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Bernkastel-Kues, Rhineland

Bernkastel-Kues in the heart of the Middle Moselle

The beautiful and historic Fachwerk of Bernkastel-Kues invited us to take a relaxed stroll through the cobblestone streets and alleys. The city offers many shops, and restaurants that looked inviting enough to sit down, relax and eat, enjoy a Zwiebelkuchen.

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Apple Pancakes, Apfelkräpfchen, Apfelpfannkuchen

Apple Pancakes or Apfelkräpfchen

When I grew up in Germany my mother often saw me as a child, although I was already an adult. As you guessed, she would mother me. When the Apple harvest was over and this fruit was freshly picked, Apples were always on the table in form of apple puree, or my favorite, the delicious […]

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Ackerhaus betthaupt, painted folk art

Traditional painted furniture, the “Bauernmöbel”

Cover photo above: Work of a Peony Rose painter anno 1784, a painted headboard in the Ackerhus Museum. The fillings show the two seasons of Spring and Summer in the form of two women. When King Max II (1811–1864) wanted to connect to the peasants, he began actively promoting the art and customs of the […]

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Germany New Years lucky charms

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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Hot Egg liquor Punsch, Eierpunsch

Eierpunsch or Eggnog Liquor Punsch

Made with Eggnog Liquor and White Wine. It is something you would not expect to taste this good. It can easily become your favorite drink at the Christmas Market. Heat plain Eggnog, add some Rum, Whisky or Brandy, then some orange juice and white wine or champagne. Fill in 6 cups or glasses and decorate […]

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Gluehwein, Glühwein (hot mulled Red Wine)

Tasty Glühwein (hot mulled Red Wine)

Glühwein, or hot mulled wine you can make yourself, better than at any Christmas market! The alcoholic hot drink is part of the Christmas market, like the gifts under the Christmas tree. But let’s be honest, most of the time we get cheap booze for dear money at the Christmas market, and we only drink […]

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German Chocolate Christmas calendar

A sweet surprise, first day of Advent until Christmas

Christmas time for us children growing up in Germany was an exciting time. From the 1st December to the 24th, we were allowed to eat Chocolates in the morning, which normally would be a tabu during the year. We woke up early every day in Advent to look forward to open a little door at the Christmas calendar hanging on the wall, and there we discovered a sweet little treasure, surprise inside

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“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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Roman villa in Ahrweiler, Römervilla

An amazing archeological find turned out to be a Roman Villa

It was a rainy day in Germany, so a visit to a Museum came to mind. Only 45 minutes from where I was staying is Ahrweiler in the North of the Rhineland. There, in 1980, construction workers discovered the remains of an ancient building at the foot of the so called “Silberberg”. It turned out […]

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Thanksgiving table, chicken stuffing

A Chicken Stuffing from my Childhood

This is my mother’s poultry stuffing recipe given down through generations. The chicken liver is optional, but for me it brings back memories to my Bavarian and Franconian roots.
I remember my childhood, I would get up early on Sunday morning and my mother would put some cooked “Fülle” Stuffing to the side for me to eat before the chicken is filled

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