Burning Easter Wheel In Germany- UNESCO Heritage in Lüdge

Cover image by Nifoto, Public domain, via Wikimedia CommonsIn 784 Charlemagne visited the town of Lügde, and according to his chronicler Einhard, witnessed large oak wheels stuffed with straw, set on fire, and sent rolling down the Osterberg to greet the Spring. What an impressive sight! Burning wheels of fire careening down the hill…sparks flying all around. Although no one…

Remembering the Poesiealbum – A Book of Friendship and Verse

On one of my trips to Germany as a child, my cousin showed me her Poesiealblum. I remember it had a horse on the cover, and the inside was filled with short verses, and longer poems; almost every page was decorated with one of the shiny pictures, Glanzbilder. All of the girls in her school owned one. Only your closest…

Crocuses in Germany- Spring Beauty & Autumn Saffron Crocus

  Hundreds of purple crocus flowers were making their first appearance when I visited the Münster Botanical Gardens on a chilly March morning. This sign of Springtime lightens hearts in Germany. The sweet blooms signal an end to the grey winter blahs.  But these are only half of the story of crocuses in Germany. Although there are a few different…

German Language Summer Camps and Programs

What do you do with the kids all summer? German Language Summer Camps and German Language summer programs are a great way to fill those empty Summer months. They come away with improved language skills … and they have fun doing it! These German Summer Camps are scattered across the country. Some are day camps, others are overnight. There is…

Erich Kästner’s Books- Well Loved Stories in German & English

Sitting in the darkened theater surrounded by other kids, the obligatory bucket of popcorn on my lap, I stare up at the screen enjoying Haley Mills and Haley Mills fool parents Brian Keith and Maureen O’Hara, to bring them back together in the 1960s version of The Parent Trap. At the time, I had no idea that the original story,…

Francis Daniel Pastorius- The Pennsylvania Pilgrim

The name Francis Daniel Pastorius probably didn’t come up in your American History classes, and he’s probably no more than a footnote in most German history classes… but Pastorius plays a major role in early American history, in German-American immigration history, and even has a role in the Abolitionist Movement. So who was he? A polymath, lawyer,  writer, teacher, a…

Travel Accessories for a Trip to Germany- What I Take Along

In the past few years, I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy several trips to Germany for vacations, family visits, research trips, weddings, and even for business.  Over the years I’ve put together a list of travel accessories for a trip to Germany that I always pack.  Some may seem obvious, and you probably already have them on your packing list.…

A Visit to the Heurich House Museum in Washington DC

In the early 1940’s,  German-American Brewer, Christian Heurich, owned more land and employed more people in Washington DC than any entity other than the Federal Government. An amazing accomplishment for a man who came to the United States from the small village of Haina in the Duchy of Saxe-Meiningen in 1866 with only $200 in his pocket. His mansion, now…

European Down Comforters and Pillows -Sleep like at Oma’s

Remember how well you slept at Oma’s? Cozy and protected, tucked in under a fluffy down comforter, head on a feather pillow? It just felt like the height of luxury. That restful comfort can be found here in the US at Pacific Coast Feather. Their European Goose Down comforters, white Duck Down comforters, and well-made pillows will take you right…

Honey and Dried Fruit Cake Recipe- Honigkuchen mit Trockenobst

When I was a child, baskets or plates of dried fruit would show up in our house at the beginning of the holidays. They still do. This Honey and Dried Fruit Cake Honigkuchen mit Trockenobst makes a great way to use them up. This is not your average Kaffeeklatsch cake. The recipe feels very old fashioned, since you load it…

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