• Kobern Gondorf: The Storybook Town You've Never Heard Of
    Day Trips

    Kobern-Gondorf: The Storybook Town You’ve Never Heard Of

    One of my favorite restaurants is this beautiful place in a sleepy town called Kobern-Gondorf on the Mosel River. My husband and I have started going there for special occasions (wedding anniversaries, visitors from Texas, etc.), but we never spent any time in the actual town itself. And then a few months ago, as I was driving home from work, some construction on the main Mosel road detoured me through this very town, and I accidentally took a wrong turn and ended up in their Marktplatz. I couldn’t believe how pretty the center of this town was! From the main roads it looks like there really isn’t anything there to…

  • Foodies Guide to Trier Christmas Market
    Festivals and Markets,  Life Abroad

    A Foodie’s Guide to the Trier Christmas Market

    For me, Christmas Markets are all about the food and alcohol. I know, I know. There’s way more to them than that. But no matter how many Christmas Markets I go to, I always end up at the same places – the food and alcohol stands. And this is where it’s nice not just to have a husband who’s also a total foodie, but a German husband who knows which things one should eat and drink to fully enjoy the German Christmas Market experience. This past weekend, we started off the Christmas Market season with my husband’s all-time favorite, Trier. What to Eat & Drink My husband and I seem…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Winter Hike Mosel Loop in Bremm Germany
    Hiking

    Hiking in Snow is a Great Idea – NOT!

    Hiking Calmont (in Winter) A few weeks ago, my husband and I had a discussion about the topography of the Eifel.  Twice a week, I drive to a city over an hour away where I teach a couple of university courses.  I’ve noticed, especially the past couple of weeks when we had snow, that there are spots along my drive where the weather is much more severe.  So, we got into this topic of the Eifel’s topography and realized that along my route I drive over a pretty decent amount of elevation changes.  My husband, who is very research oriented, got way deeper into the geography of the area and…

  • Day Trips

    Piesport

    For a Low-Key Day on the Mosel River The Mosel area is undoubtedly one of the prettiest areas in Germany.  Fairytale castles, postcard worthy villages, vineyards as far as the eye can see…it’s beautiful.  But, with that beauty often comes stress.  One of my favorite spots on the Mosel is Cochem.  Unfortunately, it’s also a million other people’s favorite spot.  Going there stresses me out.  There’s nowhere to park, the restaurants are full, the streets are crowded.  I mean, it’s a must-see for anyone visiting the Eifel or Mosel region for the first time.  Absolutely.  But, for me at least, it’s one of those places that I keep for special…