Portraits of those before us, and more, National Gallery, London


Culture is in the eye of the beholder and the artists of old captured the essence of all things great  in the centuries before us....and viewing them is free at the National Gallery at Trafalgar Square in downtown London. A fabulous aspect of the National Gallery is the general entrance is free, which is great … Continue reading Portraits of those before us, and more, National Gallery, London

Bühl and the Burg Windeck Ruins


Laufenburg and Leistal, Switzerland


What a wonderful adventure--driving through Freiburg, Germany (where we stopped for a Cappuccino), we continued on the #5 interstate, through border control/inspection, and into Switzerland!! We were able to change countries in a matter of about 2 1/2 hours, which to my American mind, is just outstanding and so surprising. I, with passport in tow, … Continue reading Laufenburg and Leistal, Switzerland

Chocolate Cherries Compote on Apple Raisin Purses


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Kirch & Kloster (Ruins) and town of Bad Herrenalb


Video Link A fellow tourist summed it up perfect (excerpt from German Eagle) The Cistercian monastery, origin of the town, was founded in 1149 by Berthold III von Eberstein and his wife Uta. It became economically successful, in the 14th and 15th century it prospered. However, the end came soon: In 1525 farmers plundered it, … Continue reading Kirch & Kloster (Ruins) and town of Bad Herrenalb

Turkish Delight–Döner


A definite 'must' in Karlsruhe--a family restuarant/locally owned business that is just simply amazing!! Located on Kronenplatz, Karlsruhe, Germany, it is a must for any local or traveler. The Döner Teller is filled with shaved, roasted meal,  a yogurt dressing atop a fresh salad,  a potato side with a orange sauce..incredible. The falafels were also … Continue reading Turkish Delight–Döner

Kneipp Bath


Spending time with my sweetheart is such a joy--I asked a local woman what the open-air foot/leg bath and arm bath-trough was intended for--and she answered (with a smile) that it is for health and refreshment....exactly what we needed on a hot, hot summer day. Thomas and I sluffed off our shoes and went for … Continue reading Kneipp Bath

An exchange student and an American come together again


Way back when, okay, so in 1996 and 1997 my family hosted an exchange student from Germany--and we have kept in touch all these years. Before leaving Colorado, I wrote to Jenny, telling her I would be moving to Germany--and she came to see me. The last time I had seen Jenny in person, I … Continue reading An exchange student and an American come together again

Coffee with Old and New Friends, Waldbronn, Germany


Jenny and I wrote text messages back and forth over the past few weeks--and she has come down this weekend  see friends, myself included, as we all live in close proximity. Jenny's friends, whom she knew from travels and summers working abroad in Spain,  are hosting Jenny and her lovely girls and boyfriend this weekend, … Continue reading Coffee with Old and New Friends, Waldbronn, Germany