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Colmar, France
France
Northern Europe
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Colmar, the most picturesque, historic town in the Alsace

The Alsace region with all its beauty is a real place for connoisseurs, but above all, it causes tourists to be amazed. The town of Colmar, is arguably the most delightful city in France! While staying in the Black Forest, I left one morning after breakfast to drive to the French side. Colmar, the third largest city in the region, is no longer a real small town with its almost 67,000 inhabitants, but is often regarded as such due to its intimacy and its enticing small town charm. My expectations were rewarded visiting this magnificent city.

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King Ludwig II of Bavaria Royal train
Allgemein
Germany
Northern Europe
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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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Swabian dish, Maultaschen on a Plate3
Appetizer
Germany
Main Course
Northern Europe
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Maultaschen, a typical Swabian Dish

On the way driving south to the Black Forest, we stopped for a couple of days at some friends house near Stuttgart. The next day we were served “Maultaschen” for lunch, which is a type of meat pocket. It instantly reminded me of an oversized Ravioli. Maybe there was an Italien influence? There are different […]

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Aachen Cathedral
Germany
Northern Europe
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The Aachen Cathedral, a place of Pilgrimage and Royal Coronations

Staying near Bonn, we decided to take an hour’s drive to the Aachen Cathedral or Dom, which was founded 800 a.D. by Charlemagne “Charles the Great” and is today a UNESCO World Heritage site. This historic and glamorous building is an emblem of Aachen and a landmark in occidental architecture Around 800 AD., Charlemagne built […]

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Yoghurt-Fruit cake slice
Cake and Torte
Desserts
Germany
Northern Europe
Recipes

Eat a Yoghurt-Fruit Cheese cake without the Guilt

If you miss the German cheese cakes and think it’s not good for your hips, then bake it with Quark, in this case Greek-Yoghurt with Fruit. To make it easy, you can use Graham crackers as a crust. When you reduce the sugar, add the Fruits like Mandarines, Cherries and/or dark Berries. It will complete […]

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Groesses Fass, Heidelberg 1886, per Wikimedia
Germany
Northern Europe
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The largest Wine Barrel in the World is in Heidelberg

After taking a two hour boat ride on the Neckar, we disembarked and walked towards the Heidelberg University. On a steep incline to the Schlossberg we saw the funicular “Bergbahn” to the ruined Heidelberg castle. We decided to jump on and take a short ride up to see the largest Wine barrel in the world. […]

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Pfahlbauten Bodensee, wooden huts on stakes
Germany
Northern Europe
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The Bronze age comes to life at the Bodensee

The last time we visited the Bodensee, we stopped near Unteruhldingen to see the “Pfahlbauten”. These are wooden huts built on stilts or poles that were reconstructed in 1999 from a 3000 year old settlement of the Bronze age. It originally consisted of 80 such houses with 400 m², and now has 27 Huts with […]

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Käse-Schinken Stangen, Cheese-Prosciutto Twists, Parmesan twists
Breads and Pastry
Germany
Northern Europe
Recipes

Schinken Stangen or Prosciutto twists

One of my favorite puff pastries I buy at my favorite German Bakery. They are called Schinken Stangen, or Prosciutto twists. I can’t wait, so I eat them on the way home while they are still warm. Other fillings for the twists can be just Parmesan, Nutella or a Walnut paste. I did a little […]

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Lieser castle, Lieser Schloss, Castle at the Mosel river
Germany
Northern Europe
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Feel like a Royalty at the Lieser Castle, now a Luxury Hotel

Last year on the way to Trier we planned to stay a couple nights at a B&B at Bernkastel-Kues at the Mosel. We happen to drive through the town of Lieser and saw a beautiful castle to our left. When we arrived at our accommodation, I asked about this gorgeous building, and we were told […]

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Felseneremitage, Bretzenheim
Germany
Northern Europe
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Small Bretzenheim has a historic treasure

Driving through the wine region of the Rhineland we stopped in Bretzenheim. There is a carved-out rock with lots of history. The Felseneremitage is the biggest attraction of the municipality Bretzenheim. The “Rock Hermitage” is well-established from ancient times. It is completely carved into the rock as a cult place and was redesigned in early […]

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