A couple of weeks ago, we headed out with some friends for Rhein River cruise. This part of Germany is pretty stunning. The Rhein is, and has been, a major transportation route for hundreds of years. It flows from the Alps in Switzerland north to the North Sea, meaning that it is a cheap, efficient way to move goods between the interior of Europe and the coast. It also has a climate perfect for wine! The middle Rhein (roughly between the Frankfurt area and Cologne) is lined with vineyards, castle ruins, small towns, and stunning scenery.Read More
Just in time for the weekend! Germany is generally thought of as the home of beer. Whether or not that is true is up for debate, but the fact is, Germans like their beer. And if you're in the western part of the country, in the wine regions, you will find that they also like their wine. Since we have been here, Aaron and I have been in multiple scenarios that involve Germans and alcohol. And it is from those scenarios that we have learned a few things that we would like to share with all of you, should you find yourself drinking with a German.Read More
It was a ''Get Out of Germany'' weekend, but without wanting to take time off from work, we were a little limited on where that was. Western Germany borders France, Switzerland, Belgium and the tiny country of Luxembourg. Switzerland is exorbitantly expensive this time of year, we are going to France and May, and we have already been to Belgium, so Luxembourg it was!Read More
Last night, we went to another wine festival! Since today is a National Holiday, we don't have work, and we figured it would be fun. Wine is always fun and last night it did not disappoint (German wine rarely does).
First a little bit of quick history. Today is the Day of German Unity and is a celebration of Germany finally becoming a fully united country, a dream first established in the middle of the 19th century. It has been celebrated....Read More
Moving over here, one of the things I was worried I would miss were pumpkins in the fall. You can imagine my relief when I found out that pumpkins are as synonymous with Fall in Germany as they are in the States. Even better is that you can get pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks over here. Although I firmly believe that they should not be consumed until the official start of fall, much like Christmas music should not be played until AFTER Thanksgiving.
This weekend...Read More