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  • Biking Behind the Iron Curtain

    Biking Behind the Iron Curtain

    A Locomotive Adventure For this summer’s bike trip, we decided to take a train to the start point, and back from the endpoint. Doing so with a bicycle is challenging. The fastest trains, ICE, have very limited spaces, if at all. All our attempts at reserving a slot failed. That left us with using regional […]

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  • Conclusions of Our Caravan Adventure

    Conclusions of Our Caravan Adventure

    This vacation was a learning adventure.  Now let me tell you about the other side of the vacation – living in a caravan for a week. We deliberately chose different levels of parking lots and campsites in order to get the full experience.  At the low end was Eisenach, where we stayed in a lonely, […]

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  • Following the footsteps of Bach, Luther and Goethe by Caravan

    Following the footsteps of Bach, Luther and Goethe by Caravan

    We decided to try a new type of traveling – caravanning. It’s a popular way to get around and we wanted so see if it was for us.

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  • A Wonderful Week of Summer in Skiathos

    A Wonderful Week of Summer in Skiathos

    Kathrin and I wanted to spend a relaxing week somewhere new. We considered two destinations–Ireland or a Greek island. Since our main goal was to go someplace warm, the question became, where are Condor’s destinations in Greece? A colleague and friend of Kathrin’s recommended Skiathos, a quiet, genuinely Greek island that isn’t overrun by tourists. […]

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  • Bruges, Part 2: Castles and Beaches

    Bruges, Part 2: Castles and Beaches

    The next day, Sunday, we went on an all-day bike tour of the castles in the area. I like to think of it as the West Flanders Castle tour. In all, we stopped at 8 castles. They varied in their “castleness”, some looked more like a grand Maison, while others were more noble. Quite a […]

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  • Exploring Bruges and West Flanders, Part 1

    Exploring Bruges and West Flanders, Part 1

    Part 1 – City Sightseeing and Castle Tour Following a long, Covid-induced hiatus, Kathrin and I were once again on the road. After considered several destinations both near and far, we decided to stay closer to home and spent 6 days in Bruges. We were there once before, but only for a night or two, […]

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  • Our Bavarian Vacation, part 3

    Our Bavarian Vacation, part 3

    Stage 3: Highline179, Zugspitze, and Garmisch-Partenkirchen With stories of royal intrigue behind us, we started our day with the Burgenwelt Ehrenberg and Highline179. Burgenwelt Ehrenberg is a complex of castles and fortifications in the valley and on the mountains above. The complex dates back many hundreds of years ago and was a major defensive facility […]

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  • Our Bavarian Vacation, part 2

    Our Bavarian Vacation, part 2

    A pilgrimage stop at Andechs On Monday we traveled on to the next stage of our trip – Bavaria’s most famous castles Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau. But first, we had to make an important stop at Kloster Andechs. What’s so special about the Andechs Monastery? For one thing, it owes its existence to a mouse. According […]

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  • Our Bavarian vacation part 1, Munich

    Our Bavarian vacation part 1, Munich

    What does every American want to see during a vacation to Germany? Neuschwanstein, Oktoberfest, Hofbrauhaus, Linderhof. These are the most famous places in Germany, at least to most Americans. How many of these places have I seen since moving here? 1. Hofbrauhaus. In 7 years I have yet to see the “real” Germany. With COVID-19 […]

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  • 10 Days on the Weserradweg, part 2 – Flachland

    10 Days on the Weserradweg, part 2 – Flachland

    Welcome to part two of our Weserradweg story. We ended part 1 leaving Petershagen after a very soggy arrival the day before. Day 6 of our tour began with dry clothes, shoes, and weather. The section of the bike route from Petershagen to Cuxhaven is described as Flachland – flatland. It was farmland as far […]

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  • 10 Days on the Weserradweg, part 1 Bergland

    10 Days on the Weserradweg, part 1 Bergland

    Back in 2019 B.C – Before Coronavirus, as we were thinking about 2020s bike trip, we decided on the Moldau river route in the Czech Republic. Then the corona hit the fan and traveling out of the country was risky, so we looked for something in Germany. The Weser river bike route was on our […]

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  • A Forest Photoshoot: Frankfurt’s Stadtwald

    A Forest Photoshoot: Frankfurt’s Stadtwald

    The Coronavirus situation has brought our travel schedule to a standstill. That doesn’t mean, however, that there are no photographic opportunities.  A few weeks ago Kathrin wanted to do some geocaching in Frankfurt’s city forest. The route took us past many scenic lakes and ponds. I vowed to come back with my camera. It took […]

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