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Burg Maus- The Perfect Setting for a Mystery! Guest Post by Rachel Selle

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Thanks so much to Rachel Selle, author of “Mystery at Castle Mouse” for writing this guest post to share the fascinating history of Burg Maus on the Rhine! (I do love when someone does my job for me). Enjoy the post… and then check out Rachel’s book series “The European Adventures” available in English AND […]

Underground in the Erzgebirge- An Abenteuer Bergwerk Mine Tour

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Most of my life I’ve managed to avoid dark underground spaces like caves and mines. (The walls just feel like they close in… brrrr) So why was I suiting up in a slicker and hard hat to tour a mine? Because THIS special mine is in the Erzgebirge. In previous posts I’ve written about the […]

The Nebra Sky Disc & the State Museum of Prehistory in Halle

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The Nebra Sky-disc captivated me the first time I saw a photo of it. While it looks like a simple blue disk with golden circles and crescents, the bronze disc reflects the heavens in a very specific way. This year, I took the opportunity to see it in person at the State Museum of Prehistory […]

Wartburg Castle Tour- Wartburg Castle in Eisenach Germany

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The Venn Diagram of reader recommendations and travel plans overlapped neatly this year, meaning I could put the Wartburg Castle in Eisenach on the itinerary. And I’m so glad. The Wartburg Castle Tour takes you on a journey through history from the 11th century to the end of the 19th.  There are rough and ready rooms […]

What is a Kaffeeklatsch? Therapy with laughter and Coffee

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Americans missed out on a good thing by not adopting the “Kaffeeklatsch”. Honestly, meeting friends at Starbucks for a sippy cup of coffee on a tiny table just isn’t the same thing. Kaffeeklatsch… friends coming together for coffee… maybe some cake… and good conversation, is such a lovely way to spend a few hours. In […]

Burning Beethoven: The Eradication of German Culture in the United States during World War

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I get messages all the time from people lamenting the lack of German shops and Restaurants… worries from people because the German clubs are getting fewer… sadness from people wondering why German isn’t being taught in their schools. Regret that they never learned the language from parents or Grandparents… that it was even “forbidden” in […]

Spreewald Kahnfahrt and a Visit to the Open-Air Museum in Lehde

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South and slightly east of Berlin you’ll find one of Germany’s more unusual UNESCO sites, the Spreewald Biosphere Reserve. This inland delta of the Spree River, crisscrossed by 200 water channels and streams through bog land, forest, and meadows was formed during the last Ice Age. The area is home to a group of traditional […]

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 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 […]

The Train to Crystal City review- German Families Locked Up in WW2

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I recently read about Democratic Representative from Texas Joaquin Castros Congressional Bill: The Wartime Violation of German American Civil Liberties Act of 2022. Like many American school children, I learned about the Internment of thousands of Japanese who lived in the US, but my teachers never told us about the over 11,000 German Americans locked […]
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