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Ellmau, der Bergdoktor
Austria
Germany
Southern Europe
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A visit to the “Bergdoktor” in Ellmau

On my drive to Mittenwald I planned a stop at the town of “Going at the Wilden Kaiser” in Austria. Wilder Kaiser is the name of the mountain. Here, and in Ellmau was my all time favorite show “Der Bergdoktor” or Mountain Doctor filmed. If you ever seen the show or movie, you will recognize […]

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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 or pork instead. I had to re-create this dish at home I prepared this dish in the Instant pot. See recipe description. Served with my […]

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Cevapcici, a Balkan sausage
Condiments
Dip
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
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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Auberginen Boote, a Greek dish
Greek
Main Course
Recipes
Southern Europe

Auberginen Boote, or stuffed Eggplant

Lots of people see those Eggplants in the grocery store but don’t know how to cook with it. There a several recipes, like fried Eggplant slices or Eggplant Parmesan casserole dish are just some of them. This recipe below is something you would appreciate if you are on a Low-Carb diet. Great with my Tzatziki […]

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Moussaka Greek dish
Greek
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
Italy
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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