Cologne Cathedral, Germany’s Most Visited Landmark

Covering considerably more square meters of ground than an American football field,  Cologne Cathedral towers over its city of roughly 10 million.  Construction on Kölner Dom – as the monstrous Gothic church is known in Germany – began in the year 1248.  Work continued sporadically for over 600 years until it was officially Continue reading Cologne Cathedral, Germany’s Most Visited Landmark

Imhoff Schokoladenmusuem: Chocolate, Git In Mah Belly!

For chocolate lovers the world over, a visit to the Imhoff Schokoladenmusuem in Cologne just might be in order.  The museum is the brainchild of Hans Imhoff, a German chocolate producer who envisioned not only a factory to make chocolate, but a place to showcase 4,000 years of history and culture surrounding Continue reading Imhoff Schokoladenmusuem: Chocolate, Git In Mah Belly!

8 Highlights of the Cologne Zoo

Love ’em or hate ’em, zoos are an excellent way to get your wildlife fix if you’re an animal lover.  Like many people, I’m a bit on the fence about zoos.  Of the estimated 10,000 zoos worldwide, I’d like to think that the vast majority operate by prioritizing animal conservation and education.  Clearly not all do.  We were so Continue reading 8 Highlights of the Cologne Zoo

Have Orus, Will Travel: Kayaking the Elbe River

Travis and I love any kind of kayaking – flat water, white water, sea, ocean, lake, or river.  Doesn’t matter.  If it ripples, we’ll paddle it.  Sadly for us, we have the least amount of experience with river kayaking because it’s typically the most difficult logistically.  The biggest challenge is usually how to get back upriver.  If you’ve ever Continue reading Have Orus, Will Travel: Kayaking the Elbe River

Königstein Fortress: Come For the Views, Stay for the Concert

The hilltop ramparts of Königstein Fortress are so large and impregnable, it’s said that no enemy has ever dared attack.  Founded during the 13th century in what was then the Kingdom of Bohemia, the site sprawls across a 240-meter tall plateau.  A man-made wall built on the existing sandstone cliffs stretches for nearly two Continue reading Königstein Fortress: Come For the Views, Stay for the Concert

Camping at Ferdinands Homestay

Camping in Germany can feel a bit like a peculiar affair to an outsider.  For us while we lived in the US, it involved no more planning than throwing our camping gear, kayaks, and dog into the truck and heading up into any number of mountain ranges – the Cascades, Siskiyous, Olympics, or Wallowas.  For a change of Continue reading Camping at Ferdinands Homestay

Löwenburg Castle, Rising from the Mist

Germany has over 20,000 castles. If that seems a bit crazy to you, you’re not alone!  While we won’t be able to visit all of them, we definitely have a list of ones we’d like to see while in Germany.  For some time, one of them has been Löwenburg Castle, or Lion’s Castle – sometimes also referred to as Schloss Wilhelmshöhe.  Perched Continue reading Löwenburg Castle, Rising from the Mist

Half-Timber Houses of Hann. Münden

Half-timbered houses are a “thing” in Germany.  They’re pretty much everywhere.  It’s nearly impossible to drive through a single German village without seeing at least a few of these picturesque buildings with their distinctive bands of dark timbers lacing the exterior.  During construction, the spaces between the timbers are Continue reading Half-Timber Houses of Hann. Münden

Two Sad Potatoes Are Not Going To Kashmir

We should be in India today.  We’re not.  For those who may not know, we’d been looking forward to a two-week trip to Kashmir for months.  Travis was invited to give a lecture at the University of Kashmir at a developmental neuroscience conference.  After that, we planned to spend a week hiking, camping, and sight-seeing in the Continue reading Two Sad Potatoes Are Not Going To Kashmir

Tips for Moving Overseas With Pets

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been two years to the day since we moved to Europe.  Saying goodbye to our house in Oregon on the 4th of July, our journey began with a 5-hour drive to Seattle to stay with my sister overnight.  The next day, she dropped us off at SeaTac Airport, where Travis and I boarded a plane with two cats and a dog, Continue reading Tips for Moving Overseas With Pets

Travel Stories from Two Idaho Ex-potatoes Living in Germany