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Coloring Outside the Lines

Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | Views [410]

THE GERMAN SKIES LOOKED ESPECIALLY GRAY and brooding after the sunshine of the Philippines.  But Ramstein Air Base is our Frost-y home away from home, where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.  I think I have mentioned that ... Read more >

The Romantic Rhine Beckons

Monday, 13 Jan 2014 | Views [664]

The Romantic Rhine with its castles, vineyards and medieval villages beckons.  But January isn’t the best time to visit.  The river cruises have ceased until spring, many hotels are closed for the season and the weather is dreary. ... Read more >

Dresden and Meissen

Thursday, 9 Jan 2014 | Views [675]

The Zwinger Palace, built by Augustus II, the Strong, was just one of the casualties of the carpet bombing of Dresden towards the end of World War II.  Referred to as "Florence on the Elbe," Dresden was probably more of a cultural center than a ... Read more >

Gropius, Goethe and Schiller, Pride of Weimar

Sunday, 5 Jan 2014 | Views [1339]

Walter Gropius is to 20 th Century architecture what Sartre, Joyce and Picasso are to philosophy, literature and painting respectively.  Each found inspiration in the disillusionment that followed the First World War.  And it is fitting that ... Read more >

Quedlinburg and Goslar

Thursday, 2 Jan 2014 | Views [2209]

Quedlinburg and Goslar are Teutonic treasures, quintessentially German.  Surprisingly, neither was mentioned by Rick Steves in Rick Steves Germany , though both are World Heritage sites.  Quedlinburg is in the former East Germany (we seem ... Read more >

Starting the Year With Martin Luther

Wednesday, 1 Jan 2014 | Views [546]

Martin Luther hardly started out to be a religious leader.  He was on his way to becoming a lawyer.  But when fearing for his life in a storm in 1505 he called upon St. Anne a la Burt Reynolds in The End.  “If you save me I will ... Read more >


Tuesday, 31 Dec 2013 | Views [520]

It is a shame to spend a sunny morning struggling against bureacracy, especially Indian bureacracy, but there it is.  The Indian visa process recently changed; all forms must be filled out online and submitted in person but the website is woefully ... Read more >

Lubeck and Wismar

Sunday, 29 Dec 2013 | Views [2223]

During its peak the Hanseatic League included nearly 100 cities.  Besides their mercantile interests, towns like Tallin, Riga, Lubeck and Wismar shared an interesting architectural style – interesting if you like unassuming, geometrically ... Read more >


Friday, 27 Dec 2013 | Views [495]

Loyal readers will recall the Hanseatic League from our time in Estonia and Latvia and Poland.  It was a confederation of merchant cities in and around northern Germany that basically monopolized trade in the North and Baltic Seas from the 13 th ... Read more >

Photos: Northern Germany

Friday, 27 Dec 2013 | Photo Gallery

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The Ruhr Valley

Thursday, 26 Dec 2013 | Views [1673]

Essen is Germany’s version of Pittsburgh.  Coal processing plants provided fuel for the electrical plants and steel mills from before WW II until the 60s and darkened the skies for miles.  That was then.  Like PBH of today, the skies ... Read more >

Silent Night in Cologne

Wednesday, 25 Dec 2013 | Views [642]

The scent of votive candles and incense perfumed the air as the organ pumped out something by Bach.  The Christmas Evensong service had begun.  Even if you aren't Catholic . . . even if you don't understand German . . . even if you don't speak ... Read more >


Monday, 23 Dec 2013 | Views [571]

Charlemagne is lucky.  He is buried in the Aachen Cathedral and didn’t have the hassle of finding a place to park.  Aachen sits in western Germany on the Dutch/Belgian/German border.  Interminable holiday traffic and “Besetzen!”... Read more >


Sunday, 22 Dec 2013 | Views [529]

Rick Steves doesn’t think much of Heidelberg, Germany’s one time capital and home to the oldest university.  It isn’t worth a single day, he says, in the typical three-week holiday in Germany.  And if you have only three weeks, ... Read more >

Photos: Central Germany

Saturday, 21 Dec 2013 | Photo Gallery

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Saturday, 14 Dec 2013 | Views [542]

After a surprisingly comfortable night in the Oslo airport sleeping hobo-style on a restaurant banquet, we continued on to Munich.  Our hotel was conveniently near the Bahnhof, giving us the option of walking or taking public transportation around ... Read more >

Ludwig's Legacy: Neuschwanstein and Hohenschangau

Wednesday, 4 Dec 2013 | Views [1384]

We scored a cozy apartment on the Hopfensee just outside of Fussen.  It was the most affordable option in the area with free WiFi and parking and it came with the bonus of a kitchenette and fantastic views.     A room with a view ... Read more >


Monday, 2 Dec 2013 | Views [519]

Before we are overcome with gemütlichkeit we should remember that the Germans also gave the world the concentration camp at Dachau. Compared to Auschwitz the Dachau of today is sanitized.  There isn’t really much to see.  Only ... Read more >

Germany's Romantische Straße

Sunday, 1 Dec 2013 | Views [1476]

Die Romantische Straße lives up to its billing even for old farts like yours truly.  It isn’t necessarily the “I can’t wait to get you to our hotel” carnal meaning of romantic but something more ethereal.  The ... Read more >

'Tis The Season

Saturday, 30 Nov 2013 | Views [723]

We could scarcely hear anyone speaking German among the crowd at Nuremburg’s Christmas fair.  Of course this was the day after Thanksgiving, just another day at work for the locals but a holiday for US servicemen and their families taking ... Read more >

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