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Chamonix, France
France
Southern Europe
Travel Destinations

Chamonix-MontBlanc, the highest Mountain in Western Europe

Written by Author Claudia Clark. We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary and because I am an avid animal lover–especially koalas and kangaroos, we had planned for 5 years to go to Australia. Unfortunately, because of the Coronavirus outbreak our trip had been cancelled, so we decided to travel to France, the town of Chamonix and the Mont-Blanc mountain, which is the Haute-Savoie region.

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Spaghetti Carbonara, Italien dish
Italy
Main Course
Recipes
Southern Europe

Spaghetti Carbonara has a long history

According to a widespread legend, this dish goes back to the Italian Carbonari, who made charcoal in the Appenine mountains. It is said this Spaghetti dish was cooked over a fire in a cast iron pan during their breaks. The Carbonari (Italian for “charcoal makers”) were an informal network of secret revolutionary societies active in the Italian mountains from […]

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Spaghetti Bolognese
Italy
Main Course
Northern Europe
Recipes

What? Spaghetti Bolognese not from Italy??!!

To make one thing clear, the Spaghetti Bolognese dish is not an Italian invention. Nevertheless, you can often find it on menus in many other countries prepared in different ways. The name “Spaghetti Bolognese” is actually used when you mean the long pasta that is served with minced meat sauce. So whenever I am in […]

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Aioli dip, spread. Mediterranean, Spain Italy Southern France, Christmas Spread
Greek
Italy
Recipes
Southern Europe
Spain
Spreads

Aioli, a Mediterranean dip

Last time I was at the Freiburg Münsterplatz I visited their large International Market and had fried Calamaris with Aioli sauce. That was the first time I tasted this sauce, and I have been bragging about it ever since. This spread or dip is used with the cuisines in Spain, the Balearic Islands, Murcia and eastern Andalusia, Valencia and Catalonia. Also in France (Provence) and Italy, Sicily and Liguria and Calabria.

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Zürich Geschnetzeltes
Germany
Recipes
Southern Europe

Zürich Geschnetzeltes, a classic Swiss Veal Dish

This tender Veal dish in a creamy Mushroom sauce is a classic meal I ate while visiting my friend in Zürich. If veal is not available, you could use beef, pork or chicken instead. Once back home, I recreated this dish at home Other meats can be pork loin, sirloin beef steak or chicken breast […]

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Cevapcici, a Balkan sausage
Condiments
Eastern European Travel
Greek
Main Course
Recipes

Cevapcici, a Balkan Sausage

I ate this dish in the former Yugoslavia in 1986 (now Croatia) on the way to the famous Plitvicer Lakes. I always ordered a Grill Plate, it was a safe bet because of the language barrier. One way or another I ended up with Cevapcici, a Balkan sausage on my plate.  Eat with my white […]

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Edelweiss flower in Austrian, Bavarian mountains
Allgemein
Germany
Southern Europe

Edelweiss, the “Eternal Flower”

The Alpine Edelweiss (also Leontopodium alpinum) is the only native plant in Central Europe representative of the approximately 40 known Edelweiss species, which are widespread in the mountains of Europe and Asia. It is found in the Alps, the Carpathians and in the Jura, where it settled after the last ice age as an immigrant […]

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Stift Melk, Wachau Austria
Southern Europe
Travel Destinations

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
Italy
Main Course
Recipes
Southern Europe
Spreads
Vegetarian

Italian Basil Pesto – a tasty sauce for your Pasta

One of my favorite Italian dishes is cheese tortellini with fresh Pesto sauce. I have Basil in abundance. Best with pasta, but also delicious with crackers or baked potato

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Trachten, Lederhhosen, Bavarian
Allgemein
Austria
Germany
Southern Europe
Travel Destinations

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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