A Visit To: Nuremberg’s Germanisches Nationalmuseum

July 19, 2017

Stone sculpture in Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremberg.

In so many ways Nuremberg’s Germanisches Nationalmuseum, or German National Museum, is reflective of modern Germany. It’s a blending of the old and the new. The antique and the modern. And they are blended in a way that the past is never forgotten. The present is always moving on. Moving forward.

It’s a feeling that hits you from your first moments inside the museum and you see a work of art titled “Hauptstadt.” Created in 1993-1994 by Raffael Rheinsberg, the work is a collection of street signs from the German Democratic Republic. Rheinsberg collected the signs after the fall of the wall before they disappeared. Some are in good condition, others show signs of wear or graffiti. But all are a reflection of where they were from: East Germany.

Located just along the edge of Nuremberg’s historic city center, the Germanisches Nationalmuseum houses the largest collection of “cultural history” in the German-speaking world.

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Hotel Review: Holiday Inn Express Friedrichshafen

July 12, 2017

Complimentary coffee and tea at the Holiday Inn Express Friedrichshafen in Germany.

When I travel abroad I tend to stick to small, independent hotels. My theory being to get a more “authentic” experience and support the local economy directly. But when I needed a hotel in Friedrichshafen, Germany prior to my Zeppelin flight I looked for convenience. This led me to the Holiday Inn Express Friedrichshafen. With free breakfast included, located adjacent to the airport and Zeppelin Hangar, and clean and comfortable the hotel exceeded my expectations.

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A Visit to: Nemours Mansion and Gardens

July 5, 2017

The Sunken Gardens and Colonnade at Nemours Mansion and Gardens in Wilmington, Delaware.

Judging by the photo above, where do you think I am? France? Germany? Italy, perhaps? You’d be forgiven for thinking so. But I’m actually in Delaware. That’s right. The First State and the home of tax-free shopping has a magnificent mansion that draws on European influences.

Nemours Mansion & Gardens was the home of Alfred I. du Pont. The massive estate is today open to the public. It’s quite a remarkable home with impressive gardens. In fact, they are the largest formal French gardens in North America. And that’s before you consider that the estate isn’t in Europe and, really, isn’t all that old. It’s a taste of Europe’s royal golden age that is hard to find on this side of the Atlantic.

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A Visit To: Bayerisches Nationalmuseum

June 28, 2017

Religious woodcarvings are seen throughout the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum in Munich.

Munich is full of culture. It’s seemingly everywhere you look. The city is home to many top-rate museums. But as evidenced by two visits in a single week, the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum (Bavarian National Museum) is my new favorite. The museum is full of beautiful objects of all kinds. Some are works of art, others are tools of technology and still others are everyday objects. I want to share why you simply shouldn’t miss the museum.

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Travel Guide: Aying, Germany

June 26, 2017

The Maypole in Aying, Germany.

While no one could accuse Munich of being too urban, it just takes a short trip to the suburbs to really get a taste of Bavaria. The small, sleepy village of Aying comes alive quite quickly. That’s thanks in large part to Ayinger Beer, the town’s brewery, and the beer brand’s restaurant and biergarten. The charming town is well worth a visit — whether it’s merely a trip out from Munich for a meal and a drink or for an overnight adventure. I’ve put together my guide to Aying, Germany to share my favorites.

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Let’s Rock! 2017 Mid-Year Recap of German Language Music

June 22, 2017
German Music, Learn German

The year is half over! Let's recap some of the German Language Music of 2017!

It’s hard to believe but 2017 is just about halfway over! This month, instead of featuring an individual German language musician or band, I want to highlight some of the new German language music that has been released and is scheduled for release in 2017.

There have already been some great records released this year, others will see release before we ring in 2018 and a few more are just being recorded. There have been chart toppers like Schlager singer Helene Fischer and gangster rapper Bushido releasing new records. I’ll be focusing on some of the artists I’ve featured previously. They have been very busy in the studio!

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