Festivals

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

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...

Pamplona, Sans Bull Running

Have you ever slept in your car?  If so, you know it's not the best way to spend a night, with no way to lay flat or really stretch out your legs.  After sleeping in the VW the first night of our road trip to Spain, my stiff back was forgotten as soon as we st...

Martigny Christmas Market

Dorota, a Polish friend in Fribourg, and her mother make beautiful handmade pottery.  During the Christmas season, Dorota typically participates in selling some of the family's pottery at one holiday market or another in Switzerland.  This year, she opted for ...