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Christkindlemarket Des Moines 2017

Christkindlemarket Des Moines 2017

| September 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

Cowles Commons 300 E Locust St. Des Moines, IA 50309 Dec 1-3 2017  

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Saalfeld – The Stone Chronicle of Thuringia

Saalfeld – The Stone Chronicle of Thuringia

| February 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

Join the night watchman to explore this medieval town and visit the most colorful grotto in the world. By Jörg M. Unger Photographs by Jörg M. Unger In the middle of the seventh century, Samo, a Slavic commander, conquered with his army the region of today’s Saalfeld in Thuringia. He liked the winding river Saale […]

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Berlin Food Trucks – Around the World at Lunchtime

Berlin Food Trucks – Around the World at Lunchtime

| February 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

The American trend makes its way to Berlin and gets a German makeover. By Anna Cramer  •  Photographs courtesy Anna Cramer Berliners and their Currywurst are said to be inseparable. No wonder, then, that more than one thousand curry sausages—with ketchup and / or mayo—were served at one of the biggest social events of the […]

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A Matter of Taste— Riedel Glassware

A Matter of Taste— Riedel Glassware

| February 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

Can the design of a wine glass enhance the flavor of wine? Taste for yourself. By Marlene Fanta Shyer • Photographs courtesy Riedel If you were blindfolded and handed two different wine glasses of Grüner Veltliner, both poured from the same bottle, do you think you could tell from the taste which glass was made […]

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Spargelzeit!

Spargelzeit!

| February 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

Producing white asparagus is labor intensive and it’s expensive…but it’s so, so good! By Maggie Kielpinski Photographs courtesy Maggie Kielpinski. We’ve always been lucky in Europe in early spring. It’s the quiet time, a time to pretend that you are European and enjoy the time honored traditions of the “old country” where every region has […]

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Traveling the German Half-Timbered Houses Route

Traveling the German Half-Timbered Houses Route

| February 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

They are far more than architecture—they are historic treasures and the heart and soul of this beautiful land. By Alevtina Altenhof It runs like a ribbon through unique landscapes and historically significant places and sites—the German Fachwerkstrasse (The Half-Timbered Houses Route). Over 1800 miles, it crosses the territories of six federal states between the river […]

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By Land or By Sea – Christmas Along the Danube

By Land or By Sea – Christmas Along the Danube

| December 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Inviting Christmas markets, glowing Advent candles, special foods, and holy music mark the season. By Don Heimburger Photographs by Don Heimburger The grey, overcast afternoon sky is punctuated with tiny white lights and sparkling displays from 180 Christmas market vendor stalls which themselves are topped with distinctive candy-cane-striped awnings. The large aisles between the vendor’s enchanting […]

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Advent – the Art of Waiting – and of Decorating Advent – Journey into Light

Advent – the Art of Waiting – and of Decorating Advent – Journey into Light

| December 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

By Anna Cramer “Advent feiern heisst warten können; Warten ist eine Kunst, die unsere ungeduldige Zeit vergessen hat…“ “To celebrate Advent means to be able to wait; Waiting is an art which our impatient times have forgotten…” D. Bonhoeffer When the quarter million refugees from Syria and other middle East and Balkan countries, who streamed […]

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St. Moritz… Without the “Ritz”

St. Moritz… Without the “Ritz”

| December 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

This piece of paradise isn’t just for the rich and famous. By Leah Larkin “Those won’t do,” she said, glancing down at my cheap snow boots. I was embarrassed, even ashamed. We were about to set out for a day of snowshoeing in the Engadin Valley around St. Moritz, Switzerland. Christine Salis, my guide, had […]

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Advent on an Island

Advent on an Island

| December 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

A Christkindlmarkt at the Chiemsee by Jackie Guigui-Stolberg Experience the time-honored holiday tradition in a truly unique setting. O n two weekends at the start of the Advent season, a tiny island in Germany’s third-largest lake, Bavaria’s Chiemsee, becomes a Christmas island. It is the very special setting for a Christkindlmarkt. During the summer months, […]

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