• Spending the day in Beilstein on the Moselle
    Day Trips

    Top 10 Things to do in Beilstein

    It’s no secret that Germany’s Moselle area is one of the most romantic places in all of Europe. It just has a magical, fairy-tale charm to it that bewitches people and draws them in. Nowhere else can you find such a breathtaking combination of castles, half-timbered houses, cobblestone streets, rolling hills, and gorgeous river views. And while there are dozens of adorable villages worthy of a day trip, only one bears the nicknames “The Sleeping Beauty of the Moselle” and “The Mini-Rothenberg.” The Sleeping Beauty of the Moselle I can only describe Beilstein as something out of a movie. A Disney movie to be exact. Which is why it’s so surprising…

  • An Eifel Bucket List or 10 Things to do Around Spangdahlem
    Castles,  Day Trips,  Food & Fun,  Hiking

    The Ultimate Eifel Bucket List

    For the past year, I’ve been teaching at a university here in Germany. It has been amazing in so many ways, and it’s been really interesting to experience all of the differences between German and American higher education – seriously, you have no idea how different they are! But, what I’ve always enjoyed the most about teaching is getting to know the students. I recently had a rather *cough* enlightening conversation with a student who is originally from Berlin. We talked about cultural differences, struggles with learning the two languages, and how both of us ended up so far from home, and then this student asked me what part of Germany I…

  • Things to Do in Vianden Luxembourg
    Castles,  Day Trips

    What to Do in Vianden, Luxembourg

    Everything to See & Do in Vianden Although the picturesque village of Vianden is one of the main tourist attractions in the country, Luxembourg itself is often overlooked by travelers. And that makes Vianden a special place. It’s a tourist attraction that’s also a hidden gem. It’s hands-down one of the prettiest villages in Luxembourg. It has everything – cobblestone streets, ornate houses, a fairytale castle, and a direct connection to one of the most famous authors in history. If you have the chance to spend time in Vianden but choose to skip it, you’re really missing out! How to Get to Vianden To get to Vianden, you basically have…

  • Hohes Venn Holzweg
    Hiking

    A Walking Guide to the High Fens Nature Reserve

    The High Fens are home to one of the most unique landscapes in Europe. When you think of the Eifel, what’s the first word that comes to mind? I’m guessing for most of you it’s something along the lines of nature, forests, or farmland. Raise your hand if you said, “bogs.” Nobody? I’m not surprised! Bogs and moors are typically not images most people associate with the Eifel. And that’s exactly why I was so intrigued when I learned about The High Fens Nature Reserve. The High Fens: A Brief Overview The High Fens Nature Reserve (which is also called Hohes Venn in German and Hautes Fagnes in French) is…

  • Romantic Restaurants on the Mosel River
    Food & Fun

    Romantic Restaurants on the Moselle

    Not too long ago, National Geographic released their list of the 17 Most Romantic Destinations in the world. Among those that made the cut were the French Riviera, Venice, and our very own Moselle region. For all of my expat readers stationed at Spangdahlem – congratulations! You live next to one of THE most romantic places in the world! There is so much magic and charm to the Moselle area, and there’s so much you can do there – especially with your significant other. Don’t know where to start? No problem. I’ll help you make the absolute most out of a date night on the Moselle. This week, in the…

  • Experience Trier like a local
    Day Trips

    16 Things to do in Trier

    Trier is my all-time favorite city in Germany. It’s beautiful, it’s charming, and it’s friendly. I know a lot of people plan day-trips into this historical city, but once they see the highlights, they don’t often go back. The Porta Nigra, Basilika, Kaiserthermen, Dom, and Roman Ampitheater are definitely worth visiting, and I would recommend anyone who hasn’t been to Trier before to go to these sites. But, I get it, they’re not exactly things that you would want to visit over and over again. Like I said, I love Trier, and I spend at least two weekends out of every month there. So, here is my list of things…

  • villa borg
    Day Trips

    5 Reasons You Should Visit Villa Borg

    When most people think about Germany, I’m guessing they don’t usually think of Romans. Autobahns and beer, sure. But not Romans. And that’s exactly how I was, too, until moving here in 2015. Living so close to Trier, though, and having a husband who is super interested in the Roman history of the area, I’ve been introduced to the vast and rich history of Romans in Germany. Unfortunately, though, I’ve never been much of a museum person, so looking at Roman artifacts behind glass cases or peering down into ruins is not one of my favorite things to do. But, like I said, I have a husband who is super interested in…

  • Day Trips

    Spending the Day in Ostend

    The coastal city of Ostend is known for more than just it’s sandy beaches.  It was also home to one of America’s most beloved musical icons. The Beach with the Most Soul  First Impressions Aren’t Always Correct We got there around lunchtime and wanted to head straight for the beach. But first, we had to stop at a bathroom. Man, do I wish I had taken pictures! First off, the men and women shared a bathroom. Weird. Just weird. So, my husband and I walked to the same door. There was a lady standing there directing the traffic flow in and out of the bathrooms. She only spoke Flemish, so we…

  • Castles

    Burg Thurant

    Not Your Average Castle If you’ve never heard of Burg Thurant, I won’t be surprised.  I’d never heard of it myself, nor had my husband for that matter, until we happened to drive past it on our way to Burg Ehrenburg.  In fact, it seems this type of chance encounter is how most people discover the castle.  A quick look through TripAdvisor results in comment after comment of “stumbled upon this gem by accident.”   How to Get to Burg Thurant As you can see on the map, it’s just a short drive south of Koblenz.  And it’s situated right on the line between the Mosel and Hunsrück regions. Regardless…

  • Festivals and Markets,  Life Abroad

    Let’s Talk Sausage

    Back in Texas, about the only time you would catch me eating sausage was when I would float the Guadalupe River in late summer.  We’d drive down to New Braunfels, stop off at the last Wal-Mart before the turn-off, and load up on Bud Light Lime (don’t judge me) and summer sausage.  The first time I mentioned summer sausage to my husband, he said, “What the heck is that?”  And the first time I showed it to him, he said, “That is not real sausage.”  And when I explained to him that we would just cut it and eat it right out of the package on the water, he threw…