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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

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

Cologne Cathedral, Germany’s Most Visited Landmark

Covering considerably more square meters of ground than an American football field,  Cologne Cathedral towers over its city of roughly 10 million.  Construction on Kölner Dom – as the monstrous Gothic church is known in Germany – began in the year 1248.  Work continued sporadically for over 600 years until it was officially Continue reading Cologne Cathedral, Germany’s Most Visited Landmark

Löwenburg Castle, Rising from the Mist

Germany has over 20,000 castles. If that seems a bit crazy to you, you’re not alone!  While we won’t be able to visit all of them, we definitely have a list of ones we’d like to see while in Germany.  For some time, one of them has been Löwenburg Castle, or Lion’s Castle – sometimes also referred to as Schloss Wilhelmshöhe.  Perched Continue reading Löwenburg Castle, Rising from the Mist

Queen for a Day at Wartburg Castle

The only fault one could possibly find with German castles is that there are just so many of them.  It’s difficult to decide which ones to visit and which ones to skip.  While last year we celebrated my birthday in Lucerne followed by a visit to The Devil’s Bridge in Switzerland, this year I wanted to celebrate like a queen.  And what Continue reading Queen for a Day at Wartburg Castle

Kellerwald-Edersee National Park

Regardless of where we happen to be living or what the weather may be like, June always marks the beginning of summer in my mind.  That means the start of a season filled with hiking, camping, kayaking, and the outdoors in any form we can find it.  As we enter our first summer in Germany, it means a chance to visit some of the Continue reading Kellerwald-Edersee National Park

Kayaking the Spreewald Biosphere Reserve

Travis and I spent the entire winter looking forward to our first kayaking trip in Germany.  Every weekend in April brought rainy weather that cancelled our plans before the sun finally appeared in full force in May.  Dusting off our paddling gear and hefting our Orus out of their storage boxes, we loaded up the VW for a weekend of Continue reading Kayaking the Spreewald Biosphere Reserve

Easter Spanking at Prague Castle

Did somebody say blue skies on Easter?!  Like someone had flipped a light switch, we awoke Sunday morning in our tent in Prague to a very different world from the morning before.  Absent was the pitter-patter of rain on our tent fly and gloomy light that barely filtered through the canvas.  Instead, a circus of birds chirped Continue reading Easter Spanking at Prague Castle

Easter Weekend In Old Town Prague

Travis and I are really still such outdoor folks at heart that sometimes it’s hard for us to get excited about trips like our Easter road-trip to Prague.  Despite typically having a laundry list of fantastic attractions to see, planning a trip to a big city requires an attention to practical details we’d much rather avoid – the necessity Continue reading Easter Weekend In Old Town Prague