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Stift Melk, Wachau Austria
Southern Europe
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Stift Melk and Dürnstein at the Danube

While staying in Weissenkirchen, Austria, and the wine region of Wachau, we did day trips to Vienna, the castle of Archduke Franz Ferdinand (Schloss Artstetten), and took a day cruise to Stift Melk. It was a week full of history and sightseeings Arriving at our Bed & Breakfast “Donauhof” Hotel Garni in Weissenkirchen. Wachau is […]

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Italian Basil Pesto
Condiments
Recipes
Southern Europe
Spreads

Italian Basil Pesto – a tasty sauce for your Pasta

One of my favorite Italian dishes is cheese tortellini with fresh Pesto sauce. If you live in the South of the US, you can grow Basil in abundance. Best with pasta, but also delicious with crackers or baked potato

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Altschlossfelsen, Rheinland-Pfalz
Germany
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Germany’s Red Rock Canyon

However, you must first fight yourself through the Palatinate Forest to get to this colorful group of red sandstone rock. For a particularly intense color experience, you should visit in the spring, because then there is no foliage in the path of the sun and the rocks look beautiful and illuminated.

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Sankt Bartholomae
Germany
Travel Destinations

Crystal clear lakes awaits you near Berchtesgaden

A couple years back we drove through the Berchtesgadener Land, and before we arrived at the Königsee, we saw a “Zimmer frei” sign of an open vacancy at an B&B of those villages. We discovered the impressive natural scenery around the most famous mountain lake of Bavaria. We decided to take the boat – and […]

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Teufelsmauer, Harz, Saxony
Germany
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Germany also has a Great Wall

In some places only a few rocks rise steeply, on others, for example in Neinstedt, the compact wall looks like it was created by supernatural powers. In fact, it arose as a result of the formation of the resin Massive tectonic forces were at work, shifting layers of rock from the horizontal to the vertical

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Sauerbraten Recipe, German Dish
Germany
Main Course
Recipes

Sweet-sour and tangy Sauerbraten

A Sunday meal I remember growing up. That sweet and sour, tangy taste and smell you won’t forget. Some have to develop tastebuds for it. Sauerbraten can be a big hit a the dinner table, you can’t go wrong cooking for a big crowd. Plan for it way in advance, the marinating takes several days […]

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Bastei, Sächsische Schweiz, Saxony
Germany
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Impressive Rock formation in the Saxon-Switzerland

I saw this impressive Rock formation from a distance when looking afar from the Königstein castle in Saxony. If you want to go there off the beaten track through the Saxon- Switzerland, then you should choose the path through the “Höllenschlund” gorge. Off the marked trail, an old path leads down to rock steps into […]

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Burg Eltz castle
Germany
Travel Destinations

Burg Eltz, the oldest castle with a unique architecture

Located between Koblenz and Trier, the castle is surrounded on three sides by the Elzbach River, a tributary on the north side of the Moselle My home base is not far, so I visit almost every year. Also see my tips and recommendations at the bottom. In 1157, the name Eltz was mentioned for the […]

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Trachten, Lederhhosen, Bavarian
Allgemein
Germany
Southern Europe
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Bavarian and Austrian Traditions, the Dirndl and Lederhosen

Born and raised in North Bavaria, it was natural for us to wear the traditional costumes or “Tracht” at least once a year to a festival. Sometimes I wore my Dirndl to the “Kiliani” Festival in Würzburg. Wearing the Tracht to the Town Festival or Biergarten is becoming popular in other parts in Germany, not […]

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Veitshoechheim Weinwanderung, Winewalk
Allgemein
Germany
Travel Destinations

What is a Winewalk or Weinwanderung?

In my hometown in Lower Franconia, wine cooperatives and winegrowers, wineries and regional restaurants organize so-called wine tours or wine hiking days from May to October. I have been at some of these Winewalks, and I truly enjoy it. The “Weinschlendern” as they also call it, started at the Restaurant Sonnenschein at the Main River […]

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