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The German Christmas Shop- For those Special Christmas Memories

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You remember it…that Christmas Eve special magic that comes from the movement and light of a spinning Christmas Pyramid. The special “Christmassy” incense smell coming from Santa’s pipe. Finding my favorite special German Ornaments on the tree… and knowing that under the tree in a special box would be one for my tree when I’m […]

Krampus Gifts from Rare Dirndl

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It’s finally here! Rare Dirndl just released their Krampus Collection! You’ll find perfect Krampus Gifts for those who prefer the sugary sweet Christmas Season with a side of menace. There is something special for all ages… from jewelry to coloring books. I love the fun leggings (work appropriate? you decide) and Tee-Shirts (and in California, […]

Things to do in Bamberg Germany- It’s more than Smoked Beer!

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This summer as part of the Beer MBA Tour, we landed in Bamberg. Since my father was stationed there in the 60s, I’d heard quite a lot about the city, but had never had the opportunity to visit before. I’m so glad I did! Now, besides beer, there are some great things to do in […]

What is Reifendrehen- Making Toys at the Seiffen Freilicht Museum

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Before my trip to Seiffen, my friend Richard told me that I should NOT MISS the Reifendrehen. I was confused… what is Reifendrehen? Wheel turning? Do people in Seiffen watch wheels spinning? Turns out Reifendrehen is a special technique for making toys and other small objects known mainly to Seiffen and the surrounding area of […]

Rüdesheim Coffee Recipe- Make Rüdesheimer Kaffee at HOME

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One of my favorite souvenirs this summer was a Rudesheim Coffee Recipe. Rüdesheim on the Rhine is best known for the many Wein Stuben that line the Drosselgasse. But wine isn’t the only popular Beverage in town. Since 1957, Rüdesheimer Kaffee, generously flavored with Asbach Uralt, has been lifting the spirits of tourists and locals […]

German Apple Pancake Recipe- Apfelpfannekuchen

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My mother made Eierkuchen for us quite often when we were children. Usually we had them with Jam or Nutella. AND on SPECIAL days she would make this extra delicious Apfelpfannekuchen or German Apple Pancake Recipe . Swoon Ok, basically, it’s the same recipe as Eierkuchen (German Pancakes) BUT there are slices of apple cooked […]

Did German Witches Brew Beer? The Dark History of Women Brewers

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Something fun for October… Did the current image we have of witches (pointy hat, broom, cat, cauldron) come from Medieval female Beer Brewers? Did German Witches Brew Beer?? Were female brewers WITCHES? Or were they victims of world-wide hysteria? There has been some interesting speculation lately, so I thought I’d share the bits and pieces […]

Belonging by Nora Krug – A German Reckons with History and Home

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Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home Every now and then a book comes along, and my first reaction is… “I wish I had written this”. Belonging by Norah Krug is one of those books. From the first section, the book pulled me in because it was so relatable. (I tore through the book […]

The Treasure of Quedlinburg- Once Stolen, now Returned

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These days, the treasure room of the Collegiate Church of St Servatius in Quedlinburg is kept dark, with low lights mainly reflecting off of the gold jewel encrusted books and containers. (It’s the kind of room where people whisper.) But it wasn’t so long ago when the rooms were empty, and the stolen treasure of […]

What is the Bremen Freimarkt?

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Everyone knows about Oktoberfest, but it’s not the only big October Festival in Germany. In fact, the Bremen Freimarkt which starts the second week of October, attracts over 4 million people per year over 17 days! What is the Bremen Freimarkt? This 1000 year old festival is the largest festival in Northern Germany. Although it […]