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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 Hannover, Germany.  Founded in the 10th century, the town owes its Continue reading Chugging Glögg at the Goslar Christmas Market

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, so we  haven’t been down into the Goettingen city center for months Continue reading Highlights of the 2016 Goettingen Christmas Market

Halloween Burg Frankenstein, A Truly *Monster*ous German Festival

Everyone’s heard of Frankenstein, right?  Even those who haven’t read Mary Shelley’s book are familiar with the basic storyline of Victor Frankenstein – an eccentric scientist who creates a lumbering, malformed humanoid patched together with recycled body parts.  At the sight of the abomination he’s created, Frankenstein casts it Continue reading Halloween Burg Frankenstein, A Truly *Monster*ous German Festival

Ludwigsburg, Home of the World’s Largest Pumpkin Festival

In the US, our infatuation with pumpkins at Halloween borders on the religious.  Long gone are the days when carving pumpkins was just for kids!  For us, October typically involves a carriage ride to the nearest farmer’s pumpkin patch, picking the perfect pumpkin for carving, and hosting a rockin’ party to turn our newly acquired Continue reading Ludwigsburg, Home of the World’s Largest Pumpkin Festival

Fireworks And A Close Encounter With The German Polizei

Every year when Kiel Week ends in June, the event wraps with a superb fireworks show.  After a week of intense sailing competitions and friendly rivalries, hundreds of yachts, tall ships, catamarans, speed boats, and the random cruise ship descend on the southern end of Kiel Fjord to enjoy the show.  Even kayakers participate – or at Continue reading Fireworks And A Close Encounter With The German Polizei

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 country kid’s ideal summer destination.  As soon as we arrived, my sister and I Continue reading Kiel Week: Boats, Boats, And More Boats