STRANGE NEW FOODS I TRIED IN GERMANY

One of my favorite things to do while traveling is trying weird local foods, especially the kind of stuff I can’t get in Moscow or New York or London. I might not always love what I’m eating, but I always have fun experimenting. Here’s what German exploration (which apparantly was so fun that I forgot to take…

BEST THINGS I ATE IN GERMANY

Food in Germany surprised me. I didn’t take to the things I purposely came to eat and I loved some really unexpected dishes. I chased salads and wine instead of my beloved beer and sausage. Here’s what clicked — and what didn’t. Best Things I Ate In Germany Stawberry-Mozarella-Chicken Salad Hands down the best meal I had in…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

TWO SIDES OF MAINZ

What have you heard about Mainz? Chances are – not much. I doubt Mainz has ever made anyone’s list of must-visit German cities. It probably would have been overlooked entirely were it not a gateway to the Rhine Valley and birthplace of the printing press and the Gutenberg Bible – oh yeah, no big deal,…