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More than beerhalls.

Germany may be known for its beer, but its rich history and unique culture makes it a top place to visit. Sail down the majestic Rhine, take in Berlin’s history or visit one of the country’s many Christkindlmarkts come Christmastime. You’ll find Germany has something for everyone at all times of year.

 

Hotel Exquisit: What’s in a Name?

Hotel Exquisit: What's in a Name?

After spending the last week continually hopping from city to city, I was excited to be settling down for a week’s stay in one city. I couldn’t have picked a better location than Munich, which offered us plenty to do for our week’s stay. Our long bus trip from Frankfurt to Munich had us even more ready to settle in ... Read More »

Foto Friday: Viktualienmarkt, Munich

Foto Friday: Viktualienmarkt, Munich

Every Friday I’ll be sharing a photo from someplace in my travels. This week’s photo is of the Viktualienmarkt in Munich. Viktualienmarkt is one of Munich’s finest outdoor markets, selling everything from baked goods to Bavarian specialties. While it does see its fair share of tourists, the market is also used daily by locals, especially come lunch time. In the center ... Read More »

A Rainy Day in King Ludwig’s Dreamland

A Rainy Day in King Ludwig's Dreamland

Looking back, we must have been blessed by the weather gods or something while in Europe. We had beautiful blue skies in London, that alone should be case and point right there, warm summer nights in Paris, and perfectly breezy days along the Mediterranean coasts. Sure, a lot of our days were a bit overcast, but we only experienced one ... Read More »

50 Things to Do in MUNICH

50 Things to Do in MUNICH

Munich was one of the cities that most surprised me in Europe– in a good way. From the moment we arrived, entering the city by bus, I was taken aback by the city’s size. As we made our way from quiet residential neighborhoods to the Old Town, the architectural styles quickly started to change. It might not have been the ... Read More »

Foto Friday: Pfalzgrafenstein Castle on the Rhine

Foto Friday: Pfalzgrafenstein Castle on the Rhine

Every Friday I’ll be sharing a photo from someplace in my travels. This week’s photo is of the Pfalzgrafenstein Castle on the Rhine. Sailing down the Rhine was almost magical. Floating by castle after castle amidst all the green vineyards, I had never seen anything like it. Of course some of the castles were far more impressive than others, but still, almost ... Read More »

Classic and Cute at Hotel Zum Bären

Classic and Cute at Hotel Zum Bären

After a long day floating down the Rhine followed by dragging our luggage around Bingen we finally arrived at Hotel Zum Bären in Rüdesheim. Tucked up and away from the main touristy drag, we were ready for a restful night somewhere quiet. Stepping inside the door we were greeted with glasses of wine. Clearly, this hotel knew exactly what we ... Read More »

Tracing My Roots Down the Rhine

Tracing My Roots Down the Rhine

Part of the reason I wanted to go to Europe so badly, and take my mother, was to explore our German heritage. Growing up in white, middle class suburbia, most of my friends felt no connection to their ancestral heritage, myself included. We were American. No one ever talked about their family backgrounds unless prompted by homework assignments. This was unlike most ... Read More »

The German Who Didn’t Like Beer

The German Who Didn't Like Beer

After living in Asia for nearly three years, I had gotten used to the fact that I would never fit in. No matter how I dressed or how many cute accessories I piled onto my cellphone, I would always be a gaijin (外人), a gweilo (鬼佬), a foreigner. Even as my travels moved me westward, I still couldn’t pass for ... Read More »