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?
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 Christmas markets, though only a handful of them are sizable. Each market Continue reading Two of the Best Christmas Markets in Berlin
A dilemma of monumental proportions hit us a few days before Christmas. What the heck were we going to do for the holidays? Unless you count not planning as a plan, we didn’t have a plan. We didn’t even intend to cook a real dinner until Christmas Eve when we came across a cold case of comically tiny turkeys at the local grocery Continue reading Christmas Dinner: Deutsche Din-din vs Yankee Yum-yums
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 Hannover, Germany. Founded in the 10th century, the town owes its Continue reading Chugging Glögg at the Goslar 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, so we haven’t been down into the Goettingen city center for months Continue reading Highlights of the 2016 Goettingen Christmas Market
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!
When I read articles about how much it costs to travel to different destinations, Paris is frequently mentioned as a notoriously expensive city. €5 for a tiny cup of coffee? Seriously?! Before our recent trip there, our first, Travis and I didn’t plan a budget or research prices except to compare the cost of driving with public Continue reading A 5-Day Road Trip To Paris Costs HOW Much?!
On the morning of July 14th, 1789, a crowd of angry townsfolk stormed the Bastille, a fortress that had stood near the Seine River in Paris since the 14th century. France was in the midst of an economic crisis; commoners, disillusioned with the monarchy, laid siege to the fortress in rebellion, an event that would ignite the Continue reading Marché Bastille, From Revolution to Farmer’s Market
One thing that struck me about Paris is that, like many of the larger cities in Europe, it’s flat – really flat. With few exceptions, most of the buildings reach a fairly uniform height, and from a distance, perspective is lost as they merge into a blanket of concrete and steel. It’s possible to climb all the tallest buildings in the city – Notre Continue reading Sacred Snails of Sacre-Coeur
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