Noah” (Ark) made out of straw. I believe it was a school project of kids from this small town near Berchtesgaden

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Dinkelsbuehl
Allgemein
Germany
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Dinkelsbühl on the Romantic Road

As a former Reichsstadt, Dinkelsbühl in Middle Frankonia had rather small growth since the end of the Holy Roman Empire. It has escaped both wars and city planners kept the old town largely intact. It is a must stop along the Romantic Road! Dinkelsbühl was  “de facto” self governing until 1802 when it was annexed by Bavaria […]

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