Festivals

From Germany’s fairy-tale Christmas markets to the largest sailing event in the world

Two of the Best Christmas Markets in Berlin

Who doesn't love German Christmas markets?  Towards the end of November, they start popping up in towns across the country.  It seems no village is too small to host their own festive extravaganza.  In any given year, Berlin alone offers between 50 and 100 Chr...
Goaslar Christmas Market, Germany

Chugging Glögg at the Goslar Christmas Market

Bigger isn't always better, especially when it comes to Europe's Christmas markets. The smaller villages in Germany offer fewer crowds and a more intimate festival experience. This couldn't be more true than in the town of Goslar just 75 km southeast of Hannov...

Highlights of the 2016 Goettingen Christmas Market

Somehow the holiday season snuck up on us this year.  It's probably partly because Thanksgiving - our festive American predecessor to Christmas - comes and goes without fanfare in Germany.  Plus we don't shop much and aren't buying Christmas gifts this year, s...
Tall ship at Kiel Week. Germany

Kiel Week: Boats, Boats, And More Boats

I've loved boats for as long as I can remember.  When I was a kid, we used to visit my Gramps at his cabin on the Coeur d'Alene Lake most every summer.  Nestled among swaying pine trees with stunning views of the sparkling blue gem of North Idaho, it was a cou...

Easter Weekend In Old Town Prague

Travis and I are outdoor folks at heart, so sometimes it's hard for us to get excited about visiting big cities.  Despite having really cool attractions to see, a big city trip requires a level of planning we'd rather avoid: the necessity of pre-booking accomm...

Pucker Up, Fair Gänseliesel

One of Göttingen's most well-known landmarks is the Gänseliesel, the famed Goose Girl.  Located downtown in the walking district, the statue is centered within a stone fountain.  Capped with ornate metal vines and leaves, the fair maiden has been at the heart ...
2016 Goettingen Christmas Market, Germany

Göttingen Christmas Market

The weather in central Germany might be dismal and grey in the weeks leading up to Christmas, but folks here have long devised a cheery method of warding off the gloom and doom.  Starting with the beginning of Advent roughly four weeks before Christmas, locals...