Travel To Germany

Weltenburg Abbey- Come for the Beer, Stay for the History

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Sitting somewhat precariously on the shores of the Danube not too far from Regensburg, you’ll find Weltenburg Abbey. I visited on a warm day in July. The plan was to tour the Brewery, but I was delighted to learn that there is much more to see at the Benedictine Abbey than just big vats of […]

Travel to Germany

A Few of my FAVORITE Things to do in Rothenburg Germany

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Rothenburg ob der Tauber, with it’s virtually untouched Medieval Altstadt, sits on a hill in northern Bavaria (due west of Nuremburg, 2 1/2 hours south east of Frankfurt), and seems to be on everyone’s MUST-SEE list. Sadly, I think far too many people just show up, take a photo near the Plonlein, shop for a […]


How to make a German Plum Cake Zwetschgenkuchen (with Streusel!)

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Seems like whenever you are invited to coffee in a German household in Summertime, you will find a German Plum Cake on the table. Such a wonderful summertime dessert… a bit tart, a bit sweet, delicious to eat… nice enough for a Sunday Coffee… but easy enough for every day. It’s even Yummy for Breakfast… […]

Beer Wine and Drinks!

Erdbeerbowle – A Refreshing Summer Strawberry and Wine Punch

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Growing up, whenever my family has a larger summer gathering or Grill Party, my mother will make an Erdbeerbowle. This refreshing wine and strawberry punch is perfect on a warm afternoon. Sweet and light (but not TOO sweet). Plus, there is fruit involved, so you can sort of pretend it’s healthy. (Watch out for the […]

German Recipes

Suppengruen- A Flavor Base for German Cooking

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At the base of every cultures’ cuisine you’ll find an ingredient set that adds a certain flavor to many of the dishes. This building block sets up a steady base for any other ingredients added in. It’s seldom the star of the show… but the dish just wouldn’t be right without it. In German cooking, […]

German School- From Kindergarten to University

German History

The History of the Brandenburg Gate- A Berlin Icon

I remember the first time I stood in front of the Brandenburg Gate. On that drizzley day in 1988, the Gate stood behind a graffiti covered section of the Berlin Wall. The backside of the Quadriga only just visible from my low vantage point… the Iron Cross in Victory’s staff removed. The Gate, no longer […]

Traditional German Clothing

Traditional German Dirndl- History & Where to Buy a Dirndl

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Recently I posted an image of Rare Dirndl’s beautiful “Empress Dirndl”. The bodice of this chic and sophisticated looking Dirndl covered more than the average Dirndl and required no blouse. The reactions were mixed and rather vocal…with many stating” that’s NOT a Dirndl”! Why not? “A TRADTIONAL German Dirndl needs to be low cut with […]


German License Plate Stickers and Magnets

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Add some fun to your car, laptop, refrigerator, or door with these German License Plate Stickers and Magnets! They also make a great gift for German family and friends. The high quality weatherproof stickers will last outside without fading for years. The stickers measure just over 10.5 inches by 2 inches (it is smaller than a […]

German Games and Toys

Steiff Stuffed Animals – Toys to Love for a Lifetime

Like so many German kids, I was lucky enough to have a few stuffed Steiff Stuffed Animals & Plush toys. A  small Dog with a blue collar and a bell, an Owl, and a Goldfish. One very memorable Christmas, I found a Steiff Bear sitting in the branches of our Christmas Tree. The Owl is […]

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