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Travel Dreams Come True: NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE

There are places you dream about visiting, but when you go there, they fail to live up to the hype. There are places that in real life turn out just as postcard-perfect as you want them to be. And then, once in a great while, you encounter one of those really rare things – a…

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OBERAMMERGAU DRIVE-BY

Oberammergau is a prime example of why you should really take your time in the Bavarian Alps. This whimsical Bavarian town (population: 5,000) is famous for three things: air painting, wood carvings and 400-year old Passion Play. It’s also the most popular pit stop on the Bavarian Castles tours. Let’s dispense with the main trifecta of…

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TRAVEL READS – September 2015

Autumn is in full swing across the Northern Hemisphere. Here in Moscow September brought a freakish bout of absolutely gorgeous weather, with sunny days, blue skies, and temperatures reaching into the high 20’s C/80’s F. A true “babye leto”, or “women’s summer.” And now, let’s move on to … GERMANY In many countries fall means harvest festivals,…

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24 HOURS IN NYC: Insanity or Epic Adventure?

Can you see all of Manhattan in 24 hours? What if you’ve never even been to the USA before, and those 24 hours are your introduction to the country? You’d have to be insane to try, right? Well, it just so happens that several of my friends are currently on their way to the Big…

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LINDERHOF PALACE – Bavaria’s Miniature Versailles

There are three things you learn about King Ludwig II of Bavaria on the Bavarian Alps Royal Castles tour: 1-he died under suspicious circumstances; 2-he was either crazy, eccentric or gay; 3-he was really into the French court, peacocks and country life. The one thing you learn about Ludwig when you actually get to Linderhof,…

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BAVARIAN ALPS or How Travel Dreams Are Made

I’m not a mountains person, but as soon as I saw the idyllic, bucolic landscape of the Bavarian Alps from the window of my tour bus, it was love at first sight. All I could think was “I can’t believe God has made something so beautiful.” Give me a minute, I think I might have…

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BEING BAVARIAN IN MUNICH

The first thing that struck me in Munich, the capital of Bavaria, was how insanely crowded it was. The second – that the locals were wearing Tyrolean hats, unironically. We all know what a traditional/stereotypical German get-up looks like, right? Lederhosen and all? And I’m going to guess that most of us associate it with…

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TRAVEL READS – August 2015

Every day I come across awesome reads from fellow expats, travel bloggers, news magazines and other great sources and think, “so-and-so would love that!”  Sometimes I might forward the articles privately, but most of the time they disappear into the abyss of my memory and the Internet.  Well, no more! In this new feature, which is a…

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Chasing Rabbits & New York Nostalgia in FRANKFURT

Frankfurt was exactly what I thought it would be — except I didn’t expect it to remind me of New York so much. Taken as two wholes, the cities aren’t particularly similar visually, they aren’t comparable in terms of size or population (NYC has x5 of one and x11 of the other), and Frankfurt is noticeably…