Review: CabinZero Classic Ultra-Lightweight Backpack

Reviews, Travel

Traveling, hiking or dog walking, the CabinZero backpack is super light-weight.

While everything seems to be high tech and digital these days, CabinZero backpacks prove that nothing can beat simple ideas and high-quality products. A few months ago my well-loved backpack decided it had had enough of our journeys. As I unpacked in Munich, everything I removed was covered in a sawdust-like material. The lining had dry rot. It was time for a new backpack. That’s where CabinZero’s classic ultra-lightweight 36L backpack comes in. I gave the bag a spin!

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12 German Gift Ideas for Your Favorite Germanophile


12 German gift ideas for your favorite Germanophile!

Germany is known for its engineering but most of us can’t realistically gift our friends and family a German made automobile. But if you’re searching for a gift for a special and discerning lover of Germany, then I’ve got just the gift guide for you! I’ve gathered together twelve German gift ideas from food to clothing to entertainment. All of these ideas are personal picks that I can vouch for. Regardless of whether your German-loving friend or family member has been to Germany or not, they will feel like they have been with any of these great gifts.

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28 Ways to Celebrate Christmas in Philadelphia (And Nearby)


28 things to do and see to celebrate Christmas in Philadelphia!

The holidays are here and Christmas in Philadelphia offers all the cheer, shimmer and joy that you would expect. Kids of all ages will feel that festive thrill when they explore the holidays in Philadelphia. No matter what gets you feeling festive, there is something for everyone. I’ve put together a list of 28 things to see and do during Christmas in Philadelphia (and the surrounding area)!

Many of these things to see and do are winter activities in Philadelphia aren’t limited to Christmas just the holiday season. There are lots of fun things to do this winter, no matter what holidays you are or aren’t celebrating!

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Post by . Originally published November 27, 2017. Last updated December 23, 2017.

Christmas in Historic Odessa with Tradition and Charm


Christmas tree and gingerbread house in the Wilson-Warner House in Historic Odessa, Delaware.

Christmas in Historic Odessa, Delaware captures all of the charm and tradition of the holiday season. It’s not over-commercialized reindeer or cartoony men in red suits. It’s far more innocent and heartfelt. The town captures a yuletide feeling that hardly seems to exist anymore these days. The small town of historic homes put on its holiday finest each year to awe, inspire, celebrate and welcome visitors. My husband and I made a trip to Odessa, Delaware to experience the holiday cheer and the historic homes in person.

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Post by . Originally published November 24, 2017. Last updated November 27, 2017.

Tasting Nuremberg’s Red Beer (Rotbier)

Food, Travel

Get a taste of Nuremberg, Germany's Red Beer (Rotbier) at Hausbrauerei Altstadthof.

Nuremberg, Germany is a city with a rich history and lots of traditions. The city is in Franconia, the northern region of Bavaria. Big brother Munich is in the south and casts a shadow that’s hard to escape. While Munich might be thought of as the Beer Capital, Nuremberg has something to offer in that respect as well: Rotbier, or Red Beer.

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Post by . Originally published November 15, 2017. Last updated November 11, 2017.

These Waldlaufer Boots Are Made For Walking


Waldlaufer Dede Holma boots in red.

German shoe company Waldlaufer have solved my footwear travel problems. When I’m on the go, I love seeing as much as I can on foot. That means that sneakers are usually the right footwear. But they aren’t usually cute and you don’t look quite as polished if you want to go somewhere nice. It seemed my only solution was to wear sensible footwear and ignore vanity. It seemed that way until the folks at Waldlaufer sent me a pair of their Dede Holma ankle boots to try. These super cute shoes let me travel how I really want: in style and comfort.

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Old Masters Now: Philly’s Johnson Collection Turns 100


Old Masters Now highlights the Johnson Collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The classics never go out of style. Just ask Paul McCartney’s accountant. And those classics come in all styles and forms. Take art, for example. Philadelphia lawyer and art collector John G. Johnson fell in love with the Old Masters and you can’t get much more classic than that. Johnson collected the Old Masters and then some. He acquired everything from Renaissance masterpieces to impressionist classics. And now through February, art lovers can visit a special exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art dedicated to the collection, which is celebrating its centennial. I recently got a peek at the splendid exhibition as part of the museum’s members preview.

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