Category Archives: Tours & Cruises

SANDEMANs “Free” Berlin Guided Walking Tour: Yea or Nay?

Until our most recent trip to Berlin, Travis and I had never gone on a guided walking tour of a city – paid or free.  When we’ve gone on other kinds of guided tours, we’re always the slowest in the bunch, hanging back to take photos or read some obscure sign nobody in their right mind cares to read.  Even when we know we might “get Continue reading SANDEMANs “Free” Berlin Guided Walking Tour: Yea or Nay?

Touring the Historic Rammelsberg Mine

Legend tells that in the year 968, a knight was out hunting deer in the forests of Rammelsberg, a peak in the Harz Mountains.  Stopping for a rest, he tied his horse to a tree.  Restless, the horse pawed at the ground, unearthing a rich vein of silver.  Thus began over a thousand years of mining history at the Rammelsberg Mine – or so Continue reading Touring the Historic Rammelsberg Mine

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!

Climbing the Eiffel Tower, Paris’s “Lady of Iron”

Travis and I spent our last evening in Paris with Khoasimodo, Esmeralda, and one very special lady – La dame de fer, “The Iron Lady.”  As the most visited paid monument in the world, the Lady drew us to her as she does millions of visitors each year.  A trip to Paris just wouldn’t be complete without a visit to its most iconic Continue reading Climbing the Eiffel Tower, Paris’s “Lady of Iron”

Luxury Dinner Cruise on Le Calife

We ended our first day in Paris with the biggest splurge of our entire trip – a fancy dinner cruise on the Seine River.  Our friends had rather brilliantly proposed the idea before our trip, offering to scout around on the internet and book something for all four of us.  Their selection was an evening on board Le Calife, which turned out to be Continue reading Luxury Dinner Cruise on Le Calife

Maison Cailler (Nestlé chocolate in disguise)

In 1819, chocolatier François-Louis Cailler founded Switzerland’s very first chocolate company.  While non-Swiss folks might not have heard of Maison Cailler, they’ve most certainly heard of the food giant, Nestlé, which is named after another Swiss founder, Henri Nestlé.  The Cailler chocolate company was purchased by Nestlé in Continue reading Maison Cailler (Nestlé chocolate in disguise)

Making Cheese at La Maison du Gruyère

Switzerland is famous for many things, not the least of which is their cheese.  Particularly popular is a hard yellow cheese called Gruyère, named after the Swiss town of Gruyères where it originated.  During a recent visit to this picturesque little town, we stopped by La Maison du Gruyère (The House of Gruyere) for a 2-hour tour of their Continue reading Making Cheese at La Maison du Gruyère