A Visit To: Nuremberg’s Germanisches Nationalmuseum

July 19, 2017
Travel

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
Travel

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: Bayerisches Nationalmuseum

June 28, 2017
Travel

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
Travel

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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German Food Box Brings German Cuisine to Your Doorstep

June 1, 2017
Food

German Food Box delivers a taste of Germany to you at home.

I’ve always found that one of the best parts of traveling is coming home and recreating the dishes you had abroad. I’ve tried mixing my own Spezi and my own Apfelschorle. But it’s never quite the same. I’ve made special trips to a German grocery store in Philadelphia. But that’s time consuming. When I heard about the German Food Box subscription service I was really interested and excited. German food has been underrated for far too long, if you ask me.

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9 Great Day Trips from Munich, Germany

May 22, 2017
Travel

Munich, Germany serves as a great home base for great day trips around the region.

Munich seems to have it all. Great food, it is surrounded by beautiful nature, more castles than you can shake a stick at and friendly people. It’s also a wonderful location to serve as your home base if you want to explore Bavaria and the surrounding area. With great transportation connections and lots of interesting sites within an hour to three hours by train, it’s a no brainer. Here are my picks of the best day trips from Munich!

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Must See: Chiemsee, Bavarian Sea & Islands

April 3, 2017
Travel

Chiemsee Palace

With my next trip to Munich a matter of weeks away and me unable to contain my excitement, now seemed like the perfect time to highlight another Must See on my travel bucket list. For this month’s Must See travel feature we’re traveling a bit southeast of Munich to the Chiemsee!

On our first trip to Munich some years back, we traveled by car to Salzburg with friends. As we passed a seemingly unending body of water on the left side of the car, one of our friends turned to my husband and I in the backseat. “That’s the Bavarian sea,” she said, with a smile. She meant the Chiemsee.

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Book Review: Greg Mitchell “The Tunnels”

January 8, 2017
reviews

greg mitchell the tunnels berlin wall book

It is simply amazing the lengths that some people will go to to escape. To escape persecution, fascism, war — the list of reasons, sadly, seems to have no end. It is difficult to comprehend what one human will do to another. Author Greg Mitchell focuses on a very specific period of history that is well known for escape attempts: the Berlin Wall in his latest book, The Tunnels: Escapes Under the Berlin Wall and the Historic Films the JFK White House Tried to Kill.

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Must See: Zeppelin Rides in Friedrichshafen

January 2, 2017
Travel

Ever wanted to go for a Zeppelin ride? In Friedrichshafen, Germany you can!

When you read the word “Zeppelin,” the first thing you think of might be a famous classic rock band. Admittedly, “Whole Lotta Love” has its merits. But what I’m talking about is taking a ride in a dirigible, not a stairway to heaven. No, I’m talking about taking a ride in a Zeppelin. And in Friedrichshafen, Germany you can still take a ride in what is really a unique form of transportation.

Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin (or Graf Zeppelin, in German) of Germany is noted as the pioneer when it comes to Zeppelins. In the late 19th century he started designing the rigid airships. By 1910, the first Zeppelin had been flown commercially. During World War I, they were used by the German military. The airships crisscrossed the world. They flew from Europe to America, South America and even Asia. They were a wonder of their day.

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