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German Cakes and Conspiracy Theories

November 8, 2016 7 Comments »

donauwelle cake

I had spent the day in the heart of Germany’s Danube country (Donaubergland) where moments ago I was paddling through the gentle ripples and waves of the Young Danube River, and now I found myself trying to simulate that wave design as I pushed cherries into a cake batter. My inner artist was awakened and […]

6 Charming Towns along the Danube

October 21, 2016 8 Comments »

The Danube is just a river, however what makes it special is the life around it. The people and towns that surround the Young Danube in Germany is what you travel there for. I had the opportunity to stay in many of these little known towns and learn about their life, traditions, and history along […]

500 Years of Beer Tasting on the Danube River

October 11, 2016 3 Comments »

Danube River Beer Tasting

Remember the scene in Willy Wonka where they were introduced to the chocolate river? It was a kid’s wildest sugary, chocolate dreams come true. That’s sort of how I felt about the Young Danube River and the number of breweries along it – it was sort of like a river of beer; an adult’s wildest […]

Adventure Travel on the Danube River

October 7, 2016 3 Comments »

danube river adventure travel

Instead of simply admiring the Danube River from a cruise ship, why don’t you actually get out on it and have fun with this river. After all, there’s way more to do on the Danube than sight seeing in cities. I prefer to be active when I travel and the best area to be active […]

The Surprising Disappearing Danube River

October 5, 2016 10 Comments »

danube river facts

You think you know the Danube River, but do you really? When I arrived in Germany I knew the facts about the Danube, it’s the second longest river in Europe at 1,780 miles. It travels through 10 countries in Europe. And it’s unique for the simple reason that is flows into not one, but two […]

The Dirndl and Oktoberfest Fashion

September 27, 2016 4 Comments »

dirndl fashion

I know, Oktoberfest is supposed to be about the beer, and how it’s flowing like the Amazon River, people are jolly, dancing on tables, making new friends, and eating sausages. This is the month hoards of beer lovers crowd into Munich to celebrate the golden liquid. An estimated 7.5 million liters of beer are consumed […]

How You Can Take a Made in Germany Road Trip

March 10, 2016 7 Comments »

Made in Germany Road Trip

There’s something about my Made in Germany road trip that felt cathartic. It stirred so many memories of my childhood and my trips to my grandparent’s homes. At times it felt I was getting the missing pieces to a puzzle I started 40+ years ago about my upbringing and family. Little things jarred memories – […]

Town of Cards

March 8, 2016 3 Comments »

skat card game germany

The table is filled with drinks; pints of beer, German diesel (beer and coke), and glasses of wine. There’s music in the background, it sounds familiar to me as it echoes throughout the empty bar. My brain suddenly places it – Edelweiss from Sound of Music – a grin creeps across my face as I […]

7 Things You Learn Inside a Restaurant Kitchen

March 3, 2016 1 Comment »

They appeared to glide around the small space as if they had been dancing together for years. Each knowing the other persons next move; it was beautiful fluid movement however it wasn’t accompanied by the typical German waltzing music. There was no music at all; the only noise was clanking pans, ovens slamming shut, and […]

The Best of the Wurst and the History of the German Bratwurst

February 25, 2016 6 Comments »

I drove into the little hamlet of Holzhausen Germany, nestled in the rolling hills and blanketed in morning fog; it seemed like a German fairy tale. Everything and every person were rather precise, reserved, serious, and orderly in the little German town, just as one would expect. However on the outskirts of Holzhausen there lived […]