Queen Kunigundi stands tall in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bamberg
Located in Upper Franconia in the state of Bavaria, Bamberg is one of the prettiest German cities that I have visited. How about this blue building with a lace-like window frame. The baroque buildings are just gorgeous, and since the city was not leveled in World War II like many of the cities around it, they are original.
This bridge is part of the town hall complex, and the town hall has its own cute story. When the people of Bamberg were building it, they didn’t want to pay taxes to the Barons, so they didn’t build it on land. They built it right in the middle of the river Regnitz. It is a pretty amazing sight. Today, there is a kayak course that runs its way past the building which is fun to watch on a sunny day as well.
There are a lot of reasons to visit this city, like the pub that is famous for Smoke Beer – the Schenkerla, or the cathedral, rose garden, a boat ride on the river. Plenty to do!
Have you been to Bamberg? Is it on your list? Take it from me, it’s well worth it!
A private viewing of this dance group kept our hearts pumping!
Jim and I visited Lithuania where we were hosted by teachers and musicians. What a trip it was. We started out in Vilnius, the capital city, then moved on to Trakai and Kaunus. Oh, and by the way, the food is amazing!
The entire folk music group prepared a show just for us. We watched in awe as they stomped, swirled, sang, played instruments. It was spell-binding.
I do try to see the folk show that many tourist areas offer. Yes, they can be cheesy, but the [...]
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The Silk Road…camels, caravans, bandits, and adventure!
The front door to the Aksaray Caravanserai
Growing up, I devoured stories about the camel caravans and the merchants that traveled the Silk Road. I fell in love with the idea that these caravans were constantly moving, winding their way through unknown territories. It’s no wonder that I grew up loving to travel, to experience new cultures, and to be on the move…always on the move.
You can see how hot and dusty it would be following a road like this one. For a travelling merchant, a caravanserai would be a [...]
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For some travel inspiration today, this photo was taken in Kreuzberg am. Rhön only an hour away from our house. It makes me want to book a ski weekend and get out on the slopes!
December 14th is the anniversary of the National Children’s Museum in National Harbor, Maryland. A museum designed for children eight years old or younger, which has done a fantastic job teaching children about the world.
Jim and I visited the museum over the summer, because one of my travel photographs was chosen for their Our World exhibit. Since adults must be accompanied by the correct age children, we were treated as VIPs and given a private guided tour.
What a great way to introduce young children to their world. As they enter, they can pack their suitcase with clothes [...]
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It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas…
Valletta is a magical city any time of year, and during Christmas it just gets that much more so. The poinsettia saleperson is doing a booming business. Poinsettias can grow on Malta, and we saw a few bushes but none were flowering.
Valletta is known for its beautiful yellow stone buildings, and the red flowers as well as other Christmas decorations contrast gorgeously. Malta is primarily a Roman Catholic country, and the Maltese celebrate Christmas in a big way.
Have you ever been to Valletta?
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Moldova has the prettiest gates!
Especially in the beginning of winter, Moldova can be a bit barren and colorless. The fields are brown, the leaves have all blown away, and it’s cold. It feels cold and looks cold! So when you wander by the brightly painted gates, it really makes you feel happy.
Have you been to Moldova? Would you like to go?
Christmas traditions in Germany go back hundreds of years!
One wonderful thing about living in Germany is being able to still do Christmas in a big way. Many of the Christmas traditions that we celebrate in the US originated somewhere in Europe, but I’m just going to tell you about some that I didn’t know about before I came here to live. And let me tell you, the Germans certainly know how to do Christmas right!
Advent and Advent Calendars
Just like the States, Christmas decorations and displays start showing up in the middle to end of [...]
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A farm in the Bohemian countryside of the Czech Republic
As we drove through the lush Bohemian countryside, we came upon all sorts of buildings. Many were extremely dilapidated, with paint and plaster peeling off of the walls, which I love.
This farmhouse was a great example. It makes for such a rustic look. Even the farm equipment looks like it’s due for an upgrade.
Have you been to the Czech Republic? Have you traveled outside the capital city?