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Edelweiss flower in Austrian, Bavarian mountains
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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
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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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Trachten, Lederhhosen, Bavarian
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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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Auberginen Boote, a Greek dish
Main Course
Recipes
Southern Europe

Auberginen Boote, or stuffed Eggplant

Lots of people find those Eggplants in the grocery store but don’t quite know what to do with it. There a several recipes, like fried Eggplant slices or Eggplant Parmesan casserole dish are just some of them. Here is one of my favorite eggplant recipe: This recipe below is something you would appreciate if you […]

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Moussaka Greek dish
Main Course
Recipes
Southern Europe

Moussaka, a Greek Casserole

I love most southern European cooking, and I haven’t made this dish for a while. It’s a little time consuming in preparation, many steps need to be followed. But don’t let that hold you back . because there is multi tasking involved. IMO, it would be a great meal to invite friends over, open a bottle of red wine and involve them into the process. I can see lots of laughter and good conversation preparing this meal.

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Pantheon in Rome
Southern Europe
Travel Destinations

The Pantheon in Rome

On our Bus tour from Würzburg to Rome, we stopped in Orvieto, Northern Italy for a night. We continued our trip for several hours to Rome. After we settled in our hotel, we did a sight seeing tour with some friends, and found the Pantheon.   The Pantheon was an ancient building that was declared sacred, […]

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Salzburg Residenzplatz
Southern Europe
Travel Destinations

Three days in Salzburg, Austria

On the way to Austria, we made a stop in the Salzburger Land (Salzburg area). It was late in the afternoon when we drove into the town of Grödig, only 6 km from Salzburg. We knocked on the door of this darling bed and breakfast “Landhaus Bachmann”. A friendly lady, which happened to be the […]

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Tzatziki, Greek white sauce
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Recipes
Southern Europe
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Tzatziki Sauce for Greek Dishes

Goes great with Befteki or Greek Beef steaks, Gyros, or simply just with a toasted Baguette

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Straw sculptures Noah's arc, Berchtesgaden
Southern Europe
Travel Destinations

Straw Sculptures driving through Berchtesgadener Land

The best way to explore South Bavaria or Austria is driving through the country side, away from the Autobahn 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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