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Romantic Rhine Travel: On and Off the Beaten Path

Rhine Valley

Through sunny days and fog, famous towns and little known ‘burgs, wine cellars and village vintner festivals, this was our time on the segment of the Rhine River known as the Romantic Rhine.Half-timbered homes sit as the foot of cobbled streets. Vineyard paths wind into the hills. And foggy moments as castles disappear and re-emerge on hilltops hint at history. … [Read more...]

Aachen and Cologne: Instagramming a European City Break

Cologne Cathedral

Upon a recent visit to the German Rhineland cities of Aachen and Cologne and the surrounding area, we realized there’s a lot to experience and unpack — that is, to comprehend the full picture of what we’d seen and how astonishingly complex history can be.From Roman beginnings, to medieval ascendency to industrial superiority, Germany’s Rhineland seems to have … [Read more...]

Aachen Cathedral: Just Look Up [360-Degree Panorama]

Aachen Cathedral

Some cathedrals -- with their fanciful gargoyles, detailed carvings and elaborate flourishes -- are best admired for their exterior. For others, it's all about appreciating what's inside.What makes Aachen Cathedral so special for me, despite the beauty of its imposing Gothic exterior, are the mystical elements within. … [Read more...]

Next Up: From Mines to Wines, Germany’s Rhineland

Rhine Valley

As we set off for Germany's Rhineland this weekend, I think back to an exchange I had with a tourist from Stuttgart the other night.“It’s been really fun visiting Berlin this week. It’s like traveling to a different country from Germany,” he said.We laughed. We understood. This is often what we tell people when they ask us how we like living in Germany. We've … [Read more...]

Prague Astronomical Clock [360-Degree Panorama]

prague clock

As the top of the hour nears in Prague, crowds gather in front of the Astronomical Clock on Staroměstské náměstí (Old Town Square) and wait for the show to begin -- all in a ritual that's happened almost daily for six hundred years of the clock's life.The first attention goes to the twelve apostles that emerge from the little window at the top. They go around in … [Read more...]

German Christmas Market in Augsburg Old Town [360-Degree Panorama]

augsburg

We edged toward the end of our road trip visit to friends and Christmas markets in the southern German regions of Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria. Our stomachs were full from days of Christmas market comfort foods, "fest" foods like spätzle, bratwurst, schupfnudeln and maultaschen.We'd performed our research to determine which Christmas market served up the best … [Read more...]

What Makes A Real Irish Pub?

I set my watch 15 minutes fast. That way, when I die I’ll sneak into heaven before the devil figures out I’m dead. – words of wisdom from the local dispensary, a spry gentleman one Guinness down in Westport, County MayoIn almost every country we’ve visited around the world, with perhaps the exception of Bangladesh and Iran, we seem to stumble across an Irish pub. … [Read more...]

Skellig Michael, Ireland [360-Degree Panorama]

skellig michael

Off the southwestern corner of Ireland, pitched west of the coast of County Kerry, sit two little islands, one of which has a 600-step stone staircase that appears to wind straight into the sky. Those stairs, it is told, were built by monks who long, long time ago cast themselves away from civilization in order to meditate, study and pray.This is the island of … [Read more...]